Student Teams Awarded at SAE World Congress in Detroit

An undergraduate and graduate student research team of the Engine Combustion laboratory, led by faculty advisor Dr. Val Soloiu, presented their research papers at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit MI (4-6 April 2017). The team, composed of Martin Muinos, Aliyah Knowles, Remi Gaubert, Jose Moncada, Bernard Ibru and Thomas Beyerl, presented their state of the art research on topics ranging from advanced combustion modes and noise and vibrations studies in automotive engines to intelligent/autonomous vehicles technologies. The team received seven awards for their research, and they should be congratulated for this noteworthy accomplishment.

Pictured at the Congress site from left to right are: Remi Gaubert, Dr. Val Soloiu, Jose Moncada, Aliyah Knowles, Bernard Ibru.

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).

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