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University Receives Donation from Z-Medica Corp to Benefit Engineering Students

Posted 01/14/2010
Posted by Lou Manzione

The University of Hartford has received a $15,000 gift from Wallingford-based Z-Medica Corporation to support engineering students' activities outside the classroom.

The gift is designated for the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) Dean's Discretionary Fund. CETA Dean Lou Manzione plans to use the funds to support student international engineering projects such as the clean water projects in India and Kenya and to support student participation in conferences, clubs and activities such as the Society of Automotive Engineers race car competition and the concrete canoe competition.

Francis X. Hursey '77, a West Hartford resident, is founder of Z-Medica and received the University of Hartford "Distinguished Alumni Award" in 2006. "Mr. Hursey is a member of the CETA Board of Visitors and he has been an active and generous supporter of the college," said Manzione. "He has been particularly interested in supporting the transformative student experiences we offer."

"On behalf of the entire Z-Medica team, we are honored to help fund the outstanding work and research being done by the College of Education, Technology and Architecture," stated Hursey. "My educational experience at the University of Hartford greatly contributed to my career success and my hope is this donation will help students to continue to have the same experience in the future."

Z-Medica Corporation was launched in January of 2002 to market a medical product invented by Hursey. The product, QuikClot® brand hemostatic agent, is the first in history that rapidly stops severe arterial or venous bleeding outside the surgical setting. Currently, Z-Medica provides products to the military, first responder and homeland security markets, as well as sports enthusiasts.

Hursey graduated from the University's College of Engineering in 1977 and was recognized as a "Distinguished Alumni Award" winner during Commencement in May 2006. Named to the top 50 list of Scientific American, Hursey also was designated Defense Researcher of the Year in 2003 by that publication and by Popular Science.