April 3-9, 2017


April 3, 2017

Faculty News


Prof. Chung Hyuk Park (BME) and his collaborators, Dr. Ashley Darcy-Manoney (School of Nursing) and Mia Waldron (Children's National), have received a one-year, $50,000 award from Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN) to support their project, “Tele-assistive Robotic Nurse for Human-Robot Collaboration in Neonatal Environment.” This support comes from the CTSI-CN OPA-II Device Development Award Program.

Media Mentions:

The Washington Post quoted Prof. Igor Efimov (BME) in the March 31 article “ For Russians in Washington, the spy jokes are getting old .


Profs . Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE)Michael Keidar (MAE), Volker Sorger (ECE), and Danmeng Shuai (CEE) have published the following three papers:

1. X. Zhou, M. Nowicki. H. Cui, W. Zhu, X. Fang, S. Miao, S. Lee, M. Keidar and L. G. Zhang. “3D Bioprinted Graphene Oxide-Incorporated Matrix for Promoting Chondrogenic Differentiation of Human Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells,” Carbon, 116: 615–624 (2017);

2. W. Zhu, J. K. George, V. Sorger and L. G. Zhang. “3D Printing Scaffold Coupled with Low Level Light Therapy for Neural Tissue Regeneration,” Biofabrication; and

3. W. Zhu, T. Ye, S. J. Lee, H. Cui, S. Miao, X. Zhou, D. Shuai and L. G. Zhang. “Enhanced Neural Stem Cell Functions in Conductive Annealed Carbon Nanofibrous Scaffolds with Electrical Stimulation,” Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, in press, 2017.

Conferences & Presentations:

On March 24, Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) chaired the “Systems Architecture and Complexity” track at the 2017 Conference on Systems Engineering Research, held in Redondo Beach, CA. He also presented the following paper at the same conference: D.A. Broniatowski and J. Moses (2017). “The Flexibility of Generic Architectures: Lessons from the Human Nervous System.”

Student News

EMSE doctoral student Je Hwan Park, advised by Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE), presented the following paper at the 2017 Conference on Systems Engineering Research, held in Redondo Beach, CA: J. H. Park and D. A. Broniatowski (2017). “Cultural Worldviews on an Aerospace Standards Committee: a Preliminary Analysis.”

SEAS Computing Facility News

Raspberry Pi workshops: SEAS Computing Facility (SEAS CF), in collaboration with GW’s ACM student chapter, will hold a series of Raspberry Pi workshops in April. The workshops will cover introductions, programing, Internet of Things integration, and end with group projects. No programming experience is required, and all works will be performed in groups. All necessary equipment will be provided by SEAS CF. All workshops will be held in Tompkins 201 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The remaining workshops include:

April 8: Workshop 2—More complex LED programming
Push button, sensors and camera module integration

April 15: Workshop 3—Introduction to Cayenne, Internet of Things
Controlling triggers, LEDs, cameras, outputs, and actions without programming

April 22: Workshop 4—Group Projects
Home network attached storage, security system, firewall, and more!

Please register or email [email protected] with any questions or comments.

SEAS Events

BME Seminar: “Socially Interactive Robots for Pediatric Therapy”
Speaker: Dr. Ayanna Howard, Georgia Institute of Technology
Monday, April 10
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

ECE Research Blitz
Friday, April 14
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, 2000
ECE will hold a Research Blitz on April 14 to showcase the work of three ECE students: Paw Paw (advised by Prof. Milos Doroslovacki) will present “Deep Learning Based Learning Schemes for Modulation Identification and Cognitive Radio Systems;” Zhehan Yi (advised by Prof. Amir Etemadi) will present “Control and Power Management System (CAPMS) for Grid-Connected Solar PV-Battery Based Hybrid Microgrids;” and Shuai Sun (advised by Prof. Sorger) will present “HyPPI: The New Path of Moore's Law in CLEAR Light.”

2017 Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture: “Human Exploration from Inner to Outer Space”
Speaker: Dr. Dava Newman, aerospace engineer, professor, and former Deputy Administrator of NASA
Monday, April 17
6:30 – 8:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium

ECE Talk: “Exploiting and Mitigating Timing Channels in Microprocessors”
Speaker: Dr. Dmitry Ponomarev, SUNY Binghamton
Friday, April 21
3:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, B1270

ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Resource Management for Energy-Constrained Computing Systems”
Speaker: Dr. H.J. Siegel, Colorado State University
Wednesday, April 26
1:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Traffic and Granular Flow Conference (TGF17)
Wednesday – Saturday, July 19-22
TGF17 will be hosted at GW and chaired by Prof. Samer Hamdar (CEE). The conference is interdisciplinary, and faculty from all SEAS departments may submit abstracts. The deadline for abstract submission is March 30. Authors of approved abstracts will have the opportunity to submit a manuscript that will be published as a book chapter by Elsevier. Selected manuscripts will be submitted to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, of which Prof. Hamdar is the special issue editor. All details of the conference can be found on the conference website.

Carreer Center Events

Spring 2017 SEAS Undergraduate Career Development
Walk-in hours (no appointment needed): Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
And by appointment
SEH, 1630

Entrepreneurship Events

“Building a Startup Nation” Webinar: Startup Success at George Washington University
Thursday, April 6
1:00 – 1:45 pm
The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer’s (NCET2) “Building a Startup Nation” webinar series gives a firsthand look at the ties between startups, students, universities, and Congress. In this installment, they explore stories, ideas, and successes from GW’s startup program.

TCO 2017 Innovation Competition
Wednesday, April 12
1:00 – 5:30 pm
SEH, B1220
The GW Technology Commercialization Office 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. Registration for competition entries is now closed.

2017 Distinguished Entrepreneurial Achievement Award
Thursday, April 20
Media & Public Affairs Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
GW will award the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneurial Achievement Award (DEAA) to SEAS alumni Vicki and Karl Gumtow (SEAS BS '91 and '92) at the GW New Venture Competition Finals on April 20. The event is open to the public. More information .

Research Trainings & Events

GW Research Days 2017
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4-5
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor, Grand and Continental Ballrooms
More information
GW’s Research Days Competition is open to all GW faculty, staff, and students. The competition is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. April 4 will focus on arts, business, education, engineering, humanities, law, mathematics, sciences and other topics. April 5 will focus on health and medicine topics.

External Events

National Geographic Event: “Engineering for the Planet”
Presenter: Shah Selbe, rocket scientist and engineering activist
Wednesday, April 5
7:30 pm
National Geographic headquarters (1600 M Street, NW)
Student Tickets: $10 tickets using code NGEngineer10
Faculty Tickets: $5 discount using code Engineer5
More information 
Shah Selbe is a longstanding believer in the power of engineering and open-source data to solve the world's biggest problems. He has invented cutting-edge surveillance drones and sensors that are saving the environment—on land and in the ocean—from poachers and pollution.

Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference
Sunday-Wednesday, May 14-17
Gaylord National Convention Center, Washington, DC
The Student Leaders Conference brings together undergraduate nano and emerging technologies student group representatives from across the United States. It highlights undergraduate research and connects students with entrepreneurs, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and representatives of federal agencies funding research in emerging technologies. The conference is sponsored by TechConnect, in partnership with student groups from across the country. More information

Dissertation Defenses











It’s a family affair: Husband-and-wife SEAS doctoral students George Teel and Xiuqi Fang defended their doctoral dissertations on the same day last week. George and Xiuqi are both MAE students advised by Prof. Michael Keidar. George’s dissertation is titled “Investigating Discharge Ignition Fundamentals of Micro-Cathode Arc Thrusters,” and Xiuqi’s is titled “Synthesis and Diagnostic of Single and Multi-dimensional Nanomaterial in Arc Discharge Plasma.”