February 11-18, 2019


February 11, 2019

Faculty News
Conferences & Presentations:

Headshot of Ekundayo Shittu

Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) gave an invited talk titled “Applications of Systems Engineering: Investment Risk Mitigation of Energy Technology Infrastructure and Replicable Mobility Systems” at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Leadership Roundtable. This discussion, held February 1 in Washington, DC, was attended by Dr. Nariman Farvardin (president, Stevens Institute of Technology), Dr. Sue Ellspermann, (president, Ivy Tech Community College), Dr. Kent Fuchs (president, University of Florida), Dr. Stephanie Adams (dean, College of Engineering, Old Dominion University and president-elect, ASEE), Mr. James Rahn (president, The Kern Family Foundation), Dr. Dawn Tilbury (assistant director for engineering, NSF), Mr. Doron Weber (vice president, Programs, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), Dr. Paul Zablocky (acting chief scientist, Office of Naval Research), Mr. Edward Bernstein (president, Innovation Research Interchange), and Dr. Mark Little (chairman, MTPV Power Corp), among others.




Media Mentions:
Dr. Murray Loew (BME) was featured in the February 7 GW Today article “Understanding Glass Flutes with Medical Imaging.”


Dr. Robert Pless’ (CS) TraffickCam research project was featured in the February 6 Gizmodo article “Researchers Create Hotel-Recognition System to Aid Human Trafficking Investigations.” CS doctoral student Abby Stylianou was quoted in the article.


Other News:
Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) has been selected to receive the 2019 Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education (FAHE) Ann E. Nolte Writing Award for his paper “Weaponized health communication: Twitter bots and Russian trolls amplify the vaccine debate.”


Dr. Shelly Heller (CS) and Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE) have been selected as finalists for the WIT (Women in Technology) 2019 Leadership Awards.


SEAS Computing Facility
Introduction to Raspberry Pi and Arduino Workshops: SEAS Computing Facility (SEASCF) will host its final fall semester workshop on Arduinos and Raspberry Pis, which are inexpensive platforms for electronics and programming projects. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the SEH Studio Labs (SEH 1300/1400/1450). The workshop is free and will cover a hands-on project.


Software Carpentry Workshop
SEAS CF, in partnership with the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, is offering a two-day software carpentry workshop on February 20-21 from 9:00 am to 4:40 pm in Gelman 201 (STEMworks). The workshop is intended for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who want to become more productive with lab skills for scientific computing. It is free to any GW-affiliated participant.


What is it?
The workshop provides two days of hands-on learning to:

  • automate repetitive tasks (Unix shell)
  • track and share your code and writing (git and GitHub)
  • use programming language that is especially powerful for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis (R)


Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises in the workshops. Participants are encouraged both to help one another and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system; they also should have admin privileges on the computer. The computer needs to be a “real” laptop—not a Chromebook, tablet, etc.


Introduction to MATLAB Workshops:

  • Monday, February 11: Programming Basics II
  • Monday, February 25: Figures & 3D Plotting
  • Monday, March 4: Linear Equation & ODE Solving


MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language used in various backgrounds of engineering, science, and economics. These workshops will cover the fundamentals of MATLAB programming. The workshops will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in Tompkins 406. Please email [email protected] with any questions.


MATLAB and SolidWorks tutoring: MATLAB and SolidWorks tutoring will be offered throughout the fall semester on Mondays from 8:00 to 10:00 pm in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS senior Keily Gleason.


Engineering Software installation on personal computers: Most engineering programs installed in the SEAS Computing Labs—including MATLAB, SolidWorks, and others—are available for install on students’ personal computers. For a complete list of applications, please visit the SEAS Computing Facility website.


Upcoming SEAS Events
CS Seminar: “Blockchain Computing: A New Era of Challenges and Opportunities”
Speaker: Dr. Xiuzhen Cheng (CS)
Monday, February 11
3:30 pm
SEH, B1220
Watch the livestream


CS Lecture: “Blockchain and Smart Contracts: The Concept, Architecture, Services, and Applications”
Speaker: Dr. Sead Muftic, CEO, BIX® System Corporation
Wednesday, February 13
7:10 – 8:40 pm
SEH, B1220
This is a special topic lecture for the CSCI 6548: E-Commerce Security course. To attend, please RSVP to Dr. Hurriyet Ok by February 11.


5th Annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at GW
Friday, February 15
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Join the Association of Energy Engineers and Leaders in Energy for our 5th CWEEL Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza at GW! We're focusing on “Getting to Net Zero Emissions in Energy, Carbon, Water, and Waste” this year. Our Women Leadership Panel will highlight “Career Perspectives in Cleantech." Our University and Business Showcase panels and exhibitors will examine innovative solutions in clean technologies, policies, products, and services. Attendees can also participate in a networking reception. A discounted registration price is available for students and job seekers. Also, if you're a GW student interested in volunteering for this event, registration is free for you! Please email Chris Perry to learn more about volunteer positions.


ECE Distinguished Lecture: “Processing Data Where It Makes Sense in Modern Computing Systems: Enabling In-Memory Computation”
Speaker: Dr. Onur Mutlu, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Friday, February 15
2:30 pm (Reception to follow)
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Unraveling the Impact of Fluid-Structure Interactions on Hypersonic Flight”
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Bodony, University of Illinois
Thursday, February 21
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


The Engineers Ball
Saturday, February 23
Doors open at 6:45 pm | Dinner begins at 7:30 pm
Rennaisance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th Avenue, NW
Tickets will be on sale through Thursday, February 14. They can be purchased with cash only from the SEAS Student Services Front Desk in SEH 2500, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ticket prices are $40 for SEAS undergraduates, $50 for all others. Please email any questions to E-Council.


CS Internet Distinguished Speaker Series: “Vint Cerf: The Unfinished Internet”
Speaker: Vint Cerf
Tuesday, March 19
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
MPA Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
Registration required
Join us for an exciting talk by Vint Cerf, a "Father of the Internet" and the recipient of both the National Medal of Technology and the Turing Award. He will discuss the origins of the internet and his vision for its future, and a Q&A session will follow. Light refreshments will be served after the talk. This event is open to the public and is part of the CS Department's Internet Distinguished Speaker Series, in collaboration with the GW chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.


MAE Seminar: “Recent Advances in Dynamic System Research”
Speaker: Dr. Weidong Zhu, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Thursday, April 18
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


External Events
Spring Break Python Camp
Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
GW Gelman Library
Registration required
Learn Python and foundations of programming in this five-day, non-credit, interactive, mini-course over Spring Break. This opportunity is for beginners and does not require any programming experience. The workshop uses as its curriculum “ Get Data Off the Ground with Python,” an OpenEdX course by Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE). Learn more.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
GW NVC Mentor Mingle
Tuesday, February 12
6:00 – 8:00 pm
SEH, B1 Level
Are you in search of guidance on how to get your startup business up and running? Do you want to connect with former and current investors who can mentor you on your pitch? Join us for an evening of networking and matching with mentors who can help guide you in your business journey.


NVC Workshop: Business Model Canvas
Wednesday, February 13
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Gelman Library, Room 219
This hands-on workshop will include a brief overview of the business model canvas, the current state-of-the-art form specifying the nine key elements of a startup venture.


NVC Workshop: Feasibility Analysis
Tuesday, February 19
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Gelman Library, Room 219
GW New Venture Competition teams who are looking to get help with their round 2 application should attend this workshop! Learn more about the best method to outline your business for a potential investor and funder.


NVC Workshop: Easy Financials for Startups
Thursday, February 21
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Gelman Library, Rooms 301-302
You're working on a great business plan for your business startup, to take to a bank or other lender. A key part of that plan is the financial statements. These statements will be looked at carefully by the lender, so join us for a workshop to go over some tips for making these documents SELL your business plan.


Startup Career & Internship Fair
Tuesday, February 26
12:00 – 2:30 pm
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Registration for GW Students | Registration for Non-GW Students
The Startup Career & Internship Fair is a big event where some of the hottest startups and hundreds of the most entrepreneurial students from the greater DC area gather to network for future internships and job opportunities.


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, but GW researchers must confirm their eligibility to participate in the competition with TCO by March 4. In brief, participants must have an unlicensed invention disclosed to TCO. Email TCO to disclose your invention today (teams must include a GW inventor)!