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.”
The Allen E. Paulson Chair of Renewable Energy at Georgia Southern University, Valentin Soloiu, Ph.D., has been awarded a $360,000 Research for Undergraduates (REU) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The University program, under Soloiu’s direction, will start next summer and be available to students across the country to explore solutions to energy problems.
“This puts us in an extraordinary position to reach out to undergraduate engineering students nationally and help boost their interest in research with hands-on learning,” said Soloiu. “The program that I have designed will allow students to perform research on our campus, and they will work on formulating new biofuels, hybrid combustion technologies, renewable energy, automotive engineering and many other areas.”
Georgia Southern will collaborate with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) to recruit participants for the program. Ten students will be selected to spend ten weeks on campus every summer for the next three years. They will rotate through work stations in the Renewable Energy and Engines Lab while broadening their horizons about engineering careers.
The program titled “Undergraduate Research in Green-Engineered New Transportation Technologies (URGENTT)” aims to increase students’ interest in conducting research, expand basic understanding of interdisciplinary concepts through hands-on-learning, enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) problem-solving skills and develop an ability to apply those topics to a research problem.
Eight Georgia Southern faculty will also support the summer program including the College of Engineering and Information Technology, the College of Science and Technology and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship. The Department of English will offer assistance in teaching students to write reports and communicate effectively during presentations.
“We want to do everything we can to prepare the next generation of scientific leaders,” explained Soloiu. “I expect this grant will continue to elevate us to a national level and generate a lot of interest in what we have to offer at Georgia Southern. Maybe these undergraduates who spend their summers with us will return to our campus and pursue master’s degrees.” Learn more about the Renewable Energy and Engines Lab by visiting http://cec.georgiasouthern.edu/engine/.
Georgia Southern University mechanical engineering students have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their development of innovative technologies to reduce exhaust produced by diesel engines. By using alcohol and biofuel to power the engine, emissions are lower. Not only does this reduce pollution, the combination could also lower dependence on imported oil.
The team was invited to present its project during the 9th annual EPA National P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Student Design Competition for Sustainability held last month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Georgia Southern beat more than a 100 universities including some top-tier research institutions to tie Johns Hopkins University for first place.