The Most Advanced Laser in the World Used for Shafting Alignment, Lands in the Engine Performance Laboratory due to the Undergraduate Engineering Student – Emerald Simons

SimonsEmeraldGeorgia Southern undergraduate student Emerald Simons, competed for, and won, the VibrAlign National Award. The award provides her with a scholarship that will allow one year’s use of a state-of-the-art laser shaft alignment system in the University’s Engine Performance Laboratory.

The award is part of VibrAlign’s Realigning America scholarship program. Four times a year, the program awards scholarships to outstanding students who submit the best technical papers on the importance of properly aligned machinery. The highly competitive program draws entries from around the United States. Emerald’s technical paper on shafts dynamics under the supervision of Dr. Soloiu, was selected and she won a $500 scholarship and use of the Fixturlaser XA laser alignment system, a $24,000 rental package with support, for one year.

Emerald, a student in CEIT/ME, is a native of San Francisco, and served in the United States Army as an Apache Attack Helicopter Mechanic. The highest award achieved during her service was the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Her passion for all things mechanical has led her to study engineering at Georgia Southern after finishing her service.
Emerald is a dual undergraduate/graduate student in Mechanical Engineering Dept. of Georgia Southern University. She has interned at JCB Manufacturing and currently works between classes at Koyo Bearings. Her graduate level research is on sound and vibrations analysis under the supervision of Dr. Valentin Soloiu, the Allen E Paulson Distinguished Chair. Emerald and Dr. Soloiu are building the most advanced vibrations lab in the southeast region of the United States. After finishing her Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a concentration in Energy Science, she will pursue a position as a Noise, Vibration, and Harshness Engineer.

According to David Zdrojewski, VibrAlign chief executive officer, “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 a new generation. It’s part of our commitment to Realign America.” Zdrojewski founded VibrAlign in 1983 and has been serving as CEO since 1996. VibrAlign, a world leader in the field, is committed to Realigning America, and has served an array of industrial customers from defense contractors to paper makers and specializes in alignment systems, training, calibration and field service.

Fore more information…

VibrAlign: (800) 394-3279.

Georgia Southern University: http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/

CEIT: http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu

Mechanical Engineering Dept.: http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu/mechanical-engineering

Engine Performance Laboratory: http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu/engine/

Award for Excellence in Contributions to Research and Creative Scholarly Activity for Valentin Soloiu

This award seeks to recognize persons who excel in their research efforts in addition to fulfilling regular full-time teaching responsibilities.

Watch the live ceremony at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IqRNxqDjbU

Dr. Valentin Soloiu’s Biography:

SoloiuAwardValentin Soloiu, Ph.D., is the Allen E. Paulson Renewable Energy Distinguished Chair, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering and Information Technology. Dr. Soloiu came to Georgia Southern University in the summer of 2008, while previously being a research professor in Ritsumeikan University, Japan and has 30 years of research and teaching at the university level. In GSU, his research focuses on engine low temperature combustion through reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI). RCCI is an innovate technology which involves combustion of lean mixtures obtained by a port fuel injection of a low reactivity fuel and a direct injection of a high reactivity fuel. Dr. Soloiu is the only researcher in the world using biofuels for RCCI. RCCI reduces the in-cylinder temperature created during combustion which restricts the formulation of harmful emissions such as particulate matter and nitrous oxides. Since his arrival to GSU, Dr. Soloiu has demonstrated excellence in research by winning 12 federal and state grants totaling $1 million. The federal grants were awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation – twice, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Soloiu developed and is leading the largest state of the art, alternative fuels combustion and emissions with Mie scattering lasers capabilities laboratory in the Southeast of U.S. As a result of his works in GSU, Dr. Soloiu has published 12 peer reviewed journal articles and 32 peer reviewed conference proceedings and received 19 awards for research. In 2013, his ground-breaking research won the EPA P3 National prize and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers first prize in Washington D.C. Dr. Soloiu currently serves as the PI and the National Director for the NSF REU: “Undergraduate Research in Green Engineering New Transportation Technologies (URGENTT)” and PI for EPA Grant: “Low Temperature Combustion with Reduced PM and NOx Emissions, Achieved by n-Butanol in-Port Injected in an Omnivorous Diesel Engine”.

More information Available at: http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu/engine/

NSF-REU Research Program in ME/CEIT has started under prodigious auspices

NSF-REU Research Program in ME/CEIT has started under prodigious auspices

Dr. Soloiu, the Allen E. Paulson Distinguished Chair, has been awarded $360,000 by the NSF for his research in advanced combustion and emissions technologies. Under the framework of this program, “REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Green-Engineered New Transportation Technologies (URGENTT)” the brightest students from 25 universities from across the country will be selected to do research in hybrid combustion technologies, in Mechanical Engineering Dept. / College of Engineering and IT.

The Allen E. Paulson Research Laboratory for Renewable Energy and Engines Combustion in ME offers summer-term interdisciplinary research experiences for engineering undergraduate students thus becoming the research hub of the United States in advanced combustion technologies for the next three years. The program aims to increase students’ interest in conducting fundamental research along with interdisciplinary concepts through hands-on-learning; STEM problem-solving skills and ability to apply them to research; independence as well as ability to collaborate effectively as part of a highly diverse team; and communication competence at both the interpersonal and presentational level.

The research problem is immediately significant and requires multidisciplinary strategies coordinated by Dr. Soloiu and contributed by 8 faculty from 5 departments in 3 colleges of the university. The program provides stipends to 10 students for 10 weeks each summer from 2014 to 2016. They develop an individual research and project, delineating their expected contribution to the assigned team. All participants attend lectures, seminars, workshops & labs and industrial visits to develop their knowledge of, and skills in energy, research methods, and technical writing.

NSF_REU announcement

NSF-REU-GSU team greeted by Mr. Masahiko Kayama the President of Honda Manufacturing in Tallapoosa, GA (from Left to Right: Human Resources Manager, 2nd from left, President Masahiko Kayama, Department Manager Christopher Cates, Administrator of Human Resources Rashauna Pettis, Sherwin Davoud, Thomas Falloon, India Oakley, Dr. Frank Goforth, Julia Heimberger, Stephanie Cheng, Anthony Wolliston, Tyler Naes, Emerald Simons, Martin Muinos, Jaimie Pate, Remi Gaubert, Dr. Valentin Soloiu Distinguished Energy Chair, Channing Watson, Vice- President Michael Jett).

Georgia Southern Receives $360,000 National Science Foundation Grant

STATESBORO, Ga. – June 18, 2013 – The Allen E. Paulson Chair of Renewable Energy at Georgia Southern University – Dr. Valentin Soloiu, has been awarded a $360,000 Research for Undergraduates (REU) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The University program, under his direction, will start next summer and be available to students across the country to explore solutions to energy problems.

“This puts us in an extraordinary position to reach out to undergraduate engineering students nationally and help boost their interest in research with hands-on learning,” said Soloiu. “The program that I have designed will allow students to perform research on our campus, and they will work on formulating new biofuels, hybrid combustion technologies, renewable energy, automotive engineering and many other areas.”

Georgia Southern will collaborate with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) to recruit participants for the program. Ten students will be selected to spend ten weeks on campus every summer for the next three years. They will rotate through work stations in the Renewable Energy and Engines Lab while broadening their horizons about engineering careers.

GSU Engineering Students Win EPA National Competition

A team of students from Georgia Southern University surpassed teams from top-tier universities across the US by tying for first place (with the Johns Hopkins University team) in the 9th Annual EPA National P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Student Design Competition for Sustainability.  In the first phase of the competition, the GSU P3 team competed for and won a grant to develop their prototype.  In April 2013, they took their design to the National Sustainable Design Expo on the Mall in Washington, DC and won the prestigious American Institute of Chemical Engineers/Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology Award.  The GSU P3 project is:  “Low Temperature Combustion with Reduced PM and NOx Emissions, Achieved by n-Butanol in-Port Injected in an Omnivorous Diesel Engine.”

The GSU P3 team is mentored by Associate Professor of ME and Allen E. Paulson Chair of Renewable Energy Dr. Valentin Soloiu, and Spencer Harp.  The team members are:  Marvin Duggan, Alejandro Rivero-Castillo, Brian Wolfe, Henry Ochieng, Jabeous Weaver, Julia Christian, Sherwin Davoud and Daniel Olender.

Renewable Energy and Engines Laboratory • (912) 478-2293 • vsoloiu@georgiasouthern.edu