December 14-20, 2020


December 15, 2020

Faculty News
Awards & Honors:

Dr. Michael Keidar

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has elected Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) to the rank of NAI Fellow. The NAI Fellows Selection Committee noted that it chose Dr. Keidar because he has “. . . demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.” Congratulations to Dr. Keidar.



Dr. Paymen Dehghanian

Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) has published the following article with his undergraduate student Benjamin Wormuth as the lead author: B. Wormuth, S. Wang. P. Dehghanian, M Barati, A. Estebsari, T. P. Filomena, M. Heidari Kapourchali, and M. Lejeune, “Electric Power Grids under High-Absenteeism Pandemics: History, Context, Response, and Opportunities,” IEEE Access, Vol. 8, pp. 215727-215747, Nov. 2020. The work resulted from a fruitful collaboration between the GW SmartGrid Lab researchers and others from the GW School of Business, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Alaska at Anchorage, the University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and London South Bank University (UK). The article explores the various mechanisms through which the electric power grids around the globe are influenced by pandemics in general and COVID-19 in particular. It also shares the lessons learned and best practices taken in different sectors of the electric industry in responding to the dramatic shifts forced by such threats, and it provides visions for a pandemic-resilient electric grid of the future.


Media Mentions

Dr. Adam Aviv

Research conducted by Dr. Adam Aviv (CS) and colleagues recently appeared as a question on the German TV show “Wer weiß denn sowas?” After a contestant answered the question, a short video that cites his research paper with all the authors' names appeared. The question and the answer options appeared as:

Q: An international research team found in a study about smartphone unlock PINs that ...
A) patterns are more secure than PINs
B) 6-digit PINs are not more secure than 4-digts in practice
C) the numbers 1,2,3, are forgotten faster than 4,5,6,7,8,9

The correct answer is “B”.

German game show



Dr. Thomas Mazzuchi
Dr. Richard Millar

In the December 10 segment “Local leaders look to use coal in different way,” CBS affiliate FOX 59 (Beckley, WV) mentioned a project by GW and Mississippi State University researchers to turn coal into fertilizer and other by-products. Dr. Tom Mazzuchi (EMSE) and Dr. Richard Millar (research professor, EMSE) are working with colleagues at Mississippi State on the project, and they have a senior design team working on the plant design this year.


Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Michael Keidar

Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) gave the invited talk “New Understanding of How Cold Atmospheric Plasma Treats Cancer” at the 47th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Sciences, held December 8-10 as a virtual meeting. He also chaired the plenary session on plasma propulsion and parallel session on plasma medicine. At the conference, his students and post-docs presented these talks: 1) Li Lin and Michael Keidar, “Machine Learning Controlled Self-Adaptive Plasma Medicine;” and 2) Sungrae Kim and Michael Keidar, “The Power Reduction of the Air Breathing Hall-Effect Thruster.”


Other News:

Dr. Ekundayo Shittu

GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is filming a series of promotional videos for the I-Corps programs at GW, and the first video features Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE). In the video message, Dr. Shittu discusses how participating in the I-Corps program has benefitted his research and his career.


HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition: Students from the Milken Institute School of Public Health are building a five-person interdisciplinary team of engineering, computer science, architecture, finance, and public health graduate students to compete in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition in 2021. They are looking for engineering candidates who have: knowledge of sustainability, building science, integrated design and LEED guidelines; proficiency with CAD, SketchUp and/or Adobe CS for design drafting; strong quantitative, financial modeling and Excel skills with an understanding of financial statements, financial analysis and the investment process; and an interest in community, eco-justice, and equity. Interested students should contact Perrin Krisko and copy both Erin Gomez and Lauren Johnson.


Upcoming SEAS Events
CSPRI Webinar: Applied Research International Discussion
Wednesday, December 16
8:00 am ET (The webinar is being hosted early to permit participation from a broader audience)
Disaster Risk Reduction is an emerging discipline that is very much in the public eye currently with pandemic tracking, food chain security, and rising sea levels in the news daily. Exploring just how BlockChain technology can be of help is the topic of an upcoming Frontiers publication co-produced by SEAS researchers Neil Wasserman and Costis Toregas (director of the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute), along with Jean-Fabrice Lebraty of Lyon University. This CSPRI webinar will explore the dimensions of this intersect and encourage current and future strands of applied research. For more information, please contact Dr. Toregas or Dr. Wasserman. An event link will be sent those who register, but please mark your calendars in the meantime!


EMSE/SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute Webinar: “Leadership in our Time “
Friday January 8
1:15 – 2:15 pm (ET)
This webinar features Ditte Juul-Jørgensen, the European Commission’s director general for energy, and András Simonyi, a former Hungarian ambassador to the United States and a current senior fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. Ms. Juul-Jørgensen and Ambassador Simonyi will examine the European Energy Union after adoption of the European Green Deal and the European Union’s goal to become climate neutral by 2050. They also will discuss the contribution of the Next Generation EU recovery plan to the energy transition, EU-US energy cooperation, and the role of US LNG in European energy security.


Human Resources News
HR Corner Hero

This week's HR Corner includes information related to the temporary suspension of employer base and matching contributions to retirement plans, changes to campus access, updates to GW's FY21 holiday schedule, and more. Please visit the HR Corner to read these updates.