This award seeks to recognize persons who excel in their research efforts in addition to fulfilling regular full-time teaching responsibilities.
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Dr. Valentin Soloiu’s Biography:
Valentin 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”.
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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-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).
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.
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.
Marvin Duggan, won the “GSU Student Employee of the Year” 2013, Award. He has been a research assistant for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University and has done research under Dr. Soloiu’s supervision in the engine combustion and emissions laboratory for 3 years. He assisted in teaching, research and development in the Georgia Southern University Renewable Energy, Engines and Biofuels Combustion Laboratories. Also preparing, grading, and tutoring for 40 students in Thermal Science Lab, Engine Testing, and Renewable Energy Laboratory.