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Research and Partnerships

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.

We have many examples of strong partnerships to share including:

  • Our new Manufacturing Metrology Lab built with the support of Pratt & Whitney.

  • Working closely with United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) engineers on our new Turbo-machinery Lab.

  • Sharing several large technology grants with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies (CCAT), who has also hired many of our students as interns. We participate in CCAT’s East Hartford business incubator and our students and faculty have access to state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment at CCAT’s Lab on the UTRC campus.

  • In the design-build industries, we celebrate our long-term partnership with JCJ Architecture, which both sponsors our heralded JCJ Architecture Lecture Series and hosts interns.

  • We also derive significant value from our close affiliation with the Construction Institute, through which nearly 300 companies have access to CETA students, projects, and collaborations.

Partnerships play a critical and growing role in the life of the College, helping us teach our students career-ready skills at the leading edge of business, technology, and leadership development. I hope you enjoy this focus on CETA Strategic Partnerships. I welcome your comments on our growing emphasis on partnerships, and invite you to let me know if you would like to help us initiate or grow a partnership with your organization.

Hisham Alnajjar
Interim Dean

Domestic Activities

Center for Manufacturing Metrology Laboratory
Connecticut Space Grant Consortium
Construction Institute
Engineering Applications Center
Engineers Without Borders
Office of the Provost/Strategic Partnerships

International Partnership Activities

Al Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq
Collaboration with Herat University, Afghanistan
PSG Institutions (Peelamedu, Tamilnadu, India)
Shanghai Normal University Agreement
University of Applied Sciences, Wismar, Germany