Transportation Engineering M.S. graduate student Jaime (Ricky) Angueira, who is advised by Dr. Karthik Konduri, was selected from a strong pool of UConn students to deliver a presentation during the University’s first ever TEDxUConn. Ricky’s presentation focused on global trends in transportation, an arena of keen interest to Ricky, who says “It is important to build sustainable transportation systems in cities to reduce emission and fuel use. By designing livable communities, people will rely less on driving and use more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation.” View Ricky’s video here. Ricky earned his B.S. at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in 2012 and interned in 2012 with the Federal Highway Administration.
Commenting on Ricky’s initiative in developing an informative lecture on sustainable transportation planning, Dr. Konduri said “I am very proud of Jaime for taking on the topic of Sustainable Transportation for the TEDxUConn talk. This is a very timely topic and relevant for the transportation futures of cities that we live in. With increasing concerns of our transportation choices and their implications on the energy sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions, transportation planners and policymakers are always looking for solutions. Jaime’s talk provides an overview of types of considerations and solutions to manage the demand for travel and hints at the need for a fundamental “change” in our travel behaviors to promote sustainable cities.”
The informative and educational tour of the company’s facilities in East Granby, Connecticut allowed students to view laser welding and electron beam welding systems. Such systems are utilized in a variety of fields and applications, including medical devices, wind turbines, and pistol manufacturing. The additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, facility was undergoing quality control inspections at the time of the tour, but the group hopes to organize another trip to view this futuristic technology. Read the full story by Giorgina Paiella (CLAS ‘16) here.