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Weekend Storm and Arrival Advisory

With a severe winter storm forecast to affect our area during Saturday night and Sunday, residential students are asked to postpone their return to campus to Monday afternoon or, for those whose class schedules allow, Tuesday. Students, please do not arrive on campus Sunday, and check back here throughout the storm's duration for the latest advisories. Those students whose travel arrangements do not allow for a return to campus on Monday or Tuesday will be permitted to arrive during the day on Saturday and will be able to access their residential space by ID swipe. (Please note that meal plans go into effect with the Sunday evening meal.)

Hartt Community Division students and families, please check back here during the weekend for the status of HCD activities.

2014-2015 Activities

May 5, 2015
Tappan Zee Bridge Site Visit

The new Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing is designed for a 100-year service life and will be mass-transit-ready. It features twin three-mile structures, each with 1,200-foot cable-stayed main spans and 350-foot steel girder approach spans. The new bridge provides eight general traffic lanes, emergency lanes, extra-wide shoulders for express bus service, a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian path on the northern span, and scenic overlooks with anti-climb fencing and security cameras. A new toll plaza will include at least three highway-speed E-ZPass lanes. The project is scheduled for completion in 2018.

One of the main spectacles of this project is the crane that made the news for its trip from San Francisco to New York.  The I Lift NY Supercrane (this is a nickname for the crane officially named the Left Coast Lifter) is just starting its work in the Hudson River placing foundation elements for the bridge.  During the field trip we will get a project presentation about the bridge design, project schedule, and current stage of the project.  We will also travel to a lookout at the shore of the Hudson River to get a perspective on the project where we stand a pretty good chance of seeing the supercrane at work.  Just last Friday this crane made its first lift of a 600 ton pile cap.   


April 24, 2015
Blakeslee Prestressing Plant Visit (Brandford, CT)

Visiting Blakeslee Plant provides an excellent opportunity to see a prestressing plant in full operation during business hours.  The tour includes seeing how precast concrete is manufactured and learning about the design and construction process.  High-performance concrete (HPC) provides a designated combination of performance and uniformity requirements that can’t always be achieved routinely using conventional constituents and normal mix, placing, and curing practices. HPC is produced by controlling the amount of cement or cementitious materials, such as slag and fly ash, in the mix. This replacement creates a low water-cementitious ratio, which reduces permeability, increases strength, and improves durability.  High-performance precast concrete (HPPC) uses HPC to produce high quality prefabricated building components. They work together to optimize and integrate high-performance characteristics into the structure throughout its life cycle.

Blakeslee Prestressing Plant Blakeslee Prestressing Plant Blakeslee Prestressing Plant

April 10-11, 2015
New England Steel Bridge Competition

The University of Hartford’s ASCE Steel Bridge Team participated in the 2015 New England Steel Bridge Competition and Student Conference hosted by Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. Colleges and universities from New England and parts of Canada participated to see if their bridge designs are strong enough to make it to the National Competition.  Teams are judged on factors such as stiffness (deflection), lightness, construction speed, display (aesthetics), efficiency, economy, and best overall.  Our ASCE team is very proud of how their bridge performed and hopes to make it to Nationals next year!

2015 New England Steel Bridge Competition and Student Conference 2015 New England Steel Bridge Competition and Student Conference 2015 New England Steel Bridge Competition and Student Conference

April 8, 2015
Civil Engineering Network Dinner

For the past few years, our ASCE Student Chapter has been focusing on expanding our student’s connection with the civil engineering profession. The Networking Dinner was started as an opportunity for students to speak with civil engineering professionals to gain a working knowledge of the profession and the types of careers they might wish to pursue after completing their education.

The 4th Networking Reception was held on Wednesday April 8, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm with 35 professionals and 35 students attending the event.  The reception included a “progressive dinner” where seating arrangements changed for each course of the meal.  This ensured that everyone was able to meet several different people with enough time for a meaningful conversation in each setting.

March 31, 2015
Networkology Event #4

The fourth networkology event is being presented by Career Services to teach students about the proper etiquette for social events with professionals.   This workshop is in preparation for our April 8 Networking Dinner.  Attendance of the etiquette workshop is mandatory for attending the Networking Dinner.  

February 27, 2015
Networkology Event #3

The Networkology Board is holding the third networking event on February 27, 2015.  This event is a Q & A Session with members of CETA’s Board of Visitors. This is a great opportunity to learn about how not only get that first engineering job, but how you should go about taking that entry level position and moving into positions with increasingly level of responsibilities.

February 25, 2015
Joint ASCE Student Activity – Bowling at the US Coast Guard Academy

Dr. Sussmann and six students traveled to New London, CT for a fun evening of bowling with civil engineering students from the US Coast Guard Academy.  More University of Hartford students participated in the evenings activities than Coast Guard students and students from other CT civil engineering programs.  Way to show off that Hawk spirit!!!
Bowling at the US Coast Guard Academy

February 19, 2015
Connecticut Society of Civil Engineering Meeting Co-Sponsored by the University of Hartford ASCE Student Chapter and CSCE Structure Group

The CSCE monthly dinner is great opportunity to network with practicing civil engineers and then learn about the Rehabilitation of the Pulaski Skyway Viaduct. The 3.5-mile Pulaski Skyway connects Jersey City, South Kearny and Newark and is a vital link in the Northern New Jersey transportation network.  The Skyway is an elevated structure composed of a series of bridges that carries Route 1 & 9 over the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers, the New Jersey Turnpike, several railroads, and industrial facilities.  It serves as an express link for car and bus traffic to and from the Holland Tunnel and destinations further north on Route 1 & 9, transporting more than 67,000 vehicles a day.

The Skyway is undergoing a major rehabilitation over the next several years in a series of anticipated construction projects to repair existing steel member defects, replace the entire existing deck with light weight precast concrete panels, repair existing concrete substructure members and paint the entire structure.  The estimated cost of the program is $1.3 billion, and was initiated in the fall of 2012.  

Joseph Mumber, P.E., Project Manager and Parsons Brinckerhoff Assistant Vice President will be discussing the design and status of the project.

The event is at the 1877 Club and is $5 for students.  The evening activities are:

Social Hour:    5:30 – 6:30 pm
Dinner:    6:30 – 7:30 pm
Program:    7:30 – 8:30 pm

February 6 and 13, 2015
Microstation Inroads Training

Steve Fraysier, Project Engineer at BL Companies and University of Hartford CE Alumna, will be teaching two Bentley MicroStation and Inroads training sessions (see below). This is a great opportunity for CE students to learn Bentley CAD engineering and design tools that are widely used in practice.
Part I:  “Introduction to Microstation and Inroads” and Hands-on Exercises
Friday February 6, 2015 at 12:30 – 2:30 pm in Dana 420
Part II: Inroads Hands-on Exercises
Friday February 13, 2015 at 12:30 – 2:30 pm in Dana 420

January 30, 2015
Lunch and Learn Seminar
Measuring and Modeling Differential Movement at Track Transitions

Track movement at railroad bridge to track transition areas is a very common problem.  Professor Stark, Professor at University of Illinois, lecture will be streamed live at 1:00 pm in UT 215.  Professor Stark does a very good job presenting this complex analysis in an easily understandable manner.

November 30, 2014
Networkology Event #2

The second networkology event which is a dinner reception with CETA Professor’s is on November 20, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Grengras Student Union.  Students will rotate from table to table in a progressive format learning about how to interact with professionals and to improve your networking skills.

October 30, 2014
Networkology Event #1

The first networkology event is on the “The Basics of Networking.”  Presentations by Dean Manzione and Career Services will provide you the necessary information to start building a successful and rewarding engineering career.

October 28, 2014
Lunch and Learn Seminar

American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA)

Joe Smak, Senior Director of Track Maintenance and Compliance at Amtrak and 2013-14 AREMA President, will provide information on how to get involved in the railroad industry.  The railroad industry is a leader in the use of advanced technology for civil engineering infrastructure and Joe will discuss potential careers for civil engineers in the railroad industry, and the benefits of starting a student chapter of AREMA.

October 27-28, 2014
American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) 26th Annual Convention, Hartford, CT

ASBI invited ASCE Student Chapter members to attend the 26th Annual Convention and the Connecticut Convention Center.  The nonprofit organization was incorporated in 1989 to provide a forum where owners, designers, constructors, and suppliers can meet to further refine current design, construction and construction management procedures, and evolve new techniques that will advance the quality and use of concrete segmental bridges. ASBI is a unique organization in that all components of the bridge construction industry are included as members.  The conference provided an excellent opportunity for the students to learn about the segmental bridge industry. ASBI students

October 16, 2014
Lunch and Learn Seminar
ASCE Infrastructure Report Card

Every family, every community and every business needs infrastructure to thrive. Infrastructure encompasses your local water main and the Hoover Dam; the power lines connected to your house and the electrical grid spanning the U.S.; and the street in front of your home and the national highway system.
Once every four years, America’s civil engineers provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure categories in ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure (Report Card).
Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, both assigning grades and making recommendations for how to raise the grades. An Advisory Council of ASCE members assign the grades according to the following eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. Since 1998, the grades have been near failing, averaging only Ds, due to delayed maintenance and underinvestment across most categories.
Dr. Sussmann will present the results of the latest report card that was completed in 2013 in which America’s cumulative GPA for infrastructure rose slightly to a D+. The grades in 2013 ranged from a high of B- for solid waste to a low of D- for inland waterways and levees. Solid waste, drinking water, wastewater, roads, and bridges all saw incremental improvements, and rail jumped from a C- to a C+. No categories saw a decline in grade this year (see for more information).

October 7, 2014
CareerBridge Training

Career Services is having a workshop on CareerBridge at 12:15 pm in Dana 423.  This is the University's data base that provides you with internship and entry level engineering opportunities.  You can also upload your resume so employers can contact you directly about openings.

September 23 – November 4, 2014
“Three Steps to Success” Career Development Program

•    Student Workshop – Tuesday September 23, 2014
Presentations on resume preparation, presenting oneself in a professional setting, and interviewing skills to help students prepare for the CETA Career Fair

•    Mock Interviews
Prepare for the CETA Career Fair and internship / entry level job opportunities by signing up for a mock interview with one of the following engineering and architecture firms.  The mock interview will provide you with immediate feedback on your interviewing skills so that you can land that perfect job.  Please register through Career Bridge (

-    Kaman Aerospace (10/16/14)
-    Arcadis (10/28/14)
-    Wright-Pierce (11/5/14)
-    JCJ Architecture (11/7/14)
-    Id3A (11/14/14)
-    Covidien (11/14/14)

•    CETA Career Fair – November 4, 2014
The final step in your “Three Steps to Success” is the CETA Career Fair is in Konover from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Tuesday November 4.  Use the skills that you have learned to impress representatives from a range of engineering companies.  Don’t forget to dress in your best business attire and bring copies of your resume and business cards.  Good Luck!!

September 30, 2014
ASCE Student Chapter Kickoff Meeting

The first general ASCE Chapter's meeting will be held Tuesday, September 30 at 12:15 in UT 303.  Please come and be an active participant in our ASCE Student Chapter.