6 New Research Positions Available for Undergraduate Students

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

Test Cell ALPHA – Automotive Laboratory

Test Cell BETA

Test Cell BETA – Automotive Laboratory



NSF REU Testimonial

Testimonial - Stephanie Cheng- UnivDuring 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.

Stephanie Cheng
University of Miami

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/

FEV Inc. – GSU – Engine Combustion Laboratory – Joint Internship for Master Students

FEV is offering challenging internships in the field of light-duty diesel powertrain. This internship is designed for Masters of Science candidates in collaboration with Dr. Valentin Soloiu, the Distinguished Allen E Paulson Chair in Georgia Southern University. At FEV, engineering intern will be part of a team and receives project tasks and responsibilities within a group, which are mentored and supervised by an experienced project engineer. The tasks include but are not limited to engine dynamometer testing of diesel engines, vehicle testing for emissions and performance and associated data handling, processing and presenting combustion and performance data, engine and aftertreatment control strategy development, rapid control prototyping using MATLAB/Simulink/C environments and participate in internal FEV training and experience sharing activities. Because of the complexity of the tasks encountered in the daily job, FEV prefers internship duration of min 9 months to 1 year. Interested candidates can submit resumes and questions to the contact information listed below.

Position Announcement: FEVInc_Students_GSU

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).

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