Georgia Southern University Scientific Seminar Series
Combustion CFD Analysis Led Design at Cummins Inc.
Invited speaker: Florin Mocanu, PhD
Senior Engineer, Engine Combustion Research Group, Cummins Inc.,
Oct. 7th 9:00AM-10:00 AM / ENGR 1104
Organized by the Engine Combustion Laboratory / ME Dept.
STATESBORO, Ga. – June 18, 2013 – The Allen E. Paulson Chair of Renewable Energy at Georgia Southern University – Dr. Valentin Soloiu, has been awarded a $360,000 Research for Undergraduates (REU) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The University program, under his direction, will start next summer and be available to students across the country to explore solutions to energy problems.
“This puts us in an extraordinary position to reach out to undergraduate engineering students nationally and help boost their interest in research with hands-on learning,” said Soloiu. “The program that I have designed will allow students to perform research on our campus, and they will work on formulating new biofuels, hybrid combustion technologies, renewable energy, automotive engineering and many other areas.”
Georgia Southern will collaborate with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) to recruit participants for the program. Ten students will be selected to spend ten weeks on campus every summer for the next three years. They will rotate through work stations in the Renewable Energy and Engines Lab while broadening their horizons about engineering careers.
A team of students from Georgia Southern University surpassed teams from top-tier universities across the US by tying for first place (with the Johns Hopkins University team) in the 9th Annual EPA National P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Student Design Competition for Sustainability. In the first phase of the competition, the GSU P3 team competed for and won a grant to develop their prototype. In April 2013, they took their design to the National Sustainable Design Expo on the Mall in Washington, DC and won the prestigious American Institute of Chemical Engineers/Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology Award. The GSU P3 project is: “Low Temperature Combustion with Reduced PM and NOx Emissions, Achieved by n-Butanol in-Port Injected in an Omnivorous Diesel Engine.”
The GSU P3 team is mentored by Associate Professor of ME and Allen E. Paulson Chair of Renewable Energy Dr. Valentin Soloiu, and Spencer Harp. The team members are: Marvin Duggan, Alejandro Rivero-Castillo, Brian Wolfe, Henry Ochieng, Jabeous Weaver, Julia Christian, Sherwin Davoud and Daniel Olender.
Marvin Duggan, won the “GSU Student Employee of the Year” 2013, Award. He has been a research assistant for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University and has done research under Dr. Soloiu’s supervision in the engine combustion and emissions laboratory for 3 years. He assisted in teaching, research and development in the Georgia Southern University Renewable Energy, Engines and Biofuels Combustion Laboratories. Also preparing, grading, and tutoring for 40 students in Thermal Science Lab, Engine Testing, and Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Oct. 25, 2012
Renewable Energy Laboratory competes neck to neck with
UGA! The Renewable Energy Laboratory team has been invited by UGA at the
Bioenergy System Research Institute to participate to their 2012 Symposium.