New Haven, CT, United States

University of New Haven
New Haven, CT, United States

The University of New Haven is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational university located in West Haven, Connecticut, which borders the larger city of New Haven and Long Island Sound. U.S. News & World Report has named the University the 100th best university in the northeastern United States as well as in the top tier of engineering programs nationwide in its annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Between its main campus in West Haven and its graduate school campus in Orange, Connecticut, the University is situated on approximately 122 acres of land. Combining a liberal arts education with professional training, the University comprises five degree-granting colleges: the College of Arts and science, the College of Business, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic science, and the College of Lifelong & eLearning for adult and online students.From 2006-2011, the University’s undergraduate and graduate student enrollment increased by 28% and as of fall 2011 totaled over 6,000 students.The University is a member of the Northeast-10 Conference and its mascot is the Charger, a medieval war horse. In 2008-2009, new student applications increased 100 percent. New facilities include the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Soundview residence hall and the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.Situated on about 75 acres overlooking the Connecticut shoreline the main campus is 90 minutes by train to New York City and 2 ½ hours from Boston. Six satellite campuses are located in New London, CT , Waterbury, CT, Shelton, CT, Newington, CT, Albuquerque, NM, and Prato, Italy. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 17, 2017

HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Everest Re Group, Ltd. (NYSE:RE) announced today that Keith Lavigne has joined Everest Insurance® as the newly appointed leader of Management & Professional Liability within Everest Specialty Underwriters. Prior to joining Everest, Keith served as Executive Vice President of Chubb Financial Lines, and business segment Leader for Chubb’s retail management liability business. In this capacity, Keith managed a team of 300 underwriters across 38 offices in North America, focused on providing specialty solutions to companies in the private and not-for-profit industry segments. Prior to joining ACE in March of 2009 (currently known as Chubb), Keith spent approximately eight years with AIG, most recently as Senior Vice President of the AIG executive liability financial institutions division. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in financial accounting from the University of New Haven and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Connecticut. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (“CSCPA”). Commenting on the hire, Mike Karmilowicz, Head of Everest Specialty Underwriters stated, “ We are thrilled that Keith has joined us at Everest. Keith is an accomplished and action oriented leader, as well as a strong underwriting technician who will be a tremendous asset to Everest as we continue to innovate and solve our clients and trading partners’ most challenging problems.” Keith will manage his team of US underwriters from the Everest Insurance® office in New York City. Everest Re Group, Ltd. is a Bermuda holding company that operates through the following subsidiaries: Everest Reinsurance Company provides reinsurance to property and casualty insurers in both the U.S. and international markets. Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda), Ltd., including through its branch in the United Kingdom, provides reinsurance and insurance to worldwide property and casualty markets and reinsurance to life insurers. Everest Reinsurance Company (Ireland), dac, provides reinsurance to non-life insurers in Europe. Everest Insurance® refers to the primary insurance operations of Everest Re Group, Ltd., and its affiliated companies which offer property, casualty and specialty lines insurance on both an admitted and non-admitted basis in the U.S. and internationally. The Company also operates within the Lloyd's insurance market through Syndicate 2786. In addition, through Mt. Logan Re, Ltd., the Company manages segregated accounts, capitalized by the Company and third party investors that provide reinsurance for property catastrophe risks. Additional information on Everest Re Group companies can be found at the Group’s web site at

"We are very fortunate to have Gil, who is an internationally recognized expert, attorney, author, and lecturer in sport law, facility safety, and facility management, as our Editor in Chief," said Holt Hackney of Hackney Publications, the nation's leading publisher of sports law periodicals. "Gil will oversee the editorial direction of SFL (, including managing a highly qualified editorial advisory board. He will also provide his own valuable insight on articles that appear in SFL." The newsletter, which is available on a complimentary basis to facility managers, attorneys, academicians, and affiliated entities in the field, will be published electronically every two months. To subscribe, readers should visit the following link: "We are able to provide SFL for free because of the strong support from the industry, especially our initial advertisers, including Havkins Rosenfelt Ritzert & Varriale, LLP (HRRV) and Sadler Sports Insurance," said Professor Fried. "They recognize that this will be a must-read publication that could help facility managers avoid unnecessary litigation and alleviate risk management headaches." Carla Varriale of HRRV added that such facilities "have unique liability issues. This publication will serve a broad audience by highlighting best practices and insights involving those issues. SFL brings the fresh perspective the industry needs." Gil Fried is a Chair/ Full Professor at the University of New Haven, College of Business, in the Sport Management Program. Professor Fried is a specialist in sport law, finance, and facility management. He has written over ten books on sport risk management, sport facility management, and sport finance. One of the books he wrote is the Academy for Venue Safety and Security textbook used by the International Association of Venue Managers. Professor Fried coordinates the Patron Management Institute and developed their Certificate in Patron Management Program.  He has handled many sport/music industry cases (through his company Gil Fried & Associated, LLC) and has worked as an expert witness in various cases from stadium stampedes to foul ball cases. Holt Hackney is the founder of Hackney Publications (, which delivers valuable and important information about the legal side of the sports industry. Its overriding mission, through its publications, is to maintain a narrow editorial focus on issues that matter to its subscribers. Hackney has written about sports, business and the law for more than 30 years. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

News Article | April 17, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of Connecticut’s best colleges and universities for 2017. Of the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Yale University, Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, University of Hartford and University of Connecticut scored highest. Of the 12 two-year schools that were also included, Capital Community College, Manchester Community College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Three Rivers Community College and Gateway Community College were the top five schools. A full list of the 31 schools is included below. “As Connecticut’s job market fluctuates, many people consider earning a certificate or degree to help change or bolster their career,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “These Connecticut schools have proven themselves with solid educational programs, but have also taken extra steps to provide resources that translate into career success for students.” To be included on Connecticut’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional metrics such as employment resources, academic counseling, financial aid availability, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Connecticut” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Connecticut for 2017 include: Albertus Magnus College Central Connecticut State University Connecticut College Eastern Connecticut State University Fairfield University Goodwin College Mitchell College Quinnipiac University Sacred Heart University Southern Connecticut State University Trinity College University of Bridgeport University of Connecticut University of Hartford University of New Haven University of Saint Joseph Wesleyan University Western Connecticut State University Yale University The Best Two-Year Colleges in Connecticut for 2017 include: Asnuntuck Community College Capital Community College Gateway Community College Housatonic Community College Manchester Community College Middlesex Community College Naugatuck Valley Community College Northwestern Connecticut Community College Norwalk Community College Quinebaug Valley Community College Three Rivers Community College Tunxis Community College ### About Us: was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

News Article | April 21, 2017

Bombardier Inc. a annoncé aujourd'hui la nomination de Jeff Hutchinson au poste de chef de la direction de l'information. Il relèvera de John Di Bert, vice-président principal et chef de la direction financière, Bombardier Inc. À ce poste, M. Hutchinson aura pour responsabilité de diriger les activités Technologies de l'information (TI) ainsi que les fonctions Actifs numériques et Cybersécurité de Bombardier à l'échelle mondiale. En cette qualité, il aura la responsabilité d'établir un solide portefeuille de stratégies, services et offres TI de calibre international pour soutenir les objectifs 2020 et le plan stratégique à long terme de Bombardier. « Jeff a l'expérience et les qualifications requises pour diriger la transformation de notre structure TI en mettant l'accent sur l'amélioration de la performance, le développement des synergies et la construction de la meilleure structure TI possible, a dit M. Di Bert. Au delà de cet impressionnant parcours, Jeff apporte chez Bombardier une approche de la technologie axée sur le client, ainsi qu'une passion pour permettre à des entreprises comme la nôtre d'améliorer la croissance rentable par leur transformation numérique. » Jeff cumule plus de 30 ans d'expérience en direction et transformation de structures TI de grandes entreprises matricielles, y compris Honeywell, Maple Leaf Foods, SAP et Danone/Dannon. Tout au long de sa carrière, Jeff s'est efforcé de tirer le meilleur parti des processus leaders, des actifs numériques, de la technologie et de la collaboration afin de permettre d'améliorer les performances commerciales, la rentabilité et la croissance d'entreprises. Jeff est titulaire d'un baccalauréat ès sciences en administration des affaires de Bryant University, d'un MBA de University of New Haven, d'une maîtrise ès sciences en génie logiciel du Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute et d'un doctorat en informatique de Pace University. À propos de Bombardier Bombardier est le leader mondial de la fabrication d'avions et de trains. Regardant vers l'avenir tout en repoussant les limites du présent, Bombardier fait évoluer la mobilité en répondant à la demande mondiale en moyens de transport plus efficaces, plus durables et plus agréables. Notre leadership résulte d'un vaste éventail de véhicules, de services et, surtout, de nos employés.

Li Q.,University of New Haven
Expert Systems with Applications | Year: 2013

The Likert method is commonly used as a standard psychometric scale to measure responses. This measurement scale has a procedure that facilitates survey construction and administration, and data coding and analysis. However, there are some drawbacks in the Likert scaling. This paper addresses the information distortion and information lost arising from the closed-form scaling and the ordinal nature of this measurement method. To overcome these problems, a novel fuzzy Likert scale developed based on the fuzzy sets theory has been proposed. The major contribution of the fuzzy Likert approach is that it permits partial agreement of a scale point. By incorporating this capability into the measurement process, the new scale can capture the lost information and regulate the distorted information. A quantitative analysis based on the concept Consensus has proven that the new scale can provide a more accurate measurement. The implementation feasibility and the improved measurement performance of the fuzzy Likert scale have been demonstrated via a simulation study on a low birth weight analysis. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 197.38K | Year: 2015

The University of New Haven (UNH) will purchase a multipurpose X-Ray diffractometer (XRD) system capable of identifying the crystalline phase of solid materials, determining the thickness of thin films and measuring particle sizes. The instrument will be used by faculty and students in several academic programs at UNH including Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Forensic Science and Environmental Science, with a focus on undergraduate and graduate student research training. Faculty and student researchers will investigate topics such as chemical sensing, catalysis, green chemistry, environmental remediation and biomedical research. The acquisition of a modern XRD system at the University of New Haven will have significant impact on the greater University community. Activities that include the XRD will be developed for UNH programs with the Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) a grade 6-12 school with a diverse population drawn from the greater New Haven area. Availability of the XRD system on campus will enable faculty at UNH to build partnerships and strengthen existing collaborations with faculty at nearby institutions such as the Yale British Art Gallery and the New Haven Mineral Club. UNH is primarily an undergraduate institution and the instrument will also be available to the faculty for use in laboratory courses.

Acquisition of a multipurpose XRD system, with capabilities for small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and X-Ray Reflectivity measurements will have a significant effect on the scholarly activity of the faculty and students at the University of New Haven. The XRD will be able to analyze samples in the standard Bragg Brentano geometry used for powder XRD measurements as well as in a parallel beam mode, which will enable the X-ray reflectivity measurements necessary for the study of thin films. In addition, the instrument will be equipped with a SAXS accessory for the study of small particles, whether in solid or solution form. The proposed research projects cover a wide range of scientific and engineering disciplines. These projects include: 1) Investigation of electrospun and mesoporous oxides for application in separations, chemical sensing and catalysis (Chemistry), 2) Characterization of nanomaterials, such as CVD-graphene and tunable thermal interface materials (Electrical Engineering), 3) Particle size measurements of polymer nanobeads used in drug delivery (Chemistry), 4) Crystal structure determination of green catalysts (Chemistry), 5) Determination of the mechanism of atrazine dechlorination in water through the structure and speciation of the surface bimetal catalysts (Environmental Engineering), 6) Identification of changes in mineral compositions of soil that result from the in situ chemical oxidation process used to treat organic contamination (Environmental Engineering, 7) Study of the protein fouling of medical devices 8) Building a diffraction pattern library of automotive paint chip samples (Forensic Science), and 9) Collection of powder diffraction measurements of mineral samples, with the intent to cross-reference with Raman spectroscopic measurements (Environmental Science). Undergraduate and graduate students, through their participation in one of these research projects, will receive a unique, specialized research training on advanced instrumentation not normally available at similarly sized institutions.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 598.00K | Year: 2012

This project is to fund a scholarship program for engineering students at the University of New Haven. The goal is to improve retention, particularly in the sophomore and junior years, for engineering students who show academic potential but are at risk of not completing their studies due to financial concerns and/or life-work-study balance issues. This will be accomplished by: providing scholarships for sophomore and junior level matriculated students based on both financial need and merit; recruiting and providing scholarships to community college transfer students; providing support services including peer tutors, conferences, lectures, presentations, and career planning workshops; and increasing student engagement in college- and university-wide activities that contribute to persistence. These activities will also contribute to the longer-term goal of improved four or five-year graduation rates.

The broader impact of the project includes: increasing diversity by recruiting community college transfer students; improving STEM exposure to middle and high school audiences through the scholarship programs service learning activities; strengthening collaborations with industry for internships and career planning; and developing student support services that ultimately benefit the broader student body as well as the scholarship recipients. The results of the program will be disseminated to enable other researchers and institutions to consider programming options that may be useful to them.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: FED CYBER SERV: SCHLAR FOR SER | Award Amount: 49.99K | Year: 2016

The project proposes hosting a national workshop on redefining the domain of cyber forensics. Cyber forensics has encountered major obstacles over the last decade and is at a crossroads. Traditional computer forensics, although still valid, does not fully map to emerging sub-areas such as memory forensics, cloud forensics, social media forensics, network forensics and mobile forensics, since data in many instances may not be acquired without some form of modification. There is also an increase in the volume, velocity and variety of data and storage necessitating the need for more efficient analysis methods while still preserving the authenticity and privacy of the collected digital evidence.

Device security and encryption has also improved and now, cyber forensics scientists and practitioners have to venture into ethical hacking to gain access to potential digital evidence as exhibited in the high profile Apple-FBI case. All these challenges have impacts on education and training, policy, law, the domains ontology, and society as a whole. In parallel, there have been related extensive research areas emerging in social network analysis, psychology, data science, reverse engineering, and privacy without much interaction with cyber forensics. The proposed workshop with a blue-ribbon panel will stimulate the needed intellectual exchange of ideas and discussions on the future of the domain. It will help redefine the agenda for the future of cyber forensics, and will disseminate a progressive national report, setting the agenda for the field.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY | Award Amount: 63.69K | Year: 2016

Nanoparticulate atmospheric soot particles are complex in their shape, size and chemical composition. They can be variably observed as fractal aggregates composed of elemental carbon (EC- in graphitic or graphene structures), or organic carbon compounds (OC - hydrocarbons with oxidized or other attached heteroatom moieties). Other aerosol materials potentially embed or enmesh, in either internal or external mixing states, such soot particles as they age in the ambient atmosphere. Our limited knowledge of relationships between soot mixing state, soot morphology, and soot optical properties, remains a major source of uncertainty in evaluating the optical and radiative contribution of carbonaceous aerosols to direct radiative) climate forcing. Researchers will undertake a series of combined laboratory and computational studies to better characterize the formation of soot particles with different mixing states, and to investigate associated structural and optical properties in relation to the particle initial state and aerosol aging.

Mixing states and morphology of soot aggregates will be determined from a combination of mass-mobility measurements and environmental scanning electron microscopy imaging. Optical calculations constrained by the experimentally measured mixing states and morphologies will provide a closure with directly determined light absorption and scattering by this range of carbonaceous soot.

One broader impact of this work will be the promotion of collaboration between faculty at a PhD-granting and a primarily undergraduate teaching university.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ENGINEERING EDUCATION | Award Amount: 292.14K | Year: 2014

This project aims to create new pathways for non-traditional engineering students by examining the role of prior work experiences, identity, and expertise. By applying the theoretical framework of multiple identities, this work collects and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data from traditional and non-traditional engineering undergraduate students at three diverse institutes of higher education: a large public university (U. C. Berkeley), a small private university (University of New Haven), and a community college (Cañada College). The primary research question being addressed is: How does prior engineering-related work experience impact engineering student identity and approach to engineering study? This is investigated through a systematic mixed-methods approach combining semi-structured interviews, think-aloud protocols, surveys, and the collection of persistence data.

The study provides critical insights to enable engineering educators to be more effective in their educational efforts, and makes substantial contributions to our understanding of engineering identities and understanding of students abilities and thinking processes. By filling gaps in current understanding of the identities, level of expertise, and experiences of these students, the study aims to improve persistence outcomes for engineering students and increase the number of qualified engineering graduates. The results help build and diversify STEM education by reaching out to and increasing the retention of older students which include females and underrepresented minorities. The partnership between the small private university, the large state institution, and the community college maximize opportunities for widespread integration and dissemination of findings, and strengthen pathways for non-traditional students. This work supports efforts to expose all engineering students to obtain work experience/internships and help encourage the current workforce to pursue a degree. The PIs plan to offer several regional workshops and webinars to broadly disseminate the findings and make the data collected easily available to academic advisors, especially at community colleges or those working with transfer students; veterans affairs groups, college admissions, enrollment management, and recruiting officers; engineering faculty and administration; and engineering student leaders.

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