GS Alum Serves as Georgia DOT Chief Engineer

russell_mcmurry_11-15-12Mr. Russell McMurry, a cum laude graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering Technology currently serves as Chief Engineer for the state Department of Transportation. McMurry, a licensed Professional Engineer, has worked for Georgia DOT since 1990. Read more…

GS Asphalt Research on Display in Atlanta at Georgia Transportation Institute (GTI)

Shen_postersAssociate Professor of Civil Engineering, Dr. Junan Shen, together with his research team members Dr. Xie and Graduate Researcher Matthew Earnest, presented three posters in the Research Poster Session jointly hosted by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)/Georgia Transportation Institute (GTI) on September 24th 2013. The three posters entitled: “Long-term Performance of Pavements with Crumb Rubber Added by the Dry Process”; “Effect of Cross-Linking Agent on the Properties of Asphalt Rubber;” and “Asphalt Pavement Weathering System for Asphalt Mixtures” were based on projects funded by GDOT. The 50 other posters in the Poster Session came from Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Mercer University and Albany University. The Georgia Southern University posters attracted the attention of many attendants including GDOT Chief Engineer, and GS CET 91 alumna, Russell McMurry.

Announcement – CEIT Undergraduate Research awards (CEIT-UR) Program

The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology (CEIT) invites students to submit research proposals under the CEIT Undergraduate Research awards (CEIT-UR) Program. The goal of these awards is to enhance student experiential learning via hands-on research projects in collaboration with faculty. By engaging in these projects, students will develop skills to critically read research literature, acquire and interpret data, integrate and implement technology, write reports and present findings. CEIT students may submit proposals individually or as a team, with interdisciplinary teams encouraged. The deadline for accepting submissions is Monday, October 14, 2013. Award winners will be announced on October 21, 2013. Awardees are expected to present a poster summarizing their results during the CEIT Research Symposium in April 2014, and to write a final report no later than May 30, 2014. Proposals will be awarded up to $2,500 to fund equipment, materials, travel, training, or other expenses necessary for the research. To be considered for one of the CEIT-UR awards, please fill-in and submit the form located at this link.

Two Civil Engineering Students Complete Honors Thesis

Two Civil Engineering students in the University Honors Program recently completed their Honors Thesis. Students participating in the University Honors program at Georgia Southern University are required to complete a Thesis on their undergraduate research. Faculty within the Department engage these outstanding undergraduate students in their scholarly activities, thus benefiting the students, the faculty, and the Department.

Huq_MaldonadoThis year, Mr. Efadul Huq, a Civil Engineering Technology graduate, working under the mentorship of Dr. Gustavo Maldonado, completed an Honors Thesis on “Making Ultra-High performance Concrete without Extreme Treatments and with Rudimentary Equipment.” Mr. Huq is currently under practical training visa instructing mathematics at Lawrence Public School, Lawrence, Massachusetts. At the same time, he is preparing to take the GRE exam and is considering graduate engineering programs at different universities.

Earnest_ShenCivil Engineering graduate Matthew Earnest, working under the mentorship of Dr. Junan Shen, completed an Honors Thesis on “Evaluation of Crumb Rubber Modified Asphalt with Vestenamer TOR.” Mr. Earnest is currently enrolled in Georgia Southern College of Graduate Studies, pursuing the Master of Science in Applied Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Junan Shen. He is awarded a graduate assistantship from the University.


Civil Engineering Senior Selected to Participate in Prestigious Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program (UGTSP)

Parker Moore, a Civil Engineering Senior, has returned from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) after participating in the 2013 Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program, which is a 10-week summer research intern program at Texas A&M University for juniors and seniors across the nation.

“I am proud that Parker Moore was selected as the first student from our Civil Engineering Program to participate in this prestigious Scholars Program. The selection was based on the applicants’ academic performance and their career path. Parker’s studies especially in the transportation area are impressive and made it possible for him to successfully compete nationally.” said Dr. Junan Shen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering.

“It is our Departmental policy to encourage students to engage in practical work and gain hands-on experience during their undergraduate education. Competitive internships, such as the one Parker participated in at TTI are excellent opportunities for our students and the Department. Through such opportunities, students gain the confidence and experience that employers are seeking, while our new Civil Engineering program gains national recognition” said Dr. Mike Jackson, Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management.

“It was a great experience, designed to help the participants to obtain the necessary preparedness to pursue graduate studies in Transportation Engineering. The project I participated in is part of a TxDOT project to improve trip generation rates using workplace and special generator surveys. I conducted analyses of survey data for traffic impact studies for new land development projects. I appreciate the opportunity I had with the help of our Department faculty members and chair’s recommendation” said Mr. Moore.

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