Computer Science senior Bradford Bazemore won 2nd place and a $500 check in the Student Paper Competition at the IEEE Southeastcon 2014 held in Lexington KY on March 13-16. Brad’s paper was entitled a “Low Power Cluster Development System.” The project was funded through a student research grant from the College of Engineering and Information Technology. Brad won 1st prize in the Technical Paper Competition at the IEEE Southeastcon 2013, making this an impressive winning streak!
Jordan Shropshire, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Information Technology has been awarded a multi-year grant of $108,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the security of cloud computing systems. Shropshire said just as ordinary computers are susceptible to viruses and malware, clouds can also be infected, which is a serious threat, given the increased reliance on clouds. His research will develop and test security tools to address these threats and reduce security risks.
Shropshire’s project will provide an opportunity for two undergraduates, at least five graduate students and several high school students in south Georgia to work with cutting-edge information technologies. The professor said Georgia Southern IT students excel at technical problem solving in unstructured environments. “Despite their youth, they can be counted on to tackle complex problems with minimal supervision. Without them, this project wouldn’t happen,” Shropshire explained.
The graduate students will conduct original research and develop cutting-edge security solutions. Undergraduates will assist in the construction and administration of a cloud environment and students at participating high schools will perform remote testing and evaluation. Shropshire said everyone will build skills that will help them in the next phase of their IT careers.
This was the first time Shropshire had ever applied for a NSF grant.
The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology (CEIT) invites students to submit research proposals under the CEIT Undergraduate Research awards (CEIT-UR) Program.
The goal of these awards is to enhance student experiential learning via hands-on research projects in collaboration with faculty. By engaging in these projects, students will develop skills to critically read research literature, acquire and interpret data, integrate and implement technology, write reports and present findings.
CEIT students may submit proposals individually or as a team, with interdisciplinary teams encouraged. The deadline for accepting submissions is Monday, October 14, 2013. Award winners will be announced on October 21, 2013. Awardees are expected to present a poster summarizing their results during the CEIT Research Symposium in April 2014, and to write a final report no later than May 30, 2014. Visit the CEIT Symposium Poster Gallery to see students’ research posters from last year.
Proposals will be awarded up to $2,500 to fund equipment, materials, travel, training, or other expenses necessary for the research. To be considered for one of the CEIT-UR awards, log in to your georgiasouthern.edu Gmail account, then complete and submit the form located at this link.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of $153,000 to Dr. Mujibur Khan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. With this award, Dr. Khan will acquire state-of-the-art electrospinning equipment for cutting-edge research in nanofibers and nanotechnology. The equipment will be used in a wide variety of research projects: from generating new avenues for lightweight ultra-tough hybrid fibers, cancer therapeutics, biocompatible nanofibers and multifunctional materials; to developing antimicrobial coatings and compounds with extraordinary thermal, mechanical and biological properties. The acquisition of the electrospinning equipment will greatly enhance the capabilities of an emerging group of nanotechnology researchers at Georgia Southern University and throughout southeast Georgia.
Georgia Southern University has received two grants totaling $105,000 in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition for Sustainability. Mechanical Engineering students won for their design using alcohol and biofuel to power a diesel engine and lower emissions.
The students and Valentin Soloiu, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering and the Allen E. Paulson Chair of Renewable Energy, received the award in April during the competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; however, they were just notified about the grant money that will be used to further develop their design and bring it to the marketplace.
“Students will work on formulating new biofuels and hybrid combustion technologies,” explained Soloiu. “They will develop hands-on projects in which they will use engineering-specific tools and analyses and report their results in a technical poster and a scientific paper. The project will include increasing participation of female, minority and other students underrepresented in engineering research careers.”
The University won a $15,000 EPA grant after the first stage of the competition to further develop their prototype. Students spent three years in the Renewable Energy and Engines Lab working to improve the design of Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) diesel engines which already reduce nitrogen oxide and soot emissions by more than 50 percent. Their award-winning diesel engine operates on n-Butanol and cottonseed oil which are biofuels produced from sustainable sources.
“This competition plays an important role in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers to better understand, and through innovation and ingenuity more effectively solve, our world’s complex environmental problems,” said Lek Kadeli, principal deputy administrator for the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “The P3 program gives this nation’s students the opportunity to apply their creative ideas to real world situations and protect our nation’s environment in a more sustainable fashion.”