Students in the Class of 2017 Prepared to Take on Impressive Graduate Programs
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Students in the Class of 2017 Prepared to Take on Impressive Graduate Programs

Students in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture’s (CETA) class of 2017 are preparing to succeed in their chosen fields by gaining admission to demanding graduate programs across the U.S.

Architectural engineering technology major Rukshan Vathupola, ’17, has been admitted to the master of architecture program at Yale University. Originally from Kandy, Sri Lanka, Vathupola had considered a career as, “an artist, a professional musician, a writer, and a biologist, in that order,” ultimately selecting architecture for his love of drawing. 

With plans to study the effects of sound on the environment, acoustical engineering major Molly Smallcomb ’17, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will pursue a master of engineering in acoustics at Penn State University. She hopes to obtain a PhD in acoustics and pursue a faculty position in higher education. 

CETA Dean Louis Manzione notes that while many students return to the University of Hartford for a graduate degree, some may be seeking a specialization or a particular program that is more effectively realized at another institution. “Competition for graduate admissions is fierce since, like CETA, these programs receive applicants from all over the world. Yet, a growing number of our students have been successful winning admissions to some of the most selective programs in the nation.”

That number includes former track and field athlete, Alexander Paterson, ’17, of Gales Ferry, Conn. Paterson gained an interest in renewable energy after spending every summer in college interning at General Dynamics Electric Boat. He applied and gained admission to Stanford University’s master of science in mechanical engineering program, where he will explore alternative energy resources.

CETA will once again serve as a home base for Jerome Skelly ’17, as the mechanical engineering major was recently notified of his acceptance to the College’s master of engineering in mechanical engineering program, while Rosemarie Day ’17, who’s list of accomplishments already includes the development of a mobile application to help headache sufferers, is beginning a career as a software engineer and working toward a master of science in computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The future is bright for all CETA students, says Dean Manzione because, “the University’s emphasis is on cultivating strategic partnerships within business, industry, government, and the not-for-profit sectors. This significantly broadens the pool of internship and job opportunities available to our students.”

The career earnings outlook for CETA graduates remains excellent as well. According to a 2016 study conducted by PayScale, CETA ranks 14th in the nation, alongside MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Tufts when it comes to career median pay. Read more about the ranking here