February 25-March 3, 2019


February 25, 2019

Faculty News
Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Huang

Dr. Howie Huang (ECE) was an invited panelist for the Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security (AICS) Challenge at the AICS workshop, held January 27 in Honolulu, HI. The workshop was part of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference 2019. The panelists discussed the ongoing efforts to utilize AI for cybersecurity applications, as well as the challenges of making AI robust to adversarial attacks.

On February 14-15, Dr. Rachael Jonassen (director, Climate Change EEMI) participated in the first International Research Conference on Carbon Pricing, held in New Delhi, India. She serves on the Scientific Committee of the conference series for the World Bank and chaired two panel discussions during the conference. The conference series informs carbon pricing policy development and use of carbon pricing in businesses.


Media Mentions:


SEAS Events Re-cap

EBall Group

Class of 2019 Senior Photo

On Saturday night, SEAS capped off Engineers’ Week 2019 with the annual Engineers’ Ball. SEAS students, faculty, and staff enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing, and awards at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. This year’s winners of the annual Engineer Council-sponsored “Professor of the Year” awards are: Dr. Amir Aslani (ECE); Dr. Tianshu Li (CEE); Dr. Thomas Mazzuchi (EMSE); Dr. Gabriel Parmer (CS); Dr. Yin-Lin Shen (MAE); and Dr. Jason Zara (BME). Dr. David Dolling (MAE and former SEAS dean) received a special Service Appreciation Award for his 10-year leadership of SEAS.


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.


Introduction to MATLAB Workshops:

  • 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
MAE Seminar: “Quantifying Roughness Effects on Frictional Drag”
Speaker: Dr. Michael Schultz, U.S. Naval Academy
Thursday, February 28
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Panel and Pizza: "Do We Have a Failure to Communicate?"

  • Dr. Kim Roddis (CEE)
  • Ms. Kristy McDonell Ortiz, SEAS alumna and director, Utilities, CGI INC.
  • Ms. Dawn Ginnetti, professional advisor, SEAS Office of Undergraduate Student Services
  • Ms. Zuri Lawrence, CS student
  • Ms. Megan Englert, MAE student

Thursday, February 28
5:00 – 6:00 pm
SEH, 2000
Does this sound familiar? At a team project meeting, you point out that the project could be revised in a specific way to make it more useful. No one responds. A few minutes later, a male teammate makes the same point and everyone agrees to go in that direction. Understanding engineering communication norms is not just an equity issue, but changing the norms can improve the profession as a whole. Join us for this "Panel and Pizza" and listen to our panelists discuss their experiences and how they communicate in the engineering world. This is a pre-launch event for the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering.


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.


Thursday, March 28
5:30 – 8:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium and Green Wall
The GW COMPASS GALA is the premier STEM networking event hosted at GW. The GALA provides GW STEM graduate students and community members with an opportunity to network with representatives from local organizations, gaining insight into the diverse careers available to STEM professionals. Prior to the networking reception, a protocol officer will host a one-hour briefing on networking tips and tricks to help attendees navigate the room with ease. Space is limited; appetizers and beverages will be provided at this premier event. Alcohol will be available via the drink ticket system for individuals 21 and over with a valid, government-issued ID.


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

GW Research Days: Abstract submissions to GW Research Days are due by midnight on Thursday, February 28. The showcase will be held April 9-10. The focus on April 9 will be undergraduate and graduate student presentations in the arts, business, education, engineering (including biomedical engineering), humanities, law, mathematics, sciences and other topics. The April 10 focus will be on presentations from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the Institute for Biomedical Sciences. Please visit the GW Research Days website or follow @GWResearchDays on Twitter for the latest updates.


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
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.


Workshop: “How to Craft an Engaging Presentation/Pitch Deck”
Thursday, March 7
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Gelman Library, Rooms 301-302
Register Here
Pitching your business idea can be tough. Creating the “perfect” pitch deck can be even tougher. Don't fret! Our experts will help you learn how to craft a sound presentation and pitch deck to impress your colleagues and peers.


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)!


GW New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 18
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Media & Public Affairs Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
Register Here
Nine teams take the stage to vie for over $300K in funding and support at the 11th Annual GW New Venture Competition. Who will take the prize this year at the largest business planning competition in the DC area?


Dissertation Defenses
Student Name: Maotong Xu
Dissertation Title: “Deadline-aware Job and Task Scheduling in Cloud Environment”
Advisor: Dr. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE)
Wednesday, February 27
3:30 – 5:30 pm
SEH, 2000