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Jack Breton ’21

August 10, 2020
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Jack Breton ’21, a mechanical engineering major with acoustics concentration, is interning remotely with the Bose Professional Systems Division. In this third internship, Breton is exploring a new area of acoustics with the popular audio equipment manufacturing company.

Breton describes the scope of this division within Bose as designing loudspeakers for music venues and touring musicians, videoconferencing systems, and sound systems for commercial spaces, among other products. He is assisting in the programming and development of proprietary loudspeaker data visualization and analysis routines, including support for new measurement systems. Breton is also researching current loudspeaker measurement practices by running and interpreting theoretical models. He is having a fantastic time at the internship, and is excited to be applying many theoretical concepts that he’s learning at UHart to his work at Bose.

Breton previously interned with Cerami & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in architectural acoustics, in the summer of 2019, and the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a municipal water and sewer company for the Hartford, Conn. area, in the summer of 2018. At Cerami, he interned alongside fellow classmate Nate Cromie ’20, a graduate of the nationally recognized Acoustical Engineering and Music BSE program at UHart, and found the experience nothing short of invaluable.

“Cerami & Associates was an awesome company to work at, partly because so many people had connections to UHart. The CEO, Victoria Cerami, is a UHart alumna. Plus, many associates were once acoustics students here at the University,” Breton says. “There, I learned how to identify and recommend solutions for acoustical problems in floor plans, mechanical plans, architectural details, and construction specifications. I also learned how to format recommendations for a client and got to measure and analyze data in the field with industry-standard technology. It was a great experience to be able to apply skills I learned in the classroom to the real world.”

During his internship with the Metropolitan District Commission, Breton worked as a maintenance engineering intern. There, he contributed to the logistical and financial planning of several projects related to the maintenance and upkeep of MDC facilities, vehicle fleet, and infrastructure. He also researched historical spending trends to assist in the optimization of capital improvement spending and supported annual budgetary operations for five major cost centers. While not directly related to his inspiring field, the internship taught him invaluable skills in maintenance planning, project management, and budgeting.

Breton chose to attend UHart because of “the unique acoustics program and close faculty-student relationships.” He says studying acoustics allows him to blend his love of music and audio with his passion for science and engineering.

No other undergraduate program in the country came close to providing this. As an admitted student, I recall having the director of the acoustics program, Dr. Bob Celmer (Dr. Bob, as we call him), take the time to show me around the CETA facilities and acoustics labs. This really showed me the personal connection between faculty and students at the University of Hartford, which I have continued to experience to this day. You really do get to know your professors, not only as instructors, but as friendly resources always eager to assist you with internship/job searches, difficult concepts, and research. Because of the small campus size, they know you by name, and you’re not just another student to them. This helps immensely in an undergraduate engineering program.

Jack Breton ’21, mechanical engineering with acoustics concentration

He credits Celmer and the other faculty who teach acoustics for their tireless efforts in instructing him and his peers on all facets of acoustics. “Without them, I would not have nearly enough knowledge or skills required to intern at companies like Bose and Cerami. I would also like to thank Dr. Bob for helping with my internship and job searches. His tips for writing cover letters and resumes are extremely helpful,” he says.

Along with his internships and academics, Breton is highly involved at the University. He serves as the 2020–21 president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, secretary for the Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society, membership chair and mellophone for UHart’s Pep Band, and member of the Acoustical Society of America and American Society of Mechanical Engineers UHart chapters. He also participated as an undergraduate research assistant for CETA faculty Ivana Milanovic and Bob Celmer on their research, Optimization of Violin Sound Quality, as well as a student preceptor/assistant for assistant professor of mechanical engineering Ted Diehl.

Outside of the classroom, Breton loves anything that has to do with designing, building, or driving. Last summer, he built an electric longboard. This summer, he is working on a homemade motorbike. In the future, he wants to design and build his own cabin in Vermont or Colorado.

As he prepares for his senior year, Breton intends to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and eventually earn his Professional Engineer license to further develop his engineering career. After graduation, Breton plans to enter the field of acoustical consulting. “I am very passionate about designing the best-sounding buildings and spaces for people to enjoy.” At some point, he hopes to return to school to pursue his master’s in business administration or a related degree. “This will develop my skills in leadership, business, and economics and help me achieve my goal of one day owning my own company specializing in the acoustics of homes and buildings.”