Alan Hadad came to the University of Hartford in 1989 as Professor of Physics and Dean of the Samuel I Ward College of Technology. In 1997, he was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering in addition to his other deanship. In 2003, he was the founding dean of the current College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. In 2005, he assumed his last role as Professor of Physics, Associate Vice President, and Dean of University Magnet Schools. In 2019, he assumed his current position as Professor.
During the sixteen years between 1989 and 2005, Dean Hadad initiated the undergraduate programs in architectural engineering technology (1991), mechanical engineering technology (1993), audio engineering technology (1994), and computer engineering technology (1995), as well as the graduate program in architecture (2004). He also led the college in its initial accreditation of the programs in computer engineering and biomedical engineering in 2004 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET).
In 2005, Dean Hadad commenced his current work with the University’s two magnet schools, located on the University’s campus. His work with University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) has been in the forefront of educational innovation in the United States, in that qualified students from UHSSE are allowed to take courses at the University of Hartford free of charge while still matriculated as high school students. In 2012, UHSSE was named the top magnet high school in the United States by the Magnet Schools of America, an organization comprising more than 6000 schools.
Prior to coming to the University of Hartford, Dean Hadad was Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he worked from 1979 to 1989. He has also taught at Southeastern Massachusetts University, Northeastern University, Bently University, and Dartmouth College, his alma mater.
- Chair of Early College Protocol Committe
- Member of University High School of Science and Engineering Governance Council
- Member of University of Hartford Magnet School Governance Council
- Best Session (Faculty Scholarship, Research, and Development in Engineering Technology), American Society for Engineering Education, Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration, Engineering Technology Division, 2010
- Lambda Epsilon Chapter of Tau Alpha Pi National Engineering and Technology Honor Society, Honorary Member, 1997
- Distinguished Educator and Service Award, American Society for Engineering Education, Physics and Engineering Physics Division, 1997
- Woodrow Wilson Foundation, $400,000 Planning Grant to develop University High School of Science and Engineering, May 2003.
- Hadad, A., Abu-Aisheh, A., Alnajjar, H., Britt, T., Grant, L., “Audio Engineering Technology at the University of Hartford.” CIEC Conference, Savannah, GA, February 2014.
- Grant, L., Abu-aisheh, A., & Hadad, A. "Using TEALE Learning Methodology to Promote Portable Interdisciplinary Accountability in Engineering Education." IEEE Educational Conference (EDUCON2013). Berlin, Germany, April 2013.
- Abu-aisheh, A., Khader, S., Hasan, O., & Hadad, A. "Improving the Reliability of Solar-Powered LED Illumination Systems." ICGST International Conference on Recent Advances in Energy Systems, Alexandria, Egypt, April 2012.
- Grant, L., Abu-aisheh, A., Hadad, A., Alnajjar, H., & Poole, B. "Successful Integration of Informal Learning in Engineering Education." IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON2012). Marrakesh, Morocco, April 2012.
- Hadad, A. & Abu-aisheh, A. "The Engineering/Engineering Technology Divide in the United States." ASEE Northeast Section Annual Conference, West Hartford, CT, Spring 2011.
- Abu-aisheh, A., Hadad, A., Hasan, O., & Khader, S. "Implementation of Dual Use Fiber Optic Communications Laboratories." IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON2011). Amman, Jordan, April 2011.
- Khader, S., Abu-aisheh, A., & Hadad, A. "The Application of PSIM & MATLAB/SIMULINK in Power Electronics Courses." IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON2011). Amman, Jordan, April 2011.
- Abu-aisheh, A., Hadad, A., & Farahmand, F. "Implementations of a Virtual RF and Digital Communications Laboratory for E-Learning." ASTF 5th Congress on Scientific Research Outlook & Technology (SR05), Fez, Morocco, October 2008.
- Leone, D. Hadad, A., Coleman, S., Alnajjar, H., & Elsaghir, H. "Teaching Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Including Laboratory Sessions, using a Combination of Distance Learning and Distance Teaching Techniques." ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Portland, OR, June 2005.
- Hadad, A., Hammouri, G., & Shahdan, P. "Analysis of Prime Numbers."ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Nashville, Tennessee, June 2003.