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).

Automotive and Engines Laboratories Openings and Recruitment

Automotive and Engines Laboratories

Openings and Recruitment

for the Federal Agencies: EPA, NSF projects

(Design & Development, Instrumentation & Data Acquisition, Combustion and Emissions)


Spring 2014 Meeting – Wed. Jan. 22nd

where: Room 2116,

 when: 5:30-6:30pm

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Accepting Applications for National Science Foundation: Research Experience for Undergraduates

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 engineering undergraduate students in the field of Renewable Energy and Biofuels Combustion in Internal Combustion Engines (ICE). REU students will be trained to use the AEP Laboratory’s state-of-the-art equipment. A ~$1.5M 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 develop their knowledge in, renewable energy, engines, research methods, and technical writing. Read More…

Selection process :

if you are a ME student in GSU please contact:   Dr. Soloiu– vsoloiu@georgiasouthern.edu  the NSF-REU PI

1. Applicants must meet the US citizenship or permanent resi-dent 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 $200 /week subsistence allowance

4. All students may receive up to $1000 for round trip economy air ticket from their university to GSU if no driving possible

5. Application deadline January 15

6. June 1st: Program start for 10 weeks

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