Thursday, October 19, 2017

Milanovic and Brzostowki Interviewed for Digital Engineering Magazine

An application ‘Vortical Flow over Open Cavities’ by Christian Mauricio.

An interview, ‘COMSOL App Builder Schools Students in Simulation,’ with Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, and Karen Brzostowski, a graduate mechanical engineering student employed full-time at Belcan Engineering Group, has been published in the Digital Engineering magazine.

The article provides an overview of application building in a course environment illustrated with samples of student work. Dr. Milanovic and Tom Eppes, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, have integrated applications (apps) into traditional face-to-face and hybrid engineering courses. Apps were first included in a multidisciplinary modeling graduate course that emphasizes an end-of-semester research project. At the undergraduate level, apps were added into a two-course mechanical engineering thermo-fluids sequence. An application ‘Vortical Flow over Open Cavities’ by Christian Mauricio, undergraduate mechanical engineering student was featured in the article. This work was funded by a grant and resulted in a presentation at an undergraduate research and creativity colloquium.

Digital Engineering (DE) is a monthly print magazine with daily e-newsletters, social media and website, delivering need-to-know information on high-performance computing and simulation-based modeling that is driving up-front design, new rapid prototyping and testing technologies. DE’s mission is to guide the audience through a myriad of new engineering tools by showcasing what is relevant and worth integrating into an optimized engineering workflow.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Milanovic and Eppes Featured in IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Professor Ivana Milanovic. Clockwise: Professor Tom Eppes, Mark Markiewicz, Stefan Keilich, Karen Brzostowski

An article, ‘Simulation Apps Bring STEM to Life,’ headlining the work of Ivana Milanovic, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Tom Eppes, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has been published in the flagship magazine, Multiphysics Simulation of the IEEE Spectrum, October 2017 issue.

The article describes how ‘In a landmark effort,’ multiphysics analysis software is being introduced into junior-year fluid mechanics and heat transfer courses as a required part of the coursework. In addition, complementary high-value apps are employed to drive industry-sponsored research and increase students’ appeal to potential employers many of whom are aerospace and manufacturing-related.

IEEE Spectrum is the flagship magazine and website of the IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization devoted to engineering and the applied sciences. Its chapters have over 400,000 members and include computer scientists, software developers, information technology professionals, physicists, medical doctors, and many others in addition to IEEE's electrical and electronics engineering core.

Simulation Apps Bring STEM to Life
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Recent Alumna, Rosemarie Day ’17 featured on the Intel website.

Recent Alumna, Rosemarie Day ’17 and the Internet of Things (IoT) project which she completed under the advisement of Professor Hassan S. Salehi, are now featured on the Intel website. Rosemarie, a computer engineering major, has been selected as an Intel Software Innovator for IoT with a focus on health analytics. The innovator program recognizes up and coming developers by featuring them on Intel’s website and recommending them for speaking events and project work.

Hassan Salehi, assistant professor of the Samuel I Ward Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was Rosemarie’s faculty advisor for her capstone design project where she developed a mobile app to help headache sufferers by tracking environmental patterns. Rosemarie won first place at the spring 2017 CETA Design Expo. Upon graduation, Rosemarie joined iDevices in Avon, Conn. as an IoT DevOps Engineer, where she had interned the summer before her senior year. iDevices sponsored Rosemarie’s CETA Design Expo project.

It is important to the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) that students make connections throughout their college career to enable them to be successful upon graduation, yet this is not the only factor that played into Rosemarie’s success. Early exposure to a STEM field and attending a technical high school enabled her to cultivate an interest in engineering at an early age. The CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership Society, advised and organized by Dean Hisham Alnajjar, Professor Ying Yu and Director of Collegiate Student Services, Julie Spring, does its part to engage younger students in STEM during Engineers Week.

When Intel asked Rosemarie what she saw for the future in technology, she referenced the growing trend of data analytics. She uses data collection and analysis to identify environmental patterns for her mobile app. Data analytics was a common topic of conversation at the Tech Talent Workshop on September 22.

Rosemarie is currently collaborating with Professor Salehi on a journal article about the research done during her bachelor’s degree for analyzing environmental changes in the home. They are planning to publish the paper soon in the IEEE IoT Journal.

She will be conducting an on-campus Intel Alliance Workshop on Thursday, October 12, educating students on topics such as Amazon Web Services IoT and how to run basic computer vision using OpenCV.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Civil Engineering Students Experience Hands-On Learning

Suez North America, the company that operates the Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, has partnered with the University of Hartford’s Water Quality Engineering class this semester to learn more about how the Facility’s wastewater system is operating.  The goal is to identify opportunities for improving treatment efficiency or for saving energy, which reduces both operational cost and carbon footprint. 

Professor Todd Brown’s civil engineering seniors, Hussain Aljafr, Sahan Bin Shawyah, and Geoff Hook, were at the plant on Tuesday, October 3, to measure the rate at which the microorganisms in the treatment system use up the oxygen in the water. This indicates both the amount of pollutants present at that point in the process and how quickly the pollutants are being removed.

In the CE 420 course, the students learn the physical, chemical, and biological theories of water treatment and wastewater treatment and disposal; operational principles of various treatment plant components; and state and federal regulatory standards. 

To view video footage from the visit, click here.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

CETA Professor, Hemchandra Shertukde, Wins the 2017 CT Chapter IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award

Professor Hemchandra Shertukde of the Samuel I. Ward Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has won the 2017 CT Chapter IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award!
IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE’s core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
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Green 707 has been officially recorded by NEDRA!

Green 707’s record has been officially recorded by the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA)! NEDRA exists to raise awareness of electric vehicle performance and to encourage advances in the technology through competition. NEDRA organizes and sanctions safe electric vehicle drag racing events.

                Green 707 had to meet many requirements to earn a NEDRA record, including track requirements, eligibility, rules set forth by the organization, and to follow the record submission procedure. Paul Mangelsdorf, the club’s president, is excited to see if the new batteries they have ordered will yield even better results next time they hit the track. Professor Hemchandra Shertukde, the club’s faculty advisor, is proud of the club’s recent accomplishments and looks forward to seeing what new modifications can be made to improve the vehicle’s performance.
The overall list of records can be seen here;

The list of college records can be found here;

Below are the rules and requirements the team met in order to earn a NEDRA record.

Record Rules

1) Track Requirements:
     Any 1/8 mile or 1/4 mile approved tracks.
     Approved Tracks must meet one of the following;
     Authorized for IHRA or NHRA events
     Authorized for FIA events
     Authorized for FIA affiliated organization events
     Additional tracks recognized by NEDRA

2) Eligibility:
      Vehicle driver must be a NEDRA member prior to any record run.
       NEDRA Race Form must be filled out and signed off for each event prior to any record run.
       A NEDRA officer or Regional Manager may collect driver membership dues at an event as long as they are collected prior to any runs being made by the driver.
       Vehicle owner must be a NEDRA member prior to the submission of any records.
        Records must be submitted within 45 days of the date on the record time slip.
        Vehicle must meet applicable NEDRA Class and Voltage Specifications.
        Vehicle must meet applicable track sanctioning body (NHRA or equivalent) Specifications.
         Driver must meet applicable track sanctioning body (NHRA or equivalent) license and rule requirements as required by the event.
         Records can be attempted at sanctioned NEDRA events or independently by the vehicle owner at any approved track.
         Only a sanctioned NEDRA multi-day event can use time slips spanning multiple days. All other events shall require same day/ same event time slips. Participants in NEDRA multi-day events can potentially earn multiple records on different days.

3) Rules:
           Owner, driver and vehicle must meet all eligibility requirements
           Records may be set in any class and voltage division for 1/8 or 1/4 mile distances.
           A vehicle may only set one record at each Event. 
           A valid time slip must not include a driver error (red light). 
           A record time must include a backup time from the same Event.
           If two times are within 1% of each other, the quicker time shall be the record time and the other time shall be the backup time.
           If two times differ by more than 1%, the quicker time shall be the backup time and the other time shall be the record time.

4) Record Submission Procedure:
     NEDRA Race Form must be properly filled out by the vehicle owner and signed by the track inspector. Two valid time slips are required.
Green 707 Sponsors:

Sponsors  Location
Academy Printing Services Southhold, NY
Brian Jawin
Cornerstone Electrical CT
D & D Autoworks, Inc. St. Louis Park, MN
Dean's Office, CETA
Diagnostic Devices Inc.
Dr. Seshan
Patricia Nodoushani
Provost's Office, University of Hartford
RDS Electric, LLC Terryville, CT
Sally Collins
Samuel I. Ward Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, CETA CETA, UoH
Wattsaver Lighting Products

If you would like to join the club or find out more information, please contact Profess Hemchandra Shertukde,, or Paul Mangelsdorf, You may also follow the clubs Facebook for more frequent updates on the team’s progress:

Ilumoka, Milanovic, and Grant Publish in the Journal of STEM Education

Abby Ilumoka, program director for Engineering Education, Division of Undergraduate Education, Directorate For Education & Human Resources, National Science Foundation, Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), and Natalie Grant, deputy validation manager, Pratt & Whitney, have published an article in the Journal of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education: Innovations and Research, Vol. 18, No. 3. JSTEM is a half-yearly, peer-reviewed publication for educators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. The journal emphasizes real-world case studies that focus on issues that are relevant and important to STEM practitioners.

The paper, 'An Effective Industry-Based Mentoring Approach for the Recruitment of Women and Minorities in Engineering,' is an investigative study on the powerful impact of mentoring partnerships between pre-college students and young engineering professionals in Hartford, CT. It was found that these partnerships provide a strong foundation for a diverse pre-college student engineering pipeline that includes women and under-represented minorities. The approach used is based on the principle of cross-age peer mentoring and combines industry-based mentoring with diversity-aware mentor recruitment strategies to 1) cultivate and train a corps of diverse mentors; 2) develop a suite of informal mentoring activities; and 3) apply and generate knowledge about impact of effective mentoring strategies in overcoming barriers to women and underrepresented minorities in engineering.

The mentoring program was established at three public schools serving different population segments: suburban, multicultural suburban and urban tuition-free charter school. Diverse engineering professionals were recruited from local tech companies and trained to hone their mentoring skills. Additionally, mentoring assistants, female and minority undergraduate engineering students were recruited to help during mentoring sessions. The mentoring activities, evidence of program success, and future plans are presented and discussed. Results show that students who participate in industry-based mentoring are 55% more likely to demonstrate more interest and confidence in STEM subjects as well as 25% more likely to show greater interest in pursuing STEM careers.

Bachelor Degrees in Engineering (Source: NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators 2014, Ch 2, Undergrad Education, Enrollment & Degrees in the US)

 Gender Disparities in Engineering Jobs (Source: NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators 2014, Ch 3, Women and Minorities in the S&E Workforce).
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Engineering (Source: NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators 2014, Ch 3, Women and Minorities in the S&E Workforce).
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tech Talent Workshop - Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Dr. Lou Manzione - Dean of CETA
Commissioner Catherine Smith - Dept. of Economics and Community Development (DECD)

All in attendance enjoy the portion of the event presented by Gerry Holland

On Friday, September 22, the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) and the Barney School of Business hosted a Tech Talent Workshop in the 1877 Club, located in the Harry Jack Gray Center. The workshop was a collaboration with CETA, the Barney School of Business, and Connecticut industry to discuss an evolving partnership. The University of Hartford understands the growing urgency to better prepare students to meet the needs of a business and industry upon graduation, as well as incumbent worker training. The workshop was a call to Conn. industry to express their current needs in a robust and growing job market.
                Dean Louis Manzione opened the event expressing his desire to “develop public, private, and government partnerships to ensure that we stay connected” to the needs of the Conn. business and industry. The University needs to support the rapid growth of technology and change in Conn. in order to stay connected to the best jobs for future students, and the best outcomes for Connecticut businesses. Dean Manzione explained that the solution may not be a new discipline or concentration in our college, but could mean a workshop, or a special certificate program. CETA’s goal is to help Conn. industries quickly realize the skills they need for the current workforce, for both future students and current employees.
                Commissioner Catherine Smith from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) touched on some of her plans to attract and retain Connecticut jobs. The DECD’s strategy for growth includes focusing on talent development, data analytics, tourism, green technology such as fuel cells, and understanding the connection between business and universities. Commissioner Smith expressed the importance of talent development above all else.  The “state has a workforce that is #3 in terms of skill” and is “#4 in terms of productivity of our workforce relative to all other states.” she expressed the importance of holding onto that level of skill and productivity in Conn. because we know that is important to the companies and workforce and what they are counting on for the future.
                The workshop included four guest speakers from the industry of Connecticut: Rob Thomas ’04, Gerry Holland, Brian Romano ‘83, and Sergio Loureiro. The Senior Vice President of CNA, Rob Thomas ‘04, spoke about data analytics and the importance of engineers in the insurance industry. He explained that data analytics are actually two separate things, data and the analysis of that data. An example of how data is different now is that companies need someone to engineer a digital interface for the customer to purchase insurance.  It’s not just the technical skills that we need here, we need practical skills, and we need to join the two, just like data and analysis go together, explained Rob Thomas.
                Vice President of Estimating and Marketing for Bartlett Brainerd Eacott Inc., Gerry Holland, gave a poignant analogy saying, if we stand in a circle and face inward it becomes much easier to move and adapt to the change in design. The need to engage in the field with different mediums of technology is cleanly evident in construction. Regardless of discipline, we must stay connected and look to each other in order to adjust and adapt to the rapid advancement of technology. Design, construction, and institutions are tied together and must work together to meet the demands of the future.
Manager of Control Systems and IT for A.G. Russell, Brian Romano ’83, explained that as a lean company, his firm cannot afford to take two years to train new graduates and recruiting employees from other companies can cost up to $30,000 in relocation costs. Romano is working with the University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University to develop ways to educate students and current employees to enable them to be productive employees right away, such as workshops for current employees, internships, apprenticeships, and adjusting University programs.
                The Vice President of Enterprise Capacity for Pratt and Whitney, Sergio Loureiro, mentioned that the metrology certificate program, conducted by Professor Sahay and Professor Ghosh, has been very successful for them. Rob Thomas made note that these programs are what company’s need to train current employees and close an existing skill gap. Loureiro believes anything that higher education can do will be beneficial to “accelerate the knowledge transfer” and increase productivity. He also points out that many aspects of the company will be turning digital which will require new skills from their employees and future students, and it is crucial to work together to customize the right learning model.
                The workshop closed with a discussion. CETA already hosts events and programs that aim to address some of concerns that were raised, such as the Networkology events, the UTC Metrology certificate program, and the CETA Design Expo. The Networkology event helps students socialize with working professionals in their field. The CETA Design Expo enables students to have a crossover understanding of the engineering field while working with their peers to design and present their collaborative project to professionals in industry. CETA and the Barney School of Business will plan follow-up events to discuss next steps and new approaches to ensure the ongoing success of Connecticut business and industry.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Civil Engineering Students Trip to Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility

On Friday, September 15, twelve students from the Water Quality Engineering Laboratory spent six hours at the Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility conducting settling tests and performing calculations to evaluate the facility's clarifier (settling tank) capacity.  The Springfield sewer collection system combines street drainage and domestic sewage so that flow through the treatment plant can increase by six-fold in a very short time period during rain events.  Operators need to understand how their clarifiers will perform so that they can prevent solids from washing out of the plant to the Connecticut River during these high-flow events.
Two professional engineers from Woodard & Curran who specialize in wastewater treatment plant design and troubleshooting trained the group in how to perform the tests and analyze the results.  Professors Brown and Dean Pines accompanied the group.  Suez NA, operators of the plant, hosted the event.
Later in the semester, three-person teams from this group will visit four other wastewater treatment plants in CT and MA to perform similar tests, providing a free service to wastewater treatment plants while demonstrating the University's commitment to partnering with outside entities to maximize the career, entrepreneurial, and intellectual preparedness of students.
Students that attended:

Michael Albanese

Aly Ali

Ali Alrayshan

Joseph Beauchesne

Katherine Bednarz

Ian Downey

Fation Misku

Matthew Murphy

Samantha Nyser

Adam Pasternack

Sarah Socolosky

Elijah Stewart

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CETA Students on Winning Team at the Hackathon - Hosted by Upward Hartford and InsurTech Hartford

Three CETA engineering students, Erin Sussmann (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science), Kaiti Stylianides (Mechanical Engineering) and Nicole Carr (Biomedical Engineering), were crucial members of the winning team, Mode, at the 48-hour long Hackathon hosted by Upward Hartford and InsurTech Hartford during the weekend of September 8th. Team Mode won first place in the competition and was awarded with a $5000 prize.
What is a Hackathon? Contrary to what it seems, a hackathon is not an exclusively programming event. The three engineering students arrived Friday (Sept. 8th) night at Upward Hartford, the co-working space that hosted the event. They found out that Hackathons are for anyone with an idea, a competitive spirit, and desire for knowledge. The only things necessary include coffee, a laptop, and an open mind.

The general theme of the hackathon, insurance technology, was presented as a broad challenge, inviting innovation and imagination to come up with new ideas to tackle current issues with the technology in the insurance business. Ideas were pitched and teams were formed as “companies” to create a product and workable business plan. The 48-hour marathon of research, design, and development began. 

Kaiti, Nicole, and Erin, the three CETA engineering students, joined Mode, a team of eclectic strangers whose diversity in experience and excitement for the event made the hackathon truly enjoyable. In addition, the team includes an English grad with a passion for coding, two insurance company employees with a dream and the programming know-how to make it happen, and a few business students from UConn. CETA students did front-end coding to make the website usable and conducted research into many aspects of the insurance industry. The students learned about all aspects of creating a technology start-up, including development, marketing, research & development, and financing. The idea of Mode became a real insurance company for all phone-based e-commerce. The team worked specifically on a very innovative aspect of the company for the 48-hour weekend, and by the end, they had created a business plan, a financial plan, and a live demo of the app.

Team Mode won first place in the competition and was awarded numerous opportunities to continue developing the company at Upward Hartford, along with the $5000 monetary prize. CETA students were also able to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to network with professionals in the insurance and technology industry.

Follow the link to read the press release from Insurtech Hartford:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Professor Ted Sussmann - Cape Town

 Professor Ted Sussmann

Iron Ore Train: 3.7 km long, with (4) 50 kV AC locomotives and 2 diesel locomotives hauling 40,000 tons almost 1000 km from mine to port.

Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Professor Ted Sussmann presented papers at the 11th International Heavy Haul Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, during the week of September 2-6, 2017. The papers presented were titled “Track Structural Design for Maintenance and Rehabilitation with Automated Track Inspection Data” and “Influence of Tie-Ballast Interface on Transition Zone Performance.

 In addition to the presentation, Sussmann chaired a session titled “Ballast and Geotechnical” issues in Heavy Haul and served as a Technical Program Reviewer.  The International Heavy Haul Association is a group that fosters technical developments that support the efficient transport of heavy haul freight traffic often associated with bulk natural resource commodities like iron ore.

Twenty years ago, Sussmann gave his first international presentation at this conference in Cape Town, so this conference served as a reunion of sorts.  South Africa is a country rich in natural resources making the heavy haul railway a vital economic link.  This served as the main reason for selecting one of their main ports, Cape Town, as the host city for this quadrennial conference.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

It's National Drive Electric Week!

It is National Drive Electric Week! September 9-17, 2017 is dedicated to heightening awareness of the widespread availability of electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles and the potential benefits of choosing electric over gasoline. In honor of National Drive Electric Week 2017, CETA would like to congratulate the University of Hartford Green 707 club on their first track test this past weekend. Paul Mangelsorf, the club president, announced the test results on their Facebook page with some pictures of the action.

To check out their recent activity and more about their test results: For more info on National Drive Electric Week:      

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Changes to the CETA Student Ambassadors and Leadership Society

The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) is excited to announce some recent changes to the CETA Student Ambassadors program. The CETA Student Ambassadors program began in September 2013 as a WELFund Grant funded program, now known as The Women’s Advancement Initiative. As of fall 2015, the program became a CETA funded organization and has continued to grow and evolve each year. Most prominently, the organization has an updated name: CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership Society and revised mission:

Program mission:
  • Promote leadership and communication skills of current undergraduates in CETA
  • Provide self-development opportunities for current undergraduates in CETA
  • Attract quality prospective students to all programs in CETA
  • Mentor entering, first – year students as they begin in CETA and for the first year
  • Build a more welcoming community for all CETA students
  • Provide exceptional community outreach for all CETA programs
  • Demonstrate equal representation of male and female society members to best portray CETA
CETA hosts various honor societies, however this leadership society is unique for many reasons. The CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership Society represents the entire college, not just one discipline / major, and requires a selection process to become a member. In addition, our Leadership Society members will now serve as CETA’s mentors as well, for all incoming First-Year students. Also, as a prominent part of the Society’s mission, members will continue to reach out to both prospective and current students, promoting CETA and the University, furthering the goal of creating a welcoming and inclusive community.

Beginning this fall 2017, all incoming, First-Year students received a welcome message and introduction from their mentor prior to arriving on campus and officially met all mentors at their first Freshmen Dialogue class. In previous years, the mentor contact prior to arrival was not the case; we, in CETA, hope that cultivating this relationship sooner will ensure a smoother transition to University life. Throughout the first semester, Leadership Society members will meet with their mentees a minimum of three times, in addition to their initial meeting.

Within the CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership Society is a three member Lead Team that have been selected from the returning members to lead the Society through the academic year. The returning members must also apply for this honor and are selected by the previous year’s Lead Team and advising faculty and staff.

The CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership society is a fantastic opportunity for CETA students. Members will attend various on-campus/off-campus events, monthly training sessions/meetings, one-on-one visits with prospective students and their families, and have numerous opportunities to work on personal and professional development. We are proud to announce the new and improved CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership Society!

If you would like to learn more about CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership Society, please contact one of the advisors:

Julie Spring –
Dr. Ying Yu –
Dr. Hisham Alnajjar –

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Shertukde Honored With IEEE SA/EAB Award

Hemchandra M. Shertukde, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, has received the the 2017 IEEE EAB/SA Standards Education Award for his exceptional achievements in standards education activities. See the official awards letter by downloading the document below.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CETA Civil Engineering Seniors Tour Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility

The Civil Engineering senior class accompanied by Prof. Todd Brown and Dr. Dave Pines on Fri., Sept. 1.

On Friday, September 1, 42 members of the civil engineering senior class attended a tour of the Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Agawam, MA. The tour was part of their CE 420 Water Quality Engineering I class. 

Mickey Nowak, the facility manager for Suez NA, hosted the tour which began with a presentation and discussion of the importance of wastewater treatment and the processes used at the Springfield Plant.  Mr. Nowak led the group on a tour of the facility so that students could see, smell and discuss each process in the plant, getting a sense of the processes that they will be learning how to design in class. Students gained a good sense of the true scale of the treatment plant, as well as how many engineering disciplines contribute to the design and successful operation of the facility.

Professor Todd Brown and Professor Dave Pines accompanied the group of students on the tour. Professor Brown scheduled the tour for the first week of classes to ensure the students would have a common frame of reference as they begin to design the various components within the wastewater treatment plant.
UNOTEs submission - 9/6/17

CETA - The Architecture Department’s Annual Urban Architecture Trip

The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture's Department of Architecture had its annual Urban Architecture trip to New York City on Saturday, September 2nd, for the current Architecture Graduate students and Undergraduate seniors. The trip routinely alternates between New York and Boston each year and has been held every fall for the past 7 years. The purpose of the trip is to both examine interesting urban architecture as well as to celebrate the new academic year.
 This year, the students started the day exploring the contemporary architecture of the World Trade Center Memorial, PATH station, and Battery Park city.  Afterward, the students stopped at Chelsea Market for lunch.  Then, the group hiked the Highline Park and overlooked the new Zaha Hadid building, and the construction of the massive Hudson Yards development.  Finally, the students visited the Cloisters Museum in Hudson Heights, where they examined midlevel art and architecture set in a park overlooking the Hudson River.  The day ended with a sleepy bus ride home. Most of the group ate dinner in the Architecture Department Crit Room and talked about their adventures of the day. Professor Seth Holmes, the Architecture Graduate Program Director, remarked that, “all in all, it was a great architectural adventure.”   
Ariane Bamberg, Jan-Hendrik Höhnk, Alexis Hoff, and Maik Wedig were the Graduate students that traveled to NYC on Saturday. The Undergraduate seniors that attended the trip were Alvi Aliaj, Justin Barros, Richard Briggs, Damian Collins, Justin Hernandez, and Daniel Sadowniczyk.  The faculty that led and organized the event are Professor Seth Holmes and Professor Ted Sawruk. The Manager of Graduate programs, Laurie Granstrand, also attended the trip.
UNOTEs submission.

Friday, September 1, 2017

CETA Welcomes New Faculty - Fall 2017

CETA Welcomes New Faculty

Takafumi Asaki

Asst. Prof. in Biomedical Engineering

Takafumi has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hartford, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from UConn, Storrs.  Takafumi comes to us from being faculty and Director of the STEM Innovation Laboratory at Texas A&M University since 2014.  At Texas A&M he received the Alice Hamilton Award of Excellence in Occupational Safety and Health “For Leadership through Science by Publishing.”

Yang Yang

Asst. Prof. Civil Engineering / Architecture

Yang received his B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Bridge and Tunnel Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, China, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.  He comes to us from a position in structural engineering for the consulting company Constructive Engineering Design, Inc. in Kansas.  Yang’s research interests focus on mitigating the impact of structural damage caused by natural and manmade effects such as corrosion, earthquakes, wind, fire, and vehicular impacts.

Ted Diehl

Asst. Prof. in Mechanical Engineering

Ted recently received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Marine Engineering Systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  He has taught at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a total of seven years.  Ted served as the principal structural engineer in the naval architecture department on several projects including structural and design and modifications of deck houses for Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels and the design of replacement masts, science lab, sonar appendage and crane foundation for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) vessels.

Monday, August 28, 2017

University of Hartford Welcomes More Than 1,500 New Students

First-year students all signed the Class of 2021 banner.

Reach out, ask for help, and we will do everything we can to make you successful,” University of Hartford President Gregory Woodward promised to the more than 1,500 new students who packed Lincoln Theater for their Convocation on Saturday, Aug. 26.  Woodward also assured the members of the Class of 2021 that they have many opportunities ahead of them.

“You will continue to grow and evolve," Woodward said. "You also have another option. You can decide right now to start over…you have a clean slate.”

The Class of 2021 heard from three upperclassmen who have made the most of their opportunities at UHart. Nina Vazquez ’19, a criminal justice major in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, talked about how about her professors guided her toward an internship with the Connecticut Secretary of State. Nick Mamet ’18, a marketing and economics and finance major in the Barney School of Business, encouraged the new students to study abroad and get involved on campus. And Mark Markiewicz ’18, a mechanical engineering major in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, told the crowd about his trip to Kentucky to livestream the total solar eclipse for NASA.

Members of the Class of 2021 were chosen from more than 15,000 applicants. They arrived on campus from 35 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 26 countries, including Venezuela, China, Denmark, and Ethiopia.

After Convocation, the entire class marched behind President Woodward, who carried the Class of 2021 banner, up to the campus lawn and formed a giant human “H.” They were all wearing red shirts with the words “This Is Water.” That phrase comes from a speech by David Foster Wallace, which President Woodward quoted from in his Convocation remarks, urging people not to take things for granted and to have empathy for others. The first-year students will receive copies of the “This Is Water” book.

Over the next few days, new students will participate in other campus traditions, including a barbecue, Liftoff (day-trips and on-campus activities), and a block party. Classes begin on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

UHart Students Livestream Total Solar Eclipse

This Is Our Moment

As the moon moved between the earth and the sun over Paducah, Ky., on Aug. 21, University of Hartford student Mark Markiewicz ’18 was one of the only people not looking at the sky. The mechanical engineering major in the University's College of Engineering, Science, and Technology (CETA) was furiously typing on a laptop, trying to communicate with satellites controlling NASA’s livestream of the total solar eclipse. Mark, mechanical engineering major Stefan Keilich ’18, and their professors had just launched a balloon carrying a camera that was supposed to contribute images to the stream. Unfortunately, the camera was not cooperating.
“When it finally went up, and then when we got the signal, wow. It was all worth it.”
“It’s not working,” Mark exclaimed as thousands of people focused on the disappearing sun at the watch party at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. “What is going on?”
"Just stop for a minute," Stefan calmly told his friend. “You have to see the eclipse.”
The 2017 total solar eclipse was the reason they worked for months with the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, drove more than a thousand miles to Kentucky, and spent hours assembling equipment in the middle of a Kentucky field in 100-degree heat. As the air turned cooler and the sky went dark, Mark finally looked up at the black circle surrounded by a glowing ring of light.
“Oh my God,” Mark yelled! “This is the single greatest thing I have ever seen to date!”
“Look at that ring of light! It’s beautiful,” Stefan exclaimed.
Mark and Stefan could not contain their excitement over seeing this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. For these two friends, who grew up together in Windsor, Conn. and share a love of space, the moment was a dream come true. But then it was back to work. Fortunately, they were able to fix the camera and it beamed images onto NASA's website for people around the world to enjoy.
CETA faculty train their students to solve problems. That training proved invaluable on this day. From rolls and rolls of duct tape to a fuse yanked from a pick-up truck, Mark and Stefan used whatever they could find to make their task of launching a balloon carrying a camera to broadcast the eclipse a success.
Their first launch attempt failed when the payload disconnected and crashed to the ground, but they didn’t give up. Students and professors immediately sprinted across the field to grab more helium for a second attempt. University of Bridgeport students who also were part of the onsite team jumped in to help get the second balloon ready for launch. With the pressure of a large crowd watching their every move and time running out they double and triple checked all systems and did a second lift-off. This eight-foot-tall helium balloon and its payload drifted flawlessly toward the sky on its way to 80,000 feet.
“It was so exciting for the students,” said University of Hartford Professor Hisham Alnajjar, director of the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium who was onsite with the team. “When it finally went up, and then when we got the signal, wow. It was all worth it.”
The NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, with UHart as its lead institution, is an affiliate of a federal grant, internship, and scholarship program funded as part of NASA's Office of Education designed to broaden the participation of universities and individuals in aerospace science, engineering, and technology.
UH Website - 8/24/17

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

University of Hartford Professor and Students Use the Solar Eclipse to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists

As the total solar eclipse of 2017 made its way across the United States, a University professor and two engineering students worked with hundreds of young visitors at the Connecticut Science Center to make sure they’d never forget the day.

Electrical engineering and computer science double major Erin Sussmann ‘20 and physical therapy major Adrienne Fischer ’19 showed children a sun and moon relativity activity done with Oreo cookies and helped them create a pinhole viewing projector. “The pinhole filter means simply poking a hole in a paper plate that visitors have decorated,” said Erin. Adrienne added, “The hole lets the sun shine through and cast a shadow on the ground, but it’s not to be used to look through toward the sun.”  The Oreos were helpful in showing children the relative sizes of the sun and moon. (The sun is about 400 times larger than the moon.)

Young people and their parents were also able to watch a live stream of the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC) team’s launch in Paducah, Kentucky of an eight-foot tall weather balloon. UHart students and professors are part of the team along with University of Bridgeport students and faculty. You can read more about their eclipse project here. The balloon ascended to an altitude of nearly 90,000 feet carrying a video camera that transmitted a live feed to NASA. (Watch for a story about their day later this week.)

At the Science Center, Cater Arico, Assistant Professor of civil and biomedical engineering and Associate Director of CTSGC said, “The next total solar eclipse visible in the United States will be on April 8, 2024, traveling a diagonal path crossing from Texas to Maine.” It’s possible some of today’s young scientists will be studying science at UHart by then!

Adrienne Fischer ’19 (pictured left) and Erin Sussmann ’20 (pictured right) help children decorate a pinhole viewing projector.

UNOTEs - 8/22/17