Regional Leaders to Share Vision for Growth of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Use 

Posted October 20, 2014


To foster the growth of the hydrogen fuel cell industry in the Northeast U.S., the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) and Western New England University are partnering to host a “Regional Forum” on October 29, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the University campus.

This event brings together key hydrogen and fuel cell stakeholders to discuss strategies for clean energy fuel cell market development, zero emission vehicle rollout with hydrogen infrastructure, and for the development and implementation of State Roadmaps with policy priorities.

Representatives from several states, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Small Business Administration, and businesses from throughout the Northeast will attend and participate in the discussions.

“NEESC has been developing Roadmaps, with support from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the H2USA Initiative, for each state in the Northeast. The Roadmaps include potential market locations and deployment goals for each state in the region. This workshop will help to coordinate strategies across the region to achieve those goals”, commented Joel Rinebold, CCAT director, energy initiatives, and NEESC chairperson.fuel_cell_block_diagram_copyjpg

As detailed in the Roadmaps, NEESC identified the potential to install over 1,200 megawatts of fuel cell capacity at energy intensive buildings throughout the region.  Additionally, NEESC identified over 271,000 passenger fleet vehicles and 13,000 transit buses in the region that could utilize zero emission fuel cell technologyNEESC recommends establishing a regional goal to deploy at least 227 megawatts of fuel cell electric generating capacity by 2025. NEESC also recommends the initial acquisition of at least 13,000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and the development of about 125 hydrogen refueling stations in the Northeast to support FCEV deployment. 

“We’re pleased to be partnering with NEESC to co-host this event. Western New England University strives to become a leader in energy based technologies research in the Northeast corridor,” stated Hossein Cheraghi, Dean, College of Engineering at Western New England University.

“Researchers at the University engage in both fundamental, as well as system level analysis of fuel cell technologies.” added Cheraghi. “This forum will help educate the companies in the region about the University’s capabilities and help prepare students to meet work force challenges.”


The Forum will be followed by a tour of the University’s research facilities and a “Ride and Drive” that will feature a fuel cell powered passenger vehicle that will be available for a test drive.

This event is free, but registration is required. To register for the event: Go to



People Who Inspire Program Features Tim Conrod

Posted October 18, 2014

conrod_2jpgTim Conrod and Kathy Pappas, Director of Alumni Relations

Western New England alumnus Tim Conrod ’11 MBA’12 returned to campus on October 7, to speak to students about how he obtained a part-time position with ESPN as a student, and parlayed that opportunity into his current full-time job as an ad-solutions and revenue analyst with the iconic sports broadcasting company.


In a packed room of students, faculty, and staff in the LaRiviere Living Learning Center, Conrod shared his strategies for getting involved in extracurricular activities, making contacts on and off campus, and seizing opportunities to advance his cause presently and in the future. The event was part of the College of Business Center for International Sport Business (CISB) “Brown Bag Series: People Who Inspire” program. This program was sponsored by the Western New England University Alumni Association, and was moderated by CISB Director Curt Hamakawa.


College of Engineering Class of 1964 Celebrates 50th Reunion on Campus

Posted October 18, 2014

The College of Engineering Class of 1964 recaptured the Blue and Gold Spirit September 25-27 with reunion events, which began with cocktails and dinner Thursday evening. On Friday, 12 members celebrated their half-century anniversary as alumni with a reception, lunch, colorful descriptions of their personal histories, a tour of Sleith Hall, and presentations of current research by Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Said Dini, Chair and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Neeraj Magotra, and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Anthony English. 


They also met with former class advisor and Dean Andrew Mulcahy, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering Richard Veronesi ’61, currant Assistant Dean College of Engineering Richard Grabiec, and Director of Alumni Relations Kathy Pappas G’98. Friday night the group enjoyed dinner at the Hofbrauhaus in West Springfield, MA. “It was wonderful having them back to campus,” says Pappas. “This was a delightful group of graduates, and we look forward to these alumni returning again.” View the photo album.

Engineering alumni participants in the weekend events included Hayden Bradley ’64, Stephen Couzelis ’64, Robert Gosselin ’64, Gary Innarelli ’64, Michael Midura ’64/G’70, James Panos ’64, John Partyka ’65, Edward Sampson ’64, Robert Schultz ’64, Alexander Scott ’64, John Sergentanis ’64, John Tomis Jr. ’64, and Dennis Wiley ’64.


Entrepreneurship Club Begins I-Challenges

Posted October 16, 2014

By Jeff Roche, junior


On Tuesday, October 7, Western New England University Entrepreneurship Club along with the Army ROTC, Biomedical Engineering Society, and the Society of Women Engineers held their first Innovation Challenge of the academic year. The Innovation Challenge is a timed construction competition in which teams comprised of students from at least two colleges get together to complete a challenge in thirty minutes or less. This first challenge was to create the least expensive floating structure (a boat) that could float across a tub of water in the least amount of time. The contestants were charged a certain point value for each construction resource they used, and then a fan at the end of a tub of water propelled their boats.


“I’m an engineer and my friends and I participated in a couple of challenges last spring and it was a lot of fun, so my team decided to come back for more challenges,” remarked Kaylee Adams. “I also came tonight because I’m a senior and there are freshmen teams here too, so we couldn’t let them out shine us,” Adams added.


For more information about the Entrepreneurship Club and their many events, click here. For more information about the Entrepreneurship major in the College of Business, click here. 


Poet Arda Collins Visits Campus

Posted October 16, 2014

By Peter Spotts, junior


Author Arda Collins kicked off the Fall Author Series with a visit to campus to read poems from her book, It is Daylight, and some of her other works, on Tuesday, September 30. 

Western New England University students and faculty gathered in the Center for Sciences and Pharmacy to listen to Collins read from her book and offer advice to student poets. Many of the students in attendance enjoy writing and found the event inspiring. “I have a passion for writing,” Alex DeFelice said. “Attending this reading was really a pleasure and I got some great tips from Ms. Collins. It gives me confidence to see how a new author reached her dream and got her book of poetry published.”

The Author Series continues on Tuesday October 21, Room 400 in the Center for Sciences and Pharmacy, with award winning poet Stuart Dybek.


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