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Pi Tau Sigma receives Outstanding Service Award

The Georgia Southern chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, the International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, received one of only three Outstanding Service Awards at the 2018 Annual Convention. There are more than 130 chapters of the honor society nationwide.
The Pi Tau Sigma mission is to strive to create better engineers through commitment to academic excellence and dedication to service.  Each year, Pi Tau Sigma recognizes three chapters for the Outstanding Performance award and three chapters for the Outstanding Service Award. Georgia Southern’s Beta Iota, our chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, was given the Outstanding Service Award at the 2018 Annual Convention hosted by The University of Miami in Miami, FL. The award was accepted by Elizabeth Robinson, a senior Mechanical Engineering student at Georgia Southern, and the local chapter President. For more information, feel free to contact Dr. David Calamas, the Faculty Advisor of the student organization.

GS Engineering Design Challenge 2018

On Saturday, April 28, Georgia Southern will host the 2018 Engineering Design Challenge to showcase the ingenuity and creativity of eight high school students teams — five from Chatham County and three from Bulloch County.  The teams will design and build battery-powered, self-propelled go-karts.

The final competition will include a 15-meter sprint-to-stop race, a timed maneuvering course, a tug-of-war race and a design poster presentation with an engineering journal evaluation. Engineers from local companies will evaluate and select the winning design. The winning team will receive a cash prize. For more information, please visit

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Competition begins at 1 p.m.
*1:15 p.m. Student poster presentations and maneuvering race
*2:00 p.m. Incline/Sprint to stop races


Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus
Pirate Athletic Center, Building #20

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Aniruddha Mitra Receives Best Presentation Award

Aniruddha Mitra, professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the Best Presentation Award at the 20th ICOHS (International Conference on Occupational Health & Safety) held in Miami, FL March 12-13, 2018.  The paper Dr. Mitra presented, and for which he is first author, is “Nanoparticle Exposure Levels in Indoor and Outdoor Demolition Sites.”

Dr. Mitra also served as Session Chair for oral and technical presentation, recognition and appreciation of research contributions to ICOHS 2018.

Cameron Coates Receives USAF Summer Research Fellowship

Cameron Coates, professor of Mechanical Engineering, will conduct research for ten weeks this summer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH.

This program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). The objectives of the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program are as follows:

  1. To stimulate professional relationships among U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program participants and the scientists and engineers at Air Force research facilities
  2. To enhance the research interests and capabilities of faculty (both new and experienced researchers) in the U.S. academic community
  3. To elevate the awareness in the U.S. academic community of Air Force research needs and foster continued research at U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program fellows’ institutions
  4. To provide the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program participant opportunities to perform high-quality and meaningful research at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directorates, Air Force Test Center, the United States Air Force Academy, or the Air Force Institute of Technology
  5. To provide nationally accredited mentoring of academic researchers at technical directorates of the AFRL, Air Force Test Center, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

MSAE Student Sushmita Khan and Drs. Kaleta and Yin Win Best Paper Award at SAIS 2018

Drs. Jeffrey P. Kaleta and Jingjing Yin along with Ms. Sushmita Khan won the Best Faculty / Student Paper Award at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Information Systems (SAIS) in Atlanta, GA. Their paper, Twitter Sentiment Toward Autism During Autism Awareness Month, was presented by Dr. Kaleta and Ms. Khan at the 2018 annual SAIS conference held on March 23-24th.

Sushmita Khan, and Drs. Jeffrey P. Kaleta and Jingjing Yin holding their Best Faculty/Student Paper Awards at SAIS

This study was a collaborative project investigating the topics and public opinions during autism awareness month as expressed on Twitter, a social media platform. The outcome of this work is the first of several initiatives investigating public views of health-related concerns over social media, making use of a variety of text analysis techniques.

Dr. Kaleta is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Technology within the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing, Dr. Yin is an assistant professor in the department of Biostatistics located within the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, and Ms. Khan is completing her Master’s of Applied Engineering in IT this Spring 2018.