April 5-11, 2010


April 5, 2010

Faculty News

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) participated in the NSF CAREER workshop held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, March 25th – 26th.  He conducted mock panels, reviewing real proposals, and mentored young faculty members planning to submit CAREER proposals. Approximately 150 young faculty members attended the workshop, among them Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE).  A dozen NSF program directors were present, as well.  The next CAREER workshop will be held in Lincoln, NE, September 1st and 2nd of this year.

Prof. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) presented the following paper, co-authored with former ECE graduate student Dr. Onur Turkcu, on March 16, 2010: "Optimal waveband switching in optical ring networks", in IEEE INFOCOM, San Diego, CA, March 15th – 19th.

Books & Papers: 

Prof. Ed Della Torre (ECE) has published the following article: Provenzano, V.; Shull, R.D.; Waterstrat, R.M.; Bennett, L.H.; Della Torre, E.; Seyoum, H., “Magnetic Properties of Zr 9 Ni 11 Intermetallic Compound,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 46, pp. 502 - 504 (Feb. 2010).

Profs. Jason Zara and Vesna Zederic (both of ECE) and Prof. Zara’s doctoral student, O'Tega Ejofodomi, published “Tissue-mimicking bladder wall phantoms for evaluating acoustic radiation force—optical coherence elastography systems,” in Medical Physics (March 10, 2010).

Staff News

I am very pleased to announce that Nancy Davis has joined the SEAS Office of Development and Alumni Relations as director of development.  Nancy comes to us with 19 years of fundraising experience including, most recently, as leadership gift officer at Lehigh University, where she worked from 2001 to 2009.  Prior to that, she was director of development at CAMP, Inc., a non-profit manufacturing teaching facility in Cleveland, Ohio.  Nancy received her B.A. magna cum laude from Lehigh University and is currently working toward a master’s in non-profit organizations at Case Western Reserve University.  She and her husband will be living in Annapolis.  Nancy very much looks forward to meeting many of you in the coming weeks and to helping engage alumni and raise funds for our great school.  Please join me in welcoming Nancy to GW and SEAS. (Contributed by Jim Howard, assistant vice president for development and alumni relations)

Student News

Huda Asfour (ECE) and Aleksandar Stefanovski (CS) have been awarded GW Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards for outstanding teaching.  GW presents this award annually to only three graduate teaching assistants from across the university, and this year, two of the three winners are SEAS students.  Huda is a doctoral student working with Prof. Matthew Kay (ECE), who says, “Huda has made major contributions to the teaching mission of SEAS as a laboratory instructor in ECE 184 (Principles and Practice of BME), 159 (BME Properties Laboratory), and 117 (Intro to Digital Signal Processing).  Aleksandar was nominated by Prof. Rhys Price Jones, who says, “Aleks is more than my TA, he is my collaborator: thanks to him, GW's CSci 053 is among the very best introductory CS courses in the country.”

ECE graduate student Arush Gadkar presented the following paper, co-authored with Prof. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE): "Design and Performance Evaluation of Wavelength-Constrained Optical Time-Slotted Networks" at OSA's Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) conference in San Diego, CA, March 21st – 25th.

Other News

Graduate Student R&D Showcase: Don’t miss your chance to participate in the 4th Annual Graduate Student Research & Development Showcase, where you can show your R&D projects to local companies and federal labs.  The event includes a poster contest with cash prizes for the best presentations: First Place = $2,000; Second Place = $1,200; Third Place = $800.  The Showcase will be held on Friday, April 30, 2010, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm in the Marvin Center’s Grand Ballroom.  The deadline for applications to participate is Wednesday, March 31, 2010.  

GW Women in Business (GWWIB) will present its first annual spring conference on Saturday, April 10th from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm in Duques and Funger Halls. Men and women, business and non-business majors are encouraged to attend. GWWIB hopes to facilitate a discussion on the major topics learned in the classroom and how these issues are translated into the real world of business. The discussions will be facilitated by GW professors and will feature panels of experts, as well as an opportunity for Q&A by conference participants. The conference will also include a networking luncheon, at which participants will be able to meet representatives from M&T Bank, Coca-Cola Company, Deloitte, the World Bank, Capitol Hill, DuPont, NewVision Health, Women in Technology, and many more! Tickets for GWWIB members ($10) and non-members ($15) include breakfast, lunch, a goodie bag with gift cards and discount coupons, and a wealth of networking opportunities.  Purchase your tickets at: http://gwwibspringconference.eventbrite.com

Upcoming Events


SEAS Excellence Awards Presentation
Faculty Research and Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception
Thursday, April 8th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
310 Marvin Center

CS Colloquium: “Cybersecurity and Cyberconfidence: The Case of Morocco”
Speaker: Dr. Tajje-eddine Rachidi, Alakhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
Thursday, April 8th at 11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall

ICDRM Colloquium: “Emergency Response and Recovery to the Haiti and Chile Earthquakes: Observations and Lessons Learned in the Context of In-country Telecommunication Requirements”
Note: A number of personnel associated with ICDRM (faculty, current students, alumni and others) have played important roles in the response to the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. This forum session will focus upon the activities and insights of two current ICDRM doctoral students, from their capacities as DHS and OAS leaders.
Thursday, April 8th at 6:00 pm
301 Marvin Center

CS Colloquium: “Macro-Micro Scale Interactions Associated with Motility and Nutrient Absorption in the Small Intestine analyzed with Lattice-Boltzmann Models”
Speaker: James G. Brasseur, Pennsylvania State University
Tuesday, April 13th, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

CS Colloquium: “Models of Motivation”
Speaker: Glenn Becker, Unisys Corporation
Wednesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

CS and CSPRI Colloquium: “Cyberattack as an Instrument of U.S. Policy”
Speaker: Herbert Lin, Chief Scientist, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Academy of Sciences
Thursday, April 15th at 11:00 am
640 Phillips Hall

CS Colloquium: “Mid the Gap: STEM Women in Career Breaks”
Speaker: Prof. Rachelle Heller, SEAS/CS
Monday, April 19th at 4:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: “Biomagnetics: An Interdisciplinary Field Where Magnetics, Biology, and Medicine Overlap”
Speaker: Dr. Shoogo Ueno, University of Tokyo/Kyushu University
Thursday, April 22nd, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

SEAS Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship:

Please join SEAS for the remaining two seminars of the four-part Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship. These events are free and open to the SEAS and GW community. To register, please visit alumni.gwu.edu/calendar.

Product vs. Service Entrepreneurs
GW Summit on Entrepreneurship
Thursday, April 15th 
10:30 – 11:30 am: Panel Discussion
Duques Hall, Room 652

Sponsored by the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Engineer Alumni Association.

SEAS Seminar Series in Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century:

SEAS continues the seminar series it initiated last semester with more discussions on engineering challenges facing us:

Systems Architecting: Taking a System from Concept to Reality
April 20th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
101 Marvin Center

Sex, Lies and Videoclips: The Perils of Life Online
Prof. Dianne Martin
May 4th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
309 Marvin Center