The 2016 Georgia Engineering Foundation has announced the availability of its 2016 scholarships for students enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering programs. Students are encouraged to apply at www.GEFinc.org through August 31, 2016 for the $1,000 to $5,000 scholarships. Applicants must be Georgia residents, US citizens, and enrolled in an ABET-accredited engineering program.
PLTW is a national, non-profit organization promoting STEM education in K-12 classrooms (www.pltw.org) through teacher training and course module development. Once trained, the school teachers are able to offer the PLTW programs and modules to students at their own schools.
Currently, about 8,500 schools representing all 50 states have adopted PLTW programs and modules, which introduce pre-college students to concepts of engineering and other STEM fields. PLTW will influence more than one million students this year alone. PLTW partners with institutions of higher education in each state – these affiliate colleges and universities train the teachers who will implement the course materials and modules in their elementary and secondary classes. There are currently 61 affiliate members across the nation; Georgia Southern is the affiliate institution in Georgia.
Elementary and secondary school teachers from rural counties throughout Georgia and the region participate in PLTW training thanks to Governor Nathan Deal’s initiative in joining PLTW. Due to the growth of the project, Georgia Southern was able to provide PLTW training at two different locations this year: one in the Atlanta area (Fayetteville) and the other on Georgia Southern’s Statesboro campus. The intensive two-week training sessions ran back-to-back, starting June 6 in Atlanta and ending July 1 in Statesboro, with nearly 100 elementary and secondary school teachers participating in eight different training classes. While most of the participants hail from Georgia, some came from neighboring states and even further afield, including Indiana, Colorado, Wyoming and California. Visitors to the classes included administrators from the participants’ schools, PLTW officials, and representatives from regional industry and from Governor Deal’s office.
Georgia’s PLTW director, Aniruddha Mitra, professor of Mechanical Engineering, thanked the Georgia Southern community for their support in organizing and hosting the event. He added, “Project Lead The Way training classes conducted by Georgia Southern have experienced unprecedented growth over the past four years in terms of number of attendees – from fewer than ten, to 70 last year, to over 100 this year. This will significantly enhance STEM education, and Georgia Southern’s impact, throughout the region. I hope that as a result of these PLTW programs, many more students will consider careers in STEM fields, and will decide to launch those careers with degrees from Georgia Southern.”
Adel El Shahat, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Convergence Computing. The journal publishes papers that address new theories and methods of optimal computing and their corresponding applications in the context of system science and engineering, information and control, algorithms and analysis, computer vision and pattern recognition, computational biology and genome informatics, etc.
Valentin Soloiu, PI, professor of mechanical engineering and Allen E. Paulson Chair of Renewable Energy, and Rocio Alba-Flores, Co-PI, associate professor of electrical engineering, have been awarded a three-year grant of $524,706 by the National Science Foundation for their project entitled “ENgaging Educators in Renewable enerGY (ENERGY).” The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology is dedicated to increasing the level of STEM education throughout Georgia with projects like ENERGY.
Danda B. Rawat, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Georgia Southern, has received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award sponsored by NSF. The CAREER award is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of young faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research- activities that build a solid foundation for a lifetime of leadership in these areas. Dr. Rawat, who is founder and director of the CEIT’s Cyber-security, Wireless Systems and Networking Innovations (CWiNs) Research Lab, received his CAREER award for his proposal, “Leveraging Wireless Virtualization for Enhancing Network Capacity, Coverage, Energy Efficiency and Security.”
The research objective of this award is to significantly advance the field of wireless networking, with an expectation of opening transformative research directions by devising a novel wireless virtualization architecture using Radio-Resource-as-a-Service to enhance network capacity, coverage, energy efficiency and network security. The research will have applications in numerous areas including public safety networks, smart grid, eHealth, vehicular networks, next generation cellular networks, Internet-of-things, cyber-physical systems and secure cyberspace.
Dr. Rawat and his team are also working on cybersecurity for networked systems, cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things, big data analytics for smart networked systems, vehicular networking for transportation CPS, unmanned aerial vehicular ad hoc networks, software-defined networks and smart grid systems.