Saturday, May 4, 2013

Clint Andrews was the guest speaker at the Brian O'Connell annual lecture, April 11, 2013, on the subject "Who Controls Smart Stuff?" The event was attended by Central Connecticut State University students and faculty, and some members of the IEEE-SSIT Connecticut Chapter.

Here are some pictures from that event:

Mark Smith (computer science student at CCSU) receiving the 2013
Brian O'Connell scholarship
Chris Galligan (left) and Sarah Cox (right)


Clint Andrews and title slide 

Clint Andrews


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Brian M. O’Connell Award given to Bob Whelchel


SSIT has announced that the latest recipient of the IEEE-SSIT Brian M. O’Connell Distinguished Service Award is Prof. Robert  J. Whelchel, a Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Trine (formerly Tri-State) University, Angola, IN. The O’Connell Award is a periodic IEEE-SSIT honor bestowed on a member who has served with particular distinction. Among other past duties in SSIT, Whelchel has served as Society President, and also served two separate stints as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine.

The award was presented at the SSIT Board of Governor's Meeting meeting July 28, 2012 in Stanford Connecticut.

Robert Welchel (left) being presented award by SSIT President Gerald Engel (right)

Previous Recipients of the Award:

2007 Joseph R. Herkert
2008 Norman Balabanian
2009 Clinton J. Andrews

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Brian O'Connell 4th Annual Lecture

April 11, 2012, 3PM
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Founders Hall, in Davidson Hall

The 4th Brian O'Connell Lecture was a performance by Albanian violinist Brunilda Myftaraj and pianist Igor Lovchinsky. Cellist Melissa M Morgan was unable to perform but said a few words in memory of Brian.
 Brunilda Myftaraj has drawn enthusiastic accolades from audiences as well as critical acclaim for her masterful musicianship in her native Albania, as well as Italy, Greece, France, Marocco, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and in the United States. She has been praised recently by the New London Day critic as an “especially fine and beautiful player”.
Hailed by Gramophone as a “star of the future” and acclaimed by Germany’s Piano Magazine for the “elegance and rapturous beauty” of his music-making, pianist Igor Lovchinsky has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Auditorium, the Bushnell Center, the Eastman Theater and the Ohio Theater.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Brian O'Connell 3rd Annual Lecture Series


Public Invited

Constitution Room - Memorial Hall
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, Connecticut

3:30 PM, April 7, 2011


"American Nerd", Benjamin Nugent

Benjamin Nugent will speak on the American Nerd, a charming and disarmingly serious study of the history of the nerd in popular culture and throughout modern history. Nerd-dom is carefully observed and analyzed, with an eye for connections that lead to unusual places, plus more obvious nerd subjects like the rise of online gaming and the history of American science-fiction clubs. (modified from Amazon)

Copies of American Nerd will be available after the talk.

Directions to campus: http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=1378

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I was the Keynote speaker for ISTAS 2001 in Stamford, CT, and Brian was my amiable host. Recently, I was asked to prepare some notes on ethics for my professional society and I remembered most well my time at ISTAS so I started an internet search for its home page. My surprise and shock, as belated as it is, must be no different from that of his friends and colleagues at the time of his death, particularly if they had not known of his illness.

It’s been a while and I was trying to remember what it was that drew us together but drawn we were. A search through my archives indicates that it was slide rules and, perhaps, he introduced me to the Oughtred Society. [...] we sat together over dinner and chatted about my old “slippery stick.”

Lee Saperstein
Nantucket, MA

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

2010 Brian O'Connell Lecture

The Brian O’Connell Lecture Series is scheduled for April 14th at 3pm in the Constitution Room of the Student Center at Central Connecticut State University.

The speaker is Dr. Joseph R. Herkert on the topic Ethical Challenges of Emerging Technologies.

For directions to campus and a campus map, click here:
http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=1378