Thursday, November 15, 2018

CETA Winners Within the Fall 2018 Award Recipients by the CT Space Grant Consortium

Two faculty members in Mechanical Engineering, Paul Slaboch and Kamau Wright, were each awarded a Faculty Research Grant from the CT Space Grant Consortium. The grants are for $10k with a matching budget from the university of $10k for a total budget of $20k each.

Also, we had a student in our dept, Patrick Dubiel, who won an undergraduate student research fellowship. This is a $5k award for Patrick to complete his research project.

Congratulations Paul, Kamau, and Patrick!

Learn more about their awards here:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CETA Civil Engineering Seniors Visit Local Water Treatment Plant for Class

On Friday, November 9, our civil engineering seniors toured the Hartford MDC - The Metropolitan District's Reservoir 6 water treatment plant as part of their Water Quality Engineering class with Professor Todd Brown.

During the tour and during the next few weeks of lecture, students learn how to engineer systems that clean and disinfect water supplies for public drinking water systems.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Architecture Students Visit Country Carpenters Post and Beam Buildings Inc. in Hebron, CT

Architecture undergraduate students taking AET 364 in Fall 2018 visited Country Carpenters Post & Beam Buildings Inc in Hebron, Connecticut on November 6, 2018, to learn about design and fabrication of structural timber structures.

The company specializes in design and construction of post and beam country barns, carriage houses, garden sheds among others. The timber products used for the construction of various projects are pre-engineered, pre-cut, color-coded with beam building kits which can be shipped to different locations in the United States and other parts of the world. Assistant Professor Timothy Adekunle supervised the tour. The site visit is part of the initiatives taken to support architecture students and help them gain additional knowledge in design of timber structures.

The facility tour to the company was led by the leadership team of Country Carpenters Inc. and included a tour of the design and manufacturing facility, including the yard to see completed barns and houses as well as the blacksmith section. The construction approach used by the company is very creative that it can produce the pieces for a heavy timber frame within a reasonable time.  The firm's goal is to help people build beautiful country places, and the company has been in operation since 1974. Additional information about the company can be found here.

Friday, November 9, 2018

First-Year Graduate Architecture Students Visit Mosque for Project

First-year graduate architecture students and design studio Professor Michael J. Crosbie recently visited mosques as part of research for a design studio project to design an Islamic Center for Greater Montreal on a site in Canada.

Earlier this month, the six students and Crosbie attended a prayer service at the Berlin Mosque in Connecticut. Over the weekend, the students and Crosbie traveled to conduct site research in Montreal. While in the city, they visited the Islamic Centre of Quebec and had a chance to spend time with Imam Syed Fida Bukhari to discuss mosque design and the history of the building (which is the oldest purpose-built mosque in the province).

Pictured in front of the Berlin mosque are students Damoy Porteous, John Turner, Adriana Ricciardi, Theo Bading, Clara Gerlach, and Samir Djeddar. The students are pictured inside the Berlin mosque with Crosbie, in front of the qibla wall, which orients toward Mecca, the direction in which Muslims pray. The students are also shown visiting with Imam Bukhari at the Islamic Centre of Quebec.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Architecture Faculty Presents Paper on STEM Diversity

Associate Professor Theodore Sawruk attended the 21st Colloquium On International Engineering Education hosted by the University of Rhode Island.  As a part of the session How to get Diverse Communities involved in Engineering, he presented a paper entitled “Why Do More Women of Color Graduate from STEM Programs at Minority Serving Institutions than Predominantly White Institutions?” Last month, Professor Sawruk was invited by the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) to serve as a discussant for a conference session titled "Diversity & Inclusion." The 49th NERA Conference was held in Trumbull, CT.

UNOTEs - 11/5/18

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

CETA Mechanical Engineering Students Present Posters at CTSG Expo

Jonathan Brown (left) and Charlie DeLorenzo '18 in front of their posters at the CTSG Expo

Two CETA Mechanical Engineering students, senior undergraduate Jonathan Brown and graduate student Charlie DeLorenzo '18, both presented posters at the 2018 Connecticut Space Grant Consortium Expo held at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT.

Jonathan Brown presented his work, "Supersonic Inlet Noise Radiation Study" which was funded as an Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Jonathan completed this work over the summer of 2018 and also presented his work at NASA Glenn Research Center. He is continuing this work has submitted a paper to the AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference to be held in Delft, Netherlands in May of 2019. This work was supervised by Dr. Paul Slaboch, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Charlie presented his work titled, "Effect of Aft Rotor on Forward Rotor Blade Wakes in Open Rotor Propulsion Systems," was funded a Faculty Research Grant awarded to Dr. Slabcoh. This work was published and presented as part of the ASME Turbo Expo held in June 2018 in Oslo, Norway. Jared Deleon '18 was also a coauthor on that paper. Please see attached paper for further details on this work.
Charlie's paper presented at ASME Turbo Expo in Oslo, Norway
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Assistant Professor Timothy Adekunle Publishes a Peer-Reviewed Article in the Journal of Sustainability

Assistant Professor Timothy Adekunle in the Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) published a peer-reviewed journal article titled: A Conceptual Framework for a Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Educative-Communication Approach” ( in the Journal of Sustainability. Dr. Adekunle served as a co-lead author for the journal article with other scholars from the Department of Architectural Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indiana University-Purdue University. The detailed information about the peer-reviewed article can be found here:

Unotes 10/25/18