April 15-21, 2019


April 15, 2019

Faculty News


Media Mentions:


Student News
Congratulations to the SEAS student winners of the 2019 GW Research Days competition. Fifteen SEAS students took 19 awards in the competition. Please visit the SEAS website to see the full list of our undergraduate and graduate student winners.


Khaled and Dr. Badie

On April 9, CEE senior Khaled AlFadl received the Award of Excellence from the National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. Khaled was nominated by Dr. Sameh Badie (CEE). This award is presented to undergraduate students who have shown a great deal of interest in the study and research of reinforced concrete structures. Khaled has worked as a research assistant with Dr. Badie and Dr. Pedro Silva (CEE) on two national projects sponsored by the National Academies of Science and the National Science Foundation. Khaled has selected his engineering elective courses in the area of design and construction of reinforced concrete structures.

CS senior Samsara Counts is the subject of the April 8 GW Today article “Computer Science for Social Good.” The article covers her effort to use deep learning methods to develop tools that help patients with eating disorders avoid triggering images online.


ECE doctoral student Shiqi Guo has been offered a post-doctoral fellow position at Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, beginning August 1. Shiqi is advised by Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE).


On March 20, Apurva Singh, a graduate student working with Dr. Murray Loew (BME), presented their joint paper in the session “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Medical Devices” at the 2019 BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference in College Park, MD. Their paper is titled “A Novel Imaging-Genomic Approach to Predict Outcomes of Radiation Therapy in Head-and-Neck Carcinoma.”


Other News

Paleologos Visit

On Monday April 8, Nick Paleologos, a GW alumnus and founder of Miller and Long DC Inc., visited the Science and Engineering Hall's high bay facility to watch the ongoing testing on shear wall systems and beam-column connections designed to resist earthquake loads. These experimental activities are sponsored by a National Science Foundation grant and a private consulting company. Mr. Paleologos met with CEE faculty Dr. Pedro Silva (PI of the NSF grant), and Drs. Majid Manzari and Sameh Badie. Dr. Silva gave a brief overview of the ongoing experimental activities and their significance to the structural engineering community.

Mr. Paleologos has been a strong supporter of SEAS through his generous donations, which have allowed SEAS to fully equip the high bay facility and to support undergraduate students interested in conducting research at SEAS.

The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute conducted a forum titled “Tackling the Population Taboo: Creating a Sustainable Future for Our Children” in the Lehman Auditorium on April 9. Dr. Jonathan Deason (EMSE) kicked off the event with a welcome address. EMSE Research Professor Joe Cascio was instrumental in organizing the event, which was attended by a number of GW students. The forum addressed the problem of human population growth, which at almost 7.7 billion people has become the primary driver of environmental problems such as global climate change and species extinction. Eighteen speakers discussed potential positive and achievable and solutions to this worldwide issue at the event.


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
BME Seminar: “Memristors for next generation neuromorphic computing applications”
Speaker: Dr. Gina Adam (ECE)
Wednesday, April 17
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marvin Center, Room 301


SEAS Graduate Advising and Student Services' Lunch & Learn: “Electricity Resilience to Black-Sky Hazards: Research Directions in the GW Smart Grid Laboratory”
Speaker: Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE)
Thursday, April 18
12:00 – 1:00 pm
SEH, Level B1 Green Wall
Come listen to the exciting research being conducted by SEAS faculty member Dr. Payman Dehghanian.


CSPRI Talk: “IoT Security and TRUSTICA Framework”
Speaker: Dr. Fatih Comlekoglu, SEAS alumnus and CTO, Blue Planet-works
Thursday, April 18
12:00 noon (An informal lunch will be served)
Location TBD
Please RSVP for lunch
The intent of this and future Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) lunches is to provide glimpses of the vibrant security and privacy private sector in the Washington region to GW faculty and students and to promote dialog and debate regarding breakthrough initiatives. The potential of support for research or conference papers on related topics will be part of the discussion.


Launch of the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering
Friday, April 26
4:00 – 6:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Please join GW Provost Forrest Maltzman, SEAS Interim Dean Rumana Riffat, and SEAS Center for Women in Engineering Director Shelly Heller for the launch of the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering. The featured keynote speaker will be Cecilia Kang, technology correspondent for the New York Times. A reception will follow the program at 5:00 pm.


ACM – CS Internet Distinguished Speaker Series: “How to (Not) Regulate the Internet”
Speaker: KC Claffy
Tuesday, April 30
7:00 – 8:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
KC Claffy is a leading researcher in Internet measurement, winner of the IEEE Internet Award, and member of the Internet Hall of Fame. She will discuss the social and economic implications of the changing landscape of the Internet, the history of Internet interconnection, and lessons from her experience in shaping policy. Following the lecture, there will be an opportunity for questions and a reception with light refreshments. This event is sponsored in collaboration with the GW chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. It is open to the public.


Biomedical Engineering Society Alumni Networking Night
Friday, May 3
7:00 – 9:00 pm
SEH, B1 Level
Come mingle with us over hors d'oeuvres and learn what recent graduates are doing with their engineering degrees.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Apply to be a GW Entrepreneurial Fellow: Calling all currently enrolled GW students—The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship's Entrepreneurial Fellow program is accepting applications now to start in the fall of 2019. Apply today for this paid fellowship opportunity.


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.


GW Technology Commercialization Office 2019 Innovation Competition
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?


Dissertation Defenses
Student Name: Yao Lu
Title: “3D Human Body Surface Reconstruction and Composition Assessment”
Advisor: Dr. James Hahn (CS)
Friday, April 15
12:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, Conference Room 4605