January 20-25, 2015


January 20, 2015

Faculty News

Awards & Honors:

Profs. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) and Igor Efimov (BME) have been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's (AIMBE) College of Fellows. They will be inducted to the College during AIMBE's annual meeting in March.

Media Mentions:

WTOP-FM spoke to Alan Friedman (research scientist, Cyber Security Policy Research Institute) about cybersecurity ahead of the State of the Union address on January 20. Audio


Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) co-authored the following journal article with his research collaborators from De La Salle University, Philippines: K. B. Aviso, C. D. Cayamanda, F. D. Solis, A. M. R. Danga, M. A. B. Promentilla, K. D. S. Yu, J. R. Santos, and R. R. Tan, "P-graph approach for GDP-optimal allocation of resources, commodities and capital in economic systems under climate change-induced crisis conditions," Journal of Cleaner Production (doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2014. 12.077).

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) has published the paper "Review and Perspective on Ultra-fast Wavelength-Size Electro-optic Modulators" in the journal Laser and Photonics Reviews. The paper can be found under the DOI 10.1002/lpor.201400219.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Azim Eskandarian (CEE), research scientists Karma Yonten and Abdul Khan of his research group, and government colleagues presented the following paper at the National Academy of Sciences' Transportation Research Board annual meeting, held January 11-18 in Washington, DC: Abdul Khan, Karma Yonten, Azim Eskandarian, Eduardo N. Arispe, and Stephen Summers, "Development and Validation of Finite Element Models of Midsize Sedan Including Interiors for Crashworthiness Simulations."

Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) and his doctoral student Tse-Huai Wu presented the following papers at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, held December 15-17 in Los Angeles, CA: 1) "Spacecraft position and attitude formation control using line-of-sight observations;" 2) "Geometric control of multiple quadrotor UAVs transporting a cable-suspended rigid body;" and 3) "Adaptive control of a quadrotor UAV transporting a cable-suspended load with unknown mass." Prof. Lee also chaired the session on quadrotor controls.

On January 26, Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) will give an invited talk at the AAAI-2015 Workshop on Computational Sustainability. The workshop is part of the AAAI 2015 conference, which is held in Austin, TX, and is one of the top two international conferences in the field of AI (artificial intelligence). Prof. Monteleoni's talk is titled "Climate Informatics: Recent Advances and Challenge Problems for Machine Learning in Climate Science."

Student News

MAE doctoral students Evan Kaufman and Tse-Huai Wu, both advised by Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE), presented the following papers at the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, held January 12-15 in Williamsburg, VA: 1) "Minimum uncertainty JPDA filter and coalescence avoidance performance evaluations;" 2) "Nonlinear observability measure for relative orbit determination with angles-only measurements;" and 3) "Spacecraft attitude formation stabilization using lines-of-sight without angular velocity measurements." These papers were co-authored with Dr. Alan Lovell at the Air Force Research Lab in the Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque NM.

Other News








Prof. Rene van Dorp (EMSE) has created the Kotz Statistics and Probability Library in the SEH to honor the memory of Prof. Samuel Kotz, who was a friend and mentor to many EMSE professors and students. Prof. Kotz was a world-renown statistician who would very much have wanted his books to be of use to those with inquiring minds. The Kotz Library is located outside of Prof. van Dorp's office on the 2nd floor of the SEH.

Guest Vignette

Pictures of things give us a variety of information about them, and what we see depends on how we look. Our eyes work well in the visible spectrum: our intuitions about images derive from evolution and long experience with our visual system. But what happens when we create an image using infrared, or x-ray, or ultrasound, or any of a large number of other modalities? Each method brings something new to our understanding of what is being imaged and can illuminate properties that we otherwise would not have known.

Combining ("fusing") images of different types, and re-representing them so that our eye and brain can perceive them, allows us to noninvasively explore on and beneath the surface of many objects and also to extract quantitative information that tells us about structure, or health, or composition of those things. In our laboratory we are developing and validating computational tools to combine images very accurately, to identify what's present, and to find anomalies. Applications include the characterization of artists' materials on paintings and manuscripts (using hyperspectral infrared and x-ray fluorescence), detection of breast tumors (using thermal infrared), and identification of early bladder cancer using optical coherence tomography. (Provided courtesy of Prof. Murray Loew, Department of Biomedical Engineering)

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Igor Bolotnov, Nuclear Engineering Department, North Carolina State University
Friday, January 23
2:30 pm
3040 SEH

Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences Career Week
January 26-30
Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences Career Week is held in partnership with SEAS, CCAS, Milken Institute SPH, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The week includes a networking prep session, STEM-H Federal Application Workshop, Med School 101 Panel, a company site visit, employer-in-residence sessions, and an industry career panel and reception. The week will include employers such as Becton Dickinson (BD), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Medtronic, St. Jude Medical and many more! To learn more, visit GWork.

Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences Industry Career Panel
Friday, January 30
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
SEH Lehman Auditorium (Lower Level)
As part of the Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences Career Week there will be a panel and networking reception for students, faculty and staff. Listen, learn and engage with industry experts to gain insights into various career paths within the Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences fields. The program will begin with a one-hour panel and Q & A session followed by open networking. Organizations represented include Becton Dickinson (BD), Medtronic, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Students should RSVP in GWork; faculty and staff should RSVP to [email protected].

BME Department Launch: "The Future of Biomedical Engineering: Celebrating George Washington University's Newest Department"
Wednesday, January 28
3:30 – 6:00 pm (Reception begins at 5:00 pm)
SEH Lehman Auditorium (Lower Level)
RSVP required

External Events

VSTC Dean's Speaker Series: "The Internet of Things"
Speaker: Jeff Greene, director of government affairs for North America and senior policy counsel, Symantec
Wednesday, January 21
6:00 – 8:00 pm (Reception at 6:00 pm, program begins at 6:30 pm)
GW Virginia Science & Technology Campus
Exploration Hall, 20101 Academic Way
Ashburn, VA

Entrepreneurship News & Events

GW Business Plan Competition
Deadline to Apply: January 20, 2015
Submit your idea!
The GW Business Plan Competition is now awarding more than $200,000 in prizes! With special prizes for social entrepreneurship, low-income senior focused, veterans, international, undergraduates, and even an audience choice award, there's something for everyone! 
The GW Business Plan Competition is rated in the Top 10 Collegiate Business Plan Competitions.

Office of Entrepreneurship Spring Workshop: "Pushing Forward with Customer Discovery"
Wednesday, February 4
5:30 - 7:00 pm
255 Duques Hall

Save the date for these other Office of Entrepreneurship upcoming workshops/events:
February 11: Creating Financial Projections for a Startup
February 18: Writing a Successful Business Plan
February 25: Special Topics: Foreign Startup Founders
March 11: Keeping Your Legal House in Order
March 18: Your Startup's Pitch and Visual Deck
April 14: GW Business Plan Competition Finals, Jack Morton Auditorium

Doctoral Dissertations

Student's Name: Amine El Haimar
Dissertation Title: "Stochastic Risk Analysis of Influenza Pandemic on Interdependent Workforce Sectors Using Input-Output Modeling"
Advisor: Prof. Joost Reyes Santos (EMSE)
Wednesday, February 25
1:00 – 3:00 pm
2600 SEH