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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


2013-2014 CEIT Undergraduate Research Awards Program

The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology (CEIT) invites students to submit research proposals under the CEIT Undergraduate Research awards (CEIT-UR) Program. The goal of these awards is to enhance student experiential learning via hands-on research projects in collaboration with faculty.  By engaging in these projects, students will develop skills to critically read research literature, acquire and interpret data, integrate and implement technology, write reports and present findings. CEIT students may submit proposals individually or as a team, with interdisciplinary teams encouraged. The deadline for accepting submissions is Monday, October 14, 2013.  Award winners will be announced on October 21, 2013. Awardees are expected to present a poster summarizing their results during the CEIT Research Symposium in April 2014, and to write a final report no later than May 30, 2014. Proposals will be awarded up to  $2,500 to fund equipment, materials, travel, training, or other expenses necessary for the research.  To be considered for one of the CEIT-UR awards, please fill-in and submit the form located at this link.


EPA Design Expo

Dr. Soloiu and team will be attending the EPA Design Expo in Washington DC in April 2013.


Marvin Duggan, MS in Mechanical Engineering Presents His Research at DOE Conference

Mr. Marvin Duggan, MS in Department of Mechanical Engineering /CEIT Was invited by DOE to present his research: “Idling Emissions Reduction Technology with Low Temperature Combustion of DI Biodiesel and PFI n-Butanol” in Poster 07, Wed., October 17, 4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m., at Dept. of Energy-DEER 2012 Conference in Dearborn MI.

This DOE conference is highly regarded having presenters from: MIT, GM, ORNL, Argonne National Lab., FORD, CUMMINS, EPA, Daimler, VOLVO, Delphi.

While he was the youngest in the conference, he had an audience composed of professors and researchers, and his work was highly appreciated.

Marvin Duggan, second year Master student and Graduate Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at Georgia Southern, works under the supervision of Dr. Val Soloiu, on Clean Idling Technologies. The results obtained with the new concept of Low Temperature Combustion attained in an Omnivorous (multifuel) engine, with Port fuel injection of n-butanol coupled with Direct injection of biodiesel are exceptional. The soot has been reduced by 90% while the NOx by 80% at selected regimes at idling speeds.

The results have been presented in the paper: “Investigation of Low Temperature Combustion Regimes of Biodiesel with n-Butanol Injected in the Intake Manifold of a Compression Ignition Engine, at Proceedings of the ASME 2012 IC Engine Division Fall Technical Conference, 2012” in Vancouver (Canada) while a second paper in Elsevier Energy Journal is under review:” PFI of n-Butanol and Direct Injection of Biodiesel to attain LTC for Low Emissions Idling in a Compression Engine”


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