February 1-6, 2016


February 1, 2016

Faculty News


On January 13, the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program awarded a $50,000 team gran t to the lab headed by MAE Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang’s lab. The team’s grant proposal is titled “Nanochon, a commercial venture to 3D print regenerative implants for joint reconstruction.”


Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) and his co-authors recently published a paper that shows for the first time how various plasmon laser designs couple their emission into an on-chip waveguide. In addition, the paper shows the fast switching potential of such su-wavelength scale optical sources. The paper citation is: K. Liu, N. Li, D. K. Sadana, and V. J. Sorger. “Integrated nano-cavity plasmon light-sources for on-chip optical interconnects,” ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00476 (2016).


Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) served as a workshop co-chair for the National Science Foundation US/Morocco Workshop on Smart Cities, held January 5-7 in Rabat, Morocco.

Other News:

The president of the Optical Society has invited Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) to serve as a technical group development chair on the society’s Board of Meetings for a three-year term. The invitation came after Prof. Sorger served a three-year term as the executive chair for the society’s Nanophotonics Technical Group. With this promotion, he now coordinates between all technical group chairs and the Board of Meetings.

Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE) has been invited to serve as the associate editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Nanomedicine.

Student News

The Best Paper Award at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Computing and Communications was given to “Energy Efficient Job Co-Scheduling for High-Performance Parallel Computing Centers,” authored by David Newsom, Olivier Serres, Sardar Azari, Abdel-Hameed Badawy, and Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE).

ECE doctoral student Olivier Serres, advised by Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE), has published the following paper: O. Serres, A. Kayi, A. Anbar, and T. El-Ghazawi, “Enabling PGAS Productivity with Hardware Support for Shared Address Mapping: A UPC Case Study,” ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimizations, Vol. 12 Issue 4, January 2016.

Computing Facility News

SEAS Information Security: What you need to know


  • Devices that are used to store regulated and restricted data MUST be encrypted.
  • Such data must also be encrypted during transmission.

Be the first line of defense. Keeping GW secure is a shared responsibility. For questions or support, please contact the SEAS Computing Facility at [email protected].

SEAS Computing Facility Workshop: “Introduction to SolidWorks”

  • February 13: Extrusion & Work Planes
  • February 27: Fun with Parts
  • March 12: Assemblies & Drawing

12:00 – 3:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, Room 406
Entry is free and open to all. Contact Farhad Goodarzi [email protected] with questions.

SEAS Computing Facility Workshop: “Introduction to MATLAB and SIMULINK: The Language of Technical Computing”

  • February 6: Figures & 3D Plotting
  • February 20: Linear Equation & ODE Solving
  • March 15: SIMULINK

12:00 – 3:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, Room 406
Entry is free and open to all. Contact Farhad Goodarzi [email protected] with questions.

SEAS Events

SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Don't forget to register for the SEAS Student R&D Showcase. This year's Showcase will be held on Wednesday, February 24 in the SEH. Registration is open for all alumni, faculty, guests, and non-competitor students! Note: SEAS students who are competing in the showcase and all judges (both faculty and external judges) will be registered by SEAS staff. If you are a judge or a student showcase participant, please do not visit the registration site to register yourselves

Environmental and Energy Management Institute: Short courses and a symposium scheduled in partnership with the European Energy Centre :

Symposium: Public-Private Partnerships
Thursday, February 18
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220/B1167

Short course: “Renewable Energy Management & Finance”
Wednesday and Thursday, February 24-25
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2020 K St., Room 13
Cost: $600

Short course: “Multi-Aspect Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics”
Thursday and Friday, March 17-18
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2020 K St., Room 21
Cost: $600

Entrepreneurship Events

In February, the DC I-Corps team at GW will offer an intense two-week introduction to I-Corps course. This free course introduces participants to the concepts of lean start-up and customer discovery, and helps researchers and entrepreneurs explore the market potential for their early stage innovations. It is a great opportunity for GW faculty and students interested in learning more about commercializing a technology and building a business model. Successful completion of this course qualifies participants to apply for the seven-week national I-Corps program in which accepted teams are awarded $50,000 grants from the National Science Foundation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so apply soon!