June 18 - July 1, 2018


June 18, 2018

Faculty News
Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE) and his research team have published a seminal paper for scaling future computing chips to thousands of processors (or cores) on a single chip at the 32nd IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing, held May 21-25 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The paper is titled “Power-Efficient Kilo-Core Photonic-Wireless Hybrid Network on Chips,” and the work presented in the paper is sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) and his colleagues at Dartmouth College and Tulane University have published the following paper: E. Shittu, G. Parker, and N. Mock. “Improving communication resilience for effective disaster relief operations,” Environment Systems and Decisions, June 2018, pp. 1-19.


Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) has published the following paper: R. Amin, J. B. Khurgin, and V. J. Sorger. “Waveguide-based electro-absorption modulator performance: comparative analysis,” Optics Express, Vol. 26, Issue 12, pp. 15445-15470. The paper also was selected as an Editor's Pick. Editor's Picks serve to highlight articles with excellent scientific quality and are representative of the work taking place in a specific field.


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Lance Hoffman (CS and Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute) represented GW at the Principals Meeting for Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense at the National Cyber Summit, held June 5-7 in Huntsville, AL. He also was a participant at the New Approaches to Cybersecurity Education Workshop, held June 9-10 in New Orleans, LA.


Dr. James Lee (MAE) and his former doctoral students—Dr. Xianqiao Wang (University of Georgia), Dr. James Chen (State University of New York, Buffalo), and Dr. Jiaoyan Li (Idaho National Lab)—organized the mini-symposium “Multiphysics and Multiscale Modeling in Mechanics of Materials.” The mini-symposium was held June 4-8 in Chicago, IL, at the US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Twenty-nine abstracts were submitted, and Dr. Lee and his colleagues and students presented the following: 1) J. Lee and K. Robert. “Bridging the Gap between Atoms to Continuum: Multiphysics and Multiscale Modeling of 2D Materials;” 2) K. Robert and J. Lee. “A Study of Fatigue at Atomic Level: Cyclic Loading Effect on 2D Materials;” and 3) L. Wang, J. Lee, and C-D Kan. “Atomic Stress and Strain in Molecular Dynamics and their Equivalent in Continuum Mechanics.”


Dr. David Nagel (ECE) served as co-chairman of the 21st International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science, held June 4-8 at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. He organized and gave the opening talk at a short course on the day before the conference, “Low Energy Nuclear Reactions: Introduction and Issues.” Dr. Nagel and his colleagues had three posters at the conference: 1) E. Gutzmann, J. E. Thompson, and D. J. Nagel. “Parametric Experimental Studies of Ni-H Electrochemical Cells;” 2) F. Scholkmann, E. Gutzmann, and D. J. Nagel. “Complex Current Fluctuations in Ni-H Electrochemical Experiments: Characterization using Non-Linear Signal Analysis;” and 3) G. Papadatos, Z. Awtry, L. Richie, and D. J. Nagel. “Electrical, Thermal and Chemical Simulations of Ni-H Electrochemical Cells.”


Other News:
Dr. Murray Loew (BME) was mentioned in the article “Where Science Meets Music: Glass Flutes Project Awarded Major Grant,” published in the June 8 issue of the Library of Congress’ internal newsletter, The Gazette. The article highlights the project that the Library and GW and Catholic Universities are working on under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The purpose of the grant is to improve understanding of how and why 19th-century glass objects degrade and to develop methods to identify unstable glass in historical collections.


Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE) has been appointed editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers. His appointment will start January 2019 for an initial period of three years and is renewable for a second two-year term. The IEEE Transactions on Computers is the leading refereed journal in the field of computing and the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society.


Dr. Ok and team

Dr. Hurriyet Ok (far right) and his teammates


Dr. Hurriyet Ok (lecturer, CS) and his team, LookOnVRTU, won First Prize at the 2018 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder conference, held June 8 in San Diego, CA. Dr. Ok founded VRT-U, an AR/VR technology start-up, and teamed up with LookOnMedia, a VR development studio in Baltimore, MD, to design the Heads-Up-Display Navigation (HUD) prototype that won First Prize. The LookOnVRTU team created a user interface solution for firefighters. The competition was a First Responder Virtual Reality (VR) Heads-up-Display (HUD) Navigation Challenge hosted by the NIST Public Safety Communications Research Program.


Other News
The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) has published the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of its newsletter. The newsletter is available for viewing on the EEMI website.


Washington Business Journal featured the startup Bendt, founded by recent SEAS alumnus Rem Houghton and GW alumnus John Kuhl in the June 15 article “Startup of the Week: Meet Bendt.” (Subscription required)


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Dolphin Tank
Thursday, June 28
Join us for the 2nd Springboard Dolphin Tank event with BEACON, the community-led campaign to make Washington, DC the #1 city for women entrepreneurs!


GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) is looking for Entrepreneurial Fellows to work with its office during the upcoming academic year. The position is open to both FWS and non-FWS students. Interested students may find more information on the OIE website and may apply for the positions via Handshake.