Dr. Danda B. Rawat Wins Sustainability Grant to Design Green Networks for GSU

Dr. Danda B. Rawat, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, received a research grant from Center for Sustainability at Georgia Southern University for the proposal entitled Design of High Speed Computer Networks Aimed at Reducing Energy Consumption and Carbon Emission at Georgia Southern University for $31,065.40. The main focus of the proposed research is to design green networks for high speed communications and drastic reduction in energy consumption and carbon emission at GSU.

Sustainable Wind Energy Harvesting

Drs. Frank Gross, Youakim Kalaani, and Rami Haddad in the Electrical Engineering Department received a Georgia Southern University Sustainability Fee grant entitled:  “Sustainable Wind Energy Harvesting from Campus AC Cooling Towers/Chillers” for $11,014.88.  This was one of 11 proposals funded out of 25 submitted campuswide.  The proposed research will place wind turbines over GSU campus cooling towers.   The turbines will generate electricity that can be returned to the power grid or can be used for charging university electric vehicles.

E. Simons wins VibrAlign National Award

Georgia Southern undergraduate student Emerald Simons has won a VibrAlign National Award – a $500 scholarship plus use of a Fixturlaser XA laser alignment system for one year (worth $24,000).  Ms. Simons’ technical paper on shaft dynamics was selected from entries submitted from across the US on the importance of properly aligned machinery.  She conducts her research under the direction of Dr. Valentin Soloiu, Associate Professor  in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Allen E. Paulson Distinguished Chair of Renewable Energy.  VibrAlign, a world leader in the field, established its Realigning America scholarship program which awards scholarship four times a year.

David Zdrojewski, VibrAlign’s CEO, stated: “We believe it’s important to support the training of America’s future industrial workforce so they can compete on the world stage.  We see the current workforce growing older and it’s time to prepare for a new generation.”ESimons VibrAlign

Ms. Simons will graduate with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering on December 12, 2014.  She has already begun her studies in the M.S. of Applied Engineering program on sound and vibrations analysis.  Ms. Simons is a native of San Francisco and served in the U.S. Army as an Apache attack helicopter mechanic, receiving the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service.

Dr. George Fu wins two Georgia Power GRAPE awards

Dr. George Fu, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Dept. of Civil Engineering & Construction Management, has been awarded funding for two proposals through Georgia Power’s Georgia Research for Academic Partnership in Engineering (GRAPE) project.   Once a year, Georgia Power solicits proposals to address technical needs within GPC and the electric utility industry.

The first proposal awarded is a continuation of a project headed by Dr. Tiehang Wu, Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology in the Biology Department, with Dr. George Fu as Co-PI.  The project is entitled “Microbial conversion of nitrate and selenate to remove nitrogen and selenium from flue gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater.”  The other project funded is entitled “Color removal from pulp mill effluent using immobilized coal fly ash (CFA) produced from Georgia coal combustion power plants.”  Both projects aim to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants in wastewater, in the first case, for wastewater from coal-firing power plants.  The second project investigates the possibility of using dumped waste material (coal fly ash) in order to improve the quality of wastewater from paper mills.

Gulfstream Donates $175,000 to New Manufacturing Engineering Program

Georgia Southern has announced a significant contribution from Gulfstream to support research and education at the University.  $100,000 of the funds will go to advance the infrastructure of the new Manufacturing Engineering program.  The money will also help develop the MfgE curriculum and purchase equipment to ensure that students have the benefits of solid, hands-on experience. Students will also benefit from an additional $75,000 earmarked for co-op programs and internships.  “Gulfstream’s gift to support he program bolsters not only the company’s long-standing relationship with the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology, but also demonstrates how important this new program is to train professionals for local and regional industry,” said Mohammad Davoud, Ph.D., P.E., Dean of the College.  “Gulfstream’s future depends on the strength of tomorrow’s workforce,” said Mark Bennett, senior manager, Community Investment at Gulfstream.”

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