April 2 - 8, 2012


April 2, 2012

Faculty News

Honors & Awards:

Prof. Tian Lan (ECE) and his co-authors, Carlee Joe-Wong, Soumya Sen, and Mung Chiang from Princeton University, received the Best Paper Award at IEEE INFOCOM 2012 for their paper "Multi-Resource Allocation: Fairness-Efficiency Tradeoffs in A Unifying Framework." IEEE INFOCOM is a flagship conference for networking research. This year, only 278 of the 1,547 paper submissions were accepted to the main conference. The conference was held in Orlando, FL, March 25-30.

Books and Papers:

The March-April 2012 issue of IEEE Security & Privacy magazine focuses on cybersecurity training and education. In it, the article "Holistically Building the Cybersecurity Workforce," by three CSPRI-affiliated professors, describes how fields such as public health care and cybersecurity are inherently complex and cross-disciplinary. Profs. Lance Hoffman, Costis Toregas, and Diana Burley (all of CS) encourage computer science educators, human resources professionals, and experts in cybersecurity to think beyond their individual fields and collaborate to produce an appropriate workforce for the years ahead. An abstract and pointer to the article (fee required) is available online, as is a slightly different pre-publication version that is free.

Conferences and Presentations:

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) was an invited participant at the IMA Annual Program Year Workshop, Machine Learning: Theory and Computation, held March 26-30 at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (University of Minnesota). She presented a poster on "Online Clustering with Experts," her joint work with her co-supervised Ph.D. student at Columbia University, Anna Choromanska.

Prof. Adam Wickenheiser (MAE) and his graduate student, Chris Blower, attended the SPIE Smart Structures & Materials Conference, held March 12-15 in San Diego, CA, where they presented the following papers: 1) Brittany Anderson and Adam M. Wickenheiser, "Performance analysis of frequency up-converting energy harvesters for human locomotion;" and 2) Christopher J. Blower, Woody Lee, and Adam M. Wickenheiser, "The development of a closed-loop flight controller with panel method integration for gust alleviation using biomimetic feathers on aircraft."

Other News:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) was invited to serve as a facilitator to the NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop, held at University of Nevada, Reno, March 26-27. Approximately 150 young faculty members participated. The next workshop will be held in Tampa, FL in 2013.

Student News

The "three students at George Washington University [who] want to build low-cost bamboo bicycles for transportation in sub-Saharan Africa" mentioned in this Washington Post article are SEAS students Matt Wilkins (ECE), Jon Torrey (MAE), and GWSB student Chris Deschenes.

Sheng Yu (EMSE Ph.D. candidate) has been selected to receive the 2011 IIE ISERC Best Paper - Operations Research Track, for his paper "Adaptive Convex Enveloping for Multidimensional Stochastic Dynamic Programming."

Other News

SEAS is a sponsor of the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival (April 27-29), a collaborative effort of the global STEM community to re-invigorate the interest of our nation's youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As part of the Festival, SEAS will host a FREE, one-of-a-kind panel discussion and book signing with best-selling science author-pioneer, Robin Cook; Wolfram Mathematica co-founder and pictorial periodic table pioneer, Theodore Gray; engineer and practical pyromaniac, William Gurstelle; retired rocket scientist and author of October Sky, Homer Hickam; award-winning history and science storyteller, Joy Hakim; and physician, philanthropist, and writer, Pendred Noyce. Shawn Lawrence Otto will moderate the discussion. The discussion and book signing will take place on April 28, from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. To learn more details about the event and to register, please visit: http://bookfairevening.eventbrite.com/.

Guest Vignette

Murray Snyder is a research professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He supervises an Office of Naval Research-funded research program investigating ship air wake impact on rotary wing aircraft. The program is validating advanced computational simulations of air wakes that have the potential to expand rotary wing aircraft operating envelopes while making flight operations safer, particularly in very windy conditions. Prof. Snyder, a former commanding officer of USS NEVADA (SSBN 733), a Trident ballistic missile submarine, is also a visiting research professor at the US Naval Academy, where he conducts extensive underway testing on a dedicated 108-foot-long research vessel equipped with a flight deck. Current research efforts include use of a radio controlled unmanned helicopter to collect off ship air turbulence data. (Provided courtesy of Prof. Murray Snyder of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

SEAS Events

Free COMSOL Multiphysics Workshop at GW
Tuesday, April 3
AM Session: (The AM and PM sessions are identical)
9:30 - 11:00 am: Intro and Live Demo
11:00 - 12:30 pm: Hands-on Session
PM Session: (The AM and PM sessions are identical)
1:30pm - 3:00pm Intro and Live Demo
3:00pm - 4:30pm Hands-on Session
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: "Memory System for Extreme-Scale Computing"
Professor Xian-He Sun, Illinois Institute of Technology
Friday, April 6
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture: "Why We Won't Solve the Cybersecurity Problem"
Professor Eugene Spafford, Purdue University
Wednesday, April 11
6:30 pm
B07 Media & Public Affairs Bldg

SEAS Faculty Awards Presentation
Thursday, April 12
3:00 - 5:00 pm
310 Marvin Center

MAE Seminar: "Imaging Tissue Optical Properties Using the Interaction of Light and Sound"
Ronald A. Roy, Boston University, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Thursday, April 19
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

GWIN Seminar: "Deduction of Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Sheet from
Molecular Statics/Dynamics Simulations"
R. C. Batra, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic
Friday, April 27
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

Save the Date: SEAS Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 18
7:30 pm
Smith Center (a reception in the Marvin Center Ballrooms precedes the event)

Entrepreneurship Events

Business Plan Competition Finals
Friday, April 13
9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Duques Hall 6th Floor
More details to come

Networking Event: for Students and Companies in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Business Fields (Presented by NSBE's GW Chapter)
Friday, April 20
7:00 - 9:00 pm
308-310 Marvin Center

Dissertation Defenses

Name of Student Defending: Abdullah M. Al-Fehaid
Title of Dissertation: "National Culture and Knowledge Management in the Middle East: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Saudi Arabia, the United States and Taiwan"
Advisor: Michael A. Stankosky
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
1:00 pm
1776 G Street, Conference Room 120