August 28 - September 4, 2017


August 28, 2017

Faculty News

New Faculty:


SEAS welcomes Prof. Anne-Laure Papa, who joins the school as an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Bourgogne, France, Prof. Papa served as a post-doctoral fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard–MIT Program of Health Sciences and Technology. Following that, she served as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Prof. Papa’s research expertise is in engineering novel therapeutic platforms at the interface of chemistry, biology, and medicine. Her work focuses on disease processes, particularly in cancer and vascular diseases, with the goal of designing targeted translational therapies and new diagnostic methods. Her research is based on understanding system interactions (i.e. cell-cell and cell-particle) and delivery platforms (particle-based targeting strategies, as well as cellular therapeutics).


Research & Grants:
Profs. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) and Volker Sorger (ECE) are the principal investigator and co-principal investigator, respectively, on a four-year, nearly $900K National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Their project is titled “RAISE: The Reconfigurable Optical Computer (ROC).” The ultimate goal of this bold, interdisciplinary project is to engender a new class of reconfigurable computing devices. The objective is to create a nano-photonic, analog, reconfigurable computer that is capable of computing out of first principles by solving those partial differential equations (PDEs) that are used for most simulations in science and engineering. The PDEs would be directly solved using a network of electric components that are implemented using innovative nano-photonic devices. Due to its transformative and interdisciplinary nature, this project is jointly funded by the NSF’s Engineering and CISE Directorates.


Prof. James Hahn (CS) has received a five-year, $1.6 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development for his project “Neonatal Endotracheal Intubation: Enhancing Training Through Computer Simulation and Automated Evaluation.”


Media Mentions:
Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) was quoted in an August 23 Nature article, “How machine learning could help to improve climate forecasts.”


GW Today published an August 24 article about Prof. Danmeng Shuai’s (CEE) research. The article is titled “Graphitic Nitride Carbon Material Could Improve Public Health.”


Conferences & Presentations:
Prof. Rumana Riffat’s (CEE) research group recently participated in the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Conference on Sludge Management: SludgeTech 2017, held in London, UK. They presented the following papers: 1) “Evaluation of Dewatering Characteristics of Wastewater Sludge from Different Treatment Processes” (presented by master’s student Mahmudul Hasan); 2) “The Role of Viscosity in Mesophilic Anaerobic Digestion” (presented by master’s student Elizabeth Manning); and 3) “Impact of Recuperative Thickening on Anaerobic Digestion of Thermally Hydrolyzed Sludge” (presented by post-doctoral scientist Adrian Romero).


Other News:
The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence has elected Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) to serve a three-year term on its Executive Council.


Student News

connor award

At the Chicago NSF I-Corps National Program that was completed on August 22, EMSE graduate student Connor Roberts received the only award plaque given out. A total of 20 teams (68 participants) from across the U.S. and Europe took part in the six-week program cohort. Connor is the entrepreneurial lead on the GW team. According to the program’s lead instructor, Patti Glaza, who first recognized four teams for specific exceptional performance in one aspect of the program or another, Connor was singled out as the entrepreneurial lead who “constantly demonstrated hustle, implemented lessons learnt in the program week-in week-out, and exemplified the true essence of diligence expected of I-Corps participants and teams.” This award was a unanimous decision by the team of instructors. In addition to Connor, the GW team included Prof. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE, PI) and Roger Miller (Industrial Mentor). The GW team is grateful to Daniel Kunitz and Jim Chung of GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the intensive preparation they provided during the regional node NSF I-Corps program that took place here at SEAS in March.


CEE postdoctoral associate Enshi Xu and graduate student Yuanfei Bi, both advised by Prof. Tianshu Li (CEE), gave the following presentations at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, held August 20-24 in Washington, DC: 1) E. Xu and T. Li, “Theoretical prediction of a novel Si-He compound: Structure, property, and synthesis;” and 2) Y. Bi, B. Cao, and T. Li, “Enhanced heterogeneous ice nucleation by special surface geometry.”


Other News
Support SEAS as it supports female entrepreneurs: Vote for the SEAS project in the Beacon Grant Program Poll
SEAS is launching a project to help female entrepreneurs learn hard and soft business skills, test their ideas, and meet potential teammates. Help support our grant proposal by voting for the project in the Beacon Grant Program Poll. You may submit one vote per day (scroll down to find the GW entry). Vote today: polls close August 30.


SEAS Events
CEE Colloquium: "Compatibility, hysteresis and the direct conversion of heat to electricity"
Speaker: Prof. Richard James, University of Minnesota
Monday, September 11
2:30 - 3:30 pm
SEH, B1220


Career News & Events
Deloitte: Lobby Table “Wellness Wednesday Welcome Back”
Wednesday, August 30
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
SEH Lobby
All SEAS students are invited to drop by and visit the Deloitte table in the SEH lobby. Deloitte will have refreshments and giveaways.


Cisco Meraki: Information Session
Tuesday, September 12
5:30 – 7:30 pm
SEH, 2000
Cisco Meraki is hiring system engineers (full-time) and interns (juniors and higher) in its San Francisco, CA location. Attend the information session to learn more about these opportunities and about Cisco Meraki.


General Dynamics Electric Boat: Resume Review, Info Share (Walk-In)
Wednesday, September 13
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, 2990
Drop by and have your resume reviewed and participate in informal career discussions with Electric Boat. Connect with a senior engineer recruiter and an employee who is a SEAS alumna. Please note: All SEAS students are invited to this event; however, to meet clearance requirements, U.S. citizenship is required for employment.


Deloitte: Information Session
Tuesday, September 19
6:00 – 9:00 pm
SEH, 1270
SEAS undergraduates are invited to attend and learn about career opportunities at Deloitte. Refreshments will be served.


M.C. Dean: Information Session and Meet & Greet
Wednesday, September 20
5:00 – 6:30 pm
SEH, B1167 (The Commons/Green Wall space, SEH Level B1)
Meet a SEAS alumnus and the M.C. Dean recruiting team, enjoy refreshments, and learn about full-time and internship opportunities at M.C. Dean. The target audience for this event is sophomores through seniors who are mechanical, electrical, computer, or systems engineering majors or computer science majors.


IBM: Women in Technology Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 28
8:00 – 9:00 pm
SEH, B1220
Join women leaders from IBM's Public Service Sector Consulting Practice (Global Business Services) as they host a panel conversation to discuss their careers to-date, and what it is like working at IBM. Topics will also include women in technology and at IBM, work-life balance, corporate responsibility, and diversity. All who are interested in a career at IBM are welcome to attend. This event is sponsored by the GW chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).


If you have questions about any of the SEAS employer events listed above, please contact Emmy Rashid at [email protected] or (202) 994-7892.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
VentureWell Programs:
E-Team Training Program: VentureWell’s E-Team program is a competitive national program that provides up to $25,000 in funding, hands-on workshops, peer networking opportunities, national recognition, and expert coaching for students working to commercialize their high-impact science and technology inventions. Applications are due October 4. Attend the next informational webinar on September 6.


Faculty Grants: VentureWell is seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems critical to their success. VentureWell provides grants of up to $30,000 to help fund and support faculty with innovative ideas to create new (or transform existing) courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market. Applications are due November 8.


Entrepreneurship Orientation at Gelman Library
Thursday, August 31 (12:30 – 1:30 pm) Register
Wednesday, September 6 (5:30 – 7:00 pm) Register
Gelman Library, Room 219
It's a brand new school year! Don't miss out on getting involved with all the many programs and resources that the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship has to offer. Learn more about entrepreneurial classes, events, mentors, student organizations, and competitions at this great event.


Tuesdays, from September 19 through December 12
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Applications are open for the SEED SPOT evening program. The program is perfect for entrepreneurs who have just begun their journey in starting a company or are thinking about starting a company. Join an evening cohort of passionate entrepreneurs looking to hone their business skills and maximize their impact.


NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17 and 18
INOVA Center for Personalized Health, Falls Church, VA
This 1.5-day course is ideal for those serious about writing a compelling SBIR/STTR for the National Institutes of Health, particularly those who are considering the January 2018 NIH SBIR/STTR deadline. The session includes an in-depth discussion on SBIR/STTR, with a section-by-section overview on how to plan and write a compelling proposal.