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Spring 2016: Partnerships and Internships


Lou Manzione and Christopher Kaswer, Sr. Principal Engineer, R&D of Medtronic, exchange business cards during a spring semester networking event.

Partnerships play a significant role in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). In our fast-moving fields, professional connections help teach students the career-ready skills they need to excel from their first day on the job. We are fortunate to be in a region that is exceptionally rich in engineering and architecture firms. We are all dedicated to understanding our partners’ needs and to crafting interactions of mutual value. Partnerships afford our students hands-on learning experiences through research and capstone projects, and exposure to relevant professionals through internships, shadow opportunities, and speaking engagements. Our partnerships also offer our students opportunities to build and grow valuable professional networks. We work closely with Director of Strategic Partnerships Lynn Baronas on growing and sustaining partnerships across multiple disciplines, and our Engineering Applications Center has been a major pathway to partners for a long time.

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by Lynn Baronas

Elliot Ginsberg, President of the CCAT, spoke with faculty, staff, and students following his April 12 presentation on the partnership between CETA and CCAT.

University of Hartford and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) are partnering to advance the global competitiveness of Connecticut companies through shared resources and expertise. University and CCAT officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding, agreeing to work together to leverage their resources to provide Connecticut companies with research and development assistance, support the expansion of the advanced manufacturing sector, and educate a world-class advanced technology workforce. Under the agreement, CCAT and various University schools and colleges—including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Barney School of Business, and the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions—are developing joint initiatives that provide hands-on experience to students while supporting technological innovation and workforce education and development in the state.

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Engineering Applications Center Builds Partnerships

Claudio Campana M.Eng.’97 working on the non-contact surface roughness analyzer at the Center for Manufacturing Metrology.

The Engineering Applications Center (EAC) is a vehicle for collaboration between the industry and the university in the conduct of applied research involving students, faculty and staff. Recent research developments and the education of our undergraduate and graduate engineers are evidence that the EAC continues to be a model for process innovations.

The commitment to assist industry and other affiliates has continued to remain at the forefront of our industry research program. In addition to solving problems and deploying new methodologies, we continue to publish our in-house research in national and international literature for the benefit of institutions and industries around the world.

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by Nancy Greenwald

All CI workshops and certificate programs are free to University of Hartford students, faculty, and staff.

The Construction Institute (CI) is a unique part of the University of Hartford. CI was formed by visionary leaders at the University and in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry who believed that collaboration is the key to advancing the industry. CI is a membership-based professional organization that is also a part of the University, creating tremendous synergies. For more than 40 years, the CI has been providing vision and leadership and holds a unique place in the industry. The core of CI’s mission is to provide resources and forums for cross-industry collaboration. Our member companies represent every part of the industry including architecture, engineering, and construction, as well as manufacturers, owners, and developers, and the industries that support them. Together, we accomplish remarkable things and move the AEC industry forward.

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Hart Students Spend Spring Break Working with Successful Alumni

Heather Volkens ’17

There are lots of choices of how to spend spring break for UHart students. Some have chosen to add professional experience to their resumes through the University’s Express to Success program. In the program, run by the Alumni Relations office, students work with and learn from alumni who have jobs related to the students’ fields of study. For example, Wilmer Elguera ’17 and Heather Volkens ’17, students in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, are reviewing projects, working with software, and attending meetings with Frank Molgano ’82, director of engineering at Bauer, Inc. in Bristol, Conn. Bauer tests equipment used on aircraft.

“I am very fortunate to have this opportunity,” says Wilmer, who is studying computer engineering. “It really gives me the opportunity to learn what my major does in the field.”

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Kadian Hall ’17

Kadian Hall ’17 will begin his fourth internship this summer with Pratt & Whitney’s Aftermarket Process Engineering Division. He was encouraged to gain experience, so his resume includes internships at Otis Elevator, summer 2013; UTC Aerospace Systems, summer 2014; and Pratt & Whitney, Summer 2015.

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by Lou Manzione

CETA is proud of many of its highly accomplished alumni but Frank Hursey ’77 has a special place in our College. Frank is a highly successful businessperson who speaks regularly with our students about entrepreneurism and invention. He is the president of Onsite Gas which has unique technology for gas separation used to provide oxygen at military field hospitals among many other commercial applications.

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Annual HARTBomb continues in 2016.

On Saturday, February 14, the Hartford Preservation Alliance (HPA) announced its “Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings List” with a HARTBomb event to bring attention to the vacant and/or underutilized historic building treasures in Hartford.

What is HARTBomb?

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by Joseph Prinke ’16

Networkology’s Talk It Up event was held at the Gray Conference Center’s 1877 Club on April 13.

Networking as a whole—especially for people who are in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)—can be a hard concept to grasp. But just like a college course, it can be easily learned when broken up into different sections.

I am currently a graduating senior in biomedical engineering with a pre-medical concentration and minors in mathematics and chemistry.

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It’s important to build your network. Develop and maintain professional relationships through affiliation with and membership in professional organizations.

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See our full list of Clubs, Organizations and Honor Societies


The MTS Model 322 Servohydraulic Test System.

CETA purchases and maintains a considerable collection of teaching equipment, including more than 400 computers, materials and supplies for our 42 laboratories and studios throughout the ISET Complex (Dana Hall, United Technologies Hall, and the Biology-Chemistry Building) and the Harry Jack Gray Center’s west wing.

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Dania Melendez ’17 Architectural Engineering Technology

The primary goal of the Career Services department is to help University of Hartford students and alumni acquire the tools needed to make effective decisions during each phase of their academic and career development. Through in-person meetings from freshman year onward, we support and advise students as they discover who they are and learn about their strengths, values, and interests. Then, we encourage them to explore major and career options that align with their personal strengths and goals.

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Board of Visitors 2015-16


Carol Coppa ’81, P’17 Program Manager, Transmission Projects, Eversource Energy

See the full list of board members.

Are you interested in knowing more about the CETA Board of Visitors?

If so, please contact Dean Lou Manzione at manzione@hartford.edu.