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IT faculty and CEIT Service Manager win Patriot Awards

This week in surprise ceremonies, Todd Tinker and Chris Kadlec, Ph.D., were presented with Patriot Awards by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office. The award is given to supervisors who have been nominated by an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member for their efforts to support citizen warriors. Recognized efforts include a wide range of measures from flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families to granting leaves of absence if necessary.

Tinker is a service manager in the University’s Center for Academic Technology Support and a graduate student at the University.  Chris Kadlec, Ph.D., is an associate professor of IT and specializes in IT infrastructure, networking and security.

Chuck Clark, the Employer Outreach director for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for the State of Georgia, presented the awards on campus.

The ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,500 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.

Georgia Southern University has been named a Military Friendly School® by G.I. Jobs Magazine for the fifth year in a row for its efforts to provide educational opportunities to America’s veterans, active-duty troops and their families.


Teresa Smith, CEIT Alumna, to Speak on April 14

Teresa Smith, P.E., owner of A&S Engineering, will speak to CEIT students on Thursday, April 14 at 6pm in IT 1004 on “What I Know for Sure.”  Students are encouraged to attend to gain insight on everything you think you know — and everything you should know — about engineering!


Robotics Team Wins IEEE Robotic Competition

On Saturday, April 2, GSU Electrical Engineering’s Robotics Team made history by earning First Place in the IEEE Region 3 Robotics Open Hardware competition in Norfolk, VA.  The IEEE Hardware competition was held as part of the 2016 IEEE Southeast Conference.  Two Georgia Southern teams competed against 42 teams from other universities from the southeast, including Georgia Tech, Clemson, the University of Florida, Virginia Tech, and others.  Both Georgia Southern teams finished in the top five, and were mentored by Rocio Alba-Flores and Fernando Rios-Gutierrez, associate professors in the Department of Electrical Engineering.  Drs. Alba-Flores and Rios-Gutierrez direct the EE Robotics Lab and are faculty advisors to the Robotics Club.

In addition to this impressive win, the Georgia Southern EE department had its best participation ever in presenting research papers  — seven faculty members, six graduate students and three undergraduate students presented their research in the technical program of the 2016 IEEE SoutheastCon.

GSU Robotics Team and presenters at the 2016 IEEE SoutheastCon Award Banquet

GSU Robotics Team and presenters at the 2016 IEEE SoutheastCon Award Banquet


Dr. Mitra Accepts PLTW Award for Georgia

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a national nonprofit organization promoting K-12 STEM education through teaching training and course module development.  Currently, about 8,500 schools across the nation representing all 50 states have adopted programs to introduce about students (1M this year alone) to concepts of engineering and other STEM fields.  PLTW also has partnerships with 61 institutions of higher ed across the nation — Georgia’s affiliate is Georgia Southern, for which Dr. Aniruddha Mitra serves as director.  These affiliate schools provide training for the teachers who implement the course materials and modules in their K-12 schools.

During the 2016 PLTW Summit Meeting held in Indianapolis, PLTW recognized Georgia Southern for its ten years of successful partnership and support of PLTW.  Dr. Aniruddha Mitra accepted the award trophy from PLTW CEO and President, Dr. Vince Bertram.

PLTW 10yr Award

Pictured L to R: Mr. David Dimmett, Sr. VP & Chief Engagement Officer, PLTW; Dr. Aniruddha Mitra; Dr. Glade Montgomery, VP, PLTW East; and Dr. Vince Bertram, President & CEO, PLTW.


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