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Risk and Disruptive Technology Institute

Understanding risk has become more achievable while at the same time more complicated.  The availability of large data sets, greater connectivity, emergent technologies, and new technical know-how are deepening our knowledge and expertise.  Yet multi-functional viewpoints and tools are required to navigate this Internet-of-Things landscape.  A talent pool of managers and decision makers is needed that understand risk factors and risk mitigation through cross-disciplinary, technology-focused perspectives. 

New companies are emerging that offer fresh insights on human safety and risk prevention.  Start-up firms are developing technologies that enable employers and workers to maximize safety by identifying and minimizing risk situations that have negative economic, health, productivity, and other undesired consequences.  Growing technologies such as RFID and sensors, the shared economy, and the more ubiquitous Internet-of-Things have implications for data-driven understanding risk-related human behavior.

The Risk and Disruptive Technology Institute at the University of Hartford uses a partnership model to develop programming that spans industry sectors and impacts students across colleges, majors, and career paths. Students from business, computer science, engineering, health professions, and statistics will engage together in innovative projects, research, and other coursework.  In doing so, they will develop cross-disciplinary perspectives on risk factors and mitigation.  Our students will thus add value to progressive companies with their unique business, economic, and technical insights on managing risk. 

The Institute leverages the Barney School of Business’s expertise, reputation, and established partnerships in risk, insurance, finance and analytics. CETA’s applied focus in various engineering disciplines represents another asset. The health sciences in ENHP and computer science and statistics areas in A&S also contribute their expertise.  The Institute, through its advisory board and industry members, identifies innovative pathways to engage such students in emerging risk and disruptive technology concepts and applications. 

The Institute positions the University as a valued partner with external organizations in order to maximize the career, entrepreneurial, and intellectual readiness of students, as well as benefiting our partners through project insights and access to talent.  Risk, risk engineering, architectural engineering, loss control, and other analytic functions will contribute to and benefit from the student project work.  By developing applied student programming in an emerging area of critical and growing importance to companies, the Institute will create a new talent pool for companies focused on risk prevention and mitigation.