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Research Laboratories

Antennas and Wireless Propagation

Dr. Sungkyun Lim’s research focuses on analysis and design of antennas for wireless communications, Small antennas, Supergain arrays, Wireless energy harvest, Propagation modeling, Wireless sensors, RFID, GPS/GNSS, Mobile phone antennas, Metamaterials, Optimization methods and Radar. For more information please visit the Antennas and Wireless Propagation (AWP) Lab.

Cloud Computing Solutions

Dr. Russell Thackston’s research focuses on designing, building, and distributing cloud-based solutions to instructional and research problems such as computational chemistry and computer simulations. The Cloud Computing Research Laboratory at the Department of Information Technology is among the most technologically advanced labs in higher education. The laboratory was founded in 2013 and hosts multiple ESXi servers, several terabytes of RAM, and hundreds of CPU cores, which are constantly growing and improving. The laboratory supports several faculty projects, including cloud-based computational chemistry research and cloud benchmarking.

Cyber-security, Wireless Systems and Networking Innovations

Dr. Danda B. Rawat’s research focuses on wireless communication networks, cyber physical systems and cyber security. His current research interests include design, analysis, and evaluation of cognitive radio networks, software defined networks, cyber physical systems, vehicular/wireless ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, wireless mesh networks, and cyber-security and wireless communication for smart grid. The Cybersecurity, Wireless Systems and Networking Innovations (CWiNs) Lab at Georgia Southern University is founded and led by Danda B. Rawat. CWiNs Lab was founded in 2013 through the generous equipment support of Georgia Southern University and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)

Digital Surface Imaging

Dr. Brian L. Vlcek, Professor, received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  He has conducted research in the area of cryogenic turbopump seals, vapor lubrication of high temperature contacts, fatigue failure of PVC coatings, probabilistic modeling of fatigue failure, aluminum fatigue failure and analysis, alternative energy and tribology of biofuels. For more information on Dr. Vlcek’s work, please see the Digital Surface Imaging Laboratory.

Energy Science

Dr. Valentin A. Soloiu, Professor, completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1997.  He has conducted research in the areas of Energy Systems, Sustainable and Renewable Bio-fuels, Combustion and Emissions, Fuel Sprays, Unsteady Fluid Dynamics, Design and Development of IC Engines, Dynamics and Vibrations, and Tribology. For more information on Dr. Soloiu’s work, please see the Renewable Energy and Engines Laboratory.


Dr. Gustavo Maldonado, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Management, received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for an research interdisciplinary project involving Civil Engineering and Construction Management, Geology and Geography and Anthropology. The LaSurCam instrumentation (Laser Scanners, Surveying GPS SmartStation, and InteliCamera), has the potential to dramatically improve education, research productivity and accuracy across many important scientific and engineering disciplines. The instrumentation, including the latest Leica C10 technology, will be used in teaching and  research activities by eight or more faculty members. For additional information, please visit the LaSurCam Research Lab.

Materials Science & Processing

Dr. Mujibur Rahman Khan, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University in 2010. His research expertise involves synthesis and characterization of nanoscale advanced materials for high temperature structural, sensing and thermoelectric applications. For more information on Dr. Khan’s work, please see the Nanomaterials Research Lab.

Dr. Shaowen Xu, Assistant Professor, completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina in 2003.  He has conducted research in the areas of energy science, impact science, frictional welding, and materials property—with an emphasis on bio-inspired structured composites. For more information on Dr. Xu’s work, please see the Materials Research Laboratory.


Dr. Mujibur Khan’s research group at the Nanomaterials Research Laboratory is involved in research related to the synthesis and characterization of novel nanoscale functional materials. Our investigations are focused on harnessing the superior physical and transport properties of nanomaterials to produce advanced materials for biomedical, structural and energy applications. For more information, please visit the Nanomaterials Research Lab.

Robotics & Intelligent Systems

Dr. Rocio Alba-Flores, Assistant Professor, earned her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University in 1999. She has research interest in control systems, robotics, image processing, and engineering education. Dr. Fernando Rios-Gutierrez, Associate Professor, earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University, New Orleans LA, in 2000. He has research interest in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Robotic systems applications, Control Systems, Embedded Systems Design, and Sensor interfaces. For more information please visit the Georgia Southern Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab

Last updated: 3/13/2019