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2011 and older news:

The MET Scholarship Committee selected the following students to receive the academic year 2010-2011 scholarship from two of our endowed scholarships:

1- Enplas Scholarship

  • Awarded to: Ryan Howell

(The Enplas Scholarship was established in 2000 and its purpose is to recognize and assist deserving students majoring in MET. Enplas (USA) is an engineering company with a proven record of working with high precision parts from concept development and design to mass production. The company manufactures products from a wide range of fields and applications, from high precision gears to ultra-precision plastic optical devices.)

2- Benjamin Jason Thomason Scholarship

  • Awarded to: Larry May and Cody Bollinger

(The Benjamon Jason Thomason Scholarship was established in 2001 and its purpose is to recognize and assist deserving students majoring in MET while at the same time providing a lasting tribute to Mr. Benjamon Jason Thomason. He graduated from SPSU in MET in December 2000, and then passed away unexpectedly in April 2001. His family established this scholarship in his memory to provide others the educational opportunities they were able to offer Benjamin Jason Thomason).

An annual scholarship event will be held soon to celebrate these students'  accomplishments as well as to give them an opportunity to enjoy a dinner with SPSU President Lisa Rossbacher, key alumni and members of the SPSU Foundation Trustees.

Congratulations to Ryan, Larry and Cody on being chosen as scholarship recipients by the MET Scholarship Committee!


May 2010:

New sustainable energy club on campus

The Engineers for a Sustainable World student club has recently been created and is the first sustainablity-related interdisciplinary student club on campus. Additionally, it is the student chapter of the national organization and the only chapter among Georgia universities.

The club’s first event was a seminar titled “Radiative Heat Transfer Basics for Solar and Thermal Imaging Applications in Building Energy Efficiency Inspections,” presented by Mechanical Engineering Technology professor Erhan Ilksoy. Next on the club's agenda is to perform thermo-inspections of the buildings on campus to assess their energy efficiency using high-tech infrared cameras.

The faculty advisors are: Prof. Erhan Ilksoy (MET), Dr. Fatih Oncul (CET). Dr. Shariar Makarechi (Construction Management), Dr. Pegah Zamani (Architecture).

More information about the organization can be found at www.eswusa.org.  


Feb 2010:

Engineering Week:

Click here to see the full program of Engineering week. Don't miss the Lockheed Martin case study on Wednesday and other exciting events.


2010 Region D Conference to be held March 5-7, 2010, in Memphis, TN. :

For details on the region D conference of Society of Women Engineers, click here.


October 2009:

The following MET students were awarded distinguished scholarships for the year 2009-2010. MET department congratulates these students and wish them well in their future endeavors.

Student

Scholarship

 Zach Hope

 Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

 Jim Dyal

 Paul T. Martin Scholarship

 Jamal S. King

 Shaw Industries Scholarship

 Pedro Luis Gonzales

 Goizueta Scholars Fund

 Jose Luis Villarreal

 Goizueta Scholars Fund

An annual scholarship event was held on October 20th at the Marietta Conference Center to celebrate these MET students' accomplishments and the accomplishment of other scholarship recipients across campus, as well as to give them an opportunity to enjoy a dinner with SPSU President Lisa Rossbacher, some faculty members, key alumni and members of the SPSU Foundation Trustees.


April 2009:

Manufacturing Week success

The SPSU Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers hosted a successful Manufacturing Week on April 6-9. Mechanical Engineering Technology faculty advisor, Dr. Simin Nasseri, along with Jim Dyal, Trent Phillips and Kelly Gray, organized this diverse program designed to increase awareness of manufacturing engineering as a career path.

The event was well attended by students and faculty, as well as several campus officials seeking up-to-date information. Events included two cookouts for networking, an airplane competition, a tour at Lockheed-Martin and two seminars.


 April 2009:

SPSU students win at American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference

Thirteen students from the SPSU chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) attended the 2009 Student Professional Development Conference held at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa on April 3-5.

Mechanical Engineering Technology junior, Chris Saleh and senior, Thien Nguyen, participated in a Mystery Design competition, winning first prize for their team. The contest required randomly assigned teams to construct a support structure to carry a container of liquid for a distance without spilling.

The purpose of the conference is to introduce students to the ASME and provide networking opportunities as well as a forum for technology transfer for undergraduate and graduate students.


 April 2009:

Faculty of the Year

Professor Norman Russell was elected as the "Faculty Members of the Year". MET department congratulates Prof Russell and wishes him success in his future semesters.


April 2009:

Manufacturing Week(April 6th to 9th)

SME student chapter is proud to present Manufacturing week:

  • Monday April the 6th: Cookout/ Giving out the Airplane kits for competition on Wednesday/ Advertising for SME (throughout the week). Those students willing to compete will receive free custom made SME T-shirts!
  • Tuesday: Lockheed tour
  • Wednesday: Cookout/ Airplane competitions/ MET 1000 projects demonstrations (announcing the winners)
  • Thursday: Seminars and luncheon (sign up for these seminars and free lunch; check the organizations board) Classroom K160, 11:45 AM registration and box lunch serving begins at 11:45 AM.

1- Opportunities in Manufacturing sectors in our regions at 12 noon.

2- Putting up wind turbines in Texas; a successful internship by Dewayne Fulton at 12:30 PM.


March 2008:

FSAE Team wins competition

Congratulations to SPSU’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers’ (FSAE) Race Team for earning first place in all events at the 2nd Red Bull sponsored FSAE race competition at Barber Motor Sports Complex in Birmingham this past January. Dr. Ken Fleming, Mechanical Engineering Technology department, is the faculty advisor for the team. The competition tests the car’s acceleration and braking, cornering, overall road performance and endurance.


March 2008:

Dean Jeff Ray receives award

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Ray, dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Management, on receiving a Best Session award at the 2009 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference on Industry Education Collaboration held in Orlando last month. The award was given for his session held at the 2008 conference, of the same name, in New Orleans and was presented by the Cooperative Education Division (CED) of ASEE. The title of the award-wining session was "National Academy 2020 - Engineering Skills Needed for the Future."


Feb 2009:

Dr. Kenton Fleming obtains PE License

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Kenton Fleming of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) department for obtaining his certificate of Professional Engineer (PE). Dr. Fleming adds this professional licensure to his B.S., M.S, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

Dr. Fleming has been teaching at SPSU in the MET department since 2004 and is also the advisor to the Southern Poly FSAE (Formula Society of Automotive Engineers) Race Team.

Before joining academia, Dr. Fleming worked in industry as a researcher and consultant, particularly in the field of computational fluid dynamics. He developed computer code during his doctorate studies to include the effects of surface roughness in computer calculations of fluid dynamics.

The requirements for obtaining a PE license are stringent and exhaustive. There is an educational component whereby a four-year degree (minimum) issued by an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited program is required, in addition to several years of progressively responsible engineering experience. Once these requirements have been fulfilled, a candidate must also pass a written examination on the principles and practice of engineering.

MET department congratulates Dr. Fleming for achieving this prestigious certification and continuing to advance personally and professionally in the engineering field.


Dec 2008:

80% of the students who took the Certified Manufacturing Technologist Exam on Nov 22nd, passed this exam. SME student chapter which organized this exam congratulates these students and wish them well in their future careers:

  • Michael Buchanan
  • Albert L. Cousins
  • Nicholas Scott Conner
  • Michael Crisci
  • Michael Flenniken
  • Jesse Guzowski
  • Matthew Guernsey
  • Michael Haley
  • Jonah Moon
  • Francis Palkoska
  • Trong Duc Tran
  • Bryant James Tuten
  • William Stukas
  • Jerrit G. Wilkinson

If you are willing to take this exam in 2009, contact the SME advisor.


Nov 2008:

SME Student Chapter Special Presentation:

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

AN EXAMPLE OF EDUCATION APPLICATION

By: James Scott Walker

MET student and employee of a major medical device manufacturer describes real world challenge to design and build a production machine for a fast paced manufacturing environment.

Wednesday November 19, 2008

12 Noon -1 PM, Classroom K 160

Light refreshments are provided.


Nov 2008:

Certified Manufacturing Technologist Exam is on Saturday Nov 22nd. For more info, check the SME student chapter yahoo group.


Oct 2008:

The SME student chapter arranged a Lockheed Tour for Oct 9th. This tour was a big hit. There were 48 attendees to the tour and every single one enjoyed the tour!

Many MET students, students from Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at SPSU and members of the SME Atlanta senior chapter visited the C-130 J / F-22 production lines.

Lockheed is impressed with the response so they are interested in doing another tour. Stay tuned for the tour in Spring 09 and check the SME yahoo group and students' organizations board.

To see the pictures taken on that day, click here.


Oct 2008:

On Oct 1st, MET scholarship committee selected " Jesse A. Guzowski " to receive the "Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Scholarship." 

Congratulations to Jesse for this achievement, which represents his hard work and his determination!


Sep 2008:

Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Scholarship

 
The society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers is offering a $1000 scholarship to Southern Polytechnic State University students for Fall 2008 semester. Eligibility for this scholarship is based on the following criteria:

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology student,
  • SPSU GPA- 3.0 or higher,
  • Junior or Senior standing,
  • An interest in manufacturing.

Please write a letter and list all your accomplishments and explain why you are interested in manufacturing and why you think you deserve to get this scholarship. Send your letter to Dr. Simin Nasseri. MET scholarship committee will review all the applications. The deadline for applying is Sep 26, 2008.


Sep 2008:

On Sep 9th, the MET Scholarship Committee selected the following students to receive the academic year 2008-2009 scholarship from two of our endowed scholarships:

1- Enplas Scholarship

  • Awarded to: Bryce Keilman and Patrick Gaunt

2- Benjamin Jason Thomason Scholarship

  • Awarded to: Matthew Sissom and Jamal S. King

An annual scholarship event will be held soon to celebrate these students'  accomplishments as well as to give them an opportunity to enjoy a dinner with SPSU President Lisa Rossbacher, key alumni and members of the SPSU Foundation Trustees.

Congratulations to Bryce, Patrick, Matt and Jamal on being chosen as scholarship recipients by the MET Scholarship Committee!


Sep 2008:

Join SME Wed 9/10 for Celebration

The SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) student chapter has been awarded a $5,000 Education Grant from the SME Education Foundation.

You are invited to join SME for an Opening Meeting and CELEBRATION!!

Date: Wed, Sept 10th
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: MET Main Lobby (K-2)

FREE PIZZA and SODAS will be provided. Please show-up and join SME.


Aug 2008:

Enplas and Benjamin Jason Thomason Scholarships:

1- Enplas Scholarship

Amount Available for Academic Year 2008- 2009 = $1,584

Criteria:

  • Applicants must be pursuing a bachelor degree in MET and must be at least a junior with 60 credit hours completed.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have an interest in pursuing a career in the plastic industry.
  • Based upon satisfactory academic performance and compliance with criteria, the scholarship may be renewed for an additional year.
  • Scholarships will be awarded without regard for race, religion, marital status, gender, age, or disability.

Academic year 2007-2008 recipient: Bryan M. Wright

Please write a short letter and list all your accomplishments and explain why you are interested in pursuing your career in the plastic industry. Send your letter to Dr. Simin Nasseri (snasseri@spsu.edu). MET scholarship committee will review all the applications.

The deadline for applying is September 5th, 2008.
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2- Benjamin Jason Thomason Scholarship

Amount Available for Academic Year 2008- 2009 = $1,790

Created in memory of Benjamin Jason Thomason, BS MET 2000 who passed away on 4/3/2001.

Criteria:

  • Applicants should be Georgia residents pursuing a bachelor of science degree in MET.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and may be at any class level, including entering freshman.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with financial need and to those who have participated in some form of community service.
  • Based upon satisfactory academic performance and compliance with criteria, the scholarship may be renewed for up to four years.
  • Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, religion, marital status, gender, age, physical or mental handicap or veteran status.

Academic year 2007-2008 recipient: Joshua D. Gunn

Please write a short letter and list all your accomplishments and explain why you deserve this scholarship. Send your letter to Dr. Simin Nasseri (snasseri@spsu.edu). MET scholarship committee will review all the applications.

The deadline for applying is September 5th, 2008.


April 08:

Certified Manufacturing Technologist Exam, on Saturday May 10th, at 9 AM

For more information, click here.


March 08:

SME Student Chapter Special Presentation:

CASCAD-e

Interactive Graphical Software for Project Management

By: Prof Glenn Allen

It is intended that this software be used by students at upper level courses, such as Tool Design, and Machine Design. So students are encouraged to attend this informative seminar and learn how to use this software.

Monday March 31st, 12 Noon -1PM, Classroom K160


March 08:

On March 13th, MET scholarship committee selected "Brian Wallace Yoder" to receive the "Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Scholarship."  Congratulations to Brian for this achievement, which represents his hard work and his determination!


Feb 08:

Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Scholarship

 
The society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers is offering a $1000 scholarship to Southern Polytechnic State University students for the Spring 2008 semester. Eligibility for this scholarship is based on the following criteria:

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology student,
  • SPSU GPA- 3.0 or higher,
  • Junior or Senior standing,
  • An interest in manufacturing,
  • Recommendation letter from a faculty member (or your advisor) is desirable but not required.

Please write a letter and list all your accomplishments and explain why you are interested in manufacturing and why you think you deserve to get this scholarship. Send your letter to Dr. Simin Nasseri. MET scholarship committee will review all the applications. The deadline for applying is Feb 22, 2008.
 

“The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is an international engineering society founded in 1944. STLE's mission is to advance knowledge and application of the science of tribology (lubrication, friction, wear and related technologies) in order to foster innovations, improve the performance of equipment and products, conserve resources and protect the environment.”


Dec 2007:

4 students from SPSU's MET program took the SME Certified Manufacturing Technologist Exam on Dec 1st and passed this exam.

They are:

  • Joseph Bruce Hooper
  • Kenneth Barra
  • Zdenka Knezevic
  • Frank Gifford

MET department and SME chapter at SPSU Congratulate these students and wish them well in their future careers!


Nov 2007:

One of our MET students; John Edmund Rice received the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship 2007 from Share America Foundation. This is a scholarship for young musicians who keep the mountain style music going.

MET department congratulates this special achievement. You can read the whole story here!


Oct 2007:

On 1st of October, the MET Scholarship Committee selected the following students to receive academic year 2007-2008 scholarship from two of our endowed scholarships:

1- Enplas Scholarship (Valued at $1500 for Fall and Spring)

  • Awarded to: Bryan M. Wright

2- Benjamin Jason Thomason Scholarship (Valued at $1650 for Fall and Spring)

  • Awarded to: Joshua D. Gunn

An annual scholarship event was held on October 18th at the Marietta Conference center to celebrate Joshua and Bryan's accomplishments and the accomplishment of other scholarship recipients across campus, as well as to give them an opportunity to enjoy a dinner with SPSU President Lisa Rossbacher, key alumni and members of the SPSU Foundation Trustees.

Congratulations to Joshua and Bryan on being chosen as scholarship recipients by the MET Scholarship Committee!


Aug 2007:

MET has a new website! The new website has useful features like the search engine, advising tools, research groups, resources for faculty, students and industry partners, etc. The previous pages have been revised to reflect the latest changes.

For questions or problems regarding our new website contact Dr Simin Nasseri.


Summer 2007:

News about faculty members:

Prof Glenn Allen has been promoted to "Full Professor" effective Aug 1st.  Congratulations to Glenn for this well deserved promotion!

Erhan Ilksoy has joined MET department as a temporary Assistant Professor. He has an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an MS in Engineering (Thermal/ Fluid Sciences) from Mississippi State. He has many years of industrial experience, and formerly has taught at Georgia Perimeter College and Gwinett Technical College.

Dr Kenton Fleming is now an Assistant Professor in the MET department. He has been an instructor at SPSU since 2005. He has PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University. His main research interests are developing curriculum pertaining to CAD/CAM.

Prof Julio Santander has retired from Department of MET. He was hired in 1983 and taught various courses such as Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and HVAC. He was the Faculty Advisor for the ASHRAE Student Section. MET department wishes him a happy retirement!


Sadly, Miss Todashia Taylor (Miss Dee) died of a heart attack this morning (May 2nd) at 5 AM. She had recently started her job as program administrative secretary at MET. She was a nice, hardworking, and kind-hearted woman. She lost her husband when he was only 42 and she raised her three kids by herself. She will be remembered and sorely missed. Peace be with her!


Open position for an HVAC designer/ CAD operator on part time/ full time basis at MEP Design Engineers Inc, Norcross, GA. (HVAC experience is required).


SPSU Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers has organized a tour of NYPRO. THURSDAY April 19th, 11 AM. Click here for more information.


Shaw Industries will be here on campus Wednesday, March 14 conducting interviews for 2 full-time MET positions. If you would like more information, contact the Career and Counseling Center at 678-915-7391 or stop by their office in the Student Center


Georgia Engineers’ Week

The Georgia Engineering Alliance recognizes outstanding individuals in the field of engineering each year. For 2007, Jeremy Pence of MET has been selected as the Engineering Technology Student of the Year.  Mr. Pence is a senior with a 3.94 GPA.  He will be recognized at the E-Week luncheon on the SPSU campus on February 19, 2007.


Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT)

FREE SME Certification for Students

With an SME Certification, you earn the following benefits:

• Industry-recognized credential

• Differentiator from other job interview candidates

• Proof that you know your stuff

Requirements:

In order to qualify for FREE Manufacturing Technologist Certification

you have to email us by March 5, 2007 at

sme_spsu-owner@yahoogroups.com and tell us:

• If you are SME Member (mandatory)

• Write a short memo why should we pick you as SME member of the semester and include your GPA

• You must be Junior or Senior

• Deadline : 03/05/2007

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