April 1-7, 2019


April 1, 2019

Faculty News
Awards & Honors:

Headshot of Murray Snyder

Dr. Murray Snyder (MAE) has been selected to receive GW’s Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Distinguished Teaching Award. This $3,500 award recognizes one member of the GW faculty who has demonstrated dedication, excellence, and innovation in the teaching of WID courses. Dr. Snyder was selected based on the popular Nuclear Weapons Policy course that he teaches in the Elliott School of International Affairs, where he has a concurrent appointment as a professor of international affairs. Dr. Snyder will receive his award during the Faculty Honors Awards Ceremony on April 23.



Dr. Volker Sorger

Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) has received two Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants for his project “Multilayer Heterostructure Prototyping Within Seconds & Integrated Optoelectronics Device Test System.” The grants, totaling $190,000, were funded by the Army Research Office and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The program funds specific proposals from university investigators conducting foundational science and engineering research of importance to national defense.



Headshot of David Broniatowski

Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) and his doctoral student Dian Hu have published this article: Y. Lama, D. Hu, A. Jamison, S. C. Quinn, and D. A. Broniatowski. “Characterizing Trends in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Discourse on Reddit (2007-2015): An Observational Study,” JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2019). Separately, Dr. Browniatowski also published: A. M. Jamison, D. A. Broniatowski, and S. C. Quinn. “Malicious Actors on Twitter: A Guide for Public Health Researchers,” American Journal of Public Health, published online March 21, 2019.

Headshot of Michael Keidar

Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his colleagues Dayun Yan and Jonathan Sherman have published a book titled Cold Plasma Cancer Therapy. The book was published in March 2019 by Morgan & Claypool Publishers and is available online on IOPScience.


Conferences & Presentations:

Payman Dehghanian

On March 22, Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) gave an invited talk at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, accompanied by Dr. Amir Aslani (ECE). His presentation was titled “Electricity Grid Resilience to Black-Sky Extremes: Hazard Characterization, Modeling, and Mitigations.”

Dr. Jonassen

On March 18-22, Dr. Rachael Jonassen (director, Climate Change Environmental and Energy Management Institute) undertook her second mission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the United Nations Development Programme. She led a workshop and participated in multiple meetings with government agencies advising on strategies to reduce Malaysia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Seven GW graduate students supported this project.


Media Mentions:

NPR (online) quoted Dr. Scott Sklar (energy lead, Environmental and Energy Management Institute) in the March 25 article “A Battle Is Raging Over The Largest Solar Farm East Of The Rockies.”


Other News:


Student News
On March 14, doctoral student Deniz Marti (EMSE) gave a conference presentation at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, which was held at GW this year. She presented her work with Dr. Thomas Mazzuchi (EMSE) and Dr. Roger M. Cooke (Resources for the Future). In her talk, she discussed the fundamental assumptions of the commonly used expert elicitation models within the context of a wide range of uncertain events and suggested ways to improve expert opinion aggregation practices.


On March 21, ECE doctoral student Shiyuan Wang and Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) were invited to attend and present at the Municipal Electric Power Association of Virginia's Board Meeting in Charlottesville, VA. Shiyuan presented “Event Detection and Classification in Power Grids Using Machine Learning and Synchrophasor Technology.”


The 2019 World Bank Group's Young Women in Technology (WITY) summer internship program offers practical, guided, hands-on exposure and involvement in corporate IT projects. The program is designed to enhance the educational experience of college students and help establish a future pipeline of entry level IT workers from diverse backgrounds. The application deadline is April 7.


Other News
On March 31, The Washington Post published a letter to the editor, titled “Boeing's inexcusable decision,” from Dr. Roger Kaufman (professor emeritus, MAE).

Photo of Kevin Kelly

SEAS congratulates our alumnus and NAC member Keivn Kelly (MS ’97) on his recent STEM award. WashingtonExec recognized Kevin at the K-12 STEM Symposium on March 30 with a STEM Champion Award for his significant personal impact on STEM education.


SEAS Computing Facility
Computers available for checkout/3D Printing Services: SEAS students, faculty, and staff may borrow Dell laptops and desktops through the end of the semester and may have access to 3D printers for research and academic projects. Please visit the SEAS CF website for more information about borrowing computers or getting access to the 3D printers.


High Performance Computing Cluster resources available in SEAS: SEAS researchers and faculty have access to Colonial One, a shared High Performance Computing Cluster hosted in GW's data center. A new 2.1 PFlops system is in the final stages of deployment and will be available this coming summer. For access and questions, please email the SEAS CF support ticket system.


Web Services: SEAS students, faculty, and staff have access to a GW hosted Wordpress platform for personal, conference, research, or institute websites. All websites can have a customized name under the SEAS domain, such as “powerlab” or “conference2019.” SEAS CF will work with faculty and staff to migrate/update existing sites or build a new website. For access and questions, please email the SEAS CF support ticket system.


Upcoming SEAS Events
ECE Research Blitz
Wednesday, April 3
1:00 pm
SEH, B1270
ECE students Ke Wang, Can Suer, Shijing Li, Mostaga Nazemi, Li Li, and Shiqi Guowill present on research in their respective areas of focus. Refreshments will be provided.


SEH WoW (What’s Our Work) Seminar Series
Wednesday, April 3
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220
The featured speakers for this seminar include: Dr. Gina Adam (ECE) – memristor devices in neuroinspired computing; Dr. Alexander Pyron (Biological Sciences) – undiscovered amphibian and reptile biodiversity; and Dr. Luyao Lu (BME) – soft optoelectronics for biological assessment. All SEAS students and faculty are welcome to attend.


CS Lecture: “Credit Card Fraud: Fighting the Bad Guys with Data”
Speaker: Dr. Paul Melby, Senior Director of Data Science, Capital One
Wednesday, April 3
7:10 – 8:30 pm
SEH, B1270
This is a special topic lecture for the course CSCI 6548 E-Commerce Security. To attend, please RSVP to [email protected] by April 2, 2019.


EMSE Seminar: “Visualizing Information”
Speaker: Dr. John Helveston (EMSE)
Thursday, April 4
12:00 – 1:00 pm
SEH, 2000


CS Lecture: “The Basics of Recursive Programming”
Speaker: Professor of Practice candidate Ali Madooei
Friday April 5
11:00 am
SEH, B1270
Coffee and muffins will be served just outside B1270 starting at 10:30 am.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
2019 GW Summer Startup Accelerator: The GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications for the 2019 GW Summer Startup Accelerator (GWSSA). GWSSA is an intensive, residential, nine-week program for a select group of GW student entrepreneurs who want to “go all in” to develop a fundable startup venture. The submission deadline is Friday, April 26 at 12:00 noon. Learn more about the GWSSA and how it works, what type of ventures GWSSA is looking for, and how to apply. Please contact Lex McCusker, GW director of student entrepreneurship programs, with questions or for more information.


Collegiate Inventors Competition: Enter the 2019 Collegiate Inventors Competition, and take the opportunity to bring national attention to your work, gain valuable feedback from the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, and compete for cash and prizes. Submissions close Friday, June 7. Learn more and get started on your applications today.


GW Technology Commercialization Office 2019 Innovation Competition: Call for Technologies and Poster Session Participants
Tuesday, April 16
1:00 – 5:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
The GW Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) is showcasing promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. This event provides a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs, and members of the venture community. Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $30,000 in prizes for the development of a prototype or proof-of-concept! All are welcome to attend the event.


GW New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 18
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Media & Public Affairs Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
Register Here
Nine teams take the stage to vie for over $800K in funding and support at the 11th Annual GW New Venture Competition. Who will take the prize this year at the largest business planning competition in the DC area?