College of Engineering and Information Technology professor Timur Mirzoev, Ph.D. is leading the way in the ever-expanding world of cloud-computing and virtualization education and research.
Mirzoev is a co-principal investigator of a $4.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to the Collin College Convergence Technology Center in Frisco, Tx., for tech-related workforce training. Georgia Southern is one of seven colleges and universities partnered with the Center on the NSF grant. The goal of the Center is to provide training for faculty and students in the high-demand field of emerging convergence technology in voice, video, image and data over secure networks.
Dr. Sungkyun Lim, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been awarded his second GRAPE (Georgia Research for Academic Partnership in Engineering) award from Georgia Power. Last year, Dr. Lim and his students conducted research on how to maximize capture of “waste” energy from EM fields to power small wireless sensors. This will extend the life of or eliminate the needs for small batteries, such as those used in cell phones. This year, Dr. Lim’s team will conduct a cyber-security/intrusion risk analysis for wireless sensor technologies.
The Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT) has awarded a grant to Dr. Junan Shen, Assoc. Prof. of Civil Engineering, to complete Phase Two of his research on the durability of “crumb rubber modified asphalt.” In Phase One, Dr. Shen and his students inspected areas of I-75 between the Florida state line and mile 17.2 in Georgia to document signs of distress and select sites for further testing. The team and GDOT personnel obtained sample cores, tested the pavement’s friction, and measured rutting in wheel paths. In Phase Two, the team will conduct similar testing procedures in Macon and Augusta.
Crumb rubber comes from scrap tires, and mixing it with asphalt could prove to be a great alternative to traditional asphalt mixes. This could be a win-win for the state’s budget and environment — it costs less to produce than conventional asphalt, and uses thousands of scrap tires that would otherwise end up in landfills.