April 25 - May 1, 2016


April 25, 2016

Faculty News


The National Institutes of Health has awarded Prof. Matthew Kay (BME) a two-year, $406,000 Developmental Bioengineering Research Grant for his proposal “Oxygen-rich perfusate that is compatible with optical assessments of myocardial physiology.” The goal of the project is to use a custom-made perfluorocarbon emulsion to provide capillary oxygen reserve in perfused heart studies, such that myocardial metabolism, in-situ mitochondrial function, and electrophysiology can be studied without physiological artifacts associated with inadequate oxygenation. Prof. Kay will collaborate with Jack Rogers, Ph.D. (University of Alabama in Birmingham) and Robert Balaban, Ph.D. (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute) in Bethesda, MD to complete the studies.

Media Mentions:

The Daily Mirror quoted Prof. Chung Hyuk Park (BME) in its April 18 article “Meet the robot built to help autistic children improve their social skills.”

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) represented GW at an NSF I-corps workshop, held April 11-13 in Arlington, VA. He spoke in reference to his recent NSF grant “2D Material for Heat Removal.” The lean start-up methods that Prof. Sorger’s team learned will provide further input to the SEAS 6100/6200 Innovation & Technology courses.

Student News

Samsara Counts (CS, freshman), who also is majoring in creative writing, has won GW's Citizen Day poetry contest, held in honor of the visit to campus of poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine. Samsara has been invited to read the poem at GW’s Multi-Cultural Student Services Graduation Celebration.

As part of their senior year design project, “Vaccine Supply Chains,” EMSE students Dor Hirsh Bar Gai, Zack Graybill, Sarah Sliker, Anna Slyder, and Paule Voevodsky interviewed two senior consultants at LMI (in Tysons, VA) on issues related to the supply chain of vaccines. LMI produced a video of their interview, which features Zack Graybill conducting the interview on behalf of the team. Prof. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) served as the faculty advisor to this team, and Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) teaches the EMSE senior design course.

Doctoral student Sundaresan Rajasekaran (CS) presented the paper “Multi-Cache: Dynamic, Efficient Partitioning for Multi-Tier Caches in Consolidated VM Environments” at the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E 2016) on April 8. The paper was co-authored with CS students Wei Zhang and Shaohua Duan and their advisor Prof. Timothy Wood (CS).

SEAS Events

2016 Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture: “Engineering with Soul: The Nuts and Bolts of Compassion in Action”
Speaker: Dr. Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders – USA; co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network; and the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Tuesday, April 26
6:30 – 8:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
RSVP by April 24
The talk will examine the critical role of engineers over the next two decades, when almost two billion additional people are expected to populate the earth, 95% of them in developing or underdeveloped countries. This growth will create unprecedented demands for energy, food, land, water, transportation, materials, waste disposal, earth moving, health care, environmental cleanup, telecommunication, and infrastructure. Engineers will be critical in fulfilling those demands. A simple question arises: Do engineers today have the skills and tools to address the global problems that our planet and humans are facing today, or will be facing within the next 20 years?

SEAS Faculty Research and Teaching Awards Presentation
Thursday, April 28
2:00 - 4:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium

MAE 2016 Distinguished Lecture: “To frac or not to frac?—How mechanics of quasibrittle hydraulic fracture can sway the answer”
Speaker: Prof. Zdenek Bazant, Northwestern University
Wednesday, May 4
2:00 pm (Reception immediately following the lecture)
SEH, B1220

Workshop: “Science-Based Targets”
Wednesday & Thursday, May 4-5
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute is co-sponsoring this workshop with the Global Environmental Management Initiative. The workshop will provide a forum for corporate sustainability leaders to learn about how to establish science-based targets for greenhouse gas reductions and the steps businesses can take to achieve such targets, including strategies, tools, and partnerships to drive carbon reduction actions across the value chain. EMSE Profs. Joe Cascio and Rachael Jonassen will speak at the event, along with other speakers from 21 major corporations, government agencies, and NGOs.