April 8-14, 2019


April 8, 2019

Faculty News
Awards & Honors:

Dr. Lijie Grace Zhang

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Dr. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE) to its College of Fellows, 2019. Dr. Zhang was elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for “outstanding contributions to tissue engineering using innovative 3D/4D bioprinting techniques and nanotechnology for complex tissue and organ regeneration.” “Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers.”



Headshot of Tianshu Li

Dr. Tianshu Li (CEE) is a co-PI of the DOD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project titled “Understanding and Breaking the Material Barriers of SiGeSn Alloys for Infrared Devices.” The goal of the project is to develop high quality SiGeSn alloys for lighter, faster, higher signal-to-noise, and more energy efficient infrared imaging devices as the next generation infrared imaging technology. The MURI team is composed of investigators from five universities: University of Arkansas (lead), Arizona State University, Dartmouth College, University of Massachusetts at Boston, and the George Washington University. The team was awarded a total of $7.5 million for five years, and Dr. Li's share is $1.044 million. The grant was awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.



Dr. Gralla

Dr. Erica Gralla (EMSE) has published the following paper with collaborators at MIT and FEMA: J. Moline, J. Goentzel, and E. Gralla. “Approaches for Locating and Staffing FEMA's Disaster Recovery Centers.” Decision Sciences. (In press.) The paper develops a decision support model that saves an average 75 percent in costs while improving service to disaster survivors.


Conferences & Presentations:

Headshot of David Broniatowski

Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) gave two talks last week. On April 2, he spoke to PhD students from systems engineering programs around the country at the SEANET Doctoral Consortium associated with the Conference on Systems Engineering Research. His talk was titled “So You Want to Be a Scholar” and covered aspects of his PhD journey. On April 5, he gave an invited panel presentation titled “Social Media & Vaccines: From Disease to Disinformation” at the Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Samer Hamdar

Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE) recently gave three invited presentations at three universities. His first presentation was on March 14 at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Transportation Seminar Series in Daejeon, South Korea. The presentation was titled “Roadway Traffic Collision Analysis and Mitigation Using Data Analytics and Microscopic Driver Behavioral Modeling.” On April 1, he gave a presentation titled “Understanding Travelers’ Motivations in Tactical and Strategic Decision Making: Data Collection, Analysis and Modeling,” as part of the Active Mode Presentation Series at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). On April 4, he gave a third presentation, this time at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany). The presentation was titled “Vehicular Safety on Roadway Environments: From Data Analysis to Modeling.”


On March 24, Dr. David Nagel (research professor, ECE) presented the paper “LENRIA Experiment and Analysis Program (LEAP)” at the Cold Fusion/Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reactions Colloquium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The co-authors of the paper are: S. B. Katinsky (LENRIA Corporation), M. H. Miles (Dixie State University), M.A. Imam (GW/MAE), C. Patil (GW/ECE) and A. Modi (GW/CS).


Student News
ECE doctoral student Pradeep Kumar has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Computer Science at the College of William & Mary, starting in fall 2019. His advisor is Dr. Howie Huang (ECE) and his research area is computer systems, focusing on developing high-performance graph analytics systems.


Zhenglin Wei, a graduate student studying with Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE), presented their joint paper at the Conference on Systems Engineering Research, held April 4 in Washington, DC. The paper is titled “Characterizing Systems Architectures Using Network Data.”


Baja Team

GW’s Baja Team has done an outstanding job preparing for the upcoming SAE Baja competition that will be held April 11-14 in Tennessee. Thirteen SEAS students will participate in the competition. As part of its preparations, the team conducted a four-hour test drive of the vehicle at GW’s Ashburn campus on March 31. MAE freshman Samir Aziz captured footage of the test drive and created this video of it.


Other News


On March 27, EMSE alumna Dr. Ilka DeLuque received the “Policarpa Salavarrieta” award, which is granted by the Legal Commission for the Equality of Women under the Congress of the Republic of Colombia. This year’s award recognizes Colombian women who are prominent in science and technology. Dr. DeLuque works at the World Bank on long-term electricity capacity expansion planning models to inform decision-making on energy infrastructure development in the Middle East and developing countries. Her dissertation was advised by Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE).


SEAS Computing Facility
Computers available for checkout/3D Printing Services: SEAS students, faculty, and staff may borrow Dell laptops and desktops through the end of the semester and may have access to 3D printers for research and academic projects. Please visit the SEAS CF website for more information about borrowing computers or getting access to the 3D printers.


High Performance Computing Cluster resources available in SEAS: SEAS researchers and faculty have access to Colonial One, a shared High Performance Computing Cluster hosted in GW's data center. A new 2.1 PFlops system is in the final stages of deployment and will be available this coming summer. For access and questions, please email the SEAS CF support ticket system.


Web Services: SEAS students, faculty, and staff have access to a GW hosted Wordpress platform for personal, conference, research, or institute websites. All websites can have a customized name under the SEAS domain, such as “powerlab” or “conference2019.” SEAS CF will work with faculty and staff to migrate/update existing sites or build a new website. For access and questions, please email the SEAS CF support ticket system.


Upcoming SEAS Events
ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Optimizing Device Placement in Machine Learning Workloads Using Deep Reinforcement Learning”
Speaker: Dr. Baochun Li, University of Toronto
Monday, April 15
10:45 am (Reception to follow immediately after)
SEH, B1220
This is a special topic lecture for the course CSCI 6548 E-Commerce Security. To attend, please RSVP to [email protected] by April 2, 2019.


SEAS Graduate Advising and Student Services' Lunch & Learn: “Electricity Resilience to Black-Sky Hazards: Research Directions in the GW Smart Grid Laboratory”
Speaker: Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE)
Thursday, April 18
12:00 – 1:00 pm
SEH, Level B1 Green Wall
Come listen to the exciting research being conducted by SEAS faculty member Dr. Payman Dehghanian.


CSPRI Talk: “IoT Security and TRUSTICA Framework”
Speaker: Dr. Fatih Comlekoglu, SEAS alumnus and CTO, Blue Planet-works
Thursday, April 18
12:00 noon (An informal lunch will be served)
Location TBD
Please RSVP for lunch
The intent of this and future Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) lunches is to provide glimpses of the vibrant security and privacy private sector in the Washington region to GW faculty and students and to promote dialog and debate regarding breakthrough initiatives. The potential of support for research or conference papers on related topics will be part of the discussion.


Launch of the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering
Friday, April 26
4:00 – 6:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Please join GW Provost Forrest Maltzman, SEAS Interim Dean Rumana Riffat, and SEAS Center for Women in Engineering Director Shelly Heller for the launch of the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering. The featured keynote speaker will be Cecilia Kang, technology correspondent for the New York Times. A reception will follow the program at 5:00 pm.


External Events
Introduction to Human Health in Space (EHS 6227) Talk: “From Here to Mars: How the Year-long ISS Mission and the Twins Study Moved Us Closer to the Red Planet”
Speaker: Dr. John Charles, former chief scientist, NASA's Human Research Program
Monday, April 8
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Ross Hall, Lecture Hall 101
Ross Hall is ID controlled, so all attendees should register and bring an ID with them to gain entrance. More information


Entrepreneurship News & Events
SEAS congratulates our student members of the teams selected as finalists in GW’s 2019 New Venture Competition: Parker Johnson (SEAS '19) of the team Perpetua; Manyung Emma Hon (SEAS '20) of the team Plast-ways; Sydney Bailes (SEAS '19) and Caitlyn Pratt (SEAS '21) of the team Takin' it Easy; Sam Bunger (SEAS '21), Saramarie Puzzanghera (SEAS '22), and Nathaniel Bury (SEAS '22) of the team Voxion; and Jonathan Lau (SEAS '22), Justina Pruski (SEAS '21), Raymond Yau (SEAS '22), and Giavanna Corazza (SEAS '22) of team Mobility Innovators.


2019 GW Summer Startup Accelerator: The GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications for the 2019 GW Summer Startup Accelerator (GWSSA). GWSSA is an intensive, residential, nine-week program for a select group of GW student entrepreneurs who want to “go all in” to develop a fundable startup venture. The submission deadline is Friday, April 26 at 12:00 noon. Learn more about the GWSSA and how it works, what type of ventures GWSSA is looking for, and how to apply. Please contact Lex McCusker, GW director of student entrepreneurship programs, with questions or for more information.


GW Technology Commercialization Office 2019 Innovation Competition: Call for Technologies and Poster Session Participants
Tuesday, April 16
1:00 – 5:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
The GW Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) 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 the event.


GW New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 18
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Media & Public Affairs Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
Register Here
Nine teams take the stage to vie for over $800K in funding and support at the 11th Annual GW New Venture Competition. Who will take the prize this year at the largest business planning competition in the DC area?