National Science Foundation: Research Experience for Undergraduates
“Undergraduate Research in Green Engineered New Transportation Technologies (URGENTT)”
The Allen E. Paulson Research Laboratory for Renewable Energy and Engines at Georgia Southern University will offer summer-term interdisciplinary research experiences for undergraduate engineering students in the field of Renewable Energy and Biofuels Combustion in Internal Combustion Engines (ICE). REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) students will be trained to use the laboratory’s state-of-the-art equipment. A ~$2.0$M investment in applied equipment (high-speed data acquisition and gas analysis systems, engines, dynamometers) secured with NSF, DOE, EPA, and ORNL research grants.
Features of the program: The research problem requires multidisciplinary strategies contributed by 8 faculty from 5 departments & 3 colleges of the university. The program will provide stipends to 10 students from various universities, for 10 weeks each summer from 2014 to 2016. In consultation with a faculty mentor, they will develop an individual research project, delineating their expected contribution to their as-signed team. Participants will attend lectures, seminars, work-shops, and labs to increase their knowledge in: renewable energy, IC engines, gas turbines, research methods, and technical writing.
Selection process :
Please contact the program representative within your institution.
- Applicants must meet the US citizenship or permanent resident and undergraduate student status criteria set forth in the NSF-09-598 solicitation
- Minimum GPA: 3.5 in major; 3.0 overall
- Students will receive stipend of $400/week and up to $200 /week subsistence allowance
- All students may receive up to $1000 for round trip from their university to GSU
- Application deadline: February, 15th 2015
- Program start: June 1st. Duration: 10 weeks
Georgia 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/
Mechanical Engineering Dept.: http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu/mechanical-engineering
Engine Performance Laboratory: http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu/engine/
Dr. Soloiu, the Director of the Engine Performance Lab, has made available the following research positions:
If you are qualified, apply without delay, or alternatively contact Dr. Soloiu for training. The positions will be advertised again in 6 months. Your research environment will be in the most advanced undergraduate engine combustion laboratory in the United States.
Test Cell ALPHA – Automotive Laboratory
Test Cell BETA – Automotive Laboratory
During the summer of 2014 I was granted the opportunity to take part in the National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research in Green Engineered Transportation Technologies (NSF REU URGENTT) at the Georgia Southern University Campus under Dr. Valentin Soloiu. For those who know Dr. Soloiu, it is no surprise that the experience exceeded all my expectations.
Over the course of about two months, I was introduced to an abundance of technologies and methodologies that have opened my eyes to the world of automotive engineering. As a student whose career path is still open to many possibilities, gaining experience in a multidisciplinary, professional engineering environment has been one of my favorite aspects of the program. The hands-on experience provided to both undergraduate and master’s students at GSU is a rarity and something I have come to truly appreciate. The experience I have gained from working with all the students and faculty involved in the program has reawakened my desire to learn as much as I can about the world around me.
I must also mention the great group of people I met over the course of the program. I can honestly say I have never met such an amazing group of students and I look forward to maintaining the friendships I have developed with them. Finding professors, who are as dedicated to their students as Dr. Soloiu is, will be a difficult task. I hope that the future students who have the opportunity to engage in this program are able to appreciate the great opportunity that the NSF REU URGENTT program has to offer at Georgia Southern.
A big ‘Thank You’ to all the people who made this wonderful experience possible. I look forward to reuniting with you in the future.
University of Miami
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:
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”.
More information Available at: http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu/engine/