February 26 - March 4, 2018


February 26, 2018

Faculty News
Awards & Honors:
The U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering has selected Dr. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. In this role, he will visit a number of universities in the United Kingdom to deliver lectures and collaborate on research. Dr. El-Ghazawi's current research interests include high-performance computing; post-Moore’s laws processor paradigms, the convergence of HPC, clouds, big data, and machine learning; and extreme scale computing.


Media Mentions:
The Baltimore Sun quoted Dr. Poorvi Vora (CS) in an article on the security of Maryland's voting systems, “Maryland officials look to shore up election defenses after Russian tampering.’’ The Baltimore Sun is the paper of record for the state of Maryland.


Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) and an international collaborative team have published the following article: I Levchenko, K. Bazaka, Y. Ding, Y. Raitses, S. Mazouffre, T. Henning, P. J. Klar, S. Shinohara, J. Schein, L. Garrigues, M. Kim, D. Lev, F. Taccogna, R. W. Boswell, C. Charles, H. Koizumi, Y. Shen, C. Scharlemann, M. Keidar, and S. Xu. “Space micropropulsion systems for Cubesats and small satellites: From proximate targets to furthermost frontiers,” Applied Physics Reviews 5, 011104 (2018).


Dr. Scott Sklar (energy focus area lead, Environmental and Energy Management Institute) published the article “Post-hurricane infrastructure reconstruction in the Caribbean Islands: when business-as-usual is risky business” in the February 17 issue of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas newsletter.


Other News:
Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE) has been re-appointed the vice-chair for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Fellow Evaluation Committee for 2018. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is one of the most prestigious honors and is conferred upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any IEEE field of interest. The vice-chair determines whether the work of each candidate for the grade of Fellow is recognized and considered outstanding in the Society's field of interest, and he is responsible for making the final decision as to elevation to the grade of IEEE Fellow.


At the 2018 Engineers’ Ball, held February 24, SEAS students elected the following SEAS faculty as their “Professors of the Year”:

  • BME Professor of the Year: Dr. Jason Zara
  • CEE Professor of the Year: Dr. Samer Hamdar
  • CS Professor of the Year: Dr. Rahul Simha
  • ECE Professor of the Year: Dr. Shahrokh Ahmadi
  • EMSE Professor of the Year: Dr. Tom Mazzuchi
  • MAE Professor of the Year: Dr. Murray Snyder


Student News
At the 2018 Engineers’ Ball, held February 24, SEAS students elected Paul Azzi (MAE) the “Senior of the Year.”


GW STEM Mentorship Program
GW COMPASS is launching a new mentorship program to connect GW postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates together based on interests, experiences, and career aspirations! The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 1.


2018 SEAS Student Research and Development Showcase Results:
Congratulations to the participants and winners of the 2018 SEAS Student Research and Development Showcase. Nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate students presented posters at the February 21 event. Prize winners are listed below:


Graduate Student Theoretical Research *
1st Place ($5,000):
Boxiao Cao (CEE)
Title: “Formation of 2D Ice Confined by Hydrophobic Nanopore”
Advisor: Tianshu Li

2nd Place tie ($4,000 each):
Shuai Sun (ECE)
Title: “Breaking the Boundary between Optical Communication and Data Processing”
Advisor: Volker Sorger

Jiaxin Peng and Shuai Sun (ECE)
Title: “Residue Number System Arithmetic Based on Integrated Nanophotonics”
Advisors: Volker Sorger and Tarek El-Ghazawi

Runner-up tie ($1,000 each):
Ali Gerami Matin (CEE)
Title: “CSFEM for Large Deformation of Solids: From Hilbert Complexes to Numerical Stability”
Advisor: Arzhang Angoshtari

Nima Mobadersany (MAE)
Title: “Repeated Pulsation and Collapse of Ultrasound Contrast Agents for Sonoporation”
Advisor: Kausik Sarkar


Graduate Student Experimental Research *
1st Place ($5,000):
Mohamed ElGhoraiby (CEE)
Title: “Laboratory Characterization of a Liquefiable Soil”
Advisor: Majid Manzari

2nd Place ($4,000):
Fan Yao, Yongbo Li, Yurong Che, and Hongfa Xue (ECE)
Title: “StatSym: Vulnerable Path Discovery through Statistics-Guided Symbolic Execution”
Advisors: Guru Venkataramani and Tian Lan

Runner-up tie ($1,000 each):
Eda Gjika (MAE)
Title: “Adaptation of Operational Parameters of Cold Atmospheric Plasma for Cancer Treatment”
Advisor: Michael Keidar

Sultan Alamro and Maotong Xu (ECE)
Title: “Shed: Optimal Dynamic Cloning to Meet Application Deadlines in Cloud”
Advisors: Suresh Subramaniam and Tian Lan


Undergraduate Research
Best Undergraduate Poster ($2,000):
Shannon Toole, Aidan Murray, and Pannie Xu (BME)
Title: “Symmetrical Cluster Analysis for Thermographic Breast Cancer Detection”
Advisor: Murray Loew

Runner-up tie ($1,000 each):
Alina Kline-Schoder (BME)
Title: “Ultrasound-Enhanced Drug Delivery for Treatment of Onychomycosis”
Advisors: Zung Le (Department of Podiatry) and Vesna Zderic

Tania Singh (BME)
Title: “A Mechanistic Study of Ultrasound-Induced Insulin Release”
Advisors: Vesna Zderic, Emilia Entcheva, Aleksandra Klimas, and Ivan Suarez Castellanos


* Because of scoring differentials, the Showcase judges elected to award ties to some posters, rather than awarding the traditional 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place prizes. Thus, the absence of 3rd Place prizes.


Randolph A. Graves Founder’s Award
Dietrich Reidenbaugh, a junior in the Department of Computer Science was awarded the $500 Randolph A. Graves Founder’s Award for implementing a digital scoring process.


AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program Grants
The AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), and it provides grants of up to $3,000 to GW students, faculty, and staff who have great technology and want to explore the potential for commercializing it. At the Showcase, GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship awarded $3,000 AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program grants to 17 Showcase participants. Congratulations to:

  • Mitra Aliabouzar (MAE)
  • Mahdis Bisheban (MAE)
  • Janiele Custodio (EMSE)
  • Ali Germani Matin (CEE)
  • Hifza Javed (BME)
  • Reza Karimian Bahnemiri (ECE)
  • Haoran Liu (ECE)
  • Jiaxin Peng (ECE)
  • Hongchen Shen (CEE)
  • Apurva Singh (BME)
  • Eden Smalley (Department of Biology)
  • Shuai Sun (ECE)
  • Michael Treasure (EMSE)
  • Meixin Wang (BME)
  • Hong Xuan (CS)
  • Fan Yao (ECE)
  • Yangyang Zhao (ECE)


SEAS Computing Facility
The SEAS Computing Facility (SEAS CF) will hold a series of workshops covering a range of topics throughout the spring semester:


MATLAB Workshops: Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Tompkins 405)
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.

  • March 2: Linear equation & ODE solving

Download MATLAB: students can download and install MATLAB on their personal computers


Solidworks Workshops: Fridays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm (Tompkins 405)
Solidworks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that enables engineers and architects to design, inspect, and manage engineering projects within an integrated graphical user interface. Through these workshops you will learn how to navigate the SolidWorks interface, create sketches, set up parametric relations, and create 3D models. You will create the different parts of a V6 internal combustion engine from scratch, assemble it, and see it come to life.

  • March 2: Assembly

Download Solidworks: students can download and install Solidworks on their personal computers


MATLAB and Solidworks tutoring will be offered throughout the spring semester in Tompkins 401 on the following days:

  • Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Fridays: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

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.


Introduction to Linux Workshop:
This semester’s Linux workshops will be held on Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Tompkins Hall 411. They will be hosted by SEAS Computing Facility Systems Engineers Marco Suarez, Hadi Mohammadi, and Jason Hurlburt. Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments about the workshops.


SEAS Events
ECE Seminar: “Cybersecurity and Privacy Challenges in Distributed and Critical Infrastructure Networks”
Speaker: Dr. Lalitha Sankar, Arizona State University
Monday, February 26
10:45 – 11:45 am
SEH, B1270


ECE Seminar: “Performance Limits of Energy Harvesting Communications”
Speaker: Dr. Omer Ozel, Canegie Mellon University
Tuesday, February 27
10:45 – 11:45 am
SEH, B1220


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Enhancing the Resilience of Large-Scale Electric Grids”
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Overbye, Texas A&M University and a member of the National Academy of Engineering
Wednesday, February 28
1:00 pm
Marvin Center, Room 302 (reception to follow immediately after lecture)


ECE Seminar: “Graphene and Dirac Materials beyond Graphene: Metamaterials and Plasmonics at Extreme Spectral Wavelengths
Speaker: Dr. Berardi Sensale-Rodriguez, University of Utah
Thursday, March 1
10:45 – 11:45 am
SEH, B1270


BME Seminar: “Computational Anatomy and Diffeomorphometry: Embedding the Brain at Meso-scale into the Soft-Tissue Condensed Matter Continuum”
Speaker: Dr. Michael Miller, Center for Imaging Science, Johns Hopkins University
Friday, March 2
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1270


MAE Seminar: “Medical Devices at the Nanoscale: Using Structural DNA Nanotechnology for Nanobiosensing and Microrobot Self-Assembly”
Speaker: Rebecca Taylor, Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, March 8
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Entrepreneurship News & Events
GW Innovation Center: Innovation+Art+Design Mixer
Wednesday, February 28
6:00 – 9:00 pm
GW Innovation Center (Tompkins Hall, M06)
Come meet interdisciplinary collaborators at our Innovation+Art+Design mixer. Please RSVP to Erica Wortham.


GW Innovation Center: Design Thinking 101
Thursday, March 1
5:00 – 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center (Tompkins Hall, M06)
RSVP or send questions to [email protected].
Learn the basics of human-centered design and design thinking. Light refreshments will be served.


GW Innovation Center: Intro to Excel Workshop
Saturday, March 3
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
GW Innovation Center (Tompkins Hall, M06)
Contact [email protected] with questions.


Startup Career and Internship Fair
Wednesday, March 7
11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
Meet with some of the hottest startups in the DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) area for potential career and internship opportunities! This great event is open to everyone in the DMV community looking to work with a DC startup. Don’t miss out on the additional opportunity of attending the guest panel featuring some of the most prominent startup executives in the area.


How to Pitch Your Startup to an Investor
Wednesday, March 7
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center (Tompkins Hall, M06)
Contact [email protected] with questions.


George Hacks: Medical Hackathon
Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25
Registration open now
George Hacks is a new student-led, 24-hour innovation competition at GW that is open to students from for all majors and is breaking from traditional hackathons meant for computer science majors. Pitches will address needs for patients battling cancer, medical and social innovation solutions for the aging community, and more! 100 participants will participate in teams of four that will compete for prizes! Please email [email protected] to receive registration information, to apply to be part of the student organization next year, or to volunteer for our inaugural event in March. For additional information, visit the georgehacks.org website. This event is sponsored by SEAS and GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


2018 GW New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 19
5:30 – 9:00 pm
MPA Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
The top nine GW student entrepreneurial teams will take the stage at one of the largest competitions in the nation to vie for more than $300,000 in funding and support. What big idea will come from GW next? Attend the 10th anniversary finals on April 19 to see who will take the top prize!


Career Services Events
GW Career Services: Amazon Web Services Information Session
Thursday, March 1
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, B1220
Student registration
Anyone who has experience at a Help Desk, leadership skills, or an IT background is encouraged to attend. International students are welcome to attend.


Dissertation Defenses
Student’s Name: Ahmed Aldhaheri
Dissertation Title: “Stabilization and Dynamic Performance Enhancement of DC Distributed Power Systems”
Advisor: Dr. Robert Harrington (ECE)
Friday, March 2
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
SEH, 3605


Student’s Name: Ali Jamali
Dissertation Title: “Vector Magnetization Model”
Advisor: Dr. Edward Della Torre (ECE
Friday, March 2
12:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, 5845