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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 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-five years. Prior to his role as Dean, he served as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Dean of the College.

Alnajjar has been instrumental in the growth of our College through new programs and partnerships with industry, as well as the development and execution of the Hursey Center.

He specifically 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

Meet members of our Dean's Office.
Name Title
Hisham Alnajjar Dean
David Pines Associate Dean for Student Support; Professor
Michael Nowak Assistant Dean of Academic Planning & Curriculum; Program Director, Biomedical Engineering; Professor

Department of Architecture

Meet our faculty under the Department of Architecture.
Name Title
Timothy Adekunle Associate Professor
Jill Bambury Assistant Professor
Michael Crosbie Professor
Daniel Davis Professor
James Fuller Department Chair; Program Director, Architectural Design + Technology, Associate Professor
Ira Hessmer Adjunct Faculty
Bryan Hurlburt Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Manager of Woodshop and Fabrication Lab
Elizabeth Petry Associate Professor
Theodore Sawruk Associate Professor
Ryan Schicker Adjunct Faculty; Manager of Woodshop and Fabrication Lab
Stephen Smith Graduate Program Director; Visiting Assistant Professor
Yang Yang Assistant Professor

Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department

Meet our faculty under the Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department.
Name Title
Mary Arico Director, NASA CT Space Grant Consortium; Assistant Professor
Takafumi Asaki Assistant Professor
Clara Fang Professor
Ameh Fioklou Adjunct Faculty
Alan Hadad Professor
David Jacobs Adjunct Faculty
Alireza Jamalipour Adjunct Faculty
Saleh Keshawarz Department Chair; Program Director, Civil Engineering; Professor
Barbara McCleary Adjunct Faculty
Michael Nowak Assistant Dean of Academic Planning & Curriculum; Program Director, Biomedical Engineering; Professor
David Pines Associate Dean for Student Support; Professor
Ted Sussmann Associate Professor
Lee Townsend Assistant Professor
Yang Yang Assistant Professor

Samuel I. Ward Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Meet our faculty under the Samuel I. Ward Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Name Title
Akram Abu-aisheh Professor
Timothy Britt Assistant Professor
Michael deAlmeida Applied Assistant Professor
Thomas Eppes Professor
Krista Hill Associate Professor
Wallace Kirschner Adjunct Faculty
Patricia Mellodge Program Director, Electrical Engineering; Associate Professor
Saeid Moslehpour Professor
Carolyn Petersen Adjunct Faculty
Bruce Plumley Visiting Assistant Professor
Johanna Raphael Program Director, Electromechanical Engineering Technology; Applied Assistant Professor
Brian Romano Adjunct Faculty
Xin Shen 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 Engineering and Computer & Electronic Engineering Technology; Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

Meet our faculty under the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering.
Name Title
Claudio Campana Applied Assistant Professor
Howard Canistraro Associate Professor
Robert D. Celmer Program Director, Acoustical Engineering Program; Professor
Ulrich Decher Adjunct Faculty
Edward Diehl Assistant Professor
Suhash Ghosh Associate Director, Center for Manufacturing and Metrology; Associate Professor
Reihaneh Jamshidi Assistant Professor
Christopher Jasinski Assistant Professor
Ivana Milanovic Professor
Enrico Obst Visiting Assistant Professor
Mark Orelup Adjunct Faculty
Allan Penda Adjunct Faculty
Chittaranjan Sahay Vernon D. Roosa Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Manufacturing and Metrology
Paul Slaboch Program Director, Aerospace Engineering; Associate Professor
Akin Tatoglu Associate Professor
Cy Yavuzturk Department Chair; Program Director, Mechanical Engineering; Director, Clean Energy Institute; Professor

CETA Administrative and Professional Staff

Meet our administrative and professional staff that support the College through various roles.
Name Title
Philip Faraci Applied Assistant Professor of Engineering
Laurie Granstrand Manager of Graduate Programs
Vince Mack Collegiate Budget Manager
Allison Poulin Office Coordinator

CETA Technical Support Staff

Meet CETA's technical support staff.
Name Title
Julio Bravo Senior Electrical/Electronics Specialist
Mark Juliano Computer Support Analyst
Jonathan Shapiro Machine Shop Technician

Engineering Applications Center Directors

Meet the Directors of the Engineering Applications Center located right here at the University of Hartford.
Name Title
Hisham Alnajjar Dean

NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium Staff

Meet members from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium located right here at the University of Hartford.
Name Title
Mary Arico Director, NASA CT Space Grant Consortium; Assistant Professor
Yingcui Li Assistant Director
April Michaud Program Coordinator
Janet Spatcher Program Manager, NASA CT Space Grant Consortium