Awards and Recognition
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.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made an award of $153,000 to Dr. Mujibur Khan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. This award will enable Dr. Khan to acquire state of the art Electrospinning equipment for cutting-edge research in nanofibers and nanotechnology. The equipment will be used in a wide variety of research projects, from generating new avenues for lightweight ultra-tough hybrid fibers, cancer therapeutics, biocompatible nanofibers, and multifunctional materials to antimicrobial coatings and compounds with extraordinary thermal, mechanical and biological properties. The acquisition of the electrospinning equipment will greatly enhance the capabilities of the emerging group of nanotechnology researchers at Georgia Southern University and southeast Georgia.
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.
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.”