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Intern and Leader - Kadian Hall

Intern and Leader

Kadian Hall ’17 during his internship with UTC Aerospace Systems.

Kadian Hall ’17 will begin his fourth internship this summer with Pratt & Whitney’s Aftermarket Process Engineering Division. He was encouraged to gain experience, so his resume includes internships at Otis Elevator, summer 2013; UTC Aerospace Systems, summer 2014; and Pratt & Whitney, Summer 2015.

Kadian participated in INROADS, which led to his internship with Otis Elevator making and shipping parts around the world. He then became involved in the UHart chapter of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and attended the national conference in Anaheim, California where he networked, bonded with five graduating seniors, and left Anaheim with five internship offers and encouragement from his peers to become, as a sophomore, the next UHart NSBE President.

Kadian graduated from the University High School of Science and Engineering and decided to attend UHart for electromechanical engineering technology rather than pursue a tempting offer to play basketball at a private prep school. He recalls waking one morning anxious to tell his father that he chose education over athletics, and feels his college experience has helped him realize unimagined dreams and capabilities. During his first year at UHart, Kadian realized he needed tutoring and took advantage of the Student Success Center. Kadian states, “If it had not been for him (Nicholas Martel ’15) I don’t think I’d be where I am right now.” Nick tutored Kadian in several subjects, and together they would spend four hours in the library, three times a week. “He explained it so well. If Nick didn’t immediately know an answer, he’d find out.”

Kadian leads by example and coaches his peers on networking, dressing for success, securing internship positions, and encouraging his peers to maintain a high GPA. “I can bring you to the lake. I can’t force you to drink and I can’t force you to swim,” says Kadian. A group of 19 University of Hartford students attended the NSBE 42nd Annual Convention in March 2016 and sported

UHart/NSBE jackets. He added that several followed his advice and received calls, offers, and will be starting internships. Kadian says, “I tell them, but it is up to them. I’m here to be your president and I’m here to guide you.”

Kadian is making tremendous connections in academia and industry. He has been honored to participate in a Leadership Greater Hartford program focused on building the next generation of leaders to make an impact in their community. His team presented their community project called “Hartford Scramble” in April 2016. He knows he will excel in whatever he attempts.

STEM Mini-Conference

Kadian Hall ’17 takes advantage of networking opportunities as seen here speaking with (left) Andrew Frascotti from Pratt & Whitney. In the center background is Racquel Brown AS ‘04, ‘05, from Otis Elevator. Racquel Brown also participated in the STEM Mini Conference.

The Southern New England Association of Technical Professionals (SNEATP), an organization of NSBE Professionals, held their 5th Annual STEM Mini Conference and Kadian Hall, as president of the UHart chapter of NSBE, led the planning and execution of the event. Attendees included school age children from five middle schools, five high schools, Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Club; college students from UCONN, University of Bridgeport, Central Connecticut State University, University of Massachusetts- Amherst, Boston University, and Columbia University; and NSBE professionals from the region.

The full-day Saturday event included presentations by Dean Louis Manzione, Assistant Dean of Student Support David Pines, Department Chair of math, physics, and computer science James McDonald, and their UHart NSBE chapter advisor and Assistant Vice President for Student Development DeLois Traynum Lindsey. Workshops were given by SNEATP professionals, UTC representatives, and UHart CETA students. Representatives from Boston and New Jersey said they were pleased with the conference and encouraged chapter members to apply for internships. The UHart chapter received NSBE’s recognition award for the Collegiate Initiative Program of the Year for 2015–2016.