SPSU students collect three NSBE research awards
Caleb Burke, a senior electrical engineering technology major, won first place for his poster presentation and second place for an oral presentation of his research on "Exploring Effective Techniques to Fabricate Thin Film Cells Composed of CZTS (Cu2ZnSnS4).”
Nekeshia Griffin, a senior biology major, won third place for her oral presentation, “The Examination of the Population Growth Rates of the Redbreast and Bluegill Sunfish in Nickajack Creek.”
She was selected afterward to work as an apprentice researcher with Dr. Robert L. Howard of NASA’s Johnson Space Center on a project of her choice next summer at NASA’s Mars Desert Research Station. This is a facility in Utah that simulates a human outpost on the planet Mars. Teams of scientists, engineers and students routinely conduct two-week expeditions to the facility to study various aspects of life on Mars, work that is intended to help prepare the U.S. for eventual manned missions to Mars, the moon and other planets.
SPSU professor emeritus to address GSPE
Dr. Thomas has over 35 years of experience teaching textile engineering and technology and more than 20 years teaching professional ethics at SPSU and Georgia Tech. He currently teaches apparel and textile technology, industrial engineering technology and management as a part-time professor in the Industrial Engineering Technology Department. Formerly, he was the head of the Apparel and Textile Engineering Technology Department.
The GSPE meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Piccadilly Cafeteria Northlake in Tucker and is open to engineering professionals, students and anyone interested in engineering. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP to 404-919-3640 or email@example.com.
SPSU Hornets make first appearance in NAIA soccer quarterfinals
Led by head coach Kom Momeni, this was the Hornets’ third appearance in the NAIA Championship, and SPSU was the No. 10 seed in the tournament, held in Orange Beach, Ala. After capturing its first SSAC Tournament Championship in mid-November, the team triumphed in the first two rounds of the NAIA Championships and advanced for the first time in SPSU history to the quarterfinals.
The Hornets end the 2011 season with a record of 17-3-2. Congratulations on a great season to all involved!
Student-designed projects on display Dec. 12
Also among the items to be shown off in the gallery of the Engineering Technology Center are a remote-controlled blimp, a wireless power meter, an autonomous submarine motor control and an oven, security system and military tent that all make use of the sun rather than electricity.
Recent faculty activities
• Dr. M. A. Karim, an assistant professor in the Division of Engineering, was recently invited to visit the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Waterways Experiment Station (WES) Environmental Laboratory in Vicksburg, Miss. While there, he presented a seminar titled “CEHIXM Extraction of Metals from Soils and Sediments.” During his visit, he also discussed potential opportunities for future collaboration with SPSU on sediment remediation research.
• Dr. Omar Zia, a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department and a 2010 Fulbright Scholar who taught in Tajikistan, has been selected to serve as a member of the committee that awards Fulbright grants to U.S. scholars doing research in South and Central Asia. Dr. Zia has also been invited to serve as the keynote speaker at a seminar this month on the exploitation and application of wind energy at the North China University of Technology in Beijing, China.
New hire in Registrar’s Office
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Upcoming holiday schedule
SPSU’s dining facilities will close for the winter break on Sat., Dec. 17, and will remain closed until Mon., Jan. 9, the day spring semester classes begin.
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