February 22-28, 2021


February 22, 2021

Faculty News

Dr. Mona Zaghloul

On February 2, the US Patent and Trademark Office awarded Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE) and her colleagues a patent for “Device having an array of sensors on a single chip,” Patent No. 10,908,138. This nanostructure sensing device comprises a semiconductor nanostructure having an outer surface, and at least one of metal or metal-oxide nanoparticle clusters functionalizing the outer surface of the nanostructure and forming a photoconductive nanostructure/nanocluster hybrid sensor enabling light-assisted sensing of a target analyte. Dr. Zaghloul’s work was done in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Maryland College Park, George Mason University, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.




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Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Adam Aviv

A new paper co-authored by Dr. Adam Aviv (CS) will be presented and published at the Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium on February 22. The paper, titled “Improving Sealed Sender,” was co-authored with collaborators at the United States Naval Academy; University of Colorado, Boulder; and Boston University.

Dr. Michael Keidar

On February 19, Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) gave the invited seminar “Cold plasma cancer therapy” at the University of Virginia Cancer Center Seminar Series.


SEAS Events Re-cap


Poster at the virtual SEH

On February 12, Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber (EMSE) and Dr. Babak Heydari (Northeastern) co-hosted the 2021 Council of Engineering Systems Engineering Universities (CESUN) "stay in touch" conference. The conference featured a poster networking and event in the Virtual SEH, designed and developed by SEAS web lead Sierra Gabriel and the former staff of the SEAS Computing Facility. Three groups of GW presenters shared their posters: 1) A-P. Vrolijk, J. Crusan, A. Hennig, S. Mukherjee, L. Zhang, T. G. Topcu, and Z. Szajnfarber, “Harnessing the Power of Open Innovation to Design Complex Engineered Systems;” 2) L. Boss, L. Bateman, M. Peters, and E. Gralla, “Structuring operational organizations for resilience;” and 3) Z. Wei, J. Groover, D. Broniatowski, J. Helveston, and Z. Szajnfarber, “Evolvability as a Strategic Perspective for System Planning: A Case Study on Los Angeles’ Transportation System.”


Student News
BME doctoral student Shuyue Guan, advised by Dr. Murray Loew (BME), is the co-author on this recently published manuscript: A. Lou, S. Guan, and M. H. Loew, “DC-UNet: rethinking the U-Net architecture with dual channel efficient CNN for medical image segmentation,” Proceedings Volume 11596, Medical Imaging 2021: Image Processing, 115962T (February 15, 2021).


Upcoming SEAS Events
ECE Seminar: “Approaches to Trojan Detection in Neural Networks”
Speaker: Dr. Peter Bajcsy, project lead, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Monday, February 22
10:00 am (ET)
WebEx link
This seminar will be hosted by Dr. Omur Ozel and will count toward ECE department colloquium requirements.


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Physics-AI Symbiosis: How to Utilize Physics to Enhance Artificial Intelligence”
Speaker: Dr. Bahram Jalali, University of California Los Angeles
Tuesday, February 23
4:00 pm
WebEx link
This lecture will count as part of the department’s colloquium requirements.


Environmental and Energy Management Institute Webinar: “Steering Societies Beyond GDP to the SDGs: Sixty Minutes with Hazel Henderson and Green Bank Founder Ken LaRoe”
Wednesday, February 24
1:15 – 2:15 pm (ET)
This webinar will feature ecological economist and futurist Hazel Henderson and Green Bank executive Ken LaRoe. In 2009, Ken founded First Green Bank, the first bank of its kind to promote positive environmental and social responsibility while operating as a traditional community bank, and now is launching Climate First Bank, starting in St. Petersburg, as a full-service community bank on a mission to positively impact the triple bottom line: people, planet, and prosperity, introducing Values-Based Banking to an unserved community. This webinar is free to the GW community. If you would like to attend but have a time conflict, registration will enable you to access the recording of this event.


WiE Webinar: “Our Stories: A SEAS Student Discussion”
Thursday, February 25
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Join the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering (WiE) as we celebrate inclusivity and diversity through the stories of our speakers’ uniqueness as individuals, their contributions as budding engineers, and our shared successes and challenges.


Environmental and Energy Management Institute Webinar: “Sixty Minutes with Europe's Top Climate Action Official, Mauro Petriccione”
Friday, February 26
11:30 am – 12:30 pm (ET)
Mauro Petriccione is the director general for climate action, in charge of overseeing the European Green Deal. He is the highest-ranking European civil servant dealing with climate, and he has 33 years of experience at the European Commission, where he has held various positions covering trade and commerce. Ambassador Andras Simonyi will discuss with Mr. Petriccione the European Green Deal and related climate issues. If you would like to attend but have a time conflict, registration will enable you to access the recording of this event.


BME Seminar: “Human iPSC-based Microphysiological Systems for Disease Modeling, Drug Screening and Space Biology”
Speaker: Dr. Deok-Ho Kim, Johns Hopkins University
Wednesday, March 3
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET)
WebEx link


CS Lecture: “The Magic of Immersive AR Experiences”
Speaker: David Thompson, creative director and co-founder of Balti Virtual
Thursday, March 11
5:00 – 6:00 pm (ET)
Online lecture
David Thompson, creative director of Balti Virtual (BV), will give a brief overview of where the industry is today and what the future holds for this technology, and he will present some of the work on BV's new AR Platform HypARlinks. HypARlinks can be used for AR entertainment, e-commerce, education, and more! David will explore the challenges of building content for the different file formats needed for AR, discuss the pipeline involved, demonstrate the easy process for creating a HypARlink, and showcase some of Balti Virtual's latest work. This event is a special topic lecture for the Course CSCI 6907 Augmented and Virtual Reality. To attend, please RSVP to Dr. Hurriyet Ok by March 10.


BME Seminar: “High-density EEG, Robotic Lower Limb Exoskeletons, and Bionic Prostheses”
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Ferris, University of Florida
Wednesday, April 7
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET)
WebEx link


Entrepreneurship News & Events

GW Innovation Center Events
GWIC Spring 2021—We’re OPEN!

Bring your ideas and questions to the Innovation Center. We are here to help you with a range of expertise, from 3D modeling to equitable venture plans and human-centered design.


M06 Virtual Hours
Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 pm (ET) and Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:00 pm (ET)
GWIC student fellows, Phoenix Price, Isabelle Carney, and Jamie Horowitz, will host virtual office hours to assist in making, design, and social impact project development.


Virtual Mentor Hours with Innovation Center Co-directors
Fridays 12:00 – 1:30 pm (ET): GWIC Founder and SEAS Chief Evangelist, Annamaria Konya Tannon
Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (ET): GWIC Co-director, Erica Cusi Wortham


For details and links, please visit the GWIC Events Page and Instagram @gwinnovationcenter.

GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Events:

Business Model Canvas Workshop
Monday, February 22
5:00 – 6:00 pm (ET)
Register (A virtual room link will be sent to you later.)
Originally created by Alex Osterwalder, the Business Model Canvas (BMC) is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. Join us for an interactive, virtual workshop that will help students through a brief overview of the BMC, along with details about the nine key elements of a startup venture.


2021 GW New Venture Competition Workshop: “How to Pitch to an Investor”
Monday, March 8
2:00 – 3:30pm
Register (A virtual room link will be sent to you later.)
Pitching your business idea can be tough. Whether you are trying to win a business model competition or persuade prospective funder to support a venture, it’s crucial to articulate a concise yet compelling and interesting story about your venture: the “pitch deck.” Learn the Five Big Things about your strategy that must be covered as well as the key elements of a good deck. We’ll also cover the best practices to help you nail your presentation!


Pitch Deck Design Workshop
Tuesday, March 9 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm or
Thursday, March 18 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Register (A virtual room link will be sent to you later.)
Learn more about the design do's and don'ts, tips and tricks for best-in-class slide design, and how to create an engaging slide deck that will interest any audience and help reinforce your pitch presentation in class, at work, or pitching for investment or at a competition.


Introduction to Lean Innovation Session
Friday, March 12
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Register (A virtual room link will be sent to you later.)
Do you hope to solve a global problem, start a new business, develop a new product, or simply have an idea? We’re inviting the entire GW community to attend a half-day introductory workshop, offered monthly every 3rd Friday, to learn how savvy innovators start the process.


External Events


Save the Date: GW Digital Health Summit
Wednesday, April 14 – Friday, April 16
GW will host its inaugural Digital Health Summit focused on the acceleration of digital technologies in health care and the implications for health care and academic environments alike. Presentations and discussions will focus on the state of the science, innovation and development with digital health technologies, as well as the gaps and opportunities that exist. The multi-day summit will focus each day on a key topic related to digital health: Day 1: Educational Needs; Day 2: Emerging Tech; and Day 3: Use of Tech. The summit will be hosted by GW’s: School of Nursing, SEAS, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Office of the Vice President for Research, and Medical Faculty Associates.


GW Undergraduate Series: “Climate Crisis: An Exhibition in-development at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum”
Thursday, March 4
3:00 – 4:00 pm (ET)
Register (Students must register in advance using their GW email address. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)
To invoke the word “crisis” is to stake out a strong position in presenting the topic of climate change and its increasing impacts on life on our home planet. In the face of such destabilizing change, what actions might we take, whether at global or local scales? What conceptual tools might we need? What responsibilities do we have to fellow humans and to the planet? In particular, what responsibilities does the Smithsonian have as one of our nation’s preeminent science and cultural institutions in presenting this topic to diverse national and international audiences? This presentation will bring you into the exhibit team’s work, our choices, and the special place of exhibitions in stimulating public dialogue on a vital contemporary issue. Dr. Martin Collins, curator of the National Air and Space Museum’s Department of Space History, will present. Dr. Rachel Riedner, associate dean of undergraduate studies, will moderate the discussion. This session is part of the GW Undergraduate Series, “Can't Get to DC Museums, Historical Sites, and Political Institutions? We will bring them to you!”


GW Research Showcase (formerly GW Research Days)
Monday, April 12 – Friday, April 16
Presenting at GW Research Showcase is a résumé-worthy opportunity for students to receive feedback on their projects, hone their presentation skills, and compete for prizes. This year’s event will be held virtually. All students and trainees are invited to submit their abstracts, which are due by 11:55 pm on Tuesday, March 2.


The WOWTALK (What’s Our Work) Series brings together colleagues and students from disciplines associated with GW's Science and Engineering Hall—and related fields—to present new research and share ideas. These short talks (15 minutes each) are designed to introduce members of the GW community to current and exciting research projects, to initiate discussion, collaborate, share expertise, and promote research performed in the SEH and at GW. Students are welcome to attend. All WOWTALK sessions will be held via Zoom.


Wednesday, March 3
4:00 pm (ET)
Zoom link will be made available later
Zhenyu Li - Biomedical Engineering
Dale Lupu - The End of the Story Matters: Implementing supportive (palliative) care for people with kidney disease
Mark Reeves - Physics


Wednesday, April 7
4:00 pm (ET)
Zoom link will be made available later
Dwight Kravitz - Psychological and Brain Sciences
David Nagel - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Diana Pardo Pedraza - Anthropology


GW Career Center Events & Services:

Virtual coaching appointments available: Make your appointment with Dr. Merrill, the STEM industry coach. If you need tips on the virtual job search or virtual Interviewing or would like to work on your career strategy, spruce up your resume, or land an internship, make a virtual coaching appointment with her in Handshake or email her for more information.


Technical interview preparation: If you have a technical interview coming up, sign-up for the new technical interview slots in Handshake! See tips for technical interviews in Handshake Article # 18641, Technical Interview Tips.


GW Virtual Internship Fair
Friday, February 26
1:00 – 4:00 pm (ET)
GW's Virtual Internship Fair is an opportunity for SEAS students and alumni looking for traditional and micro internships or fellowships to connect one-on-one with hiring organizations.