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Six New Programs for CEIT

The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents recently approved the formation of six new programs in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology.

  • B.S. in Computer Engineering
  • B.S. in Construction Engineering
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering
  • M.S. in Information Technology
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering will add the B.S. in Computer Engineering and the M.S. in Electrical Engineering programs, and be re-named the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management will add the B.S. in Construction Engineering and the M.S. in Civil Engineering, and be re-named the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction.

The departments of Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering will add their respective M.S. programs.  The current M.S. in Applied Engineering will focus on engineering management and become part of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering.

The current online M.S. in Computer Science will also expand to become a hybrid (face-to-face and online) program, allowing expansion of programs and service on campus.

This expansion of programs provides master’s degrees that are well recognized by industry professionals and graduate school applicants.  In addition, the graduate programs will allow Georgia Southern’s engineering and IT faculty to expand their cutting-edge research programs.  The undergraduate programs are popular with college applicants and the degrees are in high demand by employers across the region.

MechE and MSAE students honored for research at SAE World Congress

A team of undergraduate and graduate students from the Engine Combustion laboratory, led by faculty advisor Dr. Val Soloiu, presented their research papers at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit MI (4-6 April 2017). The team, composed of Martin Muinos, Aliyah Knowles, Remi Gaubert, Jose Moncada, Bernard Ibru and Thomas Beyerl, presented state-of-the-art research on topics including advanced combustion modes, noise and vibrations studies in automotive engines, and intelligent/autonomous vehicles technologies. The team received seven awards for their research.

Adel El Shahat elevated to IEEE Senior Member

Adel El Shahat, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has been elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior member. Realization of this grade requires extensive experience and reflects professional maturity and documented achievements of significance. Only 10% of IEEE Power & Energy Society members and only 8% of IEEE members have the distinction of being a Senior member.

Keith Landry speaks at Ranger School graduation

On Friday, April 28, Keith Landry was the keynote speaker at Ranger School graduation in Fort Benning, GA.  Keith Landry, Ph.D., P.E., is currently serving as Interim Assistant Dean for Research, Interim Director of CITEMS, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering & Construction Management.  Before joining Georgia Southern, Dr. Landry retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel, having served 26 years in the Army Corps of Engineers.

Dr. Landry was greatly honored not only by being invited to speak, but also by being awarded his Ranger tab 31 years after having missed his graduation from Ranger School due to life-threatening injuries suffered during training.  Retired Col. Ralph Puckett, a Ranger legend who lives in Columbus, GA, pinned the tab on Dr. Landry’s suit coat, noting: [Ranger Landry] “sets an example for all Rangers — and especially for the young ones coming along.”  Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Ballasteros added that “Ranger Landry is a true Ranger.  He embodies the Ranger Creed through his perseverance, selfless service and continued pursuit of excellence throughout his career.”

Dr. Landry will leave Georgia Southern at the end of the spring 2017 semester to serve as Assistant Public Works Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Lei Chen & Dr. Lixin Li Conduct Software System Safety Workshop at Robins Air Force Base

Dr. Lei Chen (Information Technology) and Dr. Lixin Li (Computer Sciences) conducted a training workshop at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA from 10-13 April 2017 for over 20 installation personnel.

Course Description

Software engineering has shifted its focus on increased productivity to reliability and safety. It is more so in military as hazard-causing faults or errors are unacceptable. It is critically important to bridge safety engineering and software engineering for the purpose of certifying the safety of the system controlled by software. In addition, human operators are one of the major sources of errors in complex systems. Insuring that the Human Computer Interface (HCI) is user-friendly and intuitive for humans to use is necessary for improving software system safety.

This training course helps military workforce to understand the fundamental concepts, methods and techniques to assure safety of software systems. Emphasis will be placed upon integrating safety consideration from software design and development process to the entire software system lifecycle, and the hazard and risk analysis of systems, as well as reducing human errors in HCI design.