This experience will involve conducting smart home research under the direction of Dr. Valentin Soloiu and with faculty member Dr. Rami Haddad. Georgia Southern faculty involved in the project state that having secondary teachers research with them in the labs allows them to better prepare the next generation of engineering students and more aware of the real world applications of engineering and technology. Ms. Neal is one of 10 teachers selected for this summer experience from around Georgia.
Dr. Valentin Soloiu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Allen E. Paulson Distinguished Chair of Renewable Energy (PI), and Rocio Alba-Flores, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (co-PI), have been awarded a three-year grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their project entitled “ENgaging Educators in Renewable enerGY (ENERGY).” The NSF grant is part of the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. The goals of the RET program are to “help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in advanced engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities”. The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology is dedicated to increasing the level of STEM education throughout Georgia with projects like ENERGY. The grant program will be offered for the next 3 years.