February 22-28, 2016


February 22, 2016

Faculty News

Awards & Honors:

The DC Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies has selected Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) as the DC area Young Engineer of the Year. The award will be presented at a banquet in Silver Spring, MD on February 27.

Media Mentions:

A micro-cathode arc thruster (mCAT) system, technology developed by Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his research team, was mentioned in the February 18 Phys.org article, “NASA Engineer awaits launch of CubeSat mission demonstrating virtual-telescope tech.”

Reuters featured Prof. Zhenyu Li’s (BME) medical “tricorder” and flexible ring in its February 18 video “‘Tricorder’ brings diagnosis into the home.”

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) will be a keynote speaker at the PyCon event, the main event of the Python community, to be held May 28 – June 5 in Portland, OR.

On February 16, Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) gave a presentation to the FDA's Risk Communications Advisory Committee titled “Germs are Germs and Why Not Take a Risk?: Perception of Bottom-Line Gists and the Relationship to Antibiotics Prescribing Behaviors.”

Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE) gave two talks and chaired the “Nanomaterials” session at the 2016 SPIE Photonics West Conference, held February 13-18, in San Francisco, CA. His invited talk, “Enhanced absorption with quantum dots, metal nanoparticles, and 2D materials,” summarized a collaborative project with co-authors Asim Guchhait and Yin Thai Chan of the National University of Singapore. His second talk was titled “Keeping 2D materials visible even buried in SoI wafers” and was co-authored by Dr. Bablu Mukherjee.

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) and his research group also presented papers at the SPIE Photonics West Conference. Their papers included: 1) “A wide-range tunable reconfigurable graphene-based THz nanopatch Antenna” (invited); 2) “Low latency, area, and energy efficient hybrid photonic plasmonic on-chip interconnects;” 3) “A Si-based plasmonic light-emitting tunnel junction source;” and 4) “Electrically-driven carbon-based plasmonic laser on silicon for ultrafast modulation.”

Other News:

Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE) served as a poster judge for the annual AAAS conference, held in February 11-14 in Washington, DC.

Congratulations to the SEAS Professors of the Year, selected by the students of their respective departments and awarded Saturday evening at the 2016 Engineers’ Ball:

BME Professor of the Year: Prof. Jason Zara
CEE Professor of the Year: Prof. Kim Roddis
CS Professor of the Year: Prof. Rahul Simha
ECE Professor of the Year: Prof. Shahrokh Ahmadi
EMSE Professor of the Year: Prof. Ekundayo Shittu
MAE Professor of the Year: Prof. Yin-Len Shen

Other News

Nominate someone for the 2016 GW Engineering Hall of Fame. Since 2006, SEAS has honored distinguished SEAS alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who have contributed to engineering, technology, or management in a sustained and significant way during their careers. These are individuals who bring distinction to GW through their achievements and their contributions to their professions, the University, and society-at-large. Last year's honorees included alumni from NASA, Office of Naval Research, CAE Inc., LGS Innovations, DLBA, Rolls Royce, and Johns Hopkins University. The deadline for consideration is Thursday, March 31.

Computing Facility News

SEAS Information Security: What you need to know

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”
Final session: Saturday, 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”
Final session: Saturday, 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
Wednesday, February 24
3:00 – 5:00 pm: Poster display (SEH, First floor Commons)
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Engineering panel discussion: “Creating Disruptive Inter-disciplinary Innovation in Engineering” (SEH, Lehman Auditorium)
5:00 – 6:30 pm: Keynote address and award ceremony (SEH, Lehman Auditorium)

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

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

Business Planning Workshop with John Rollins
Tuesday, February 23
Duques Hall, Room 258
5:30 – 7:00 pm
This workshop discusses the format of a successful business plan and gives guidance and approaches to developing a plan that is compelling to prospective funders and investors.

2016 Startup Career Fair
Thursday, March 3
Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom
1:00 pm
The GW Startup Career Fair is a joint event for DC area universities, led by GW. For the fifth year in a row, hundreds of the most talented and educated students gather on campus to network for internships and job opportunities with local startup companies.

External News & Events

Research Days 2016: Call for Abstracts
On March 29 and 30, GW students and faculty are invited to showcase their research, scholarship and creative endeavors at a poster presentation event. Visit the Research Days website for more information. The deadline for abstract submissions is February 28.

Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund: Call for Proposals
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is expanding the Centers & Institutes Facilitating Fund (CIFF) to include a cross-disciplinary intramural program for collaborative projects. The goal of the Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) is to establish collaborative research partnerships within Centers and Institutes or between researchers from two or more schools to facilitate externally-funded sponsored projects. CDRF will provide up to $50,000 per year for two years. Statements of Intent are due by Monday, February 29. View the CDRF page on the OVPR website for more details.

Demonstration: “A1RSi Confocal Imaging Presentation”
Monday, February 22
12:00 noon
SEH, B1220 (Lehman Auditorium)

Lecture: “Responsible Conduct of Research: "Challenges for Translational Research
Wednesday, February 24
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Ross Hall, Room 227
RSVP to: [email protected]

Seminar: “Research Project Management: Making Your Projects Successful”
Tuesday, March 1
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Duques Hall, Room 453
RSVP to: [email protected]

Workshop: “Grant Writers' Workshop
Wednesday, March 2 & Thursday, March 3
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 310
RSVP to: [email protected]

Dissertation Defense

Student Name: Faisal Alsaby
Title: “Investigation and Development of Scalable Clustering Algorithm for Big Data Applications”
Advisor: Prof. Simon Berkovich (CS)
Friday March 11
11:00 am – 1:00 PM
SEH, 2000B