E. Simons wins VibrAlign National Award
Georgia Southern undergraduate student Emerald Simons has won a VibrAlign National Award – a $500 scholarship plus use of a Fixturlaser XA laser alignment system for one year (worth $24,000). Ms. Simons’ technical paper on shaft dynamics was selected from entries submitted from across the US on the importance of properly aligned machinery. She conducts her research under the direction of Dr. Valentin Soloiu, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Allen E. Paulson Distinguished Chair of Renewable Energy. VibrAlign, a world leader in the field, established its Realigning America scholarship program which awards scholarship four times a year.
David Zdrojewski, VibrAlign’s CEO, stated: “We believe it’s important to support the training of America’s future industrial workforce so they can compete on the world stage. We see the current workforce growing older and it’s time to prepare for a new generation.”
Ms. Simons will graduate with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering on December 12, 2014. She has already begun her studies in the M.S. of Applied Engineering program on sound and vibrations analysis. Ms. Simons is a native of San Francisco and served in the U.S. Army as an Apache attack helicopter mechanic, receiving the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service.