Lou Manzione, dean of the University of Hartford's College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture, was elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering for a term beginning July 1, 2010. In accordance with Academy Bylaws, Manzione will, after his two-year term as Vice President, succeed to the position of President for a two-year term.
The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering is a private, nonprofit, public-service institution patterned after the National Academy of Sciences. The Academy identifies and studies issues and technological advances that are or should be of concern to the people of Connecticut, and provides unbiased, expert advice on science- and technology-related issues to state government and other Connecticut institutions.
Manzione was elected to membership in the Academy in 2006 when he arrived in Connecticut after an accomplished 26-year career with Bell Laboratories. He was appointed chair of the Academy's Communications and Information Systems Technical Board also in 2006; was elected to fill a vacancy on the Academy's Council in 2008 and has served as Committee Chairman on two Academy studies: Advanced Communications Technologies and A Study of Weigh Station Technologies and Practices.
Manzione earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from The Cooper Union in 1975. He began his career with Lucent at the Western Electric Engineering Research Center while a graduate student at Princeton University, where he earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1979. Manzione spent the majority of his career at Bell Labs, based in Murray Hill, NJ. His early research focused on the manufacture of optical fibers and integrated circuits. He patented the process for purifying the reagents used to produce optical fibers and was a pioneer in the plastic encapsulation and packaging of integrated circuits. Manzione initiated the antenna engineering effort at Bell Labs in 1997 which has resulted in more than 3 million antennas deployed worldwide. He led the establishment of a Bell Labs Research Division in Ireland. This center was awarded $55 million of Irish government funding and involved close to 100 academic partners.
Manzione is also chair of several state-wide initiatives. He leads the Nanotechnology Curriculum Committee for the Connecticut Dept of Higher Education and was named Chairman of the Connecticut Broadband Coordinating Council in 2008 when the Council was formed.