CETA’s Expert Faculty and Talented Staff

CETA’s talented group of faculty and staff care about making every CETA students’ experience impactful, meaningful, and enjoyable during their time at the University. They are a knowledgeable group of individuals who aren’t afraid to continue learning themselves through specific research and projects, many times collaborative with CETA students. In CETA, faculty and staff know students by name. Students work with faculty, the Student Services staff and student mentors/ambassadors to navigate the transition from high school to college and in pursuit of their field of study and career goals.

Our expert faculty guide, challenge, and inspire our students from their first-year, to senior year, and beyond. Eighty percent of CETA's faculty hold the terminal degrees in their field of expertise. In addition, many of the faculty consult with industry, perform research for industry, and hold the Professional Engineer or Registered Architect designations. Because of their education and experience, our faculty can offer you what you need to learn to succeed in your career.

Meet Our Dean

Hisham Alnajjar Headshot

Dean Hisham Alnajjar has been with the University of Hartford and CETA for over twenty years. Prior to his role as Dean, he served as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Dean of the College. Dean Alnajjar has worked extensively in signal and image processing including character recognition. His research interests include sensor array processing, digital signal processing theory and real-time applications, power systems in addition to engineering education.

Dean's Office

Name Title
Hisham Alnajjar Dean
Laura Heemskerk Executive Assistant to the Dean
Michael Nowak Assistant Dean of Academic Planning & Curriculum; Program Director, Biomedical Engineering; Professor
David Pines Associate Dean for Student Support; Professor

Architecture Department

Name Title
Timothy Adekunle Assistant Professor
Julie Chen Adjunct Professor; Woodshop and Digital Fabrication Lab Manager
Michael Crosbie Professor
Daniel Davis Professor
James Fuller Department Chair; Program Director, Architectural Design + Technology, Associate Professor
Ira Hessmer Adjunct Professor
Seth Holmes Architecture Graduate Program Director; Associate Professor
Elizabeth Petry Associate Professor
Theodore Sawruk Associate Professor
Stephen Smith Adjunct Professor; Woodshop and Digital Fabrication Lab Assistant Manager
Yang Yang Assistant Professor

Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department

Name Title
Mary Arico Interim Director, NASA CT Space Grant Consortium; Assistant Professor
Takafumi Asaki Assistant Professor
Todd Brown Applied Assistant Professor
Clara Fang Professor
Ameh Fioklou Assistant Professor
Alan Hadad Professor
David Jacobs Adjunct Professor
Eric N. James Assistant Professor
Saleh Keshawarz Department Chair; Program Director, Civil Engineering; Professor
Barbara McCleary Adjunct Professor
Michael Nowak Assistant Dean of Academic Planning & Curriculum; Program Director, Biomedical Engineering; Professor
David Pines Associate Dean for Student Support; Professor
Ted Sussmann Assistant Professor
Lee Townsend Assistant Professor
Yang Yang Assistant Professor

Samuel I. Ward Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Name Title
Akram Abu-aisheh Professor
Alaa Al Ghazo Visiting Instructor
Timothy Britt Assistant Professor
Michael deAlmeida Applied Assistant Professor
Thomas Eppes Professor
Krista Hill Program Director, Computer Engineering; Associate Professor
Wallace Kirschner Adjunct Professor
Dominick Lauria Adjunct Professor
Kevin McGivern Visiting Assistant Professor
Patricia Mellodge Program Director, Electromechanical Engineering Technology; Associate Professor
Saeid Moslehpour Professor
Ladimer Nagurney Program Director, Electrical Engineering; Professor
Bruce Plumley Visiting Assistant Professor
Johanna Raphael Applied Assistant Professor
Hemchandra Shertukde Professor
David Shuman Program Director, Audio Engineering Technology; Assistant Professor
Kiwon Sohn Assistant Professor
Ying Yu Department Chair; Program Director, Computer & Electronic Engineering Technology; Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering Department

Name Title
Claudio Campana Applied Assistant Professor
Howard Canistraro Associate Professor
Robert D. Celmer Program Director, Acoustical Engineering Program; Professor
Edward Diehl Assistant Professor
Suhash Ghosh Associate Director, Center for Manufacturing and Metrology; Associate Professor
Reihaneh Jamshidi Assistant Professor
Christopher Jasinski Assistant Professor
Eoin King Coordinator, Honors Program; Associate Professor
Ivana Milanovic Professor
Enrico Obst Visiting Assistant Professor
Mark Orelup Adjunct Professor
Allan Penda Adjunct Professor
Chittaranjan Sahay Vernon D. Roosa Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Manufacturing and Metrology
Paul Slaboch Assistant Professor
Akin Tatoglu Assistant Professor
Kamau Wright Assistant Professor
Cy Yavuzturk Department Chair; Program Director, Mechanical Engineering; Director, Clean Energy Institute; Professor

CETA Administrative and Professional Staff

Name Title
Philip Faraci Applied Assistant Professor of Engineering
Stephanie Fengler Marketing Communications Manager
Janice Girouard Manager of Student Services & Evaluation
Laurie Granstrand Manager of Graduate Programs
Laura Heemskerk Executive Assistant to the Dean
Allison Poulin Office Coordinator
Jonathan Shapiro Machine Shop Technician

CETA Technical Support Staff

Name Title
Julio Bravo Senior Electrical/Electronics Specialist
Mark Juliano Computer Support Analyst

Engineering Applications Center Directors

Name Title
Hisham Alnajjar Dean

NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium Staff

Name Title
Mary Arico Interim Director, NASA CT Space Grant Consortium; Assistant Professor
Janet Spatcher Program Manager, NASA CT Space Grant Consortium