April 15-21, 2013


April 15, 2013

Faculty News


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) has received a $15,000 award from NASA Ames Research Center to develop a micro-cathode thruster for the Phone Sat.  The pilot study research will provide proof of concept for this application.

Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) has received a summer faculty fellowship from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). He will visit the Air Force Research Lab at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM, with his doctoral student, Evan Kaufman (MAE), to investigate relative orbit estimation and spacecraft formation control.

Media Mentions:

Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE) gave an on-air interview to the Voice of Russia on April 9.  She spoke with her interviewer, Rob Sachs, about information warfare.


Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE) has had a paper published as a book chapter in Matthew Warren (ed), Case Studies in Information Warfare and Security. Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.  The chapter is Julie Ryan & Daniel Ryan (2013) “Neutrality in the Context of Cyberwar.”

Members of GW's Institute for Magnetics Research (IMR) , in collaboration with G.E. Global Research, have published the paper “Implicit measurement of the latent heat in a magnetocaloric NiMnIn Heusler alloy” in the Journal of Applied Physics.  IMR authors include ECE doctoral students Mohammadreza Ghahremani and Hatem ElBidweihy and their advisors, Profs. Edward Della Torre and Lawrence Bennett .  G.E. Global Research authors are Min Zou and Francis Johnson.

Conferences & Presentations:

On April 12, Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) gave an invited colloquium titled "Recent Advances and Challenge Problems for Machine Learning in Climate Science" at the Indiana University Computer Science Colloquium.

Prof. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) gave talks on April 7 and 9 at the American Chemical Society's 245th annual meeting, held in New Orleans, LA.  The titles of the two talks are: 1) "Encapsulated microbubbles for contrast ultrasound imaging and targeted drug delivery: Interfacial rheology of the encapsulation" (Invited); and 2) "Effective steady shear rheology of a viscous emulsion at finite inertia: Reversal of normal stress differences."

Other News:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) was invited to serve as a facilitator of the NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop held in Tampa, FL, on April 8 and 9 and organized by the University of South Florida.  Approximately 150 young faculty members participated in the workshop.

Dr. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) has been invited to serve on the organization committee of the American Control Conference 2013, which is the annual conference of the American Automatic Control Council and the International Federation of Automatic Council, sponsored by IEEE, AIAA, ASME, and SIAM.\

Other News

ECE 6045

On Friday April 5, graduate students in Professor Volker Sorger's ECE 6045 (Modern Opto-electronics & Nanophotonics Devices) made a field trip to visit Georgetown University's nanofabrication clean room and laboratories.  The class learned about nanolightography in the form of electron-beam-lithography, and other device processing tools like sputter systems and atomic-layer-depositions.  After the tour they visited various experimental laboratories of the physics department, such as Dr. Paola Barbara's carbon nanotube lab, which can be deployed as a gas sensor, and Dr. Ed Van Keuren's optical spectroscopy labs, which focus on synthesis and optical characterization of nanoparticles.  The class also learned from Dr. Mak Paranjape about a novel glucose sensor, a device which can probe someone’s sugar level (e.g. a diabetes Type II patient) in a non-bleeding and non-painful manner.  Finally, they explored Dr. Dan Blair’s lab, where they learned what studying mayonnaise has to do with understanding the human body.

Guest Vignette

The GW Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management (ICDRM) was established in 1994 as an interdisciplinary academic center affiliated with SEAS and GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Elliott School of International Affairs.  During its first four years the focus of the Institute was on research, primarily in the areas of natural disaster response and recovery and maritime risk modeling and assessment, with major projects in the lower Mississippi River and Prince William Sound, Alaska.  In 1998, at the prompting of senior Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, ICDRM applied for and was granted permission to establish graduate level programs at the certificate, masters, and doctoral degree levels within EMSE in the concentration area of crisis, emergency and risk management. 

Following its original chartering in 1994, ICDRM has been re-chartered four times, most recently in 2010 with its leadership transitioning exclusively EMSE.  During the past 18 plus years, ICDRM faculty, staff, and students have conducted sponsored research totaling more than $9 million in diverse areas including responses to the attacks of 9/11, maritime risk, the Veteran’s Administration emergency management training and certification program, supply chain and container security, emergency volunteer management, catastrophic disaster planning, flood risk management in the Netherlands, and most recently, a public health risk assessment for the National Capital Region Metropolitan Statistical Area that includes portions of three states and the District of Columbia. 

In addition to its research and educational programs, ICDRM has hosted numerous international visiting and Fulbright scholars from Korea, China, Taiwan, Turkey, Netherlands, Japan, and Trinidad and Tobago for one- or two-semester visits.  It is also a frequent supporter of FEMA and other federal and non-governmental agencies, hosting visiting international delegations interested in U.S. approaches to disaster management.  With its 20th anniversary as a chartered institute approaching in fall 2014, ICDRM remains true to its goal of earning and maintaining a reputation as an international center of excellence in crisis, disaster and risk research, education, and professional development.  ( Provided courtesy of Prof. Greg Shaw of the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering )

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar: “Highly-Dynamic Legged Locomotion through Nonlinear Control”
Koushil Sreenath, postdoctoral researcher, University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, April 16
3:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

2013 Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture: "Promoting Cutting Edge Research: The Impact of the U.S. Navy"
Speaker: Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research
Wednesday, April 17
6:15 - 9:00 pm
103 Funger Hall
As chief of naval research, RADM Klunder coordinates, executes and promotes the science and technology programs of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, distributing approximately $2 billion in funds annually .

MAE Seminar: "Fracture Mechanics at the Nanoscale: An Atomistic J-Integral Based on Estimates of Continuum Fields"
Jonathan A. Zimmerman, Mechanics of Materials Department, Sandia National Laboratories
Monday, April 22
1:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

Symposium on Biomedical Engineering and Computing
Thursday, May 2
Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
The Symposium on Biomedical Engineering and Computing will showcase the best in interdisciplinary research going on at GW in engineering, science, and medicine focused on biomedical engineering and biomedical computing.

Entrepreneurship Events

2013 GW Business Plan Competition Finals
Friday, April 19
9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Duques Hall, 6th Floor

Business Gives Back Gala
Saturday, April 20
National Press Club
8:30 - 11:30 pm

NY Tech Day
Thursday, April 25
All day
Pier 92, New York City

Graduation Events

Thursday, May 16

       · Doctoral Hooding Ceremony 5:00 pm Charles E. Smith Center

Friday, May 17

· School of Engineering and Applied Science Reception 4:30 pm Marvin Center Ballrooms

· School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration 7:30 pm Charles E. Smith Center

Sunday, May 19

· Processions step off at the National Mall 9:30 am National Mall

· University Commencement 10:00 am National Mall, between 8th and 14th Streets