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Nuclear Power Plant Tour

Students minoring in nuclear engineering visit Plant Vogtle

April 26, 2018

KSU students pursuing a nuclear engineering minor visited Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, GA.

The Vogtle Electric Generation Plant is located adjacent to the South Carolina border, in Waynesboro Georgia. The two-unit plant broke ground in 1974, with its first commercial operation beginning in May of 1987. Unit two started commercial operation in May of 1989. The plant is powered by Westinghouse pressurized water reactors and each unit is capable of generating 1,215 megawatts for a total capacity of 2,430 megawatts. Plant Vogtle employs approximately 900 people who oversee the plant's operations around the clock.

This experience expanded the students' knowledge far beyond the classroom. They toured training reactor control rooms for old reactors (units 1& 2) as well as new reactors, AP100(units 3 & 4, currently under construction).

In addition, they were able to observe the main nuclear reactors components- including the 548-ft cooling towers. Students who participated in the tour are pursuing majors in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering, and systems and industrial engineering.

Engineering Receives a $69K Grant

Dr. Lee and Dr. Diong secure funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

April 2018

EPA sealDr. Hoseon Lee and Dr. Bill Diong seek to reduce energy use by wireless power transfer. They have obtained a $69K grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do so. This project develops a method of replacing power cables in aircrafts with wireless power transfer systems that are lighter and reduce the weight of the plane. This reduction factor per plane multiplied by the total number of flights in the world, results in a substantial reduction in fuel used during flights. This reduction in aircraft weight and fuel consumption will support the goal of improving air quality, while also having the potential to support the aircraft industry with more environmental efficient technology and practices- resulting in decrease emissions.

Image source: EPA - United States Environmental Protection Agency

Giving back to Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Give opportunity, Invest in KSU Engineering 

November 6, 2017

Kennesaw State University’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SPCEET) students are scholars you would appreciate. Oftentimes, they are married with a family and still pursue their education, on a full-time basis – while holding down a job. 

While today’s students carry on many of SPCEET’s traditions, the cost of their education is certainly higher than it used to be. In Georgia, full-time undergraduate students (12 or more credit hours per semester) currently pay $4,476 per semester in tuition and fees.

Join us in supporting our students and programs by:

  • Making an online gift via our secure online giving site
  • Making a gift via mail. Please remember to designate your gift to KSU’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology on the “For” line of your check.
  • Putting your matching gift program to work, if a company that matches employees’ gifts employs you.

For more information on establishing an endowed scholarship or including SPCEET in your estate plans, please contact:

Kit Trensch
Director of Development
Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
(678) 925-3678 (cell)

 Students take plant tour

Systems & Industrial engineering students visit Anheuser-Busch

October 25, 2017

Systems & Industrial professor, Dr. Christina Scherrer took here undergraduate logistics students on a tour of the Anheuser-Busch facility in Cartersville, GA. Students had the opportunity to walk around the facility and get a real-world experience of the industry. 

KSU's Motorsports Formula SAE Team brings home a win

Team competes in the 4th annual FSAE match race

October 24, 2017

Kennesaw State University’s Motorsports Formula SAE Team traveled to Lamar County Speedway on Saturday, October 29th for the 4th annual FSAE match race hosted by the Georgia Sprint Karting Association. The FSAE team won fastest Georgia FSAE team and second overall.

Photo Credit: KSU Motorsports Formula SAE Instagram

KSU's Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) student chapter is doing big things

October 13, 2017

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) student chapterKSU juniors and officers of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) student chapter, Addie Thornton (President, Civil Engineering major and Construction Management minor) and Adam Minor (Vice President, Construction Management major with a concentration in Land Development), recently attended the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), held at the Georgia World Congress Center September 27-29, 2017, where they each were presented with a $1,000 AEE scholarship and had the opportunity to meet former President George W. Bush. Adam is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served under President Bush.

The KSU AEE student chapter is an organization which enables students to promote the scientific and educational interests in the fields sustainability and energy by offering informational meetings with industry professionals, scholarships, internships, conferences and certification opportunities.

Addie and Adam have worked diligently to grow the new student chapter, which began in October 2016, under the supervision of their advisor, Prof. Jacqueline Stephens, with additional guidance from Darrel Sandlin and Dan Shabo from the local Georgia AEE chapter.

The student chapter already has an impressive twenty three members and has held eleven events, including presentations from energy professionals, organization fairs and an international student chapter luncheon. Student chapter members are also welcome to attend the local AEE Georgia chapter monthly speaker meetings.

On October 16th KSU AEE will tour the Dekalb County Landfill to learn about how methane gas can be converted to energy.

For more information about KSU AEE please visit their OwlLife page here.

Pictured above left to right: Bernadette Ogunmuto (AEE KSU Member), Steve Waldron (AEE KSU Member), Addie Thornton (AEE KSU President), Professor Stephens (AEE KSU Advisor), Andres Peres (AEE KSU Member), Damari Weaver (AEE KSU Member), Jacob Barron (AEE KSU Member)

Industrial Engineering Professor Wins Award

Dr. Christina Scherrer receives the 2017 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award

September 29, 2017

Dr. Ken Harmon, Dr. Christina Scherrer, Dr. Sam OlensDr. Christina Scherrer has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award. She is a professor in the Systems and Industrial Engineering department in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology and has been faculty since 2005.

Christina Scherrer’s primary research has been in the application of industrial engineering to the public sector, especially public health. Federal and state agencies, state dental directors, and the governor’s office to inform policy – both in Georgia and nationally have used her work. She has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and with the Georgia Health Policy Center. Recently she served on a systematic review for the Community Preventive Services Task Force of the cost effectiveness of school based dental sealant programs.

The Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Awards are designed to encourage, reward, and publicly acknowledge sustained excellence in research and creative activity by members of Kennesaw State University’s faculty. The award recognizes excellence in the visual and performing arts, in the publication of scholarly work, in the completion of research and sponsored projects, and in the development of new and innovative ideas in research, and creative activities.

Any full-time teaching faculty with an earned terminal degree and minimum of 5 years of service at Kennesaw State University, with a total of 10 years of higher education experience, is eligible to apply for the award. Each award consists of $10,000 and a plaque, with up to eight awards presented annually.

To be awarded, the candidate must demonstrate a sustained record of research or creative activity and an impact on his or her field of study. The selection committee looks for originality, creativity, productivity, and for an outstanding body of scholarly or creative activities that has gained national and international recognition.

Dr. Christina Scherrer was recognized at the University’s annual Honors and Awards Ceremony at the beginning of fall semester, for Engineering Applications.

Pictured above left to right: Dr. Ken Harmon, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University; Dr. Christina Scherrer, Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering; Dr. Samuel S. Olens, President of Kennesaw State University 

Gift-in-Kind to benefit Surveying and Mapping students

Two SubSurface Magnetic Locator instruments

September 5, 2017

Terry Nutt of Leica Geosystems Solution Center and Professor Daniel Branham Terry Nutt, of Leica Geosystems Solution Center, presented two SubSurface Magnetic Locator instruments to Professor Daniel Branham of Kennesaw State University’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology for the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering on August 24, 2017.

This gift of equipment will benefit students in their hands-on fieldwork as they progress toward their B.S. degree in Surveying and Mapping, the only BS program for surveying offered in the state of Georgia.

Kennesaw State University’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology appreciates this generous gift-in-kind from Leica Geosystems Solution Center and SubSurface Instruments, Inc.

 AIAA Competition

Aerospace Engineering students win award

September 5, 2017

AIAA competitionThe American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) holds an annual student aircraft design competition. This competition has several categories – for undergraduate and graduate students. In Spring 2017, a group of three Kennesaw State University (KSU) students, pursuing minor in Aerospace Engineering, submitted their design for the competition. They designed a multi-mission amphibian aircraft that is capable of taking off and landing from water or ground and accomplish three pre-defined missions. As part of their design, the students built Computer Aided Design (CAD) models and performed Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) analysis as well as multiple other disciplinary analyses. Dozens of teams from all over the world submit their designs for the competition. The KSU team designed their aircraft as part of their senior design project and won an overall second place award – in the undergraduate category submitted. The award comes with cash prizes and certificates.

The announcement was made by AIAA:

KSU offers a minor in Aerospace Engineering. The minor is open to all engineering students.

Computer Engineering Open House

Students and professors converse about the new department

August 23, 2017

Computer Engineering faculty with studentsNew and prospective Computer Engineering (CpE) students, along with faculty members from the CpE department as well as other departments, celebrated the official commencement of the CpE department.

Students were able to interact with other students and become acquainted with fellow professors in the department. They were also able to ask questions about the new major as well as view the projects displayed around the department. “I really appreciate this opportunity to meet with the faculty and staff. This is exciting,” said one of the student visitors. This celebration included refreshments and a chance for students to win awesome prizes, like a Raspberry Pi!

 Alumna speaks at Summer Commencement

CEO of Jabo Industries was the 10:00 am ceremony presenter

August 18, 2017

2017 KSU Commencement, Dean Currin and LaDoris HarrisThe Honorable LaDoris “Dot” Harris and Dean Thomas Currin were featured at the July 28th commencement ceremonies for Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology graduates. Dot provided the commencement address for the 10:00 AM ceremony.

Dot Harris graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Electrical Engineering and earned her MS in Technology Management from Southern Polytechnic State University.

She has more than 25 years of leadership in corporate America, ranging from engineer to corporate officer. From April 2012 through January 2017, Dot served as the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy - under President Barack Obama. She also served in an assistant secretary level position at the Department of Energy.

Dot is the Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Jabo Industries - a successful minority-woman owned engineering management consulting firm concentrated primarily in the energy, information technology, logistics, and healthcare industries.

KSU Motorsports competes

FSAE Student Design Competition – Lincoln, Nebraska

July 7, 2017

ksu motorsports lincoln competitionKennesaw State University’s Motorsports Formula SAE Team traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska – to compete with over 100 universities in the FSAE Student Design Competition, June 21 -24. Approximately 80 teams competed in the Internal Combustion category and 20 teams competed in the Formula Electric category.

KSU Motorsports competed in the Internal Combustion category. For the fourth year in a row, they brought home a trophy. This year they brought home 3rd place for cost, which is the third year in a row KSU Motorsports has brought home a trophy for cost – showing their steadfast ability to manage their costs in a highly competitive environment. Overall, the team finished 59th – ahead of local rival, Georgia Tech.