Friday, August 26, 2016

Awards Recognize Faculty and Staff Achievement

Twelve faculty and staff members were recognized for their exceptional contributions during this year’s, 2016-17, Faculty/Staff Kickoff.

The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture is proud to announce and congratulate two of the winners as CETA faculty:

Awards for Innovations in Teaching and Learning:

Seth Holmes - Assistant Professor of Architecture in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture:

Last fall, graduate students in Holmes's "Advanced Building Systems" course built six different huts to analyze the effectiveness of architectural design methods in relation to indoor environment comfort and energy use. You may have seen the huts located near Lincoln Theater and the picnic grove on the residential side of campus. This active learning technique promotes students’ ability to evaluate and apply knowledge to real-world architectural design proposals.


(L-R) Interim Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer, Associate Professor Nels Highberg, Professor Katherine Stevinson-Nollet, Professor Robert Carl, Assistant Professor Seth Holmes, University President Walter Harrison

The Women’s Advancement Initiative Faculty Fellowship Program:

Ivana Milanovic - Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Milanovic is an inspiring teacher, tireless professional, and excellent researcher, who always focuses on her students and the community. She is an expert in developing high-impact practices in teaching and a champion in using multimedia and enriched content.


(L-R) Interim Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer, Professor Ivana Milanovic, Amy Jaffe Barzach, University President Walter Harrison
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Angel Muñoz - '17 - Part of the Technical Team Bringing the Olympics to Viewers.

Angel Muñoz '17 is Part of the Technical Team Bringing the Olympics to Viewers.

Angel Muñoz '17 is in Rio, interning with NBC during the Olympics.

Angel works in NBC's "Primetime Studio," changing audio levels for Bob Costas and guests' ear monitors.

Qualifying to join NBC’s staff at the Olympics may not be as difficult as the work to win a medal, but the competition is tough. Just ask Angel Muñoz ’17, who was one of thousands of young people who applied for a coveted intern position on the network’s production team at the Games. As it turns out, he was the only engineering student selected to help broadcast the Games to millions of viewers around the world.

“I came to Rio expecting to be in a pool of “runner” interns with general duties,” says Angel, an audio engineering technology major in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). “Now I’m actually involved in broadcasting the Olympic Games, one of the most massive media productions in the world. I’m interning directly with the A1 engineer, who mixes all the sound for the show, and the A2 engineer, who sets up technical equipment for the sound. I couldn’t believe I was actually putting a microphone on Bob Costas during rehearsal.”

Angel’s dream of interning at the Olympics started during his first year at UHart, when he learned that Joe Dziok, a music production and technology major in The Hartt School, interned at the 2014 winter games in Soche, Russia. (Read more about Joe Dziok, and his experience at the Olympics.) Angel’s advisor, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering David Shuman, supported him in his quest to intern in Rio.

“Angel has a worldliness about him that, when combined with how studious he is and how hard he works, is a great mix for broadcast,” says Shuman. Additionally, Shuman points out that the University’s audio technology program is more technical than most in the country. “Our students tend to advance very quickly once people understand their technical capabilities.”

Angel, who arrived in Rio on July 17 and expects to be there until August 24, isn’t complaining about his 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily shifts. He says NBC is, “taking great care of its interns with sightseeing trips and hosting dinners with athletes and network employees.” Any other time he has, he’s using to make connections. “Broadcasting is a great world to work in, so I hope to keep networking while I’m here. It’s a long road and a lot of hard work, but I’m up for it.”

Something else he’s up for? “Catching some beach volleyball and gymnastics action before my work day begins.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CETA’s Sussmann has Presentations on Three Continents this Summer.

CETA's Professor Sussmann Presents -

Ted Sussmann, assistant professor in CETA’s Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department, was involved in presentations in Italy, China, and at the University of Illinois this summer. In Milan, Italy, Dr. Sussmann attended the World Congress on Railway Research and was coauthor of the paper “Long Term Performance of Slab Track Designed for Shared Passenger and Freight Operations and Tested Under Heavy Freight Trains”, which summarizes the results from a recently completed long term test Dr. Sussmann worked to initiate in his early research for the Volpe Center in Cambridge, MA. In China, Dr. Sussmann was invited to speak at the First International Summit on Railroad Engineering and Transportation Geotechnics at Central South University in Changsha. Finally, Dr. Sussmann presented “Track Substructure Influences on Track Support Conditions” at the 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ted Sussman giving Presentation in Changsha China
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