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Focus on Partnerships


Lou Manzione and Christopher Kaswer, Sr. Principal Engineer, R&D of Medtronic, exchange business cards during a spring semester networking event.

Partnerships play a significant role in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). In our fast-moving fields, professional connections help teach students the career-ready skills they need to excel from their first day on the job. We are fortunate to be in a region that is exceptionally rich in engineering and architecture firms. We are all dedicated to understanding our partners’ needs and to crafting interactions of mutual value. Partnerships afford our students hands-on learning experiences through research and capstone projects, and exposure to relevant professionals through internships, shadow opportunities, and speaking engagements. Our partnerships also offer our students opportunities to build and grow valuable professional networks. We work closely with Director of Strategic Partnerships Lynn Baronas on growing and sustaining partnerships across multiple disciplines, and our Engineering Applications Center has been a major pathway to partners for a long time.

We have many examples of strong partnerships to share; while space limitations prevent me from mentioning all of them here, I will spotlight a few. Our new Manufacturing Metrology Lab was built with the support of Pratt & Whitney. We are also working closely with United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) engineers on our new Turbo-machinery Lab. Throughout the years, we have shared several large technology grants with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies (CCAT); a longstanding and close partner, CCAT has also hired many of our students as interns. We participate in CCAT’s East Hartford business incubator and our students and faculty have access to state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment at CCAT’s Lab on the UTRC campus. In the design-build industries, we celebrate our long-term partnership with JCJ Architecture, which both sponsors our heralded JCJ Architecture Lecture Series and hosts interns. We derive significant value from our close affiliation with the Construction Institute, through which nearly 300 companies have access to CETA students, projects, and collaborations.

As you can see, partnerships play a critical and growing role in the life of the College, helping us teach our students career-ready skills at the leading edge of business, technology, and leadership development. I hope you enjoy this focus on CETA Strategic Partnerships. I welcome your comments on our growing emphasis on partnerships, and invite you to let me know if you would like to help us initiate or grow a partnership with your organization.