February 20-26, 2017


February 20, 2017

Faculty News

Awards & Honors:

A new paper published in Scientific Reports reports the discovery and characterization of a new iron-rich high-pressure mineral named for Prof. Russell Hemley (CEE), in recognition of his distinguished contributions to high-pressure research and mineral physics. A complete description of the structure, composition, and other physical properties is published in the new paper. Prior to publication, the International Mineralogical Association approved the new mineral and its naming, hemleyite.
The University of Maryland’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has selected Prof. Can Korman (ECE) as a 2017 Distinguished Alumni. Prof. Korman is one of four alumni who will be honored later this year by the department.


NASA has accepted a proposal by Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) to launch GWSat, GW’s Cube satellite, as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. The initiative will provide launch opportunities from 2018 through 2020 for CubeSats as auxiliary payloads on planned NASA or commercial flight missions, or deployments from the International Space Station. NASA accepted 34 proposals for participation in the three-year program.
Prof. Megan Leftwich (MAE) has won a three-year, $515,000 Young Investigator Program grant from the Office of Naval Research for her project “Sea Lion Swimming: A Model for Efficient, Hydrodynamically Quiet Propulsion.” The project aims to determine a mechanism for high-performance aquatic propulsion that leaves minimal hydrodynamic signal, while remaining energetically efficient.

Media Mentions:

The Washington Post quoted Prof. Russell Hemley (CEE) in the February 13 article “ Forget the ring: Lab-grown diamonds are a scientist’s best friend .”


Dr. Amir Aslani (ECE) and Dr. Mohammadreza Ghahremani at GW’s Institute for Magnetics Research (IMR) published the following peer-reviewed journal article: A. Aslani, M. Ghahremani, M. Zhang, L. H. Bennett, and E. Della Torre, “ Enhanced Magnetic Properties of Yttrium-Iron Nanoparticles ,” AIP Advances, 7, 056423 (2017). As shown experimentally, these magnetic nanoparticle refrigerants have a higher magnetization and a smaller coercivity compared to their bulk counterparts. The results are particularly interesting in magnetic refrigeration technology, as higher magnetization could lead to a higher magnetocaloric effect, and a smaller coercivity reduces the hysteresis losses. IMR is directed by Profs. Edward Della Torre (ECE) and Lawrence Bennett (ECE).

Student News

Doctoral candidate Shankar Kulumani (MAE) presented the paper “Bayesian Attitude Estimation on SO(3) with Matrix Fisher Mixtures” at the 27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics meeting, held February 5-9, in San Antonio, TX. The paper, which was developed with his advisor, Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE), explores an innovative method of stochastic estimation for the orientation of a rigid body.

Other News

Congratulations to Durriyyah Johnson, who has been promoted from her current position as manager of board relations to associate director of development for SEAS. Durriyyah has been with the SEAS Development team for five and a half years and has been a tremendous asset in growing volunteer and engagement efforts of the SEAS National Advisory Council (NAC) members. In her new role, she will be responsible for connecting SEAS alumni with philanthropic initiatives throughout SEAS, using her experience to cultivate a major gift portfolio and further add to SEAS’s fundraising success. Durriyyah will continue to be the primary point of contact for NAC engagement until the SEAS development associate position has been filled.
MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility will hold a series of workshops covering MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS programming through April 1. The workshops will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

  • March 4 : MATLAB Programming Basics II
  • March 18: Figures & 3D Plotting
  • April 1: Linear Equation & ODE Solving

Register for the MATLAB workshops

  • February 25: Extrusion and work planes
  • March 11 : Special features
  • March 25: Assembly basics

Register for the SOLIDWORKS workshops
MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS tutoring also will be offered from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected] . The MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad.
High Performance Computing: SEAS Computing Facility, in collaboration with the Colonial One HPC support team, will hold a series of workshops on High Performance Computing. The workshops will leverage Colonial One, GW's Central HPC cluster. The remaining workshop will be held in on March 3 in Tompkins 405 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The workshop will cover: MPI; OpenMP; Python package management; and Allinea. Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments. Register

SEAS Events

SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Wednesday, February 22
SEH, Lobby and Lower Level
Register : (Note: Student participants and judges in all competitions are pre-registered. All others—including student mentors—should register.) 

ECE Seminar: “Network Coding - a Personal Account of Combining Theory and Practice”
Speaker: Dr. Muriel Medard
Thursday, February 23
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1220

3rd annual Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza
GW’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute will host the Extravaganza, which is sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter (AEE NCC) and Leaders in Energy.
Friday, February 24
11:00 am – 8:00 pm

  • 11:00 – 11:45 am: AEE NCC Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership Luncheon Panel: “Career Perspectives in Sustainable Solutions”

Register for the luncheon

  • 2:30 – 5:30 pm: Leaders in Energy “Sustainable Solutions for Tomorrow’s Campuses” Showcase

Register for the showcase and reception

  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Reception

BME Seminar: “Design of Ultrasonic Devices for Conformal Therapies”
Speaker: Dr. Cyril Lafon, Research Director and head of LabTAU, INSERM, at the Universite Claude Bernard Lyon
Tuesday, February 28
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220

GW MAPs-U Speaker Event: Prof. Amrinder Arora
Wednesday, March 1
5:00 – 6:00 pm
SEH, B1270
Join us for an inspiring discussion with GW's Prof. Amrinder Arora, also CEO of BizMerlin, who will discuss the development of his career in founding an HR management firm and how he applied his study in computer science to various tech positions. GW MAPs-U events are geared toward, but not limited to, seniors, graduate students, medical students, and post-docs in STEM-related fields.

2nd Annual Women in Engineering Professional Development Event: Navigating Your Career
Thursday, March 9
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
This event brings together female engineering students and SEAS alumnae to discuss successfully navigating your career. Hear from our key note speaker, Paige Atkins (MS ’89), the associate administrator of the Office of Spectrum Management at the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); engage in round table discussions; share lessons learned; and network with fellow classmates, alumnae, and SEAS faculty. This event is open to both undergraduate and graduate female SEAS students. Please register in GWork or your school-based system.

Carreer Center Events

Spring 2017 SEAS Undergraduate Career Development
Walk-in hours (no appointment needed): Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
And by appointment
SEH, 1630

External Events

Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference
Sunday-Wednesday, May 14-17
Gaylord National Convention Center, Washington, DC
The Student Leaders Conference brings together undergraduate nano and emerging technologies student group representatives from across the United States. It highlights undergraduate research and connects students with entrepreneurs, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and representatives of federal agencies funding research in emerging technologies. The conference is sponsored by TechConnect, in partnership with student groups from across the country. More information

Entrepreurship Events

Financials for Startups Workshop
Monday, February 27
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 108
In this workshop, you'll learn how to create concise financial models of your business.

How to Pitch to an Investor Workshop
Tuesday, February 28
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 108
Do you have trouble coming up with a compelling pitch? Want to learn how you can confidently pitch your business idea or current business to a potential investor? Learn from our experts in this workshop!

2017 GW Startup Career Fair & Guest Panel
Wednesday, March 1
Guest Panel: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Career Fair: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Ballrooms
Registration and more information 
The GW Startup Career Fair is a partnership between GW and other local universities. Some of the hottest startups along with hundreds of the area’s most entrepreneurial students will gather to network for internships and job opportunities. The event is free, but all startup employers and students must register to participate. Don’t miss out on meeting and speaking with our special alumni guest panel and the opportunity to meet with various startups all in one venue! The event is hosted by GW’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Please email Jasmine Bautista or call (202) 994-2780 with any questions.

Save the Date: Research Days 2017 Competition
Tuesday, April 4
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
GW’s Research Days Competition is open to all GW faculty, staff, and students. The competition is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Dissertation Defense

Student Name: Gustavo Ventura
Title: “Patient Evacuation Resource Classification System (PERCS) for Residential Healthcare Facilities”
Advisor: Prof. Joseph Barbera (EMSE)
Thursday, February 16
10:00 am
SEH, 2600