June 3-23, 2019


June 3, 2019

Faculty News
New SEAS Dean:

Dean Lach

Dr. John Lach, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Virginia, has been named the new dean of SEAS. SEAS looks forward to welcoming him when he begins his new role on August 15. More information on Dr. Lach’s background and experience is available at GW Today.



igor efimov

Dr. Igor Efimov (BME) has received two new grants. He is the principal investigator on a four-year, $3.6 million grant from the American Heart Association for the project “Targeting intracellular calcium leak for ventricular arrhythmia prevention in structural heart disease.” He will work with PIs Drs. B. Knollmann and W. Stevenson (Vanderbilt University), and his part of the award is $977,128. In addition he received a two-year sub-contract on the NIH grant “Comprehensive Structural and Functional Mapping of the Mammalian Cardiac Nervous System.” His budget for this collaborative project with UCLA is approximately $540,000.




Media Mentions:


Conferences & Presentations:


Dr. Gralla
Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber

Dr. Erica Gralla (left) and Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber (right)


Drs. Erica Gralla (EMSE) and Zoe Szajnfarber (EMSE), along with their colleagues Jitesh Panchal (Purdue University) and Paul Grogan (Stevens Institute of Technology), organized the panel discussion “Seeking wind tunnels and scale models for SE&D research: a discussion” at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering Annual Conference. The conference was held May 18-21 in Orlando, FL.


Headshot of Lorena Barba

On May 27, Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) gave the third Annual Tutte Lecture at the Tutte Institute for Mathematics and Computing (TIMC), a Canadian government research institute focused on fundamental mathematics and computer science, supported and funded by the Communications Security Establishment. The TIMC is focused on four key research areas: cryptography, cyber security, data science, and quantum computing. Dr. Barba’s lecture was titled “Next in Reproducibility: standards, policies, infrastructure, and human factors.” The next day, she gave a public lecture organized by TIMC, titled “One step forward, two steps back: the frustration of diversity efforts in STEM.”

Payman Dehghanian

Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) and his doctoral student Shiyuan Wang attended the 1st IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Synchronized Measurements and Analytics, held May 20-23 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. They presented the paper “A Novel Multi-Resolution Wavelet Transform for Online Power Grid Waveform Classification.” The NSF provided travel awards for both Dr. Dehghanian and Shiyuan to attend the event. Dr. Dehghanian is the director of the GW SmartGrid Lab.


Dr. John Helveston (EMSE) was selected to participate in an Energy Innovation Bootcamp hosted May 19-24 in Washington, DC by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The boot camp was designed for early career researchers in public policy and management who have published research in the open literature in energy innovation policy or management and who are actively pursuing a research program in the field. Separately, Dr. Helveston was a guest on the most recent episode of “The Future Car” podcast, hosted by Siemens. In the episode, he spoke about his research on China's electric vehicle industry and, in particular, about his research paper published in Research Policy.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Howie Huang (ECE) was invited to present his DARPA project to the Coalition for National Security Research’s (CNSR) Science, Technology, and Innovation Exchange during a May 22 briefing on Capitol Hill. This congressional briefing, organized by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Basic Research Office, showcased innovative DoD-funded research for Members of Congress and their staffs.


Dr. Rachael Jonassen (director, Climate Change EEMI) participated May 8-10 in a panel at Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila, Philippines. She serves as senior adaptation expert advising ADB in developing and delivering good practice guidance on climate resilient infrastructure design in the transport sector.

Dr. Liang

Dr. Chunlei Liang’s (MAE) research group presented a paper at the 6th International Symposium on Marine Propulsors, held May 26-30 in Rome, Italy. The paper, authored by Bin Zhang, Roland Yu, and Chunlei Liang, is titled “A High-order Sliding-Mesh Spectral Difference Method with Application to Simulation of Flows around Open Marine Propellers.”

Dr. Suresh

Dr. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) presented the following paper at the International Conference on Communications: M. Xu, J. Diakonikolas, E. Modiano, and S. Subramaniam. “A hierarchical WDM-based scalable data center network architecture.” The conference was held May 20-24 in Shanghai, China. The paper was co-authored with his former doctoral student M. Xu and collaborators.


Other News:

Headshot of Timothy Wood

Dr. Tim Wood (CS) helped organize the MERIF Education Workshop, hosted at GW May 29-30. The event taught university and college faculty how to use the various NSF-funded midscale experimental testbeds in their classes. The testbeds, including Chameleon, CloudLab, COSMOS/ORBIT, Edge-Net, GENI, and POWDER-RENEW, are available for research and educational use to members of US academic institutions.


Student News
GW’s Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships recently notified ECE doctoral students Mohannad Alhazmi and Mostafa Nazemi that they have been awarded $6,000 and $2,000 GW Summer Pre-Dissertation Fellowships, respectively, for the 2019-2020 academic year. Mohannad and Mostafa are members of the GW SmartGrid Lab and are advised by Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE).


EMSE students presented research at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering Annual Conference, held May 18-21 in Orlando, FL. Doctoral student Lauren Bateman, advised by Dr. Erica Gralla (EMSE), presented: L. Bateman and E. Gralla, “Evolution of organizational structure in novel humanitarian contexts.” Undergraduate Victoria Nilsen and doctoral student Nikolai Joseph presented: V. Nilsen, N. Joseph, Z. Szajnfarber, and E. Gralla, “Communication patterns in concurrent design: preliminary insights from NASA.” Victoria and Nikolai are jointly advised by Dr. Gralla and Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber (EMSE).


Other News

Ms. Annamaria Konya Tannon

Ms. Annamaria Konya Tannon (chief evangelist and director, GW Innovation Center) was an invited panelist for the “Fireside Chat with Innovators” at the American Council for Technology (ACT) and Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Igniting Innovation 2019 Conference and Awards. The conference was held on May 23 in Washington, DC and hosted by the Institute for Innovation.

SEAS alumnus Samson March recently finished building his own smart watch from scratch as a do-it-yourself project. Word spread—eventually going viral—and Samson and his watch were featured in articles on the tech blogs Engadget and The Verge, and he ended up getting job offers from Google, Oculus, Uber, and SpaceX. Samson designed and built every aspect of the watch, from creating the housing to 3D printing it and writing every line of code for it. He also made the project open source, so anyone else can access the files and make his own watch. Samson received his BS in electrical engineering in 2014.


The University Seminars Funding Program was established to foster sustained discussion of issues that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries among members of the GW faculty, possibly including their distinguished counterparts in universities, research centers, federal agencies, international organizations and private industry throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The goal is to connect the traditional research and scholarly endeavors of the academy across disciplines, thereby ensuring an exchange of perspectives and information. Each seminar receives funding up to $4,000 annually, and may be renewed for up to two additional years. Regular active-status faculty are invited to submit proposals for a 2019-2020 University Seminar. The deadline is noon on Friday, June 14. View more details and download the call for proposals. Submit your application via OVPR's InfoReady Portal (choose "University Seminars Funding Program 2019-20" from the list of opportunities).


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: This national invention competition recognizes students at any U.S. college or university who have tested prototypes of technology-based inventions in healthcare, food/water and agriculture, transportation and mobility, or consumer devices. In each of the four categories, graduate students are awarded $15,000 and undergraduate teams are awarded $10,000. The initial application deadline is September 27. See complete details about the application process and eligibility requirements.