Undergraduate BSME Student Earns All-District Honors

Pascal Wagemaker, an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, was named Academic All-District Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America for Spring 2020 At-Large athletes.

For more information, check out the full article by Georgia Southern Athletics.

Undergraduate Awarded for Combustion Research at Conference

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.

Dr. Valentin Soloiu (right) and Cesar Carapia with Award Plaque.

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.

AFS Student Chapter Competes in Casting Competition

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.

Georgia Southern University AFS Chapter with Ben Abbot from the TV Series Forged in Fire and Dr. Mingzhi Xu (faculty advisor). From left to right, Chandler Liggett, Michael Windham, Aubrey Harold, Trent Goodson, Ben Abbot, Michael Faulkner, Thomas Unkles, Will Lewis, Jexon Kresson, and Dr. Mingzhi Xu

American Foundry Society Chapter Established

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.

Field Day Testing of Respiratory Masks

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)

Dr. Atiin Adhikai (second from left), Dr. Aniruddha Mitra (far right) and Student Researchers at Testing Site

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