April 6-12, 2015


April 6, 2015

Faculty News


Profs. Hyeong-Ah ChoiXiuzhen Cheng, and Nan Zhang (CS) have received a one-year, $30,000 NSF grant to support a workshop on establishing research collaborations between GW and Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) on the emerging area of security and privacy for the Internet of Things.

Media Mentions:

Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) and his colleagues Karen Hilyard and Mark Dredze coauthored the article “Survey research can’t capture everyone’s opinion – but Twitter can,” which appeared in The Conversation on April 29.


Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) presented a three-hour-long tutorial on text and network analysis methods at the 2015 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction, held on March 31 in Washington, D.C.

On March 1, Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) gave an invited seminar at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia). The title of his talk was “Exploiting Hierarchical Locality with PGAS for Productive Extreme Computing.”

Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE) attended the 31st International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics Conference, held March 22-26 in Williamsburg, VA. Prof. Simsek co-organized a session with Prof. Douglas Werner (Penn State) on “Nano-Electromagnetics,” during which the researchers covered a wide range of subjects including 2D materials and meta-materials. Prof. Simsek also gave a talk titled “Enhancing Scattering and Absorption in Two-Dimensional Layered Material Systems with Surface Plasmons and Periodicity.”

Other News:

Prof. Azim Eskandarian (CEE & MAE) has been invited to serve as an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, which is one of the most prestigious and recognized journals in the areas of controls and dynamical systems in mechanical engineering. Prof. Eskandarian also is a board member and associate editor of five other international journals, including the IEEE Transactions on ITS and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics.

The National Gallery of Art (NGA) issued an April 2 press release announcing a new discovery that was made possible in part by the work Prof. Murray Loew (BME) and his colleagues have conducted with the NGA under an NSF grant. The press release describes the discovery made in the painting Young Girl Reading, which shows a young woman in profile, reading the book in her hand. It is now clear that a completely different face was painted underneath, that of an older woman looking out towards the viewer. Image-registration algorithms designed by Prof. Loew and his team aided in the reconstruction of the prior composition.

SEAS Events

Lecture: “An Exploration of the Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Engineer Who Changed the World”
Presenter: Robert Hulse, Director, Brunel Museum
Tuesday, April 7
7:00 pm
SEH Lehman Auditorium (B1270)
RSVP to [email protected]
This event is sponsored by SEAS and the English-Speaking Union. Free admission. Light refreshments will be served.

Lecture: “Nanophotonics: physics and road-mapping to merge electronics and photonics”
Speaker: Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE)
Tuesday, April 7
7:00 pm
SEH Lehman Auditorium (B1220)
This lecture is part of the Northern Virginia/Washington Chapter of IEEE Nanotechnology Council Meeting and is co-sponsored by the Optical Society of America and the GW student chapter of IEEE. Refreshments will be provided. 

MAE Seminar: “Nanoscale Optomechanical Systems”
Presenter: Kartik Srinivasan, Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology, The National Institute of Standards & Technology
Thursday, April 16
2:30 pm
SEH B1270

SEAS Faculty Teaching and Research Awards
Thursday, April 16
2:00 pm
SEH Lehman Auditorium

CEE Seminar: “Nanoparticles – Characterization at the Interface”
Presenter: Dr. Nora Savage, National Science Foundation
Friday, April 17
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH 2000B

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.

SEAS Career Center

Google Information Session
Friday, April 10

2:00 – 2:45 pm: Engineering Reliability at Google + Q&A
SEH Lehman Auditorium
Nils Janson (B.S., CS ‘05) will discuss SRE at Google, the organization that runs Google's server infrastructure, enabling it to serve hundreds of millions of queries across the globe.

2:45 – 3:30 pm: Interviewing at Google + Q&A
SEH Lehman Auditorium
Can Kirmizibayrak (Ph.D., CS ‘11) will talk about the tech interviewing process at Google, tips for how to prepare, and what to expect during a Google interview.

3:45 – 4:30 pm: Meet & Greet with Nils, Can, and Michael Shick (B.S., CS ‘12)
SEH, Dean's Suite Hall, 2nd Floor

All computer science and engineering students are encouraged to attend, but anyone with an interest in software development is welcome. Google is hiring and encourages you to apply online now. Check out g.co/SWEgrad and g.co/SWEintern for more details. For all other opportunities, visit google.com/careers/students.

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].

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship: Industrial-Systems Engineer
The NIH seeks students at all levels to complete 3-4 months of full-time internship experience before they graduate. Students will be given a project, mentor, and guidance, and will attend a number of high level meetings. Requirements: U.S. citizenship, 3.0 GPA or higher, and interest in working for the Federal Government. Interested students should contact [email protected] at NIH Corporate Recruitment.

Student Career Development Opportunities

  • Google will visit GW on April 10. More details to come.
  • Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund: Apply by April 1 to be considered as part of the general application cycle. Students will be notified by May 15 of the decision for the award. For more details, visit KACIF.
  • Dress for Success workshop: April 7 (hosted via WebEx by Graduate
  • Crown Consulting is looking for junior developers and will hold an information session on March 23. (GWork #814739)
  • DME Consulting is looking for an HVAC MEP designer as soon as possible (GWork #816643).
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is looking for a computer systems research lab instructor (GWork #816610).
  • CAE is looking for a Training Systems (Simulation Systems) Technician.

Entrepreneurship News & Events

GW Business Plan Competition Finals
Tuesday, April 14
The GW Business Plan Competition will award more than $200,000 in prizes to teams of GW students, faculty, and alumni who offer innovative ideas for new products and/or services. 10 finalist teams will present their business plans to a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, and a live audience.