HackUConn is a 20-hour event, this year taking place on March 1st-2nd, that brings together students of all majors in hopes of finding innovative solutions for this year’s theme Public Safety. Students are provided mentoring and workshops from outside professional companies and teams. Students then pitch their innovative solutions to a panel of judges for the chance to win scholarships/cash prizes.

Where: Werth Tower
When: March 1st – 2nd

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It is free to participate in and has no registration commitment.

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UConn Engineering Career Fair 2024


For the annual…
UConn Engineering Career Fair!

Monday, March 4th & Tuesday, March 5th, 2024
11 am to 3pm
UConn Storrs campus, Student Union, 3rd Floor

Looking for a job after graduation? An internship? A co-op? Then this once-per-calendar-year Engineering ONLY fair is the place for you.

Bring plenty of resumes! Need help updating your resume? Preparing for the fair? Contact Theo Menounos, Assistant Director, Career Coaching & Counseling I Center for Career Development | College of Engineering at You can also visit this page to find career help.

Professional Attire required!

NOTE – if at all possible, we ask that you leave your backpack in your car, room, or home!

Questions? Contact Feel free to save the flyer for this event.

Manufacturer ConneCTion College Student Internship and Job Fair


Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Floor of the Capitol
210 Capitol Ave, Hartford

Calling all CT college students! Are you looking to get a foot in the door with Connecticut’s most prolific manufacturers? We are thrilled to invite you to come to the CT State Capitol on March 27th to meet with 40+ top manufacturing employers! They are looking for eager and enthusiastic students from all over the state for open positions and summer internships! We’ve been joined in the past by Sikorsky, Hanwha Aerospace, GeneralDynamics Electric Boat, and more!

Register here! Each student must register individually.

Email if you have any questions!

Flyer promoting Manufacturer Connection Fair 2024.

SME Career Events

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SME will be hosting a few upcoming career events — check out the information below to learn more! Open to all students. You do not need to be an SME member to attend.

  • Thursday, February 1: Career Fair 360 – Maximizing Virtual Success. 2-3 p.m. ET. REGISTER NOW.
    • 1 hour
    • The 2024 job market demands a new level of readiness, and virtual career fairs are at the forefront of this revolution. Join us for our latest webinar, ‘Career Fair 360: Maximizing Virtual Success,’ designed to empower job seekers gearing up for the SME/WiM Joint Virtual Career Fair on February 8, 2024.
  • Wednesday, February 7: SME Career Cafe: Personal Brand – Stand Out in the Crowd. 2-2:30 p.m. ET. REGISTER NOW. 
    • 30 minutes
    • Gain invaluable insights at SME Career Cafe on February 7, where we delve into the art of Personal Branding: Standing Out in the Crowd. This empowering session will provide expert advice on key topics from authenticity to crisis management in personal branding. Personal branding is an important part of enhancing career prospects and helping you navigate your identity in the professional world.
  • Thursday, February 8: SME & WiM Joint Virtual Career Fair. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. ET. REGISTER NOW.
    • From 10 am to 2 pm – drop in and out when convenient for you.
    • This is a great opportunity for students to speak to recruiters, give out their resume, see what companies are hiring, and see what opportunities are readily available.

For students interested in becoming a member of SME, see this flyer for details.

MEM and OPIM Partner on Supply Chain Case Competition

Supply Chain Competition UConn

Last month, Management and Engineering for Manufacturing and Operations and Information Management partnered with Unilever to bring students a Supply Chain Case Competition. Eleven teams of three students each competed to develop a plan to resolve a mock supply chain issue for Unilever’s brand Lipton and their green tea product.

Students were given a challenge with some background information, and two weeks to develop a comprehensive plan to solve the problem. In this case, the problem was procuring an organic green tea from a new supplier in Vietnam as the first organic green tea in the Lipton product range, and operating in line with the company’s guiding principles of safety, quality and operating efficiency. Students were also given Unilever company values of improving health and well-being, reducing environmental impact, and enhancing livelihoods, as well as references to the company’s sustainable living goals. The plans they suggested had to factor in these sometimes competing goals as they prepared and presented their strategy. Data on supply chain and sourcing, green tea facts, as well as product consumption and demand were also given to the teams to take into consideration.

Teams made their presentations in front of a panel of judges including faculty from the School of Business, the School of Engineering, and Unilever supply chain representatives. After their presentations, the judges were able to ask them questions to further clarify and challenge the students’ ideas.

Luca Mastrogiacomo, junior and a Management Engineering for Manufacturing major, says he really appreciated the opportunity to see how supply chain problems look in real world settings. “It showed why supply chain is important because of how interconnected it is with all areas of a business and how a supplier relationship is so much more than just transactional,” he said. “It was very fulfilling to me to be able to actually apply what I’ve been learning in class to a real business problem.”

The case competition served as part of the Supply Chain Management course taught by Dr. Craig Calvert. Students in the supply chain course were required to participate and provide a report following it for the class, while additional students joined from other engineering and business school majors because they were eager to showcase their critical business skills and win coveted scholarships associated with the first, second and third place winning teams.

The breadth of majors found among team members was also beneficial. Students said they found extra value in working with other students on a team beyond their own major. “It was fun because I was able to do it with some of my friends from the supply chain class,” said Paige Lombardi, Management and Engineering for Manufacturing senior, “…since Chloe is an MIS major and Liz and I are MEM majors, we were able to see how the two different majors interpreted the case differently. The case study was beneficial to me because it allowed me to use the knowledge from my internship experience as well as what I have learned in my supply chain class with Professor Calvert this semester and apply it to a real-world case study.”

Top Three Teams

  • First place was awarded to Team Blue, a team consisting of Cara Tran, Biomedical Engineering senior; Prabhas KC, Economics senior; and Alexander Kim, Finance senior.
  • Second place was award to team Supply Chain Reign including Elizabeth Downey, MEM senior; Paige Lombardi, MEM senior; and Chloe Sainsbury, MIS senior.
  • Third place was awarded to Andrew Warshavsky, MIS senior; Luca Mastrogiacomo, MEM senior; and Jacob Patterson, MEM senior.


Associate Professor Awarded Grant for Manufacturing Sustainability

Liang ZhangDr. Liang Zhang, Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and MEM Faculty member, was recently awarded a grant that could change the face of Connecticut manufacturing. In a partnership between the University of Connecticut and the University of New Haven, Dr. Zhang will be leading the UConn team as they participate in a massive national research effort to help local manufacturers reduce their carbon footprint.

UConn Today has the full story. Click to read more.

Industry Advisory Board Members Selected Among MEM Alums

The Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program has recently selected two new members for its Industry Advisory Board, Adam Duong, B.S. in MEM ’16 and Victoria Marino, B.S. in MEM ’19.

The MEM program and its directors have recently decided to expand its industry advisory board members to MEM young alumni in order to gain a valuable perspective from recent graduates who are familiar with the program from the inside, how it prepares its students for careers in various fields, and ways the program might be strengthened. Duong and Marino will be the first two MEM alumni to join the board of manufacturing professionals from across the state of Connecticut.

Duong, is currently employed by Pfizer as a Digital Client Partner / Experience Designer for the pharmaceutical giant’s Global Operations move to Hudson Yards in Manhattan. He is working on planning space and emerging technologies. Previously, prior to his 2016 graduation date, he also worked for Pfizer as an Analyst and for Southern Tide as a Brand Ambassador.

Duong says, “The MEM program is a rigorous and dynamic curriculum that balances both the business and the technical which is invaluable in today’s climate, because the ideal leader today balances both.” He goes on to say how pleased he is to be joining the advisory board and to “bring a cross-industry, cross-disciplinary perspective on how the program can best cultivate well rounded individuals.”

Victoria-MarinoMarino, is currently employed by Kaman Precision Products as a New Product Development Engineer. She has also served as a Leadership Development with the company, rotating through various areas within the company, such as Sustaining Engineering, New Product Development and Program Management. Prior to her 2019 graduation date, she also worked for Wireless Zone as a Supply Chain Purchasing Intern and for Legrand North America as a Quality Assurance Intern.

Marino says she is excited to bring a young professional’s perspective to the Industry Advisory Board. “I greatly enjoyed my experience in the MEM program. The diverse coursework and strong student-alumni network greatly prepared me to enter the manufacturing workforce. Having started my career in a multi-department rotation program, I was able to be a valuable contributor in each role I explored.”

The first meeting of the board for the 2021-2022 academic year is scheduled to take place in August 2021.