I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Louis Manzione of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture to the position of Director of Collaborative Research and Economic Development. Lou will continue his fine work as the CETA Dean and will report to the Provost in both capacities. This appointment is the result of a perfect match between Lou’s talents, experience, and aspirations and our renewed opportunity to grow our impact at a critical time when universities are being called upon to address the needs of their region. Lou’s immediate priorities in his new role include:
Work with the Office of Sponsored Programs in growing collaborative research initiatives across colleges to grow external funding opportunities and their impact on students and faculty.
Work with state and federal agencies to grow the impact of the University in the economic development of the region, especially taking advantage of the new CTNext legislation and the creation of Innovation Places throughout the state.
Work with the Office of Strategic Partnerships to help our faculty and students take advantage of burgeoning opportunities at the intersection of business, engineering, the arts, and healthcare, as well as in the interdisciplinary area of sustainability.
As many of you know, Lou is already quite active at the regional and state levels. Examples of his involvement include the Talent and Workforce Committee of the CT Technology Council, the City of Hartford Innovation Place proposal team, past president of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and Chair of the CT Engineering Deans Council. It is my hope that this new title, combined with Lou’s creativity and drive, will open new doors for us in many areas.
Please join me in congratulating Lou on his new position.