February 6-12, 2017


February 6, 2017

Faculty News


Prof. Russell Hemley (CEE) has been awarded a five-year, $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant to support operations of the Frontier Infrared Spectroscopy (FIS) synchrotron beamline being built at the National Synchroton Light Source-II (NSLS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. FIS is a dedicated high-pressure/ microspectroscopy materials science IR beamline and the successor of the U2A facility at NSLS that Hemley had managed for 20 years with beamline scientist Zhenxian Liu. Starting June 1 of this year, this will be a GW-run facility. Use by interested faculty, postdocs, and students of the university is encouraged.


Prof. Kie Eom (ECE) has published a journal paper with his colleagues at Chinese Academy of Sciences and National Institute Health: P. Liu, H. Zhang, and K. B. Eom. “Active Deep Learning for Classification of Hyperspectral Images, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing , vol. 10 no. 2, pp. 712-724, 2017, DOI:10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2598859.

Kendall Hunt Publishing Company has published the 10th edition of Legal Aspects of Engineering, Design and Innovation, authored by Cynthia Gayton (adjunct professor, EMSE).

Cambridge Scholars Publishing has published Birthing the Computer: From Relays to Vacuum Tubes, authored by Dr. Steve Kaisler (adjunct professor, CS). This is the first volume of a multi-volume series on historical computing machines.

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his graduate students have published the following paper: G. Teel, A. Shashurin, X. Fang, and M. Keidar. “Discharge ignition in the micro-cathode arc thruster,” Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 121, issue 2.

Prof. James Lee (MAE) and his doctoral student, Kerlin Robert, recently published the following journal paper: J.D. Lee and K. P. Robert. “Multiscale Atomistic Modeling of Fracture subjected to Cyclic Loading,” Journal of Micromechanics and Molecular Physics, 01, 1640009 (2016).

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Joe Cascio, Esq. (EMSE) gave a lecture on January 30 at the National Defense University to the class of military and civilian government officials now attending its ten-month program in the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. His remarks focused on voluntary consensus standards for environmental and energy management systems from both operational and public policy perspectives. The Eisenhower School awards its graduates a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy. This is Mr. Cascio's 18th lecture in this yearly program.

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) delivered the following recent presentations: 1) a colloquium titled “Orthogonal Physics Enabled Nanophotonics (OPEN): attojoule optoelectronics, analogue optical compute engines, and smart contact lens IoT system” (January 19, University of Texas, Austin Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering); 2) a talk titled “Sub-1V Electrooptic Modulators for 100's of aJ/bit nanophotonics” at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Atto-Joule Nanoelecronics MURI kick-off meeting (January 20, Austin, TX); and 3) a colloquium at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Physics, at the invitation of the OSA/SPIE student chapter (January 27, Fayetteville, AR).

Prof. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) was an invited speaker at the International Conference on Computing, Networking, and Communications, held January 26-29 in Santa Clara, CA. The title of his presentation was “Recent advances in optical data center networks.”

Student News

Samsara Counts (sophomore, CS) has been awarded a one-year, $2,000 Hack Harassment Campus Ambassador Grant, sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, for her proposal to combat online harassment. Samsara is the president of GW's ACM and plans to engage a broad network of SEAS students, faculty, and organizations to promote her campus grant activity: a hackathon focused on anti-harassment solutions. To inform her programming, she will conduct a survey of the school's climate concerning online harassment.

Other News

Dr. Larry Gritz (D.Sc. 1999), a former student of Prof. James Hahn (CS) will be honored with a scientific and technical achievement award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on February 11. The Academy selected him to receive an award for the design, implementation and dissemination of Open Shading Language (OSL).

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.


  • February 18: MATLAB Programming Basics I
  • 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 workshops will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on the following dates:

February 17: Workshop 2
This workshop will address working with SLURM and checkpointing. Topics related to SLURM include: sinfo, salloc, squeue, scancel, sbatch, sshare, sprio, srun; scripting submit files; how fair share works; and common job errors.

This workshop will cover: MPI; OpenMP; Python package management; and Allinea.3 : Workshop 3

The HPC workshops will be hosted by the Colonial One HPC support team: SEASCF (Marco Suarez, Jason Hurlburt, Zhen Ni); CCAS OTS (Glen MacLachlan); and DIT (Adam Wong). Pre-requisites for the workshop: you must have a Colonial One account, familiarity with programing languages, and Linux fundamentals knowledge. If you are unfamiliar with Linux, please attend the Introduction to Linux workshops on January 28 and February 4. Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments. Register


SEAS Events

ECE Seminar: “Privacy Protection for Mobile Cloud to Prevent Data Over-collection”
Speaker: Dr. Meikang Qiu, Pace University
Friday, February 10
3:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, 2000

BME David Wang Distinguished Lecture
Speaker: Dr. John Rogers, Institute of BioNano Technology, Northwestern University
Monday, February 13
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

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.)

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

Entrepreneurship Events

AAAS Lab to Launch Competition: A start-up competition for DC’s young science and technology entrepreneurs
The AAAS Lab to Launch Competition will identify and support promising local innovators by providing $10,000 in total seed capital prizes, training sessions, and networking opportunities at our headquarters in Metro Center. The competition is open to STEM entrepreneurs aged 18-30 years old who: live within the District of Columbia, and/or manage a startup headquartered in the District, and/or are enrolled in a university that has its main campus in the District. The online application deadline is: 11:59 pm ET on Tuesday, February 14. Additional information.

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.
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, April 4
 Research Days 2017 Competition

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!
Funger Hall, Room 108
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 28
How to Pitch to an Investor Workshop

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

Want to learn a great method for outlining your business to a potential investor or funder? Work on your feasibility analysis with us today! Your feasibility analysis should provide a narrative that tells a potential investor about the venture. It should have an arc and flow while describing a compelling need and providing evidence that you understand the customer's need and that you have the tools to implement a solution to that need.
New location: GW Incubator, Tompkins Hall M06
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 15
Feasibility Analysis Workshop

Do you want the chance to explore the commercial potential of your invention with guidance from expert entrepreneurs and venture capitalists? Want exposure to the entrepreneurial space and industry here in DC? Sign up for the I-Corps 2-week short course right here at GW! Applications to the program are now being accepted.
Information and application 
SEH, B1270
All day
February 7-17
 (2-week short course)Introduction to I-Corps @ GW

Experts in the Lean Startup approach will give one-on-one advice and coaching to GW student startups. This workshop will focus on what customer discovery is and why it is important for starting and growing a business.
New location: GW Incubator, Tompkins Hall M06
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 8
Customer Discovery Workshop