Fall/Winter 2016-17: Engaged, Integrative Learning
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Fall/Winter 2016-17: Engaged, Integrative Learning

From the Dean

CETA prides itself on a highly engaging, hands-on curriculum that enables students to immerse themselves in our programs of study. We follow a paradigm of problem-based learning that starts with the endpoints of what students want to accomplish –for example, a mechanical design or an electrical circuit, and then move on to the engineering principles we need to realize that design, the theories that underlie those principles, and the mathematics at the foundation of the theories. This makes learning immediate and real. The College also practices what is now becoming known as integrative learning. Similar to the mathematical operation of integration, this is a cumulative summing of the educational experiences that all contribute to the training of an engineer, technologist, or architect.

Our four year design sequence is an excellent example of integrative learning. Each year’s design challenge builds upon skills and experiences from the curriculum, synthesizing them into increasingly detailed design work. The capstone project is then a culmination of the integrative learning process calling upon many of the skills that were learned throughout the four year curriculum.

New Faculty (l-r) Paul Slaboch, Kamau Wright, Todd Brown, and Kiwon Sohn join the CETA faculty in Fall 2016.Our faculty hiring process emphasizes teaching innovation as one of our core requirements. The new full time and visiting faculty featured in this newsletter embody excellence in teaching as well as research prowess. They help us fully embrace our model of teacher-scholars that not only engage our students in immersive learning, but effectively integrate their learning experience to produce outstanding professionals. It is not surprising that our graduates rank among the highest in the nation in Business Insider’s 2016 rankings of mid-career earnings. The CETA faculty and staff have prepared them well through an innovative learning plan that underscores both engagement and integration.

Louis Manzione, Dean

New Faculty

CETA Welcomes New Faculty



Assistant Professor Eoin King is the winner of the 2016 Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize

National Ranking

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University Ranks High On List of Colleges Where Engineering Grads Earn the Most

Earning an engineering degree at the University of Hartford pays.


Kimberly Colavito on Business Insider Ranking

 Kimberly Colavito

CETA STUDENTS TAKE First and Second in CTC Skills Challenge

CTC winners

Students’ Water Purification Designs Earn Top Prizes at Connecticut Skills Competition

Threshers in Kenya

CETA needs your help. Our Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter has been working in Kenya to dramatically improve the grain harvesting process called threshing.

Our students, led by David Pines assistant dean for student support and faculty advisor for humanitarian engineering projects, are close to finalizing a mechanical thresher they’ve designed, tested, redesigned, tested some more, and had produced on site with locally sourced materials, all with input from local farmers in Kenya.

Here’s how you can help!

Learn more and make a gift.

Julie Chen

Architecture Woodshop and Fabrication Studio

Julie Chen is the new Woodshop and Digital Fabrication Lab Manager

Support CETA!

Board of Visitors

Chen in fabrication suite