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Three Georgia Southern students win Georgia Utility Contractors scholarships

The Georgia Utility Contractors Association has selected three Georgia Southern students as recipients of the 2018 Scholarship Award.  Andy Baskin, Jr., Civil Engineering; Tyler Robledo, Construction Engineering; and Anthony Sigee, Construction Management will receive scholarships and are invited to attend the GUCA Fall Meeting and Trade Show in Atlanta.  The GUCA will present Mr. Baskin, Mr. Robledo and Mr. Sigee with their scholarships during the Meeting.

Peter Rogers, associate professor of civil engineering and construction, serves as the faculty advisor for the Georgia Utility Contractors Association on campus.  “I am extremely proud of our scholarship recipients and am thankful for GUCA’s continued support of our construction program,” said Rogers.

MechE Student Ouedraogo named to 2018-19 ASME Council

Mechanical Engineering graduate student Angelika Sita Ouedraogo has been selected as one of only 21 students nationwide to serve on the 2018-2019 ASME Petroleum Division’s Collegiate Council.  The “Council is a group of motivated students whose mission is to expose, educate and help members discover opportunities within the oil and gas industry by improving their capabilities as students and future professionals.”  Council membership is a free learning and development opportunity for students who want to learn more about the oil and gas industry, network with professionals in the industry, and interact with other students who share similar interests.

Students apply for membership on the Council with a recommendation letter from their faculty mentor, their CV, and a one-page essay on petroleum industry-related research they are currently conducting.  Ms. Ouedraogo’s faculty mentor is Dr. Prakashbhai Bhoi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.  The Collegiate Council members will attend a meeting in October to learn about the program and receive details about this year’s group project.  In the spring, they will meet again to present their Council project to members of the ASME Executive Committee.

Ms. Ouedraogo participated in the 2018 Student Research Symposium of the College of Engineering and Computing with a poster entitled: “Catalytic Pyrolysis of Dry Algae over Metals Supported Zeolite (HZSM-5) Based Catalysts into Drop-in Liquid Fuel,” in the Sustainable Energy area.

U.S. Dept. of Education approves all six new programs

The U.S. Department of Education has issued final approval for all six of the College of Engineering & Computing’s proposed new programs.  Enrollment and recruitment for all programs will start immediately.

New Program Contact Information
B.S. in Computer Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering –
B.S. in Construction Engineering Civil Engineering & Construction –
M.S. in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering & Construction –

or Erica Colbert, M.S. advisor,

M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering –

or Erica Colbert, M.S. advisor,

M.S. in Information Technology

Information Technology –

or Erica Colbert, M.S. advisor,

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering –

or Erica Colbert, M.S. advisor,

Masoud Davari receives $300K grant from NSF

Masoud Davari, assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering in Power Systems and Power Electronics, has been awarded funding from NSF for his proposal, entitled “Collaborative Research: Fully Integrated Power and Energy Systems with Multi-Infeed AC/DC Architecture: Developing Advanced Controls, Protections, and Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation.”  Dr. Davari’s research will develop advanced protections, controls, and automation for the modernized microgrids toward implementing smart grids and help merge those systems into one single process.  The developed theories of this project, done in collaboration with Mississippi State researchers, can be tailored and broadly developed for many networked types of control in other domains and power systems.  The project will give specific attention to the involvement of the large population of underrepresented minorities at Georgia Southern University and Mississippi State University in the STEM research and learning.  NSF has awarded $299,850 for the three-year project.

Felix Hamza-Lup Receives Erasmus+ Grant

Professor Felix Hamza-Lup (Computer Science) has been awarded and is coordinating an Erasmus+ grant for international research collaborations with Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania.  Erasmus+ is a European Union funded program for international exchange collaborations for faculty and students between higher education institutions.  The grant is renewable every year for a five-year period based on the results of the research collaborations.  Interested faculty and students from the College of Engineering and Computing are invited to seek participation in the project.  The current area of research is Sensor Networks, Renewable Energy and 3D Simulation, however additional research areas may be proposed for collaboration.


“It is an honor for Georgia Southern to have been selected for an Erasmus Plus Grant.  Increasing international collaboration opportunities through student and faculty exchanges ensures that our students graduate as active and aware participants in the global economy and society.  Thanks to Dr. Felix Hamza-Lup’s worldwide vision and exceptional international experience gained through his past Fulbright fellowships, Georgia Southern will be identified as a university open to important global initiatives,” notes Georgia Southern Director of International Programs and Services Dorothée Mertz-Weigel, Ph.D.