March 16-22, 2015


March 16, 2015

Faculty News


U.S. patent #8,960,004, “Synchronous one-pole surface acoustic wave resonator,” was issued to Prof. Mona Zaghloul (ECE) and Hsu-Cheng Ou on February 24.


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) recently had the following article published: M. Kundrapu, J. Loverich, K. Beckwith, P. Stoltz, A. Shashurin, and M. Keidar, “Modeling Radio Communication Blackout and Blackout Mitigation in Hypersonic Vehicles,”Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, (2015).
Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE), his Ph.D. student Junfeng Wang, and his collaborator at the National Center for Atmospheric Research have published the following paper: J. Wang, C. Liang, and M. S. Miesch, “A Compressible High-Order Unstructured Spectral Difference Code for Stratified Convection in Rotating Spherical Shells,” Journal of Computational Physics, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/  This is the first unstructured-grid compressible flow solver for predicting the sun.

Media Mentions:

New York Magazine highlighted upcoming research by Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) in the March 4 article “Can Twitter Help Explain Anti-Vaxxers?”
On March 12, CSPRI Director Prof. Lance Hoffman joined Michael Daniel, White House Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator; Bruce Heiman, K&L Gates; David O'Neil, Debevoise & Plimpton; and Amie Stepanovich, Access at a panel moderated by Daniel Castro of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on “Crypto Wars 2.0: How Should the U.S. Balance Privacy and National Security?”.  
Prof. Zhenyu Li (BME) authored the March 9 article “Will next-generation wearable sensors make us healthier?” in The Conversation.


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) gave the invited talk “Plasma medicine: past, present and future” at Pitt Conference, held March 9 in New Orleans, LA.
Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) gave the talk “Green @ GWU” at the Leaders in Energy and AEE-chapter on February 20.  The talk covered the newly founded Green Renewable Energy Engineering Research (GREEN) center at GW and research on evaluation of the impact of electric vehicles on air pollution and human health.

Student News

Ahsen Uppal, a Ph.D. student advised by Prof. Howie Huang (ECE), has been selected as an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Scholar for 2015-2016. The ARCS Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding students studying to complete graduate degrees in science, engineering, and medical research. Ahsen’s award will be $15,000.

Other News

Graduate Recruiting & Admissions: The Graduate Admissions office is continuing to hold online information sessions and admitted student information sessions; more information on these events is available at The office will host a graduate student open house on April 30.  The fall application deadline has passed. Students who are still interested in applying for the fall should email [email protected].  As a reminder, all requests for graduate coordinators should be sent to [email protected].
SEAS Graduate Career Services: The SEAS Graduate Career Service Team has sent its first email out to introduce all SEAS graduate students to the SEAS instance of GWork!  A series of emails will be released over the next several weeks to help explain what features, functions, and benefits students will have access to now by using the new instance of GWork.  Deloitte will visit SEAS this week to meet with Chalvonna Smith and discuss engagement opportunities with SEAS students.  The SEAS Graduate Career Services Team met with Maya Cohen, the director of academic affairs for the Embassy of Israel on February 27 to discuss the development and launch of a new website that will offer students the opportunity to apply for internships with Israeli companies in the U.S. and in Israel.   On February 26, the team hosted and shared best practices with Najib Hamouti, visiting from ESITH, a Moroccan University.  Najib is preparing to launch a career services office for students studying at ESITH this summer.  Weekly Featured Graduate Career Services Informational Resource: 21 Questions You Haven't Been Asking Your Network & Really Should.

Guest Vignette

Many of the recently deployed geostationary satellites utilize the Ka-Band of the electromagnetic spectrum and concentrate the transmitted and received energy into so-called spot beams in which the transmit antennas tightly focus their transmitted energy onto a relatively small geographic  area on the ground such as a city, and the receiving antennas process signals only from sources located within that coverage area. To extend satellite transmit and receive coverage over a larger geographic area such as the continental United States typically requires several dozen individual spot beams of various sizes strategically dispersed across the country.
This deployment of the spot beams is governed by several factors, among the most important of which are the distribution of service users and the desire to avoid interference from other spot beam satellites covering the same geographic region and using the same electromagnetic spectrum. Other important considerations are terrain and vegetation, and the effects of atmospheric disturbances such as the amount of rain fall, cloud cover, or dust in specific geographic areas.
Professor Helgert and his doctoral student Liping Ai are developing methods and strategies that would result in the optimum sizing and positioning of spot beams under various optimization criteria. Among the most important of these are the maximization of system throughput over the entire coverage area, subject to a given minimum throughput for each user, and the minimization of the maximum level of interference experienced by any user located in any spot beam. 
The research is carried out analytically, and by computer simulation of various scenarios of user populations, interference patterns, and terrain features.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Hermann Helgert, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

SEAS Events

Nanophotonics Webinar
Monday, March 16
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) is hosting this seminar via the Optical Society of America (OSA).
ECE Research Blitz
Monday, March 16 
3:00—4:30 pm
SEH B1270, Lehman Auditorium
Six ECE Ph.D. candidates from ECE’s six main focus areas will provide a brief presentation of their ongoing research projects.  Please join us for this informative overview of research in the ECE Department.  Refreshments will be served.
MAE Seminar: “Probing Fast High Temperature Transformation in Nanoparticles for Energy Applications”
Presenter: Dr. Michael Zachariah, University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards & Technology
Thursday, March 19, 2015
2:30 pm
SEH B1270
MAE Seminar: “Predictive Mechanics of Two Health-Related Issues: Cortical Folding and Cell-Nanoparticle Interactions”
Presenter: Dr. Xianqiao (XQ) Wang, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Monday, March 30
10:00 am
SEH 3845

External Events

22nd Global Environment for Network Innovators (GENI) Engineering Conference (GEC22) and US Ignite Application Summit
Monday – Thursday, March 23-26
Hilton Crystal City Hotel at Washington Reagan National Airport
Demo Night: Tuesday, March 24 at GW’s SEH (4:30 – 7:30 pm)
The 22nd Global Environment for Network Innovators (GENI) Engineering Conference (GEC22) and US Ignite Application Summit will be hosted by GW, March 23-26, 2015. GENI Engineering Conferences (GEC) are regular open working meetings where researchers, developers, industrial and international partners and the GENI Project Office meet to advance infrastructure planning and prototyping for the GENI project. The GEC focuses on how to design and build a suite of infrastructure that can best inspire and support creative research. The conference is open to all. During the conference, a Demo Night will be held on the GW Campus at the SEH. 

SEAS Career Center News

IBM Consulting Career Panel Discussion and Networking Reception
Thursday, March 19
6:00 – 7:30 pm
SEH B1270, Lehman Auditorium
Join us for an informal career discussion with GW graduates who have joined IBM Global Business Services. The event is tailored primarily toward sophomores and juniors, but all current GW students are welcome.  This is an informal event, and business attire is not required. Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to: Ms. Emmy Rashid ([email protected]) and include “Attend IBM Event” in the subject line.  This event is co-sponsored by: Undergraduate Consulting Group, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and the SEAS Career Services Office.

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) 2015 Summer Technical College Intern Program-07251
Deadline to apply: March 31, 2015
APL seeks talented college students in the summer to help us solve challenging technical problems. The College Summer Internship Program offers practical work experience and an introduction to APL for engineering and science majors. APL seeks engineering and science majors (predominantly EE and CS), and it typically (but not exclusively) hires rising juniors and seniors. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (at the date of application). 

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Research Information Intern
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is seeking a Research Information Intern to work with AAPM headquarters staff and volunteers on matters relating to membership informatics and computational tools for AAPM research activities. The internship location is College Park, MD/Alexandria, VA, and the pay rate is $23/hour. Essential functions include: data mining, statistics, and analytical modeling; development of software applications and documentation; data selection, extraction, and curation for corporate applications; needs analysis of AAPM researchers and technical solution design; and identification of software and tools needed to satisfy the above functions. To apply, please contact the Human Resources Division of the American Institute of Physics at [email protected].

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship: Industrial-Systems Engineer
The NIH seeks students at all levels to complete 3-4 months of full-time internship experience before they graduate. Students will be given a project, mentor, and guidance, and will attend a number of high level meetings. Requirements: U.S. citizenship, 3.0 GPA or higher, and interest in working for the Federal Government. Interested students should contact [email protected] at NIH Corporate Recruitment.

AFRL Griffiss Institute: 2015 Summer Internship Program
The 2015 application cycle has begun for the Summer Internship Program at the Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory.  This is a paid summer internship opportunity for students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university at the freshman level through the Ph.D. level (U.S. CITIZENS ONLY) to work on-site with AFRL researchers on a wide variety of research projects.  The majority of the students selected will be majoring in technical fields such as electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, and physics.  Basic information on the areas of research that the selected interns will be working in is available in the AFRL/RI Core Competencies.  The application deadline is March 20, 2015.  A copy of your resume and your current transcript are required with your application. These documents must be uploaded in .PDF format.  Application submission link.

Student Career Development Opportunities

Clearsight Advisors Information Session
Tuesday, March 17
5:30 – 6:45 pm
Duques Hall 553
Hosted by the Center for Career Services
Stryker Information Session
Wednesday, March 18
12:30 – 2:00 pm
SEH 2000B
Lunch will be provided. Hosted by the Center for Career Services
Public Speaking, Elevator Pitch Workshop
Wednesday, March 18
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH 2000B
Hosted by the Graduate Career Services Team
2015 Public Health & Health Services Career Fair
Tuesday, March 24
3:00 – 6:00 pm
This event is hosted by the Milken Institute School of Public Health and will take place in their Convening Center (950 New Hampshire Avenue NW). To find out more details and to RSVP please visit: 2015 Public Health & Health Services Career Fair.
Case Interviewing Workshop
Wednesday, March 25 (Tentative date)
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH 2000B
Hosted by the Graduate Career Services Team
International Coffee Hour
Thursday, March 26
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH 2000B
Hosted by the Graduate Career Services Team

Entrepreneurship News & Events

GW Startup Career Expo
Tuesday, March 17
1:00 – 4:00 pm  
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor, Continental Ballroom
Looking for a position with one of the DC area's hottest startups?  Get your résumés ready for the GW Startup Career Expo! Startup employers are seeking to network with, and ultimately hire, students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests to fuel their growth.  This is a free event, but registration is required.  View the Employer List.
Office of Entrepreneurship Spring Workshop: Pitching to Investors and Funders
Wednesday, March 18
5:30 – 7:00 pm 
Duques Hall 255
Entrepreneurs have to communicate an enormous amount of information about their venture.  Much of it is contained in the pitch deck, but most of is actually conveyed by other aspects of the pitch. This Pitching to Investors and Funders workshop will present methods for conveying facts about a startup venture efficiently.  We will also explore approaches for generating enthusiasm for the venture and addressing the fears and concerns that investors and funders have about any new venture.
GW Business Plan Competition Finals
Tuesday, April 14  
The GW Business Plan Competition will award more than $200,000 in prizes to teams of GW students, faculty, and alumni who offer innovative ideas for new products and/or services.  10 finalist teams will present their business plans to a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, and a live audience.  Registration coming soon.

Doctoral Dissertations

Student’s Name: Adi Alhudhaif
Dissertation Title: “Investigation and Development of Stream Processing Algorithms for Predominant Item Extraction from Big Data Systems”
Advisor: Prof. Simon Berkovich (CS)
Friday, March 20
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
SEH 5605