April 20-26, 2015


April 20, 2015

Faculty News


Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) recently was awarded a 30-month, $325,848 research contract from the Naval Research Laboratory for his project, "Autonomous Aerial Exploration." The project is focused on motion planning and control of multiple aerial vehicles exploring an unknown area autonomously and cooperatively. These will be demonstrated via indoor flight experiments at GW's Motion Capture Laboratory and at the NRL's Prototyping High Bay.


The second edition of Analysis and Design of Algorithms, a book authored by Amrinder Arora (adjunct professor, CS), was recently published by Cognella Academic Publisher.

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE)Alexey Shashurin, and David Scott recently published the following paper: A. Shashurin, D. Scott, T. Zhuang, J. Canady, I. I. Beilis, and M. Keidar, "Electric discharge during electrosurgery," Scientific Reports.

Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) and his Ph.D. student Bin Zhang recently published the article " A simple, efficient, and high-order accurate curved sliding-mesh interface approach to spectral difference method on coupled rotating and stationary domains " in the Journal of Computational Physics.


Prof. Royce Francis (EMSE) was invited to participate in the workshop "Reinventing the Grid: Designing Resilient, Adaptive and Creative Power Systems." The workshop was hosted in Santa Fe, NM, on April 13-17 by the Santa Fe Institute. Prof. Francis's presentation was titled "Is there a good way to think about climate uncertainty for infrastructure systems?"

Other News:

Prof. Charles Garris (MAE) has been reelected for a second term as the chair of the Executive Committee of the GW Faculty Senate.

Student News

On April 10-12, SEAS students Caitlin Carroll, Karan Singh, and Samuel Cowin of the recently-reactivated GW IEEE Student Branch traveled to Columbus, OH, to attend the Region 2 IEEE Student Activities Conference hosted by Ohio State University. They competed and placed second in the physics ring launcher competition. The task was to determine the approximate trajectory angle from which the ring launcher was directed to shoot the ring into five bins at five respective distances from the launcher. By using a variety of electromagnetic and projectile motion concepts and calculations, three of the five projection angles were effectively calculated to launch the ring into the three furthest bins. GW is continuing to rebuild its IEEE Student Branch, and the conference proved to be extremely effective in providing guidelines to best reinstate the chapter on campus, with excellent social and professional event suggestions to ensure chapter growth. The Branch intends to continue its up-and-coming presence at the IEEE Regional Conferences for years to come.

Other News

Graduate Recruiting & Admissions: Anthony Spatola is holding online information sessions and admitted student information sessions. Save the date for a Graduate Open House in the SEH on April 30.

SEAS Graduate Career Services: The Graduate Career Services Team has been awarded the opportunity to implement a university-wide International Student Career Ambassador Program. The team is working with the Career Services Council and is in the process of hiring international students for a program start date of Fall 2015. Fall registration is now open, and registration reminders will be sent to all current graduate students in the coming weeks. Please email any requests for graduate coordinators to [email protected] . The SEAS Graduate Career Services team will host an International Coffee Hour on April 29 from 4:00 to 5:00 in SEH 2000. Students who want to participate in the Dinner with Alumni Program throughout April can register at: go.gwu.edu/aprildwa . Weekly Featured Graduate Career Services Informational Resource: Why You Should Care About Networking 

Guest Vignette

Virtual Dynamic Interface is a joint research program between Pennsylvania State University (PSU), the US Naval Academy and George Washington University to develop methods to predict ship air wake impact on rotary wing aircraft. PSU has developed an advanced algorithm that predicts the ship air wake based upon a measured wind gust detected on the ship with an anemometer. The TREX 600 radio controlled helicopter carries a GW developed instrumentation system to measure the impact of the gust on the helicopter, consisting of an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and a GPS unit. Data from the helicopter IMU and GPS is transmitted in real time for analysis via a long range WiFi system. The video shows recent underway testing to help validate the algorithm developed by PSU. The helicopter is flown aft of three anemometers on the US Naval Academy research vessel YP676. Professor Murray Snyder, MAE, is the principal investigator for the program for SEAS and for the Naval Academy. (Provided courtesy of Prof. Murray Snyder, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

SEAS Events

ECE Colloquium: "The Application of Medium Grazing Angle Sea-Clutter Models"
Presenter: Dr. Luke Rosenberg, Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Edinburgh, Australia
Tuesday, April 21
3:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH 4040

2015 Frank Howard Lecture: "Your Personal Virtual Heart"
Presenter: Dr. Natalia Travanova, Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Thursday, April 23
6:30 – 8:30 pm (Reception to follow the lecture)
SEH Lehman Auditorium
Heart disease is the number one killer in the industrialized world, due in large part to heart rhythm dysfunction and the development of arrhythmias. Yet, the treatment for a common arrhythmia – the fast rhythm which accompanies a myocardial infarction or heart attack – currently has a success rate of only 50-70%. The odds could be improved if treatment were tailored specifically to the configuration of the patient's own heart, through the creation of a personal virtual heart.

ECE Colloquium: "Beyond the Ph.D. Filter: Advances in Random Set Approaches to Multi-Object Estimation"
Presenter: Dr. Ba Tuong Vo, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Friday, April 24
3:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH B1220

BME Distinguished Speaker Seminar: "Functional Repair of Aging and Injured Intervertebral Discs"
Presenter: Dr. James Iatridis, The Mount Sinai Hospital
Tuesday, April 28
5:00 – 6:00 pm
SEH B1270

SEAS Career Center

Leidos Engineering Interns (Job Number: 613925)
To apply: http://jobs.leidos.com/ShowJob/Id/439220/Engineering- Interns/
The Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group is seeking engineering Interns for the Arlington, VA office. The interns will support research on developing software to assist in building large cancer signaling pathways. Research tasks will involve extracting information from scientific articles, particularly from tables; integrating cancer signaling pathway information from different sources, including text, tables, and existing knowledge bases, into a knowledge base of choice, and determining what inferences can be made from such knowledge bases. Interns will assist in gathering data and developing algorithms for all aspects of these research tasks. Qualifications: current university students (sophomores and above) pursuing engineering, computer science or a closely related field. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. Candidate must be able to obtain a DOD Secret security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Intern, Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)
The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the world's largest model rocket contest and the aerospace industry's signature STEM workforce development program. Designed to encourage middle and high school students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace, TARC has reached over 60,000 students since the first annual competition was held in 2003. This position is responsible for supporting various elements of the TARC program and assisting with planning the TARC National Finals that will take place in May. To apply: please send a cover letter and resume to TARC Manager Miles Lifson at [email protected] . Be sure to indicate your availability and desired start date.

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Research Information Intern
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is seeking a Research Information Intern to work with AAPM headquarters staff and volunteers on matters relating to membership informatics and computational tools for AAPM research activities. The internship location is College Park, MD/Alexandria, VA, and the pay rate is $23/hour. Essential functions include: data mining, statistics, and analytical modeling; development of software applications and documentation; data selection, extraction, and curation for corporate applications; needs analysis of AAPM researchers and technical solution design; and identification of software and tools needed to satisfy the above functions. To apply, please contact the Human Resources Division of the American Institute of Physics at [email protected].

Student Career Development Opportunities

Your Career & Personal Branding: An Evening with Lindsey Pollak
Tuesday, April 21
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
Hosted by the Center for Career Services

GW Alumni Virtual Networking Hour
Wednesday, April 29
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hosted by Michael Steelman and GW Alumni

Crown Consulting is looking for more SEAS graduate students with a focus on mobile application development. Interested students should contact the Graduate Career Services Team at [email protected].