January 29 - February 4, 2018


January 29, 2018

Faculty News
Dr. James Lee (MAE) and his former students, Dr. Jiaoyan Li, Dr. Zhen Zhang, and Dr. Leyu Wang, published the book chapter “Sequential and Concurrent Modeling of Multiphysics” in Micromechanics and Nanomechanics of Composite Solids (edited by Shaker A. Meguid and George J. Weng), Springer, 2018.


Dr. Tianshu Li (CEE) and his postdoc Dr. Enshi Xu have published the following paper with their experimental collaborators from Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington: V. S. Bhadram, H. Liu, E. Xu, T. Li, V. B. Prakapenka, R. Hrubiak, S. Lany, and T. A. Strobel. “Semiconducting cubic titanium nitride in the Th3P4 structure,” Physical Review Materials 2, 011602 (2018). Physical Review Materials also elected to highlight the paper as an Editor's Suggestion. This experiment-theory collaboration was supported by EFree Center, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by DOE and currently directed by Dr. Russell Hemley (CEE).


Conferences & Presentations:
On January 23, Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) gave the closing plenary at the GEM-ASEE Doctoral Engineering Research Showcase, hosted by the American Society for Engineering Education here in Washington, DC. Her talk was titled “7 Things I’d Tell You If I Was Your Mentor.” The slides are available on figshare.


On December 21, 2017, Dr. James Lee (MAE) gave an invited talk titled “Multiscale Modeling of 2D Materials from Molecular Dynamics to Continuum Mechanics” at the Institute of Applied Mechanics, National Taiwan University (Taipei, Taiwan). On December 22, he gave another invited talk, “Bridging the Gap between Atoms and Continuum: Multiscale Modeling of Graphene and MoS2,” at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University (Tainan, Taiwan).


Other News:
On January 17–19, Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) took part in the second meeting of the Committee on Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy for NASA Space Science. The committee was established by the National Academies Space Studies Board. She is a member of the 14-person committee to investigate and recommend best practices for NASA as it considers whether to establish an open code and open models policy. The committee is currently reviewing white papers submitted by the community. Submissions will be accepted until January 31.


Student News
baja team at 2018 auto show

Left to right: MAE students Aaron Patron, Delon Etzel, Conor Gillespie, Jason Xiang, Austin Sabbagha, and Andrew Edzenga


On January 24, six members of the SEAS Baja Team represented GW at the annual Washington DC Auto Show. The Baja Team participates annually in an intercollegiate competition to design, build, and compete an off-road vehicle. The students showed off their Baja vehicle frame at the Auto Show and will compete in this year’s mid-April competition. Dr. Murray Snyder (MAE) is the faculty adviser to the Baja Team.


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.

  • February 2: Introduction, data structures, and programming basics I
  • February 9: Programming basics II
  • February 23: Figures & 3D plotting
  • 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 Soldiworks 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.

  • February 2: Introduction and sketching
  • February 9: Extrusion; Work planes
  • February 23: Special features
  • 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.


SEAS Events
MAE Seminar: “Coupling between Geometry and Mechanics in Locomotion and Embryogenesis”
Speaker: Dr. Jerzy Blawzdziewicz, Texas Tech University
Monday, January 29
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


BME Seminar: “Internal Models and the Neural Control of Prey Interception”
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Leonardo, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Wednesday, February 7
1:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Study of Interfacial Phenomena for Applications in the Development of Ceramic Materials and Biotechnologies”
Speaker: Dr. Tao Wei, Howard University
Thursday, February 8
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Routing Problems Arising in Space Exploration”
Speaker: Dr. Jaemyung Ahn, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Tuesday, February 13
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, 2000


MAE Seminar: “Towards Greener Aviation with Python at Petascale”
Speaker: Dr. Freddie Witherden, Stanford University
Thursday, February 22
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Entrepreneurship News & Events
2018 GW New Venture Competition
Apply to Compete
Submit your concept or idea for your startup, business, or social enterprise by January 31. Compete for the chance to win up to $300,000 in total prizes. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to get funding for your idea!


Workshop: "The Business Model Canvas: Does your innovation create, deliver, and capture value?”
Tuesday, February 6
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center
This hands-on workshop will include a brief overview of the business model canvas, the current state-of-the-art form specifying the nine key elements of a startup venture. Instructors will then hold individual advising sessions to help students create a canvas or improve the canvas for their particular startup idea.


George Hacks: Medical Hackathon
Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25
Registration opens in early February
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.


Other Events
Workshop: “Teaching with Jupyter Notebooks”
Presenter: Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE)
Friday, February 2
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Gelman Library, 219
Dr. Barba will offer the "Teaching with Jupyter Notebooks” workshop as part of the Teaching for Engagement Workshop Series. A reception will follow in the faculty lounge, Gelman basement.


OVPR Post-Award Management Training Series: "We Have Been Awarded! Now What?”
Tuesday, February 13
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 307
More information
Register online