July 27 - August 9, 2015


July 27, 2015

Faculty News


Prof. Tian Lan (ECE) recently received a $25,000 VURI (Virtual University Research Initiative) grant from AT&T Labs Research. The project, titled “Autonomous QoS Management in Cloud Storage,” will focus on developing a unifying framework and novel solutions for autonomous resource optimization in geo-distributed cloud storage systems to meet various QoS requirements such as service latency, space efficiency, and reliability.

Media Mentions:

Costis Toregas (associate director, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute) was quoted in the July 14National Journal article “Your Data Is Compromised. (Yes, Yours.) What Now?"

Prof. Jonathan Deason (EMSE) was quoted in the June 4 issue of Engineering News-Record in an article titled “New Federal Water Rule May Face a Court Challenge.” The article dealt with the controversy surrounding a recent regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Corps of Engineers over the scope of federal jurisdiction of the nation’s wetlands protection program embodied in Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.


Martha Pardavi-Horvath (professor emeritus, ECE) published a chapter on spin waves and spin configuration in magnetic nanowires in the book Magnetic Nano- and Microwires, Design, Synthesis, Properties and Applications, 1st Edition, published by Elsevier-Woodhead Publishing, 2015.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Rachael Jonassen (visiting scholar and part-time faculty, EMSE and CPS) and colleagues from NOAA, NASA, and the US Army Corps of Engineers led a two-day workshop on June 22-23 for managers at the Department of Energy on the challenges posed by climate change to DOE mission and operations. She also taught a “bootcamp” on climate change science on June 24 for about 50 participants from industry and government at the Climate Strategies Forum of the Association of Climate Change Officers.

During a recent trip to Asia, Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) gave the following presentations: 1) a June 28 plenary talk titled “Recent Advances in Plasma Cancer Applications” (5th International Symposium for Plasma Biosciences-2015, Jeju, Korea); and 2) a June 30 invited seminar titled “Plasma Propulsion” (Nanyang Technological University, Institute for Advanced Studies, Singapore). Prof. Keidar and his students and colleagues presented the following papers at the Joint Conference of the 30th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science, 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference and 6th Nanosatellite Symposium, held July 4-10 in Hyogo-Kobe Japan: 1) J. D. Slotten, G. Teel, J. Lukas and M. Keidar. “Analysis of Vacuum Arc Using Solar Array Materials” (Paper IEPC-2015-056 /ISTS-2015-b-056); 2) S. Hurley, G. Teel, J. Lukas, S. Haque, M. Keidar, C. Dinelli and J. Kang. “Thruster Subsystem for the United States Naval Academy’s (USNA) Ballistically Reinforced Communication Satellite (BRICSat-P)” (IEPC-2015-37 /ISTS-2015-b); 3) J. Lukas and M. Keidar. “Magnetic Field Angle Effects on Sheath Formation near a Flat Plate Surface with Applications to Hall Thrusters” (IEPC-2015-282/ISTS-2015-b- 282); 4) I. Schweigert, S. Langendorf, M. Walker and M. Keidar. “Plasma-wall Interaction Controlled by Secondary Electron Emission;” and 6) G. Teel, J. Lukas, X. Fang, A. Shashurin and M. Keidar. “Analysis of Ignition of the Micro Cathode Arc Thruster” (IEPC-2015-53/ISTS-2015-b-53). At the conference, Prof. Keidar also participated in the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society Board of Directors meeting.

Prof. Chandru Mirchandani (EMSE part-time faculty) presented a paper at the IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management, held June 22-25 in Austin, TX. The paper was titled “Predicting the Software Reliability of Complex Systems.”

Martha Pardavi-Horvath (professor emeritus, ECE) gave an invited talk on magnetic carbon nanotubes at the 2nd International Conference on Recent Trends in Nanomagnetism, Spintronics and their Applications. The conference was held June 30 – July 3 in Palacio Barrena, Ordizia (Gipuzkoa, Basque country, Spain).

Dr. Nicolas Roche (research scientist, ECE) presented two papers at the IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference, held July 13-17 in Boston, MA. His oral presentation, “Impact of Cumulative Irradiation Degradation and Circuit Board Design on the Parameters of ASETs Induced in Discrete BJT-Based Circuits,” had six co-authors from the NRL and Sotera Defense Solutions. His poster, with ten co-authors from the NRL, Sotera Defense Solutions, Chuck Foster LLC, European Space Agency, Airbus Group Innovation and Analog Devices, was “The Dependence of Single-Event Latchup on Charge Injection, Applied Bias and Strike Location using a Pulsed Laser.” In addition, Dr. Roche was co-author of 12 other papers at that conference on hardness assurance, hardening by design, and the basic mechanisms, modeling and transient characterization of single event events in diverse micro and nanoelectronic devices and integrated circuits. Dr. Roche is a research scientist working with the $2.5 million program that SEAS has with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) on many aspects of solar cells and radiation effects in electronics. Research Professor David Nagel (ECE) is the PI of this program.

Other News:

“Vector Hysteresis Model at Micromagnetic Scale,” an article co-authored by Prof. Edward Della Torre (ECE), has reached 300 views according to ResearchGate. The article citation is: P. Burrascano, E. Cardelli, M. Carpentieri, E. Della Torre, A. Faba and G. Finocchio. “Vector Hysteresis Model at Micromagnetic Scale,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (DOI: 10.1109/TMAG.2006.880143).

External Events

Tech in Motion DC Shark Tank Pitch Event
Wednesday, July 29
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Microsoft Technology Center, 12012 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA
More info

Dissertation Defenses

Name: Carol M. Jim
Title: “Investigation of the Cell Labeling Procedure and the Appearance of Monozygotic Twins”
Advisor: Prof. Simon Berkovich (CS)
Tuesday, July 28
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
SEH 4605