Georgia Environmental Conference Research Award

A team of Mechanical Engineering students, under the supervision of Dr. Valentin Soloiu, were awarded the “Outstanding Graduate Student Research Scholarship and Poster Award” at the 11th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference. Martin Muinos, a graduate student in the MSAE program, presented the student research on Combustion of Biofuels and was awarded a scholarship check of $1,000 on behalf of the team.


Pictured from left to right: Dr. Valentin Soloiu, Johnny Williams, Charvi Popat, Benoit Kindo, Jose Moncada, Martin Muinos, Bernard Ibru, Tyler Naes, Deborah Ojo, Aliyah Knowles, Thomas Beyerl

Dr. Soloiu Win’s NSF RET Grant

Valentin Soloiu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Allen E. Paulson Chair of Renewable Energy, and Rocio Alba-Flores, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, have been awarded a three-year grant of $524,706 by the National Science Foundation for their project entitled “ENgaging Educators in Renewable enerGY (ENERGY).” The NSF grant is part of the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. The goal of the RET program is to “help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities”. The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology is dedicated to increasing the level of STEM education throughout Georgia with projects like ENERGY.

Martin Muinos Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Martin Muinos, under the supervision of Dr. Soloiu, was awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research on Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) by Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI). The prestigious fellowship funds Martin’s graduate work and amounts to a total funding of $138,000. Martin is the first student from Georgia Southern University to be awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

Martin Muinos, a current graduate student, won the Averitt Award for Excellence in Graduate Research. Martin is pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Engineering. He currently conducts research on advanced combustion technologies with alternative fuels under the supervision of Dr. Valentin Soloiu.


Dr. Valentin Soloiu (left) and Martin Muinos (right).

Accepting Applications for National Science Foundation: Research Experience for Undergraduates – Summer 2016

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.

  1. Applicants must meet the US citizenship or permanent resident and undergraduate student status criteria set forth in the NSF-09-598 solicitation
  2. Minimum GPA: 3.5 in major; 3.0 overall
  3. Students will receive stipend of $400/week and up to $200 /week subsistence allowance
  4. All students may receive up to $1000 for round trip from their university to GSU
  5. Application deadline: March 31, 2016
  6. Program start: June 1st. Duration: 10 weeks

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