Dr. Mujibur Khan (ME) has established a Nanomaterials Research Lab in the Carruth Building (Room 1001B) for advanced nanostructure and nanocomposite synthesis and manufacturing. Thanks to an NSF-MRI award in 2013 and internal grants, the Nanomaterials Research Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for fabrication, characterization and performance tests of nano- and nanocomposite materials for structural, bio-medical, energy and environmental applications. Dr. Khan and his graduate and undergraduate students conduct research on core-sheath bio-nanofibers for controlled release and targeted cancer drug delivery, high-performance hybrid nanocomposite fibers, nanofiber mesh for CO2 sequestration and sol-gel doping for high temperature thermoelectrics.
Cancer drugs encapsulated inside dumbbell-shaped core-sheath PEO nanofibers
The Electrical Engineering department competed for and won a 2014 grant from the Student Sustainability Fee in the amount of $30,425. The goal of the project is to retrofit approximately 23 university electric golf carts with solar panels in order to allow the carts to charge throughout the day and thus reduce the energy demanded from traditional “wall plug” charging. If the initial golf cart charging experiment is successful, we will initiate future phases where we add additional charging devices to the golf carts such as: kinetic charging, piezoelectric sound charging, friction charging, regenerative brakes and regenerative shock absorber charging. The ultimate goal is to create a fully self-sustaining golf cart that no longer requires “wall plug” charging.
Dr. Youakim al-Kalaani, an Associate Pprofessor in the Electrical Engineering Department at GSU, was recognized by IEEE for his services as an ABET Program Evaluator for many years. He has participated in several ABET accreditation activities across the country. Dr. Kalaani brought his valuable assessment experience to help the EE Department in successfully accrediting its own Electrical Engineering program.
The Georgia Southern Eagle Motorsports team earned an impressive 8th place overall ranking in the regional Baja SAE competition held May 22-25 at Pittsburg State University in Kansas (home of the Gorillas). 100 teams and approximately 1,500 students, advisors, faculty and spectators participated from engineering schools from all across the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and around the world. The team came in 3rd for maneuverability, 5th in suspension and 5th in endurance — an excellent showing!
Eighty players enjoyed the first annual CEIT Golf Tournament on April 16, 2014. The day was windy, but sunny, and players loved the newly revamped course. Students from the CEIT’s student groups AITP and Eagle Motorsports provided burgers and hot dogs for lunch and delicious barbecue for the awards banquet.
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were awarded in two flights. 3rd place, 2nd flight: Butler, Jaremski, McDowell and Storer of Club Car. 2nd place, 2nd flight: Sells, Drake, Debevec and Woodard of Gulfstream. 1st place, 2nd flight: Pollack (PollWood), Segal (Schweitzer Engineering Labs), Boring and Parrish (Brodie). 3rd place, 1st flight: Troutman, Halliburton, Minick and Morris (New South Construction). 2nd place, 1st flight: Coppage (AECOM), Cawley (Aerotek), Anderson (ABC of Georgia) and Glasser (AMEC). Longest drive: Carter Hollis (MSAE student). Straightest drive: Phil Best (Garbutt Construction). Closest to the pin: #4, Denise McCoy (O’Brien Gere); #7, Brent Hardy (Briggs & Stratton); #12, Norm Glasser (AMEC); and #16, Randy Johnson (CH2M HILL). Congratulations to all!
Tentative date for next year’s tournament: Friday, April 24, 2015.