CEIT Student Services Wins Homecoming Prize
The staff of the CEIT Student Services Center created an impressive display across the front of the offices in IT 1208 for Homecoming Week — and won first prize in the door decorating contest! Congratulations to this hard-working and creative team of True Blue Eagles.
Last updated: 10/19/2017
ROTC Cadet named AFCEA Medal of Honor scholarship recipient
On Friday, Sept. 22, Cadet James Arvey, was awarded the prestigious Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Medal of Honor ROTC $5,000 scholarship to help him pursue his career with the Army’s cyber branch and recognized for his outstanding efforts in the field.
Arvey, an information technology major with a 3.9 GPA and a perfect score on his Army Physical Fitness Test, walked across the stage in the University’s new Military Science building, to receive his recognition. In addition to the scholarship, Vietnam veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Robert Patterson, presented Arvey with a certificate, Medal of Honor coin and Medal of Honor book during the ceremony.
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Last updated: 10/9/2017
Manufacturers Education Foundation Presents Scholarship Funds to GSU
Mr. Roy Bowen, President of the Georgia Association of Manufacturing, presented a check from The Manufacturers Education Foundation, Inc. to chair and professor of the Department of Manufacturing Dan Cox on Friday, Sept. 22. Dean Mohammad Davoud and State Senator Jack Hill (District 4) also witnessed the event. Senator Hill is an alumnus of Georgia Southern College. The contribution was made in recognition of the significant role that the Department of Manufacturing Engineering plays in preparing Georgians for rewarding careers in manufacturing. It will be used to provide scholarships for Manufacturing Engineering students who meet The Manufacturers Education Foundation, Inc.’s scholarship criteria.
L to R: Mohammad Davoud, Dan Cox, Roy Bowen, Jack Hill
Last updated: 9/26/2017
CEIT Hosts Fries Lecture
Georgia Southern University will host Col. Frederick “Fred” Gregory, the first African American man to pilot and command a space mission and serve as the deputy administrator of NASA, as the 2017 Norman Fries Distinguished Lectureship Series speaker at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center Assembly Hall, 847 Plant Drive.
His presentation, titled, “An Astronaut’s View of Choices, Influences, Contributions and Other Stuff Later Discovered,” will discuss his stellar career and the concept of choices in life. The lecture is free and open to the public.
After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1964, Gregory entered pilot training and attended undergraduate helicopter training at Stead Air Force Base in Nevada. He then served as a helicopter rescue pilot, a combat rescue pilot in Vietnam, a missile support helicopter pilot and a fixed-wing pilot. He later attended the United States Naval Test Pilot School and served as an operational test pilot. In 1974 he was detailed to the NASA Langley Research Center where he served as a research test pilot for several years.
Gregory was selected as an astronaut in 1978 and served several rotations in space through the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. His first assignment was as pilot of the space shuttle Challenger followed soon after by the Discovery. He has logged more than 6,976 hours flying time in more than 50 types of aircraft — including 550 combat missions in Vietnam.
Gregory serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Astronaut Council, the Challenge Center for Space Science Education and the Virginia Air and Space Center-Hampton Roads History Center.
Among his many honors, Gregory holds the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 16 Air Medals and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
Last updated: 9/26/2017
GenCyber Junior Investigators Camp a Success
Bronwin Parish, a seventh grader at Esther F. Garrison School of Arts in Savannah, Georgia, now knows how to practice safe internet use thanks to the Junior Investigators’ Summer Experience, hosted at Georgia Southern June 19-23.
“I didn’t really know much about cybersecurity, and then I heard about this camp,” Parish said, standing next to her group’s poster display. “I was really excited to learn about different kinds of hackers. There are even good kinds of hackers! They help keep your computer safe. They capture blackhat hackers, the bad ones.”
The weeklong camp gave 40 middle school students from the region the chance to be immersed in the college environment, where they learned about cybersecurity with hands-on activities.
The week was made possible by a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Science Foundation (NSF). This week-long camp was offered at no cost to the participants, and was led by University faculty.
Kania Greer, Ed.D., coordinator of the Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education, Hayden Wimmer, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Lei Chen, Ph.D., associate professor in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology, worked together as “co-investigators” to develop the camp. They created programs and activities that used digital forensics to teach the First Principles of Cybersecurity. Greer coordinated the logistics of keeping 40 young students active throughout the week while Wimmer and Chen focused on cybersecurity content
Participants lived in Georgia Southern style, staying in the residence halls, eating at the Dining Commons and participating in activities throughout campus. They worked in lecture halls and computer labs, truly getting a feel for the technological resources offered at the University.
“We hope that by giving them some exposure to the campus, maybe they’ll be excited about coming to college,” said Wimmer. “This is the pivotal age for influencing kids to come to college, and we have the chance to influence their young minds with this camp.”
In addition to campus activities, students also took a field trip to the NSA at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, for a behind-the-scenes tour.
For one mother, sending her seventh grade son to Junior Investigators was a decision she believes set him up for a successful future.
“This is my son’s first time being off somewhere for a week, out of town, so I wanted it to be a positive experience. I knew it would be since it was Georgia Southern,” said Marquita Lockett, of Macon, Georgia. “I really believe he learned a lot about cybersecurity and will hopefully want to pursue a career in this field someday. He already seems so excited.”
“We hope the students took home some new knowledge and got excited about the possibility of careers in STEM, computing and cybersecurity,” said Wimmer. “We at least feel confident that there are now 40 students who are aware of career options they never knew about before. There are a lot of really cool jobs in this field.”
Wimmer and his colleagues hope to leverage this Junior Investigators approach and results for a full NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students proposal to continue this work.
“They have some interesting high school programs at the NSA that I want to do now,” said Parish. “I definitely could see myself doing cybersecurity now!”
Last updated: 7/3/2017
Six New Programs for CEIT
The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents recently approved the formation of six new programs in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology.
- B.S. in Computer Engineering
- B.S. in Construction Engineering
- M.S. in Civil Engineering
- M.S. in Electrical Engineering
- M.S. in Information Technology
- M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Electrical Engineering will add the B.S. in Computer Engineering and the M.S. in Electrical Engineering programs, and be re-named the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management will add the B.S. in Construction Engineering and the M.S. in Civil Engineering, and be re-named the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction.
The departments of Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering will add their respective M.S. programs. The current M.S. in Applied Engineering will focus on engineering management and become part of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering.
The current online M.S. in Computer Science will also expand to become a hybrid (face-to-face and online) program, allowing expansion of programs and service on campus.
This expansion of programs provides master’s degrees that are well recognized by industry professionals and graduate school applicants. In addition, the graduate programs will allow Georgia Southern’s engineering and IT faculty to expand their cutting-edge research programs. The undergraduate programs are popular with college applicants and the degrees are in high demand by employers across the region.
Last updated: 6/19/2017
MechE and MSAE students honored for research at SAE World Congress
A team of undergraduate and graduate students from the Engine Combustion laboratory, led by faculty advisor Dr. Val Soloiu, presented their research papers at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit MI (4-6 April 2017). The team, composed of Martin Muinos, Aliyah Knowles, Remi Gaubert, Jose Moncada, Bernard Ibru and Thomas Beyerl, presented state-of-the-art research on topics including advanced combustion modes, noise and vibrations studies in automotive engines, and intelligent/autonomous vehicles technologies. The team received seven awards for their research.
Last updated: 5/30/2017
Adel El Shahat elevated to IEEE Senior Member
Adel El Shahat, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has been elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior member. Realization of this grade requires extensive experience and reflects professional maturity and documented achievements of significance. Only 10% of IEEE Power & Energy Society members and only 8% of IEEE members have the distinction of being a Senior member.
Last updated: 5/9/2017
Keith Landry speaks at Ranger School graduation
On Friday, April 28, Keith Landry was the keynote speaker at Ranger School graduation in Fort Benning, GA. Keith Landry, Ph.D., P.E., is currently serving as Interim Assistant Dean for Research, Interim Director of CITEMS, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering & Construction Management. Before joining Georgia Southern, Dr. Landry retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel, having served 26 years in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Dr. Landry was greatly honored not only by being invited to speak, but also by being awarded his Ranger tab 31 years after having missed his graduation from Ranger School due to life-threatening injuries suffered during training. Retired Col. Ralph Puckett, a Ranger legend who lives in Columbus, GA, pinned the tab on Dr. Landry’s suit coat, noting: [Ranger Landry] “sets an example for all Rangers — and especially for the young ones coming along.” Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Ballasteros added that “Ranger Landry is a true Ranger. He embodies the Ranger Creed through his perseverance, selfless service and continued pursuit of excellence throughout his career.”
Dr. Landry will leave Georgia Southern at the end of the spring 2017 semester to serve as Assistant Public Works Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Last updated: 5/1/2017
Dr. Lei Chen & Dr. Lixin Li Conduct Software System Safety Workshop at Robins Air Force Base
Dr. Lei Chen (Information Technology) and Dr. Lixin Li (Computer Sciences) conducted a training workshop at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA from 10-13 April 2017 for over 20 installation personnel.
Software engineering has shifted its focus on increased productivity to reliability and safety. It is more so in military as hazard-causing faults or errors are unacceptable. It is critically important to bridge safety engineering and software engineering for the purpose of certifying the safety of the system controlled by software. In addition, human operators are one of the major sources of errors in complex systems. Insuring that the Human Computer Interface (HCI) is user-friendly and intuitive for humans to use is necessary for improving software system safety.
This training course helps military workforce to understand the fundamental concepts, methods and techniques to assure safety of software systems. Emphasis will be placed upon integrating safety consideration from software design and development process to the entire software system lifecycle, and the hazard and risk analysis of systems, as well as reducing human errors in HCI design.
Last updated: 4/25/2017