Student Teams Awarded at SAE World Congress in Detroit

An undergraduate and graduate student research team of the Engine Combustion laboratory, led by faculty advisor Dr. Val Soloiu, presented their research papers at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit MI (4-6 April 2017). The team, composed of Martin Muinos, Aliyah Knowles, Remi Gaubert, Jose Moncada, Bernard Ibru and Thomas Beyerl, presented their state of the art research on topics ranging from advanced combustion modes and noise and vibrations studies in automotive engines to intelligent/autonomous vehicles technologies. The team received seven awards for their research, and they should be congratulated for this noteworthy accomplishment.

Pictured at the Congress site from left to right are: Remi Gaubert, Dr. Val Soloiu, Jose Moncada, Aliyah Knowles, Bernard Ibru.

Engineering Honor Society Induction Ceremonies

The Georgia Southern Beta Iota chapter of the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society is excited to announce the induction of 15 new members into their chapter, and the fledgling Tau Beta Gamma chapter of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society is excited to announce the induction of 17 new members at their spring 2017 induction ceremonies hosted at The Clubhouse in Statesboro on February 15th. Both new and existing members were able to engage in a fun night of bowling after the ceremonies, and the great turnout by members made the night a huge success!

Nanotechnology and Cancer Exploratory Collaborative Symposium

Dr. Mujibur Khan, Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Georgia Southern University and Dr. Ali Arbab, Professor at the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University are coordinating a Nanotechnology and Cancer Exploratory Collaborative Symposium. The Symposium will by held on March 20th, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM at Augusta University.

Participants who wish to attend and/or present at the Symposium should register via email with one of the site coordinators. There is no registration fee.

Additional information can be found by downloading a PDF copy of the invitation letter.

Georgia Environmental Conference Research Award

A team of Mechanical Engineering students, under the supervision of Dr. Valentin Soloiu, were awarded the “Outstanding Graduate Student Research Scholarship and Poster Award” at the 11th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference.  Martin Muinos, a graduate student in the MSAE program, presented the student research on Combustion of Biofuels and was awarded a scholarship check of $1,000 on behalf of the team.


Pictured from left to right: Dr. Valentin Soloiu, Johnny Williams, Charvi Popat, Benoit Kindo, Jose Moncada, Martin Muinos, Bernard Ibru, Tyler Naes, Deborah Ojo, Aliyah Knowles, Thomas Beyerl

Dr. Xuchun Ren Awarded NSF Research Grant

Dr. Xuchun Ren, an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, has been awarded a three-year grant of $261,067 by the National Science Foundation for his project entitled “Novel Decomposition Methods for Reliability-Based Topology Optimization”. The NSF grant is part of the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) program. The mission of the CMMI program is to “fund fundamental research and education in support of the Foundation’s strategic goals directed at advances in the disciplines of civil, mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, and materials design”. This award supports fundamental research on topology optimization of complex engineering structures in the presence of uncertainty. Specifically, it will develop novel methods to determine the ideal material distribution of complex engineering systems with low probabilities of failure corresponding to some critical failure mechanisms.

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