Awards and Recognition
Spencer 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, 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.
Dr. Mitra, Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, was given the Award for Excellence in Service at Georgia Southern University’s convocation for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Award for Excellence in Service is designed to recognize and reward faculty who use their academic disciplines to provide non-compensated assistance to the community and region, as well as in the academic arena. The Awards for Excellence in Service are administered through the Provost’s Office.
This summer, ten high performing students from universities across the country are spending ten weeks at Georgia Southern, developing research abilities in the area of hybrid combustion technologies. The program aims to increase students’ interest in conducting fundamental research, while developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) problem solving skills. Student participants also have an opportunity to refine interpersonal and technical communications skills.
Student participating in the “REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Green-Engineered New Transportation Technologies (URGENTT)” are supported by a three-year NSF grant. The $360,000 NSF grant was awarded to a team of Georgia Southern faculty led by Dr. Valentin Soloiu, the Allen E. Paulson Distinguished Chair for Renewable Energy. Eight faculty from five departments in three colleges of the university will help deliver this program. Students receive stipends to support travel, housing, board and other necessary expenses. The research problem these students are working on is immediately significant and requires multidisciplinary strategies for success. Students develop an individual research program that is nonetheless integral to the greater team project. All participants attend lectures, seminars, workshops & labs and industrial visits to develop their knowledge of, and skills in energy, research methods, and technical writing.
Students have an opportunity to perform research in the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Laboratory for Renewable Energy and Engines Combustion, which is housed in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology. The laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility that includes engine dynameters, emissions analysis, and fuels characterization capabilities.
Students interested in participating in the Summer 2015 program should visit http://ceit.georgiasouthern.edu/engine/ for more details.
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).
Dr. Aniruddha Mitra (“Mitra”), an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was recently recognized by NCEES (the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) for five years of outstanding service. Dr. Mitra has been a registered profession engineer (PE) in the state of Georgia since 2008. NCEES (the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. It develops, administers, and scores the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure in the United States including Professional Engineering (PE) and Fundamental of Engineering (FE) exams. Dr. Mitra has been serving as a member of NCEES’s national level committee for Examination development in the Mechanical Engineering Discipline. As a committee member he has worked on developing exam questions in PE, creating a unified reference manual for the exam and towards the computerization of the exam. In a recent national level meeting, held in March 28th and 29th,2014, Seneca, South Carolina, he was recognized for his five year contribution to NCEES.