March 26 - April 1, 2018


March 26, 2018

Faculty News
Media Mentions:
Dr. Lance Hoffman (CS) was interviewed by Bloomberg regarding Russian hacking of U.S. infrastructure, and The Japan Times subsequently reprinted the article on March 18 under the title “Russian hacking of U.S. infrastructure included aviation.”


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Kelly Scanlon (senior research scientist, Environmental and Energy Management Institute) participated in two workshops in Washington, D.C. during the week of March 12: the Materials Life Cycle Tracking and Measurement Workshop hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Life Cycle Assessment Commons Technical Working Group meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Both workshops offered networking and collaborative opportunities to work together to identify technical and policy solutions for challenges in tracking chemicals and materials throughout the supply chain.


Student News


Edna Aguilar

CEE senior Edna Aguilar received the ASCE-NCS 2018 Outstanding Senior GW Award.


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Capital Section (NCS) held its annual banquet on March 20 at the Arlington Hilton Hotel. At the banquet, the chapter recognized three outstanding CEE students with awards. Edna Aguilar received the Outstanding Senior GW Award; Yoon Sil Choi received the Hathaway Memorial ASCE NCS Award/Scholarship; and Kelsey Donoghue received the Hummel Memorial ASCE NCS Award/Scholarship. Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE) is the advisor to the GW chapter of the ASCE.


The ARCS-Metro Washington Chapter selected MAE doctoral student Jenna Osborne as its Winter Featured Scholar on the chapter's website. Jenna, who is advised by Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE), conducts research in tissue engineering and acoustics. Jenna’s research, “Ultrasound and lipid-coated microbubbles for osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in 3D printed tissue scaffolds” was published in the October 2017 issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. She also presented it last spring at the 2017 GW Research Days.


SEAS Computing Facility
Software Carpentry Workshops
SEAS Computing Facility, in partnership with the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, is offering the fourth, and final, two-day software carpentry workshop this academic year. The workshop will run April 11-12 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Gelman 201 (STEMworks).

Who is this for?
The workshop is intended for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who want to become more productive with lab skills for scientific computing. The workshop is free to any GW-affiliated participant.

What is it?
The workshop provides two days of hands-on learning to:

  • automate repetitive tasks (Unix shell)
  • track and share your code and writing (git and GitHub)
  • use programming language that is especially powerful for statistical analysis (Python)

Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises in the workshops. Participants are encouraged both to help one another and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system; they also should have admin privileges on the computer. The computer needs to be a “real” laptop—not a Chromebook, tablet, etc.


Introduction to Linux Workshop:
This semester's Linux workshops will be held on Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Tompkins Hall 411. They will be hosted by SEAS Computing Facility Systems Engineers Marco Suarez, Hadi Mohammadi, and Jason Hurlburt. Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments about the workshops.


MATLAB and Solidworks tutoring will be offered throughout the spring semester in Tompkins 401 on the following days:

  • Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Fridays: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

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.


SEAS Events
BME Seminar: “Development of a Self-Powered Biosensing System”
Speaker: Dr. Gymama Slaughter, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Tuesday, March 27
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1220


3rd Annual GW Women in Engineering Event: “Navigating Your Career Professional Development”
Tuesday, March 27
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom
This event brings together female engineering students and SEAS alumnae to discuss navigating one’s career successfully. Hear from our key note speaker Christyl Johnson, Ph.D ’12, deputy center director for technology and research investments at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; engage in round table discussions; share lessons learned; and network with fellow classmates, alumnae, and SEAS faculty. This event is open to both undergraduate and graduate female SEAS students.
Registration for students
Registration and information for all other participants


BME Seminar: “Noninvasive Neural Interfacing and Therapies”
Speaker: Dr. Jan Kubanek, Stanford University
Thursday, March 29
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1270


BME David Wang Distinguished Lecture: “Biologically Inspired Engineering: From Mechanotherapeutics to Human Organs-on-Chips”
Speaker: Dr. Donald Ingber, Founding Director, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
Wednesday, April 4
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium​


MAE Seminar: “Cytomechanics: The Bridge between Biology and Engineering”
Speaker: Dr. Randall Duncan, University of Delaware
Thursday, April 5
2:00 - 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Plasmonic Nanostructures for SERS Biosensing and Optoelectronic Devices”
Speaker: Dr. Qiuming Yu, University of Washington
Thursday, April 12
2:00 - 3:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium


Entrepreneurship News & Events
GW Design Thinking Club Workshops: “Designing Your Life Workshop Series”
Thursdays: March 29, April 5, and April 12
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins M06
Learn how design thinking can help you create a more meaningful and fulfilling life in four consecutive workshops. These workshops are open to all GW students who desire a more creative approach to their lives.


2018 GW New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 19
5:30 - 9:00 pm
MPA Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
The top nine GW student entrepreneurial teams will take the stage at one of the largest competitions in the nation to vie for more than $300,000 in funding and support. What big idea will come from GW next? Attend the 10th anniversary finals on April 19 to see who will take the top prize!


Workshop: “Ownership, Governance and Incorporation: Getting Your Innovation Legal”
Monday, April 23
5:30 - 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins M06
Are you looking to get your business incorporated but unsure of the process or the legal documentation you need to help protect your interests? Do you know what it means to be a business owner or how to govern your business properly and ethically? We can help you answer all of these questions. Join us for an insightful workshop featuring guest speakers from the legal industry. Don’t miss out!


Mentor Appreciation Event: “The World’s Best Mentors: GW Mentor Appreciation Celebration”
Thursday, April 26
5:30 - 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins M06
Thank you to all of the GW mentors and judges who have helped the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship throughout the 2017-2018 school year! Students, faculty, staff, mentors, and alumni are welcome to join us for this fun, casual happy hour celebration at the GW Innovation Center as a “thank you” for a fun and eventful year. Network and mingle with us before the school year ends and finals begin!


Technology Commercialization course: GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the GW School of Business, will offer Seminar in Technology Commercialization (ISTM 6239) during GW’s 2018 Summer I session. The course will run May 21 - June 25, meeting on Monday evenings from 6:10 – 9:00 pm. This is a hands-on experience, applying the Lean Startup Approach to tech commercialization. Students may bring their own technology to the class or work on a technology from the GW Technology Commercialization Office. Students also will be eligible for AccelerateGW NSF I-Corps Grants of up to $3,000 to cover expenses for doing customer discovery interviews!


GW Events
Post-Award Management Training Series: “Effectively Document, Submit, Review and Approve Expenditures”
Tuesday, March 27
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 310
Read more and register online


GW Libraries Coffee & Discussion
Monday, April 16
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Gelman Library Lounge, B05
Public digital trace data, such as social media data, provide the opportunity to study the spread of rumors, the use of disinformation, and the role of social bots. GW faculty and researchers are invited to informally share your interest and/or work in this area, as well as discuss opportunities to collaborate with colleagues. This event is primarily for faculty and fellows; however, faculty may invite students, as appropriate. No RSVP is required. Coffee, soda, and cookies will be provided. Feel free to bring a lunch.


Post-Award Management Training Series: “Post-Award Financial Monitoring and Management”
Tuesday, April 17
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 310
Read more and register online


Pre-Award Integrated Systems Workshop
Friday, April 20
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hall of Government, 103 (Tech Lab)
Read more and register online
This hands-on, interactive workshop covers PIVOT, InfoReady, and Cayuse 424.


Post-Award Management Training Series: “Keys to a Successful Award Closeout”
Tuesday, May 22
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 308
Read more and register online


Dissertation Defenses
Student Name: Mahir Ayhan
Dissertation Title: “Efficient Resource Allocation Algorithms for 4G-LTE Networks”
Advisor: Dr. Hyeong-Ah Choi (CS)
Wednesday, March 28
12:30 – 2:20 pm
SEH, 2000