Cesar Carapia, an undergraduate student in the BSME program, received an award at ASME’s Internal Combustion Engine Division Undergraduate Student Presentation Competition held at the Internal Combustion Engine Fall (ICEF) Conference held October 20 – 23 in Chicago, IL.
Cesar currently conducts research in the Automotive Combustion Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Valentin Soloiu, Professor and Allen E. Paulson Distinguished Chair. Cesar’s research is focused on the development of multi-fuel engine technologies to reduce emissions from combustion processes. The methods Cesar employed include Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) of a high-reactivity fuel in the combustion chamber plus port fuel injection of a low reactivity fuel. Cesar’s biography and presentation abstract can be found on the ICEF Conference website.
The newly established student chapter of the American Foundry Society (AFS) competed in a Cast in Steel event held by the Steel Founders’ Society of American at CastExpo 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Southern’s AFS chapter fielded two student teams for the competition. The purpose of the competition was to design, manufacture, and test a cast steel weapon of the competition judges’ choosing for 2019 – a Viking ax! Ben Abbot, a master bladesmith from the popular TV series Forged in Fire, rated the axes highly. The testing included chopping through a piece of steel sheet and cutting through a rope.
A new student chapter of the American Foundry Society (AFS) has been officially established under the leadership of Dr. Mingzhi Xu (faculty advisor) and Michael Windham (chapter President). The AFS Board of Directors approved Georgia Southern’s application on Aug. 15, making it the 40th college or university to host its own chapter. Student Chapter members further their metalcasting skills by networking with peers and professionals, manufacturing castings, conducting outreach, competing in casting competitions, and more.
Dr. Aniruddha Mitra, Professor of Mechanical Engineering (far right) and Dr. Atin Adhikai, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences (second from the left) have taken their research team to an asphalt plant to measure the effectiveness of various respiratory masks against airborne nanoparticles. This multidisciplinary project also involves Dr. Mosfequr Rahman, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Clinton Martin, Senior Lecturer of Civil Engineering and Construction and Dr. Maxim Durach, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy. This project is partially funded by a seed grant from the Paulson College of Engineering and Computing. (PCEC)
Margaret Kilpatrick, a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program, was awarded a $1000 scholarship for her research presentation at the 14th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference held on Jekyll Island. Margaret is currently an undergraduate student researcher in the Aerospace Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Valentin Soloiu, Professor and Distinguished Chair. Marget’s research is focused on noise, vibrations, and emissions from the combustion of synthetic kerosene in an aerospace gas turbine. Students from 9 different universities throughout the Southeast participated in the competition.