Feb 17, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Research Centers

Research Centers

Engineering Applications Center
The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture at the University of Hartford believes that industry is an important partner in the University’s ability to sustain excellence in engineering through education and applied research. The Engineering Applications Center is a vehicle for collaboration between industry and the University. The center provides the opportunity for local business and industry to apply new technologies to their products and processes through application projects, demonstrations, consulting, short courses, symposia, and forums in a wide range of current interest areas. The center not only provides a resource to industry for technology transfers, but it also contributes to the quality of engineering education at the college by involving students in various real-world projects.

The Engineering Applications Center is managed by the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture with support from the Barney School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. It comprises the following: the Manufacturing Engineering Institute, the Energy and Environmental Institute, the Acoustics and Vibrations Institute, the Biomechanics Research Institute, and the Institute of Signal Processing.

For further information about the Engineering Applications Center’s services and the continuing engineering education activities, call 860.768.4846 or email alnajjar@hartford.edu.

Center for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems
The University is home to the Center for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems, an international body for the advancement of study, documentation, and education on all aspects of language problems in international relations.

Center for Social Research
The Center for Social Research is a unit within the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences that engages in applied research for state and local organizations. Faculty from the Sociology department and across the University conduct studies and provide internship opportunities for students pursuing the Certificate in Applied Social Research. Internship students work closely with faculty in all phases of the research process, including the design, collection, and analysis of data, as well as the presentation of research results. Recent projects include an evaluation of a statewide child abuse prevention program, an environmental equity study, and a life stories study of vulnerable, first-time parents in Connecticut.

Center for Integrated Design
Architecture, Engineering, Business, and Visual Communication Design Solutions for the Community. The Center for Integrated Design (CID) provides Hartford and the surrounding communities with resources and solutions that address architectural, engineering, business, and visual communication design issues. It is committed to establishing interdisciplinary and educational dialogues between the community, the University’s faculty, and its students. The CID works on projects that intersect four disciplines: architecture, engineering, business, and visual communication design. Students and faculty work collaboratively with clients, providing direct interaction and experience for students. A project may include all four disciplines, any combination of disciplines, or only one of them. Governments, public entities, private entities, public K-12 schools, private K-12 schools, nonprofits, and other organizations submit projects for consideration. The projects have clearly defined goals and are typically completed during the academic year, allowing continuity of student involvement and experiential learning.  For further information about the Center for Integrated Design, call 860.768.5137 or email fuller@hartford.edu.

Clean Energy Institute
The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) at the University of Hartford believes that industry as well as federal and state agencies are important partners in the university’s ability to sustain excellence in engineering through education and research.

By developing collaborative synergies in engineering education and research with its partners, the Clean Energy Institute (CEI) endeavors to accelerate the progress toward a scalable clean energy future that involves the advancement of next generation renewable energy technologies, materials and devices, and their integration with current systems. This vision will be accomplished through scientific and engineering education/research that leverages the knowledge and infrastructure in our state, region and beyond. 

Within this framework, the Clean Energy Institute is a vehicle for collaboration between the industry, federal and state agencies and university in the conduct of fundamental and applied research involving students, faculty and staff. The Center strives to be a model for innovations, and our ultimate challenge is to sustain and improve the quality of engineering education at CETA.

The goals of the Institute include:

  • Supporting science and engineering research that sustains leadership and economic advantages in clean energy, renewable energy technologies and sustainable design in engineering.
  • Advancing knowledge and technologies that will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Developing educational programs that attract top talent to our campus.
  • Growing an externally funded research portfolio with focus on renewable energy technologies and their systems integration.
  • Providing opportunities for local business and industry to apply new technologies to their products and processes through application projects, demonstrations, consulting, short courses, certificate programs, and symposia.

In order to have real impact, the advancement of renewable energy technologies require parallel advances in materials and manufacturing to lower costs and improve efficiency and reliability. At the same time, innovations are needed in the software and hardware that enables seamless integration with the broader energy system. To accomplish this, the Institute’s efforts will be organized around synergistic research thrusts with the industry as well as state and federal agencies.

The Clean Energy Institute’s commitment to assist industry and other entities and affiliates remains at the forefront of our applied and fundamental research programs.  The CEI is developing interdisciplinary educational programs that can attract the best and brightest students and researchers, and provide them with the knowledge to be meaningful contributors to their disciplines, while also understanding the broader technical, economic, environmental and societal constraints that impact clean energy adoption and sustainability. To further accelerate the adoption of our new knowledge and technologies, CEI will partner with UHart programs to bring industry, utilities, and local innovators into our research and educational activities. The industry engagement will help us tailor professional programs to meet the needs of industry and our students, while also opening the door to research partnerships. For further information about the Clean Energy Institute call 860.768.5554 or email yavuzturk@hartford.edu.

Engineers Without Borders
The student chapter of Engineers Without Borders of the University of Hartford is assisting communities in India and Kenya to develop a sustainable supply of clean water to improve their health and living conditions. Operating from a holistic approach, students from throughout the University are working together on these complex social, economic, religious, and political issues. For example, students in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture are implementing sustainable and appropriate technical solutions, such as a solar-powered groundwater pump and rainwater harvesting systems; Hartford Art School students are developing visual campaigns to promote education and wellness; students in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions are performing health assessments; and students in the College of Arts and Sciences are performing community needs assessments and measuring the changes brought about by the student projects. Students travel to India and Kenya to work on the projects during winter, spring, and summer breaks. For further information about the Engineers Without Borders, call 860.768.4560 or email pines@hartford.edu.

Construction Institute (CI)
The University of Hartford Construction Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association of building and construction industry decision makers working to improve the industry by sharing experience and knowledge and developing business leaders. Institute members include all the professions, disciplines, and related industries that serve and supply the entire construction industry.

Through its affiliation with the University of Hartford, the institute provides the construction industry with educational and professional training services to help practitioners improve their management skills, add to their technical knowledge, and improve productivity.

At the core of the institute is its role of serving as a catalyst and neutral forum for bringing together industry professionals to examine current issues and seek solutions to major industry problems. Students matriculated in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture are members of the Construction Institute and partake in workshops, educational programs and social events of the CI at no additional cost. The Executive Director of the Construction Institute is Nancy Greenwald.

Further information may be found on the institute’s website at www.construction.org, by email at admin@construction.org  or by calling 860.768.5659.