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Lab Regulations

  • No food or drinks allowed in the lab at any time.
  • No excess frivolity.
  • No displaying of sexually oriented material.
  • No duplication of copyright material such as audio CD’s, software programs, etc.
  • No modification of desktop, program settings, etc

Before leaving the lab:

  • Make sure that you have saved your work on your personal disk and not on the computer.
  • Clean your desk area and place any excess paper in the recycle boxes provided.
  • Close all programs and return the desktop to its initial state.
  • Return your chair back to its initial position

Lab Information

  • Lab 2100: Electric Machines & Power Electronics Laboratory
  • Lab 2102: Digital Design, Microcontrollers &Computer System Design Laboratory
  • Lab 2104: Project & Fabrication Laboratory
  • Lab 2107: Electrical Circuits, Microelectronics, Communication Systems & Controls Laboratory
  • Lab 2108: Electrical Circuits & Antennas Laboratory

Lab Supervisor

  • Office: 2106A Engineering Bldg.
  • Phone: (912) 478-5869
  • Fax: (912) 478-0537

Student Organizations & Clubs

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

Contact Info: Fernando Rios-Gutierrez • Visit Website • IEEE News

National Society of Black Engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”

Contact Info:  Visit Website

Society of Women Engineers

SWE strives to serve as a driving force to establish engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations, and to be recognized for their contributions both as engineers and as leaders.

Contact Info: Rocio Alba-Flores • Visit Website

Engineering Standards

What Are Engineering Standards?

Standards are extremely important technical documents in engineering and related technical fields.

A technical standard is an established norm or requirement. It is usually a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices. The documents prepared by a professional group or committee which are believed to be good and proper engineering practices and which contain mandatory requirement.

There are thousand of standards in use around the world. They cover everything from the simplest screw thread to the most complex information technology network.

By applying standards, organizations can help to ensure that their products and services are consistent, compatible, safe and effective. Today, products are assembled from components made in different countries, and are then sold around the world, so standards are more important than ever.

Standards affect nearly every product or service we encounter in our daily lives. Just imagine how difficult and dangerous it could be to change a light bulb if there were not standards concerning electric safety, voltage, and light bulb sizes.

How Are Standards Developed?

Here is an example of how a standardization organization develops its standard.

ISO – “Like a symphony, it takes a lot of people working together to develop a standard. ISO’s role is similar to that of a conductor, while the orchestra is made up of independent technical experts nominated by our members. The experts form a technical committee that is responsible for a specific subject area. They begin the process with the development of a draft that meets a specific market need. This is then shared for commenting and further discussion. The voting process is the key to consensus. If that’s achieved then the draft is on its way to becoming an ISO standard. If agreement isn’t reached then the draft will be modified further, and voted on again. From first proposal to final publication, developing a standard usually takes about 3 years.”

Frequently Used Engineering Standards

Frequently Used Engineering Standards

ANSI (American National Standards Institute)

ANSI is the national coordinator of voluntary standards activities in the U.S. ANSI approves and publishes standards after they are developed by various engineering, industry and professional groups. ANSI is the U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI does not produce standards.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

The Code of Federal Regulations is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive Department and agencies of the Federal Government.

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) is an independent, not-for-profit, standardization organization in the field of information and communications. ETSI supports the development and testing of global technical standards for ICT-enabled systems, applications and services.

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC; in French: Commission électrotechnique internationale) is an international standards organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as “electrotechnology”. IEC standards cover a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, semiconductors, fiber optics, batteries, solar energy, nanotechnology and marine energy as well as many others.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE SA) is an operating unit within IEEE that develops global standards in a broad range of industries, including: power and energy, artificial intelligence systems, internet of things, consumer technology and consumer electronics, biomedical and health care, learning technology, information technology and robotics, telecommunication and home automation, automotive, transportation, home automation, nanotechnology, information assurance, emerging technologies, and many more.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. Founded on 23 February 1947, the organization develops and publishes worldwide technical, industrial and commercial standards. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and works in 166 countries.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is an international organization that provides global telecommunication standards. ITU-T Recommendations (standards), form the foundations of the information and communications technologies of today.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. Founded on 23 February 1947, the organization develops and publishes worldwide technical, industrial and commercial standards. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and works in 166 countries.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

SAE International, formerly named the Society of Automotive Engineers, is a United States-based, globally active professional association and standards developing organization for engineering professionals in various industries. Principal emphasis is placed on global transport industries such as aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicles. The organization adopted the name SAE International to reflect the broader emphasis on mobility.

Alumni Stories

Chandra Brown, 2002
Chandra Brown

Chandra Brown

Master of Technology, 2002
Executive Director
Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeeper,
Statesboro, GA

Chandra graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and an Environmental Ethics Certificate in 1998. She then attended Georgia Southern University where she conducted her thesis research on nitrogen pollution in the Canoochee River. She presented the results of her research at the Geological Society of America Southeast Conference in 2001 and received her Master of Technology degree in Environmental Studies in 2002.

“The faculty took a personal interest in helping me develop a course of study and research that expanded my knowledge, and ultimately put me on a career path that led me to my dream job.”

As Riverkeeper, Chandra actively monitors our rivers and streams for pollution, advocates for pollution prevention and clean water in our communities, and conducts educational programs on preventing pollution and stream restoration.

Tom Hopkins, 1978
Tom Hopkins

Tom Hopkins

B.S.EET, 1978
Owner & CEO,
M/R Systems,
Norcross, GA

Mr. Hopkins graduated Georgia Southern University in 1978 and began his career as a instrumentation and control systems engineer. He transitioned to project management and ultimately sales and marketing management during his successful career representing Fortune 100 companies.

Mr. Hopkins struck out on his own in 1994, founding M/R Systems, a complete turn key systems integrator located in Norcross, GA. M/R Systems is today a $10M company, and has become the premier Instrumentation and Control Systems Integrator in the municipal water and wastewater industry, servicing clients in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

LaKaisha Jackson, 2008
LaKaisha Jackson

LaKaisha Jackson

B.S.EET, 2008
Design & Test Engineer,
Rockwell Collins,
Sterling, VA

Ms. Jackson designs and tests flight simulators for this Fortune 500 aerospace company. “Flight simulators are like super video games,” according to Ms. Jackson, “I combine work and play.”

Ms. Jackson leveraged her intern experience at Gulfstream and lab experience at Georgia Southern University into a challenging and fun career opportunity. According to her, “The engineers who interviewed me wanted to know what I had built in the lab at Georgia Southern and what equipment I had used. Having hands on experience made a difference with Rockwell, and that experience got me the job.”

Brendan McKee, 2008
Brendan McKee

Brendan McKee

B.S.EET, 2008
Integration & Test Engineer,
Western Digital,
Los Angeles, CA

Mr. McKee performs integration design of computer hard disk drives for this Fortune 500 company. “Hard disk drives are on the leading edge of mechatronics, and my moon robot senior design project was great training.”

Mr. McKee impressed Western Digital when they recruited him at the regional robotics competition in Atlanta, GA. According to him, “The engineers who interviewed me were impressed with the fact I had designed and assembled circuits that didn’t work as expected, and then had the knowledge and skill to troubleshoot, repair, and redesign. They quizzed me on real designs, on the spot.” “Having experience working on a team made a difference with Western Digital as well, and that experience got me the job.”

Mr. McKee is excited with opportunities he has in Los Angeles, and the promise of moving into technical management. “I have developed the skills and discipline at Georgia Southern to achieve whatever I want.”

Johnny Parrish, 1972
Johnny Parrish

Johnny Parrish

B.S. Industrial Management, 1972
V.P. Engineering & Operations,
Brodie International,
Statesboro, GA

Johnny received his B.S. in Industrial Management in 1972 and started as a designer for Brooks Instrument, a division of Emerson Electric. He and three other senior executives bought the flow meter division from Emerson in 2003. Brodie International is today a $30M company, and the industry leader in the production of high precision liquid flow meters and valves used in the custody transfer of petroleum products. Brodie counts among their customers such names as Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Aramco, and China National Offshore Oil Company.

“In my personal experience Georgia Southern grads are able to adapt to the daily changes facing the practicing engineer. They have more hands-on experience and work well with other disciplines such as manufacturing, sales and quality because they think beyond the technology. They think about their job as part of a business.”

Lydia Richardson, 2010
Lydia Richardson

Lydia Richardson

B.S.EET, 2010
Project Management,
The Boeing Company,
Bellevue, WA

Ms. Richardson performs scheduling, testing, and software release on The Boeing Company’s new 787 Dreamliner. “The best part about my career is that I never do the same thing every day”, said Ms.Richardson, “I am really excited to see what the day has in store because it keeps the work interesting and new.”

Ms. Richardson learned that Boeing was impressed with her ability to productively work in a team environment and her initiative was clearly highlighted in the interviewing process. “I believe skills such as those really sealed the deal for my dream job”, said Ms. Richardson. “Anyone graduating from Georgia Southern has the ability to dream BIG, and make that dream become REALITY.”

Robert Roulhac, 2008
Robert Roulhac

Robert Roulhac

B.S.EET, 2008
Systems Engineer,
Cisco Systems,
Research Triangle Park, NC

Mr. Roulhac interviewed with and received offers from many companies in diverse industries, such as BAE Systems, British Petroleum, Toyota, Northrup Grumman, Milliken, etc. He ultimately chose Cisco Systems, the internationally recognized internet communications company. Mr. Roulhac attributes his success attracting the attention of such stellar companies to his experience at Georgia Southern. “I have been exposed to a vast array of electrical and electronic courses, equipment, as well as hands on experience in the exceptional science and technology laboratories. It has been a pleasure attending Georgia Southern University …, I was able to develop in every aspect”

Mr. Roulhac continues, “I highly recommend the Engineering Program to any young student that has giant dreams….remember there is an end to the tunnel and the light that is waiting is greater than you could ever imagine.”

R. Chris Rustin, REHS, 2004
R. Chris Rustin, REHS

R. Chris Rustin, REHS

Master of Technology,
Environmental Compliance, 2004
B.S. Biology,
Armstrong Atlantic State University, 2000
Deputy Environmental Health Director,
Georgia Division of Public Health,
Atlanta, GA

Mr. Rustin received his Master of Technology in Industrial Safety and Environmental Compliance from Georgia Southern in 2004 and is presently pursuing his Doctorate in Public Health at Georgia Southern University. Mr. Rustin’s primary responsibilities are the management of the State Environmental Health program and assisting the county health departments with implementation of the Environmental Health program for the entire state of Georgia.

“Georgia Southern provided me a flexible program that fit my busy schedule and was taught by excellent professors that took an interest in my career and career goals. The knowledge I gained has helped me succeed in my career and the positive experience convinced me to pursue my Doctorate at Georgia Southern.”

Mr. Rustin is a past President of the Georgia Public Health Association, Environmental Health Section.

James Suchovsky, 1992 and 2002
James Suchovsky

James Suchovsky

B.S.Manufacturing, 1992
Master of Technology, 2002
Plant Manager,
Briggs & Stratton,
Statesboro, GA

James Suchovsky received his B.S in Manufacturing from Georgia Southern in 1992, and his Master of Technology from Georgia Southern in 2002. “I had an excellent experience working on my Master of Technology degree at Georgia Southern University. The degree enabled me to blend the right amount of technical and business courses needed for my current job and future career progression.”

Suchovsky also gained valuable experience from working locally at Robbins Packing and ITT Grinnell prior to starting with Briggs & Stratton in August of 1995. James “came up through the ranks” with Briggs & Stratton, holding positions in aluminum machining, ferrous machining & assembly, as well as Engineering Manager.

Last updated: 12/24/2023