Author: Ghosh, Nikhil

Am I an Engineer? Identity, Belonging, and Motivation in Engineering Education

 “Am I an Engineer? Identity, Belonging, and Motivation in Engineering Education” by Allison Godwin (Cornell University). Organized as part of the G. Michael Howard Engineering Education Lecture Series. September 7, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. at Biology Physics Building (BPB) room 131.

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UConn and Connecticut Recognized as Leaders in Sustainability

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks at a press conference at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks at a press conference at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering on May 20, 2022. The Department of Energy is preparing to invest $8 billion in regional hydrogen hubs, including the northeastern consortium that UConn has joined. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn’s journey toward clean energy and sustainability is fortified by the exceptional progress highlighted in a special feature by UConn Today. This collective movement, championed by UConn and Connecticut leaders, scholars, innovators, and passionate individuals, is driving us closer to a future propelled by clean energy and a resilient environment.

Through collaboration, research, and transformative initiatives, we’re moving forward on multiple fronts. Our environmental scientists, engineers, and collaborators in the social sciences and humanities are together crafting solutions for energy reliability and community resilience. Our interdisciplinary partnerships with industry leaders, government bodies, and educational institutions are fostering groundbreaking research in areas like decarbonization, sustainable aviation, and storage.

Moreover, we’re acting locally by making our Storrs campus carbon neutral by 2030. Our educational approach empowers students to tackle emerging challenges with mastery and innovation, ensuring the next generation continues to shape a more sustainable world.

Together, our collective efforts not only signify our dedication to change but also represent a beacon of hope for a greener, more sustainable future. 

Read the UConn Today article for a deeper look:

Dr. Ozkan Leading a New Engineering Education Initiative

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Desen Ozkan is joining UConn’s School of Engineering (SoE) this fall and has become affiliate faculty of our Engineering for Human Rights Initiative (ENG-HR). Ozkan is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with research on offshore wind engineering, but she has a special focus on engineering education. At UConn, she will develop new programs for the SoE’s Engineering Education and Experiential Learning Initiative.

“By incorporating theoretical foundations and practical applications, the potential program equips graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for a diverse range of careers,” explained Daniel Burkey, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and ENG-HR affiliate faculty. “Professor Ozkan will help the School of Engineering with designing a curriculum framework that promotes deeper learning, integrates interdisciplinary approaches, and reflects current industry needs while generating new knowledge to advance the understanding of how engineering education can be improved.”

Read the full SoE announcement to learn more at 

Welcome, Professor Ozkan!


UConn-Led Effort is Awarded DOE Grant for Bridgeport Schools Energy Efficiency

We are delighted to share that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a transformative grant to an effort led by our colleague Amy Thompson, in collaboration with Bridgeport Connecticut Public Schools (BPS), to implement comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable projects at two Bridgeport public schools. The DOE selected the UConn-BPS proposal through the DOE’s Office of State and Community Energy Programs among just 24 proposals accepted from over 1,000 submitted.

The grant will facilitate the design and implementation of equipment retrofits and upgrades for two Bridgeport K-12 schools, serving as demonstration sites for the district’s other 39 schools, as well as thousands more statewide and nationwide. Focusing on renewables and smart control systems, the projects aim to achieve deep energy savings and create healthier learning environments for students.

Amy, Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Pratt & Whitney Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering (IASE) and ENG-HR affiliate faculty, leads this project in partnership with BPS and collaboration with several groups, including UConn’s Vergnano Institute for Inclusion. Led by Executive Director and ENG-HR affiliate Stephany Santos, the Vergnano Institute will develop K-12 learning modules for BPS students about energy technologies and their impact on students.

We are thrilled for our colleagues and excited for the impact on Bridgeport schools and our collective journey towards a sustainable, educated future.


Read the UConn press release:

Read the DOE’s announcement: 


Shining a Spotlight on Connecticut’s CHEAPR E-Bike Program

Connecticut Electric Bicycle Incentive Program

Our colleague Louanne Cooley, a Legal Research Fellow at the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) and faculty member of the Engineering for Human Rights Initiative, was recently interviewed by UConn Today about the exciting expansion of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program. The published article highlights the program’s inclusion of electric bicycles (e-bikes) as part of its sustainable transportation initiatives, providing incentives for state residents to adopt affordable and eco-friendly transportation options.

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We invite you to delve into the complete story and learn about the positive impact of e-bikes and their potential role in promoting sustainability and environmental justice and expanding transportation access for all.

Link to the UConn Today article:

HRI Faculty Co-authored Book Chapter on Engineering for Human Rights

We are thrilled to announce that our Human Rights faculty recently published book chapters as part of the volume Teaching Business and Human Rights, edited by Dr. Anthony Ewing. Shareen Hertel, Davis Chacón-Hurtado, and Sandra Sirota have co-authored a chapter “Engineering for Human Rights,” outlining central principles of the field and teaching approaches for fostering diverse professional experiences for students.

Similarly, our colleague Rachel Chambers wrote a chapter “Judicial Remedy” within the same edited volume; her chapter discussed judicial mechanisms in the business and human rights field, especially tort litigation and case law developments across jurisdictions, as well as pedagogical approaches.

Published as part of the Elgar Guides for Teaching, the edited volume as a whole serves as a valuable resource for educators, students, and practitioners seeking to navigate the complex field of business and human rights.

Links to the book Teaching Business and Human Rights:

“Engineering for Human Rights” chapter:

“Judicial Remedy” chapter: