Eagle MotorSports’ Baja SAE team won big at the regional competitions in Auburn, Alabama. The Georgia Southern team came in 1st for Maneuverability, 2nd in Endurance, and 5th place overall out of 100 teams! [The other two other events are Acceleration and Hill Climb.]
Each year, the team designs and builds its own Baja (or off-road) vehicle using a Briggs & Stratton lawn mower engine for power. Eagle MotorSports teams have done increasingly well each of the past few years, and the faculty and staff of the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology are very proud of their efforts. Congratulations to the entire team, its captain, Michael Santangelo, and many thanks to faculty mentor Spencer Harp.
The 2015 ASCE Southeast Student Conference was held March 19-21 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Members of Georgia Southern’s student chapter of ASCE participated and placed in the top three teams in many of the competitions held during the Conference. About 1,000 attendees represented 25 universities from across the Southeast.
Natasha Pokrywka and Alejandra Delgado won their concrete canoe sprinting group, and Zachary Rivera and Dylan Hightower came in second in the men’s concrete canoe sprint competition. In the concrete canoe endurance races, the teams of Bailey Webster and Gabriela Medina, and Mitchell O’Neal and Anthony Lopez also performed superbly. Thanks to Associate Professor Peter Rogers who advised the Concrete Canoe teams.
Assistant Professor Junsuk Kang advised the Steel Bridge team, co-captained by Nathaniel Tanner and Chris Bachmann. While the team was hampered by delivery delays, they designed and built one of the strongest bridges in the competition.
Other Georgia Southern competition winners were:
Kenneth Givens, second place in the Professional Paper Competition [3rd: U Florida; 1st: U Tennessee-Knoxville].
Zachary Casey and Benjamin Eller, second place in the Transportation Competition [3rd: Auburn U; 1st: U Puerto Rico-Mayaguez].
Kenya Campbell and Natasha Pokrywka, third place in the Geotechnical Competition [2nd: Polytechnic U Puerto Rico; 1st: U Alabama-Huntsville].
Benjamin Eller, Joshua Washington and Brandon Yingling, third place in the Surveying Competition [2nd: U Central Florida; 1st: U Florida].
Adel El Shahat, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, has a new book titled “Smart Homes Systems Technology.” The book is published by Scholar’s Press (Germany) and covers the following topics: smart homes & smart grids technology; micro-grid distributed generation topologies; wind energy appraisals; photovoltaic module optimum operation modelling; high speed generator design for smart grids; wind turbine and photovoltaic panel simulations; optimum modelling of capacitive deionization; power electronics apparatuses; storage unit parameter estimation; storage devices for green energy; electric drive performance improvements for renewable energy and automotive applications; microturbine operation; and nanogrids.
Brandon Kimmons, Interim Assistant Director of Research for Information Technology Services, along with Dr. Russell Thackston, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, and Dr. Ryan Fortenberry, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, will be presenting his research on Computational Chemistry: Practical Issues in Leveraging the Cloud on Wednesday, March 25, at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Denver, Colorado.
The research compared the costs and practical issues of in-house high performance computing data centers to cloud-based high performance computing. He concluded that, under certain circumstances, cloud-based computing, with benefits such as cost savings, time savings, and theoretically infinitely expandable capacity, can be a valid alternative to expensive on-premises data centers. Cloud-computing, however, presents some practical issues such as provisioning of computing resources, software installation, and student account management. Kimmons will present empirical data of when cloud-based computational chemistry makes financial sense and techniques for managing these practical issues.
In addition to being selected as a presenter, Kimmons was awarded a grant from the Graduate Student Professional Development Fund to support his travel to Denver. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis and Kimmons’ award was the maximum allowable. According to Dr. Susan Williams, Interim Chair of the Department of Information Technology, Brandon is completing his Master of Science in Applied Engineering with a concentration in Information Technology and has been encouraged by the Graduate Student Association and the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies to present his findings at the Graduate Research Symposium.
Meaghan Thomson (IT) and James Shaw (ME) served as keynote speakers at the 4th Annual Georgia Scholarship of STEM Teaching and Learning Conference on March 6, 2015. Dr. John O’Malley, CEIT’s Director of RETP and Co-op Programs, spoke about the College’s co-op and internship programs, and introduced the student speakers, who spoke about their internship experiences. Ms. Thomson held an internship at Coca-Cola in Atlanta in fall 2014, and Mr. Shaw served as an intern at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, also in fall 2014.