A nexus for collaboration with non-engineering disciplines
The institute will foster collaboration and interdisciplinary research across all colleges and schools at the university, effectively incorporating cybersecurity, computing, data science, AI, IoT, and sensors into non-engineering curricula. Inclusion of these technologies into programs in colleges of business, criminal justice and forensic sciences, health sciences, and arts and sciences is essential today, when issues of cybersecurity and data breaches are impacting multiple industries and businesses. Whether it’s bank transactions, stock trades, manufacturing data, medical records, criminal records, forensic evidence, scientific data, or retail transactions, it all needs to be secure.
In addition, data science creates new ways of analyzing the vast mountains of data that overwhelm companies, helping them to make sense of it all and aiding management in decision-making. The computer scientists who develop secure software and algorithms are virtually riding to the rescue of end-users in business, industry, and government. IoT and sensors developed by engineers are in our homes, our cars, our health care facilities, and our businesses.
The CIT also could partner with others at the university to develop algorithms and software related to their work. For example, the Center for Analytics in the university’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences contends with huge amounts of data, and the CIT could develop algorithms and software to automate its processing. Or, the CIT could help build secure storage and retrieval systems that protect patient records from being hacked, which might be of interest to faculty in the School of Health Sciences.
And, in the area of what has changed life as we knew it since early March, the CIT could even develop algorithms to model and project the spread of pandemics such as COVID-19. Meanwhile, IoT devices and sensors can monitor contact tracing during epidemics, enable assistive technologies for patients, and perform other death-defying feats.
Referring to the timing of the institute’s launch in this challenging new normal, University of New Haven president Steven H. Kaplan said, "History is being made as we speak. All around the country, in every state, in every organization, there will be a mighty effort to restore the economy, post-COVID. The fact that, prior to the pandemic, the university was already at a turning point in history — preparing students to succeed in a tech age, as we once prepared them to succeed in a manufacturing economy — means we are living through an incredible and unique confluence of events.
"I can think of no better time for us to launch the Connecticut Institute of Technology — for the university’s future, for our students’ future, and in terms of super-charging the state and regional economy. I’m enormously optimistic as well as excited and proud to be part of this effort."