Georgia Southern University made history on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, when the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia granted the University with the first undergraduate Manufacturing Engineering degree program in the state of Georgia.
“Manufacturing is returning to the U.S., and the state of Georgia can now prepare its citizens for careers in this fast-growing field,” said Mohammad Davoud, dean of the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology. “Employees trained in manufacturing will enable Georgia to attract corporations and industries to invest in the state and region. These corporations need manufacturing engineers who are trained to think innovatively and use state-of-the-art techniques and technologies. The new Manufacturing Engineering program at Georgia Southern will do just that.”
The Manufacturing Engineering program will begin accepting students in fall 2015.
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org) has granted accreditation to the Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs at Georgia Southern University. ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
All three programs are part of the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology. The USG Board of Regents approved offering Engineering programs at Georgia Southern starting in fall 2011; the first graduates in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering received their diplomas in May 2013. To learn more about Engineering at Georgia Southern, please visit ceit.georgiasouthern.edu.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $228,799 grant to Dr. Danda Rawat (Assistant Professor, EE) to support his research entitled: “Real-time Opportunistic spectrum Access in cloud-based cognitive Radio networks (ROAR).” Dr. Rawat will develop a testbed to design and evaluate projects the use the cloud to address the challenges of providing wireless spectrum access over large geographic areas.
Dr. Mujibur Khan (ME) has established a Nanomaterials Research Lab in the Carruth Building (Room 1001B) for advanced nanostructure and nanocomposite synthesis and manufacturing. Thanks to an NSF-MRI award in 2013 and internal grants, the Nanomaterials Research Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for fabrication, characterization and performance tests of nano- and nanocomposite materials for structural, bio-medical, energy and environmental applications. Dr. Khan and his graduate and undergraduate students conduct research on core-sheath bio-nanofibers for controlled release and targeted cancer drug delivery, high-performance hybrid nanocomposite fibers, nanofiber mesh for CO2 sequestration and sol-gel doping for high temperature thermoelectrics.
Cancer drugs encapsulated inside dumbbell-shaped core-sheath PEO nanofibers
The Electrical Engineering department competed for and won a 2014 grant from the Student Sustainability Fee in the amount of $30,425. The goal of the project is to retrofit approximately 23 university electric golf carts with solar panels in order to allow the carts to charge throughout the day and thus reduce the energy demanded from traditional “wall plug” charging. If the initial golf cart charging experiment is successful, we will initiate future phases where we add additional charging devices to the golf carts such as: kinetic charging, piezoelectric sound charging, friction charging, regenerative brakes and regenerative shock absorber charging. The ultimate goal is to create a fully self-sustaining golf cart that no longer requires “wall plug” charging.