January 25-31, 2021


January 25, 2021

Faculty News

Dr. Samer Hamdar

Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE) has received a new grant from Moment AI to develop data libraries linking traffic behavioral data and recurrent and non-recurrent health indicators. The project, titled “Traffic Health Indicators for Safer Technologies” (THIS-Tech), will utilize artificial intelligence methods to predict and detect health problems faced by drivers. The research team will utilize the GW Transportation Car Simulator Laboratory along with other research infrastructure developed and maintained by the GW Transportation Program at CEE. The results obtained will form a basis to foster a partnership between GW and the transportation industry while producing additional joint proposals. The project duration is 21 months and the funding amount is $140,000.



Dr. John Helveston

The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) has published an R software package (logitr) written by Dr. John Helveston (EMSE). The citation is: John Paul Helveston (2021). logitr: Random utility logit models with preference and willingness to pay space parameterizations. R package version 0.1.0. A video of Dr. Helveston's five-minute "lightening talk" about the software package is now available online.


Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. John Helveston

Dr. John Helveston (EMSE) presented a brief “Lightning Talk,” titled “Using formr to create R-powered surveys with individualized feedback,” at the 2021 Rstudio Global Conference. The slides of his talk are available online.

Dr. Roger Lang

Dr. Roger Lang (ECE) attended the National Radio Science Meeting hosted by the University of Colorado, January 4-9, where he presented the paper “Frequency Correlation Functions for 2D Trunk Dominated Forest.” His co-authors were S. Torrico and C. Utku. His doctoral student, Jiaxing Yang, presented a second paper, titled “Backscattering from Martian Regolith Layer over an Underlying Half Space of Water/Ice.” Jiaxing’s co-authors were R. Lang, R. Rincon and J. Garvin.


Other News:

Headshot of Howie Huang

Dr. Howie Huang (ECE) recently received the 2021 IEEE TPDS Award for Editorial Excellence to recognize exceptional contributions by members of the TPDS Editorial Board. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) is a prominent journal that publishes peer-reviewed, cutting-edge research in parallel and distributed computing.


Upcoming SEAS Events
CSPRI Discussion: “Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management - Part 2”
Tuesday, January 26
8:00 am (ET) (The webinar is being hosted early to permit participation from a broader audience)
Join us in the second discussion in the CSPRI (Cyber Security & Privacy Research Institute) webinar series on the intersection of blockchain and disaster risk reduction, with an exploration of two themes within the broad research space. The webinar will highlight the role that blockchain may have regarding the critical process for the COVID-19 vaccination supply chain. Speakers include: Dr. Neil Wasserman (GW), Dr. Costis Toregas (CSPRI), Dr. Cedric Baudet and Maximiliano Zadkiel (HEG Neuchatel, Switzerland), and Professor Jean-Fabrice Lebraty (Université de Lyon, Lyon, France). More information about the event is available on the CSPRI website.


CVP & GW Speaker Series: “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM”
Friday, January 29
12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Register (All registrants will receive a Zoom link with login information).
Why isn’t there more diversity, equity, and inclusion in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)? Join GW and CVP for an in-depth discussion on this subject, featuring a diverse panel of STEM leaders. We will explore the hurdles to a STEM career and what can be done to increase representation and opportunities within such fields. Topics will include: why STEM is a promising career choice, what individuals can do to overcome obstacles to success, and what institutions and businesses can do to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields.


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.



Deadline to enter GW New Venture Competition: The 2021 GW New Venture Competition (NVC) application is open for any GW student (enrolled in a full degree program) to apply. Applications are due on February 3, at 1:00 pm ET. Watch the NVC video.

GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Events:

2021 GW New Venture Competition 101: “Insider Tips on How to Compete”
Tuesday, January 26
5:00 – 6:00 pm (ET)
Register (A virtual room link will be sent to you later)
Did you know that the GW New Venture Competition (GW NVC) is one of the largest collegiate entrepreneurship competitions in the country? Students will be vying for over $500,000 in cash and prizes to help take their startup to the next level. Want to learn more? Join us for a virtual discussion with the NVC team to get tips and tricks on how to make your application a winning one!


GW New Venture Competition Alumni Panel
Wednesday, January 27
5:00 – 6:30 pm
Register (A virtual room link will be sent to you later)
Are you thinking of entering the 2021 GW New Venture Competition yourself or curious about what it’s like to participate? Find out from our past NVC student alumni panel. Plus learn about their tips on how to make it to the NVC finals and what they wish they had known before applying. Join us for a great panel discussion with our NVC alumni panelists.


External Events
Alumni Chat with Bill Haughney, Facebook
Tuesday, January 26
4:00 – 5:00 pm (ET)
Join GW alumnus Bill Haughney (MPA 2010) to learn more about Facebook and its corporate culture. Bill has worked as a corporate recruiter at Facebook since 2015.

GW Undergraduate Series: “The First Moon Landing: A History in Artifacts”
Tuesday, February 2
2:30 – 3:30 pm
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.)
The material legacy of the Apollo program is immense. Thousands of artifacts from rocket engines to spacesuits to the ephemera of life aboard a spacecraft are represented in the Smithsonian’s collections. In this presentation, Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, curator of the Apollo collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, reassesses the history of the Moon landing through the most evocative objects of the Space Age. 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 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.


Conference and Career Fair Prep Boot Camp I
Tuesday, February 9 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm | RSVP
Conference and Career Fair Prep Boot Camp II
Thursday, February 11 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | RSVP
At this interactive event, students can have their resumes reviewed, as well as their Handshake, LinkedIn and GW Career Connect profiles. You will also have an opportunity to develop and practice your “pitches,” and there will be a brief overview of professional branding, networking, and employment prospects.