March 20-26, 2017


March 20, 2017

Faculty News

Awards & Honors:

Congratulations to Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) and Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE). Prof. Keidar has been named the winner of OVPR’s 2017 Distinguished Researcher Award, and Prof. Sorger has been named the winner of the 2017 Early Career Researcher Award. They will receive the awards at a ceremony to be held on April 25 at the Jack Morton Auditorium.

Editor’s note: Congratulations to Prof. Pedro Silva (CEE), who received the CEE Professor of the Year Award at the 2017 Engineers Ball. Prof. Silva’s name was inadvertently left off the list of faculty award winners in the SEAS newsletter issue published after the Engineers Ball.

On March 16, the Election Verification Network presented Prof. Poorvi Vora (CS) with the Public Engagement Award for her work on Maryland's election audits. The award is given “for protecting and promoting election integrity and verifiable elections, to a public official or governmental unit at any level or branch of government, including election officials, legislators, and procurement officers.” The Election Verification Network is a non-partisan organization of experts and policy makers working towards election integrity.

Media Mentions:

Prof. Russell Hemley (CEE) was mentioned in a February 21 article in the Italian newspaper La Nazione. The article reported on the discovery of hemleyite, the mineral named after him.

On March 7, Prof. Lance Hoffman (Cyber Security Privacy & Research Institute) appeared on CTV National News (Canada)about the latest Wikileaks release.

The Chronicle of Higher Education's February 26 article “ Innovations in Cybersecurity Benefit Graduates and the Nation ” mentioned Dr. Carl Landwehr (lead research scientist, Cyber Security Privacy & Research Institute) and a course he designed to teach cybersecurity concepts to policy leaders.

Prof. Poorvi Vora (CS) published the article “ The great EVM debate: Convincing the losers that they lost ,” which was published on March 17 in, an Indian digital news site. The article addresses the debate on whether India's voting machines were tampered with in recent state elections.


Prof. Zhenyu Li (BME), his former Ph.D. student Allan Guan, and their collaborators at FDA have published the following article: A. Guan, P. Hamilton, Y. Wang, M. Gorbet, Z. Li and K. S. Phillips. “Medical devices on chips,” Nature Biomedical Engineering 1, 0045 (2017), doi:10.1038/s41551-017-0045.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) was an invited participant at a March 6-7 Department of Energy (DOE) workshop to define the grand challenges for biological and environmental research. According to the DOE’s Office of Science, “This updated strategic assessment will support the evolution and sustained development of leading edge, transformational science programs in bioenergy, climate, and the environment.” The workshop was held in Rockville, MD.

On February 28, Kelly Scanlon (senior research scientist, EMSE) presented to the local sections of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals at the Johns Hopkins Environmental Research Center in Rockville, MD. The topic of the presentation was the U.S. Department of Defense's proactive chemical risk management activities and current happenings on toxicological and regulatory risk drivers.

Prof. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) gave a keynote address at the 13th international conference on Design of Reliable Communication Networks , held March 8-10 in Munich, Germany. His talk, titled “Reliability in Optical Networks,” focused on reliability issues in free space optical (FSO) networks. FSO networking is seen as an attractive high-capacity solution for metro areas. However, FSO communications suffer from poor reliability due to their vulnerability to atmospheric turbulence effects. This talk addressed several approaches to combining RF wireless with FSO communications towards realizing a reliable and high-capacity solution.


SEAS faculty are invited and encouraged to submit abstracts to the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Technology and Innovation Council’s Innovators’ Showcase, an R&D expo for the science and technology leadership within the intelligence community. Selected abstracts will be included in a full day of six-minute R&D program briefings to 100-200 government science and technology leaders. Faculty do not pay a fee to submit abstracts. Please visit the Innovators’ Showcase website for more information.

Other News:

Feras Batarseh (adjunct faculty, CS) will chair a data science session at the 6th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics, which will be held this summer at George Mason University. Anyone who is interested in participating should feel free to contact him.

Student News

Doctoral student Kara Garrott, advised by Prof. Matthew Kay (BME), is the first author on this recently published study: K. Garrott, S. Kuzmiak-Glancy, A. Wengrowski, H. Zhang, J. Rogers, and M. Kay. “ Katp channel inhibition blunts electromechanical decline during hypoxia in left ventricular working rabbit hearts ,” Journal of Physiology, February 8 2017. doi: 10.1113/JP273873.

Hang Liu, a current Ph.D. student advised by Prof. Howie Huang (ECE), has accepted the position of a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, starting fall 2017. Hang, who is expected to graduate in summer 2017, conducts research on big data, in particular developing high-performance computing systems for graph analytics.

Other News

MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility will hold two remaining workshops covering MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS programming this semester. The workshops will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The remaining workshops are:

  • SOLIDWORKS: March 25: Assembly basics ( Register )
  • MATLAB: April 1: Linear Equation & ODE Solving ( Register )

MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS tutoring also will be offered from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected] . The MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad.

Raspberry Pi workshops: SEAS Computing Facility (SEAS CF), in collaboration with GW’s ACM student chapter, will hold a series of Raspberry Pi workshops in April. The workshops will cover introductions, programing, Internet of Things integration, and end with group projects. No programming experience is required, and all works will be performed in groups. All necessary equipment will be provided by SEAS CF. All workshops will be held in Tompkins 201 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

April 1: Workshop 1—Overview of the Raspberry Pi 3 starter kit

Initial Raspberry Pi setup (patch, configure network)

Programming to blink an LED

April 8: Workshop 2—More complex LED programming

Push button, sensors and camera module integration

April 15: Workshop 3—Introduction to Cayenne, Internet of Things

Controlling triggers, LEDs, cameras, outputs, and actions without programming

April 22: Workshop 4—Group Projects

Home network attached storage, security system, firewall, and more!

Please register or email [email protected] with any questions or comments.

SEAS Events

2017 Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture: “Human Exploration from Inner to Outer Space”
Speaker: Dr. Dava Newman, aerospace engineer, professor, and former Deputy Administrator of NASA
Monday, April 17
6:30 – 8:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium

Traffic and Granular Flow Conference (TGF17)
Wednesday – Saturday, July 19-22
TGF17 will be hosted at GW and chaired by Prof. Samer Hamdar (CEE). The conference is interdisciplinary, and faculty from all SEAS departments may submit abstracts. The deadline for abstract submission is March 30. Authors of approved abstracts will have the opportunity to submit a manuscript that will be published as a book chapter by Elsevier. Selected manuscripts will be submitted to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, of which Prof. Hamdar is the special issue editor. All details of the conference can be found on the conference website.

Carreer Center Events

Spring 2017 SEAS Undergraduate Career Development
Walk-in hours (no appointment needed): Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
And by appointment
SEH, 1630

Entrepreneurship Events

Talk: “The Business of Good: How business can be a fulcrum for social change”
Wednesday, March 22
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Incubator, Tompkins Hall M06
Jason Haber, GW alumnus and a serial and social entrepreneur, will host a talk about his new book, The Business of Good. Hear him tell the story of how for-profit and nonprofit companies are changing the world and how you can, too.

Save the Date: Research Days 2017 Competition
Tuesday, April 4
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
GW’s Research Days Competition is open to all GW faculty, staff, and students. The competition is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

TCO 2017 Innovation Competition
Wednesday, April 12
1:00 – 5:30 pm
SEH, B1220
The GW Technology Commercialization Office is showcasing promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. This event provides a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs, and members of the venture community. Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $30,000 in prizes for the development of a prototype or proof-of-concept! All are welcome to attend. Registration for competition entries is now closed.

Research Trainings & Events

Cayuse Electronic Proposal Routing Training
Wednesday, March 22
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Rice Hall, Suite 601, Conference Room
More information 
No RSVP required

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp
Thursday, March 23
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Marvin Center, Room 310
More information 

Faculty Research Salon: Social Media Research
Wednesday, March 29
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Gelman Library, First Floor, National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC)
More information 

Post-Award Grant Management Boot Camp
Wednesday, March 29
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 405
More information 

GW Research Days 2017
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4-5
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor, Grand and Continental Ballrooms
More information
GW’s Research Days Competition is open to all GW faculty, staff, and students. The competition is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. April 4 will focus on arts, business, education, engineering, humanities, law, mathematics, sciences and other topics. April 5 will focus on health and medicine topics.

External Events

Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference
Sunday-Wednesday, May 14-17
Gaylord National Convention Center, Washington, DC
The Student Leaders Conference brings together undergraduate nano and emerging technologies student group representatives from across the United States. It highlights undergraduate research and connects students with entrepreneurs, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and representatives of federal agencies funding research in emerging technologies. The conference is sponsored by TechConnect, in partnership with student groups from across the country. More information

Dissertation Defenses

Student Name: Yiwen Zhou
Title: “Study of the Dielectric Constant of Seawater at L-band Measurements and Applications”
Advisor: Prof. Roger Lang (ECE)
Friday, March 24
1:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, 2990

Student Name: Angel Moreno Entrenas
Title: “Engineering Cellular Level Tools to Measure and Control Cardiac Physiology During Normal and Pathologic Conditions”
Advisor: Prof. Matthew Kay (BME)
Tuesday, March 28
2:15 pm
SEH, 2000B

Student Name: Kara Garrott
Title: “Adapting Novel Techniques to Elevate Physiological Relevance to Study Heart Failure and Oxygenation in the Isolated Heart”
Advisor: Prof. Matthew Kay (BME)
Wednesday, March 29
1:00 pm
SEH, 2000B