Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sussmann Receives Award

Sussmann Receives 'Best Paper' Award for Railway Infrastructure Research

Posted 09/29/2015
Category: Accolades / Unotes
Surface wave measurement device on track
       Surface wave measurement device on track
Ted Sussmann, assistant professor in CETA’s Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department, received a “Best Paper” award at the Railway Engineering Conference hosted by Mike Forde of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in July.

The award for “the best paper demonstrating the use of geophysics and non-destructive testing” was received for Sussmann’s paper, “Use of Seismic Surface Wave Testing to Assess Track Substructure.”

During the conference, Sussmann presented two papers: “Effect of Unsupported Ties at Transition Zones” and “Non-Invasive Monitoring of Track System Gaps.” The papers are the result of a collaboration with the Volpe Center in Cambridge, Mass. Sussmann’s team members include Hugh Thompson of the Federal Railroad Administration, Tim Stark and Steve Wilk of the University of Illinois—Urbana Champaign, Carl Ho of the University of Massachusetts—Amherst, and Soheil Nazarian of the University of Texas—El Paso.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Federal Grant Awarded

Sahay and Ghosh Awarded Federal Grant to Develop Course and Training Materials

Posted 09/25/2015

Transmission Gearbox
                       Transmission Gearbox
Professor Chittaranjan Sahay and Assistant Professor Suhash Ghosh of CETA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have received a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop course and training materials to accentuate the impact of standards and standardization on product realization.

The focus of this project will be the design, modeling, manufacturing, and inspection of a transmission gearbox. The course and training modules developed at the end of the 18-month project period will supplement the areas of mechanical design, materials selection, engineering drawing, manufacturing processes, measurements, and inspection. The grant is funded by NIST Standards Services Curricula Development (SSCD) Cooperative Agreement Program.

Through this grant opportunity, Sahay and Ghosh hope to ensure use of standards in design, manufacturing and metrology courses, standard test methods in the laboratory, encourage internship experiences to report on standards usage, obtain teaching resources from Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs), and identify “capstone projects” to challenge students in the use and application of standards. According to Sahay and Ghosh, few engineering students are introduced to standards in school, and even fewer are given an understanding of the standards development process. Students need greater exposure to standardization to position themselves competitively.

Abby Ilumoka - Appointed NSF Program Director.

CETA's Abby Ilumoka Appointed NSF Program Director for Engineering Education

Posted 09/25/2015
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Category: Accolades, Campus Announcements
Dr. Abby Ilumoka, professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), has been appointed Program Director for Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF) effective September 2015.

The NSF, based in Arlington, Va., is the federal agency that supports fundamental research across all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) conducted by America’s colleges and universities.  Ilumoka will serve in the directorate for Education and Human Resources under the Division of Undergraduate Education.

“I am excited about the opportunity to impact U.S. national policy on STEM in ways that will ensure the U.S. continued global pre-eminence and believe that my years of teaching, research, and service as professor of ECE at the University of Hartford have prepared me well for the position,” Ilumoka said.

Ilumoka’s research specialization is in the area of integrated circuit optimization using artificial intelligence, work for which she has received competitive public- and private-sector funding including three NSF research grants during her 24-year tenure in CETA.

Ilumoka is on a leave of absence during the 2015–16 academic year.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Acoustical Engineering Grads Win Award

Acoustical Engineering Grads Win Award at International Noise Conference


Posted 09/17/2015
Submitted by Eoin King
Category: Unotes - Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
Ethan Bourdeau '15, Dr. Eoin King, and Kevin Zheng '15 with their award.
Ethan Bourdeau '15, Dr. Eoin King, and Kevin Zheng '15 with their award.

Two 2015 graduates of the University of Hartford's College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) recently presented their research to a full house at the international noise conference, INTER-NOISE 2015, held in San Francisco in August.

Ethan Bourdeau ‘15 and Kevin Zheng ’15 presented aspects of their work assessing pedestrian exposure to noise levels in New York City under the supervision of Dr. Eoin King, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and acoustics in CETA.

Both students were awarded the Hallberg Foundation Award from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering for their work. The research was supported by funding from the University of Hartford under a 2014–2015 Greenberg Junior Faculty Grant.

Dr. Enda Murphy, who was a visiting Fulbright scholar at CETA from February to August 2015, also presented at INTER-NOISE. While at UHart, Murphy worked closely with King to assess the accuracy of smart phones as noise measurement devices.

Congratulations to all.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Habitat for Humanity - House Build

CETA Volunteer Day - Habitat for Humanity

A group of students from the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) started the semester early by lending a helping hand to Habitat for Humanity (HFH).  On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - students from several CETA disciplines assisted on a house build in Hartford, CT. 
Along with these students, Assistant Dean David Pines and Prof. Ted Sussmann joined the group to give back to the city of Hartford.  Dean Lou Manzione - Dean of CETA greeted the group as well and the day of work began with a morning kick-off.
Volunteer and educational opportunities of this type will continue this year as CETA will also be working with Habitat for Humanity on a Sustainable House Build on Enfield Street in Hartford, CT. 
Thanks to all for the participation.