April 23-29, 2018


April 23, 2018

Faculty News
The Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) has received a $30,000 contract from Texas A&M University that will enable Texas A&M to use GW’s online cybersecurity scholarship application system to support its new cybersecurity scholarship program. GW will provide support, guidance, and consulting as appropriate. This work has the potential of being replicated at many institutions that must assemble and evaluate materials and ultimately decide who the winners are of cybersecurity scholarships. Dr. Costis Toregas (CSPRI) directs this institute and Dr. Lance Hoffman (CS) is the founder.


Dr. Muhtar Ahart (research scientist, CEE) has published the following paper: T. Yamanaka, Y. Nakamoto, M. Ahart, and H-k Mao. “Pressure dependence of electron density distribution and d-p-π hybridization in titanate perovskite ferroelectrics,” Physical Review B 97, 144109 (2018). The work is supported by CDAC (Carnegie/Department of Energy Alliance Center) and EFree (Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments) at GW.


Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) has published the following paper with Ph.D. students Mitra Aliabouzar and Krishna Nandan Kumar: M. Aliabouzar, K. N. Kumar, and K. Sarkar. “Acoustic vaporization threshold of lipid-coated perfluoropentane droplets,” The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143, 2001-2012.


Student News


Clark 2018 Additions

Left to Right: Alex Broaddus, Nick Jin, Arjun Vijay,

Ari Haven, Jason Nafash, and Jacob Cannizzaro


SEAS is pleased to announce our newest scholars in two prestigious undergraduate programs, the Clark Engineering Scholars and the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars. Six freshman (pictured above) were selected as Clark Scholars. They are: Alexander Broaddus (CS), Jacob Cannizzaro (CS), Arianna Haven (MAE), Jason Nafash (MAE), Nicholas Jin (ECE), and Arjun Vijay (CS). Four sophomore SEAS students have been selected as Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars for 2018-2019. They were selected based on their outstanding academic records and their clear and thoughtful research proposals. Our inaugural class of Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars includes:


Anastasia Carr (BME)
Research proposal: “The Transient Outward Potassium Channel (Ito): Contribution and Modulation of Human Cardiac Repolarization”
Faculty mentor: Dr. Igor Efimov (BME)


Rachel Gray (MAE)
Research proposal: “Magnesium Silicide Analysis for Additive Manufacturing by Selective Laser Melting”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE)


Bianca Karpenecz (BME)
Research proposal: “Ultrasound-enhanced Drug Delivery for Treatment of Parasitic and Fungal Eye Diseases”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Vesna Zderic (BME)


Meghana Tallam (BME)
Research proposal: “CUBIC As an Alternative “Clearing” Method for Creating Hydrogel-based Structures in Organs”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Kay (BME)



On April 18, Dr. Sameh Badie (CEE) and Khalid Alsadhan, CEE senior, attended the annual student awards reception sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (NCC/ACI). Khalid received the 2018 NCC/ACI Student Award for his academic achievements related to reinforced and pre-stressed concrete structures. The award was presented to Khalid by the ACI president, Dr. David Lange.


Rem Houghton (ECE) and his teammates John Kuhl (GWSB) and Samuel Bamiboye won the Audience Choice Award at GW’s 2018 New Venture Competition. Their venture, Bendt, is a distributive-risk mitigation platform that facilitates the trading of future earnings of professional athletes to produce tracking stocks.


BME senior Tania Singh won an award for her poster “Ultrasound-induced Insulin Release” in the Basic and Translational Research category at the 8th Annual Children’s National Health System Research and Education Week. Tania’s research advisor is Dr. Vesna Zderic (BME).


GW Research Days Winners
The following SEAS students won awards at the 2018 GW Research Days:


Undergraduate Presenters
Biomedical Engineering:
1 st Place (Tie):
Aidan Murray (BME) and Shannon Toole (BME) for “Symmetrical Cluster Analysis for Thermographic Breast Cancer Detection
Research Mentor: Dr. Murray Loew (BME)

Tania Singh (BME) for “Therapeutic Ultrasound-induced Insulin Release as a Potential Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes
Research Mentor: Dr. Vesna Zderic (BME)

2 nd Place:
Alina Kline-Schoder (BME) for “Ultrasound-enhanced Ciclopirox Delivery for Treatment of Onychomycosis
Research Mentor: Dr. Vesna Zderic (BME)

2 nd Place:
Nikkita Khattar (BME) for “Subcellular Analysis of Peptides in Single Identified Neurons by Mass Spectrometry
Research Mentor: Dr. Akos Vertes (Chemistry)

1 st Place:
Samantha Racan (MAE) and Isaac Finberg (MAE) for “Investigation of Polymeric Scaffold Degradation for Bone Regeneration Applications
Research Mentor: Dr. Michael Plesniak (MAE)

2 nd Place (Tie):
Samsara Counts (CS) for “Recognizing Images of Eating Disorders with Deep Learning
Research Mentor: Dr. Robert Pless (CS)

Philip Paulson (MAE) for “Mucosal Waves in Self-Oscillating Synthetic Vocal Fold Models
Research Mentor: Dr. Michael Plesniak (MAE)

Graduate Presenters
Biomedical Engineering:
1 st Place:
Nima Mobadersany (MAE) for “Perforation of Cell Membranes Using Encapsulated Microbubbles in the Presence of Ultrasound
Research Mentor: Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE)

2 nd Place (Tie):
Jaclyn Brennan (BME) for “HCN4-GCaMP8 Mice Useful for Optically Mapping Conduction System of Heart
Research Mentor: Dr. Igor Efimov (BME)

Jenna Osborn (MAE) for “Ultrasound and Lipid-coated Microbubbles for Bone Tissue Engineering on 3D Printed Scaffolds
Research Mentor: Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE)

1 st Place:
Engin Kayraklioglu (ECE) for “Bridging the Programmability Gap: From Laptops to Supercomputers
Research Mentor: Dr. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE)

2 nd Place:
Hao Zheng (ECE) for “Energy-efficient Scalable Multicore Architecture
Research Mentor: Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE)

Special Prize Categories
GWNIC Award for Nanofabrication Techniques
1 st Place (Tie):
Shuai Sun (ECE) for “Breaking the Boundary between Optical Communication and Optical Computing
Research Mentor: Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE)

Ruoyu Zhang (ECE) for “MODetector (Mod): A Dual-function Optical Modulator-Detector for On-chip Communication
Research Mentor: Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE)

2 nd Place:
Rachel Gray (MAE) for “Energy Materials Analysis for Additive Manufacturing by Selective Laser Melting
Research Mentor: Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE)

GWNIC Award for Microscopy Techniques
1 st Place (Tie with Institute for Biomedical Sciences student):
Pratik Mistry (BME) for “3D Morphological Analysis of Biocytin-injected Hypoglossal Neurons
Research Mentor: Dr. Anastas Popratiloff (lead research scientist, Nanofabrication and Imaging Center)

AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Grants
Se-Jun Lee (MAE) for “Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Conductive 3D Scaffolds for Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells into Schwann Cell-like Phenotypes
Research Mentor: Dr. Lijie “Grace” Zhang (MAE)

Ke Wang (ECE) for “Machine Learning for High Performance, Energy-efficient and Reliable NoCs
Research Mentor: Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE)

Ruoyu Zhang (ECE) for “MODetector (Mod): A Dual-function Optical Modulator-Detector for On-chip Communication
Research Mentor: Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE)

Undergraduate Essay Contest Winners: “Reflections on Research and Scholarship”
Devin Jessup (ECE)
James Tronolone (BME)


SEAS Events
CVP Speaker Series @ GW Kick-off: “Needed Now More Than Ever: Positive #ChangeAgents Across Sectors”
Speaker: Dr. David Bray, Executive Director, People-Centered Internet Coalition
Wednesday, April 25
6:00 pm (followed by a reception)
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Dr. David Bray, a champion of positive change agents and the executive director for the People-Centered Internet Coalition, will deliver the keynote at the CVP Speaker Series @ GW Kick-off. Dr. Bray’s keynote will focus on why and how we all can be change agents in our rapidly changing world while highlighting meaningful multi-sector strategies for delivering results differently and better.


2018 SEAS Teaching and Research Awards Celebration
Tuesday, May 1
2:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Join Dean Dolling as he honors the winners of the 2018 SEAS Teaching and Research Awards: Dr. Igor Efimov (BME), Dr. Leila Farhadi (CEE), Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE), Dr. Danmeng Shuai (CEE), and Dr. Jason Zara (BME).


SEAS Innovation Challenge Showcase: ¡Viva Puerto Rico!
Thursday, May 3
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
SEH and the GW Innovation Center
¡Viva Puerto Rico! will showcase this year’s Innovation Challenge finalists and celebrate Puerto Ricans’ resiliency in the face of a prolonged post hurricane recovery. The 2018 SEAS Innovation Challenge is a technical competition designed to support disaster relief in Puerto Rico in the areas of off-grid power and communications. ¡Viva Puerto Rico! also will include a short documentary film screening, panels, food, and music to accompany the showcase of the finalists.


Jupyter Pop-up DC
Tuesday, May 15
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
GW Marvin Center
Tickets ($30 - $195; early price ends April 27)
At Jupyter Pop-up, find out how teams of data scientists, business analysts, and researchers use the Notebook and other Jupyter tools to solve “last mile” issues of communicating data to management, create self-documenting and future-friendly apps and widgets, and streamline your workflow. Featured speakers include: Paco Nathan, Lorena Barba (MAE), Peter Parente, Catherine Ordun, Dave Stuart, and Laura Noren.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Workshop: “Ownership, Governance and Incorporation: Getting Your Innovation Legal”
Monday, April 23
5:30 - 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins M06
Are you looking to get your business incorporated but unsure of the process or the legal documentation you need to help protect your interests? Do you know what it means to be a business owner or how to govern your business properly and ethically? We can help you answer all of these questions. Join us for an insightful workshop featuring guest speakers from the legal industry. Don’t miss out!


Howard Hoffman Lecture: “Collegiate Creativity: Developing the Right Idea at the Right Time”
Speaker: Allen Gannett, CEO of TrackMaven
Wednesday, April 25
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Duques Hall, 453
Many college students often think spending hours coming up with ideas in their dorm room leads to business success and unicorn trajectory. This is the wrong approach, one that often leads to building solutions before actually understanding the right problem to solve. Allen Gannett, 27 years old, started his first company while in college at GW. Today he is the CEO of TrackMaven and will be the guest speaker for this event.


Mentor Appreciation Event: “The World’s Best Mentors: GW Mentor Appreciation Celebration”
Thursday, April 26
5:30 - 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins M06
Thank you to all of the GW mentors and judges who have helped the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship throughout the 2017-2018 school year! Students, faculty, staff, mentors, and alumni are welcome to join us for this fun, casual happy hour celebration at the GW Innovation Center as a “thank you” for a fun and eventful year. Network and mingle with us before the school year ends and finals begin!


GW Events
Post-Award Management Training Series: “Keys to a Successful Award Closeout”
Tuesday, May 22
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 308
Read more and register online