Awards and Recognition

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)

Dr. Mitra Honored by PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a national non-profit organization promoting STEM education in K-12 classrooms (www.pltw.org) through teacher training and course module development. Currently, about 8,500 schools across the nation and representing all fifty states have adopted their programs which introduce students to concepts of engineering and other STEM fields. PLTW also has partnerships with higher education institutions in each state. These affiliate schools provide training for the teachers who implement the course materials and modules in their elementary and secondary schools. Georgia Southern is their only affiliate university from the State of Georgia.

During their 2016 PLTW Summit Meeting held in Indianapolis, IN, March 20 -23, PLTW has recognized and awarded Georgia Southern for its ten years of successful partnership and support for PLTW.

In an award ceremony, the current director of Georgia Southern’s PLTW program, Dr. Aniruddha Mitra, received the award trophy from the President and CEO of PLTW, Dr. Vince Bertram.

Pictured (left to right) are, Mr. David Dimmett, Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer PLTW, Dr. Aniruddha Mitra, Affiliate Director at Georgia Southern, Dr. Glade Montogomery, PLTW Vice President, East Region and Dr. Vince Bertram, President and Chief Executive Officer of PLTW.

Eagle Motorspots Places 5th Overall at Auburn

Georgia Southern University’s Eagle Motorsports Team placed 5th overall at the Baja SAE Competition in Auburn AL, from April 9th – April 12th, 2015. The team placed 1st in maneuverability.



Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award

harpspencerSpencer Harp, an instructor in the Mechanical Engineering department at Georgia Southern University, was one of eight educators nationwide honored recently by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for their service to SME and their student chapter in advancing manufacturing knowledge, education and SME’s 2017 Strategic Direction.

The honorees are faculty advisors to student chapters of SME. Spencer Harp has served in this capacity since the fall of 2012. Mr. Harp is one of two recipients to ever receive the award twice, once in 2012 and most recently in 2014. Since his involvement the student chapter has gained national recognition for the chapters rapid growth, visited several regional industries, and served as a mechanism to place students into industry.

For more information regarding the award and to see other recipients please visit-http://www.sme.org/advisor-awardees/


Dr. Soloiu wins Award for Excellence in Research

SoloiuValentinDr. Soloiu, Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, was given the Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Scholarly Activity at Georgia Southern University’s convocation for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Scholarly Activity seeks to recognize faculty who excel in their research efforts in addition to fulfilling regular full-time teaching responsibilities.¬†The Awards for Excellence in Research/Creative Scholarly Activity are administered through the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs.

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