The faculty and staff of CEIT met yesterday for its fall 2016 Convocation. This year, the College comprises 87 full-time faculty and 24 full-time staff. More than 3,450 students — around 1,000 of whom are incoming freshmen and transfers — will major in our seven undergraduate and two master’s programs.
Dean Davoud announced the winners of the CEIT 2015-16 Awards of Excellence. From L to R: Ms. Tiffany Courdin (EE) – Staff Award of Excellence; Ms. Kimberly Couch – Advisor Award of Excellence; Dean Mohammad Davoud; Dr. Christopher Kadlec (IT) – Faculty Award of Excellence in Service; Dr. Mujibur Khan (MechE) – Faculty Award of Excellence in Scholarly Activity; and Dr. Mosfequr Rahman (MechE) – Faculty Award of Excellence in Teaching.
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.