Mohd Hatta '91 Improves the Lives of Many in Malaysia
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Mohd Hatta '91 Improves the Lives of Many in Malaysia

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Professor Saleh Keshawarz, chair of the Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical,
Engineering Department, reminisced recently about the University of Hartford
during the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, when Mohd Hatta ’91, a former
student from Malaysia, reached out to reconnect, and it awakened memories
of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) during
that time period.

Back then, CETA had not yet merged into what we know it as today. Until the
2004-05 academic year, the College of Engineering and the Ward College
of Technology were separate entities. When they first combined, they were
one college but two schools. The next academic year, 2005-06, they became
what we now know as CETA: one college with four departments. CETA
currently offers ten different undergraduate programs of study, as well as
five graduate level programs. In addition, CETA offers a graduate dual degree
option with the Barney School of Business.

Mohd was part of the first group of nearly 100 applicants who arrived from
Malaysia in the late 1980s. Samuel Skinner, the Director of International
Admissions recalls, that “most of the students were engineering majors, but
some were focused on computer science or business.”

Professor Keshawarz formed very close relationships with these students and
they “loved him,” notes Sam. Despite CETA’s steadfast growth in programs,
the social interaction and relationships between faculty and students have
remained a priority. Faculty advising has and will remain an indispensable
element of the CETA experience.

Mohd is currently living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is heavily involved
in the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Project. They are currently installing a
permanent platform for the city’s Pusat Bandar Damansara Station. The
development of the MRT is dramatically changing the lives of citizens of
Malaysia by providing transportation for approximately 400,000 passengers
per day. The Kajang Line is 51km long and served by 31 stations. The project
is far from being over and everything is “on track for the launch of the MRT
phase two,” according to the facebook group, MRTMalaysia. Launching a
system like the MRT is crucial to Malaysia’s economic development, allowing
the country to expand their businesses to areas that typically had limited
accessibility. Mohd believes his education at Uhart has given him the tools to
facilitate his country’s objective toward economic progress.

As we look to the future of our University, our students and the innovative
possibilities they make a reality, CETA cannot help but be in awe of what our
University’s history proves time and time again. Our students improve the lives
of many, and we are grateful for the time we share with them in and out of
the classroom. Our faculty go above and beyond to ensure that our students
succeed and CETA continues to enjoy and share in the accomplishments of
our alumni. With the remembrance of years past, we are eager to embark
upon the possibilities of the 2017-18 academic year.