June 27 - July 10, 2011


July 10, 2011

Editor's note: The SEAS newsletter will be published on a bi-weekly basis during the summer.

Faculty News


Prof. James Lee (MAE) and his former student, Dr. James Chen, recently published the paper, "The Buckingham Catastrophe in multiscale modeling of fracture," International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2011.

Prof. James Lee (MAE) has been invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems (JNN), a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to every aspect of nanoscale engineering, science and technology that involve the descriptions and characterizations of nanoscale systems and materials. He served as a guest editor for the special issue "Mechanics of Materials from Nano to Macro Scale" in JNN, and he and his former student, Dr. Xianqiao Wang, published the following paper in this special issue: Xianqiao Wang and James D. Lee, "Coarse-grained non-equilibrium simulations of crystalline materials at nano scale," Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems, 224(1-2), 55-68, 2011.

Prof. Lee, Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE), and their former student, Dr. James Chen, also published the following paper in this special issue: James Chen, Chunlei Liang, and James D. Lee, "Theory and simulation of micropolar fluid dynamics," Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems, 224(1-2), 31-40, 2011.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE) has been invited to participate as a member of the Technical Program Committee for the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Robotic and Sensors Environments-ROSE 2011, to be held September 17-18 in Montreal, Canada

Prof. Stephen Hsu (MAE) was invited to attend the combined Vienna Nano and Ecotrib International Conference, held June 7-9 in Vienna, Austria. He delivered a plenary lecture titled "Nanotechnology as a Source of Innovation to Meet the Challenges of Energy and the Environment" on the first day of the conference. The conference was attended by approximately 300 people from 38 countries.


As part of MAE 6245, the graduate robotics course he taught in Spring 2011, Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE) developed a project titled "RAIL: Robotic Arm for Interactive Learning," which has been selected as a finalist in the graduate robot design category of the 2011 ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition. As a result, GW has been invited to present the project at the final competition at the ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), which will take place August 28-31 in Washington, DC. Prof. Ben-Tzvi divided the class into multidisciplinary design teams and assigned them the task of designing, building, and testing a robotic arm capable of autonomously drawing letters, numbers, and other shapes on a classroom board (chalk or white) using a computer interface. This system could be used in classroom settings as an interactive teaching aid for teachers and also to promote K-12 students' interest in the study of robotics and engineering in general.

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) has been notified by the Institute of Physics (IOP) that his article, "Arc plasma synthesis of carbon nanostructures: where is the frontier?" Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Vol. 44, pp 174006 (2011), has been downloaded 250 times.  According to the IOP, only 10% of articles across all IOP journals were accessed over 250 times this quarter.

Prof. Galina Makeeva of The Penza State University in Russia, recently visited SEAS for three weeks to work on a joint project on electromagnetic properties of magnetic nanosystems. She was hosted by Prof. Martha Pardavi-Horvath, based on an APS travel grant.

Student News

Claire Powers (rising senior - CEE) was awarded a $1,500 scholarship by the GW chapter of the International Test & Evaluation Association (ITEA) at the ITEA Corporate Luncheon on June 23. She and her GW nominator, Prof. Kim Roddis (CEE chair), attended the luncheon.

Mazdak Taghioskoui (doctoral candidate - ECE) is presenting two posters at the 38th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS) and the 24th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE), held June 26-30 in Chicago, IL. He will present: 1) Tongue-shaped Ultrahigh Frequency Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet; and 2) Ambient Ionization for Methane Quantification in Simulated Martian Atmosphere Using Miniature Inductively Coupled Plasmas. He has been selected as a finalist for the best paper award for the second paper referenced above. Mazdak is working under the supervision of Prof. Mona Zaghloul (ECE chair).

SEAS Events

MAE Colloquium: "Intelligent Continuum Surgical Slaves"
Nabil Simaan, Vanderbilt University
Monday, September 26
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall
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