MSAE Student Contributes to Successful NSF Grant

MartinMuinosMartin Muinos, a Masters student in Dr. Soloiu’s Engine Combustion Laboratory, contributed to a successful NSF grant.  Martin is continuing his undergraduate research on Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) by Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI). He graduated with a 3.7 GPA, published three peer-reviewed conference papers, and one journal paper. During Martin’s tenure in Dr. Soloius laboratory the laboratory has received both an EPA award (in 2013) as well as an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) award. Upon completion of his MSAE degree Martin plans on pursing a PhD in Automotive Engineering.

Accepting Applications for National Science Foundation: Research Experience for Undergraduates – Summer 2015

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: February, 15th 2015
  6. Program start: June 1st. Duration: 10 weeks

The Most Advanced Laser in the World Used for Shafting Alignment, Lands in the Engine Performance Laboratory due to the Undergraduate Engineering Student – Emerald Simons

SimonsEmeraldGeorgia 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/

CEIT: http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu

Mechanical Engineering Dept.: http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu/mechanical-engineering

Engine Performance Laboratory: http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu/engine/

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

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