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Research Laboratories

Advanced Power and Energy Systems

Dr. Masoud Davari’s research group conducts state-of-the-art research associated with the control and protection of smart grids and modernized power systems with high penetration of different power electronic systems. Equipment includes NovaCor RTDS digital real-time simulation platform and power/control hardware-in-the-loop simulation-based testing based on the Spitzenberger & Spies power amplifiers. The testing software and hardware of the Laboratory for Advanced Power and Energy Systems are employed in the multi-infeed ac/dc architecture of fully integrated power and energy systems in current/future modernized microgrids in the energy sector, as well as the power systems utilized in aerospace, shipboard, military, and more. Please go on a virtual tour of the Laboratory for Advanced Power and Energy Systems (LAPES).

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.

Asphalt Research

Automation, Robotics & Computer Integrated Manufacturing

BEaM (Built Environment and Modeling)

B-IRIS Mechatronics and Controls

BITT Thermal Transport and Heat Exchangers

Biomedical Instrumentation

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.

Composite Materials

Computational Flow and Combustion

Computational Modeling and Analysis


Digital Surface Imaging

Dr. Brian L. Vlcek 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.

Dynamic Automotive Suspension Simulation

Energy Science

Dr. Valentin A. Soloiu 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.

Impact-Resistant Materials


Dr. Gustavo Maldonado, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction, received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for an research interdisciplinary project involving Civil Engineering and Construction, 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.

Manufacturing (Solid Modeling, 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, CNC Machining)

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.

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.


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.

Optical Networking

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

Vehicle Design and Testing

Engineering and Research Building

The new Engineering and Research Building, scheduled to open on the Statesboro campus in 2020, will house an applied research center that helps a wide variety of industries and government agencies solve their real-world problems.

Current projects include:

  • Antenna design and testing
  • Biomedical instrumentation development and testing
  • Cloud computing
  • Cybersecurity systems
  • Mobile computing
  • Digital surface imaging
  • Advanced material joining processes
  • Engine design, development and instrumentation
  • Wind energy harvesting
  • Biofuel development and characterization
  • Tribology
  • Nanofiber spinning
  • Impact-resistant materials processing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Robotics and manufacturing systems
  • Safety and ergonomics
  • Intelligent systems
  • Optical networking
  • Highway materials development
  • Bridge design and safety

Last updated: 7/13/2023