March 27 - April 2, 2017


March 27, 2017

Faculty News


Prof. Vesna Zderic (BME) and her collaborators, Dr. Kevin Cleary (Children's National), Dr. Aleksandar Jeremic (Biology), and Dr. Joshua Cohen (Endocrinology), have received a one-year, $50,000 award from Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN) for support of their project, “Novel Ultrasound Device for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.” This support comes from the CTSI-CN OPA-II Device Development Award Program.


Prof. Samer Hamdar (CEE) and his former student Emily Porter have published a book chapter in the TGF'15 Conference book: E. Porter, S. H. Hamdar, and W. Daamen. (2017). “Pedestrian Dynamics at Transit Stations: An Integrated Pedestrian Flow Modelling Approach,” Traffic and Granular Flow Conference 2015, Springer (Eds: Knoop and Daamen), pp. 361-368.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) was an invited participant in the NSF/NIH-sponsored event “Imagining Tomorrow’s University: Rethinking scholarship, education, and institutions for an open, networked era,” held March 8–9 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Participants included university presidents, vice presidents, and vice provosts; representatives from public and private funding agencies; and recognized leaders in open scholarship, data science, computational science, and reproducible research.

On March 21, Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) served as both a panel moderator and panel speaker at the Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN) annual meeting, hosted at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth University. The name of the panel was “Spotlight on Social Data: How is the Engineering Systems Field Poised to Address Social Data Grand Challenges?”

Other News:

Prof. Larry Bennett (ECE) has been named an editor for the open access journal Cogent Physics.

Student News

Master's student Rachael Bevill, advised by Prof. Chung Hyuk Park (BME), has been awarded the 2017-2018 Whitaker International Program Fellowship. The Whitaker Fellowship is a funding opportunity for emerging U.S. leaders in biomedical engineering to build collaborative ties with individuals and institutions overseas. Roughly 30 fellows are selected nationally each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Rachael will spend nine months in Stuttgart, Germany conducting research under Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, director of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Department of Haptic Intelligence."









Three GW CEE students won awards at the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Capital Section (NCS) awards banquet, held March 21 at the Hilton Ballston Hotel. Jiangnan “Louise” Lu and Edna Aguilar each received an ASCE NCS Scholarship Award, and Mojolaoluwa “Demi” Ladipo-Obasa received the Outstanding GW CEE Senior Award.

Other News

ECE alumnus Faisal Mohd-Yaisin has been promoted to the rank of senior lecturer at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. This is the equivalent of a tenured associate professor position in the North American system. Faisal completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at SEAS.

SEAS Computing Facility News

MATLAB workshop: SEAS Computing Facility will hold its final MATLAB workshop on April 1 in Tompkins 405 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The final workshop will cover linear equation and ODE solving. ( Register )

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. The remaining workshops include:

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

BME Seminar: “High-Resolution Brain Machine Interfaces Using Flexible Silicon Electronics”
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Viventi, Duke University
Monday, March 27
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

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

ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Resource Management for Energy-Constrained Computing Systems”
Speaker: Dr. H.J. Siegel, Colorado State University
Wednesday, April 26
1:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

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

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

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

National Geographic Event: “Engineering for the Planet”
Presenter: Shah Selbe, rocket scientist and engineering activist
Wednesday, April 5
7:30 pm
National Geographic headquarters (1600 M Street, NW)
Student Tickets: $10 tickets using code NGEngineer10
Faculty Tickets: $5 discount using code Engineer5
More information 
Shah Selbe is a longstanding believer in the power of engineering and open-source data to solve the world's biggest problems. He has invented cutting-edge surveillance drones and sensors that are saving the environment—on land and in the ocean—from poachers and pollution.

Conference: Mid-Atlantic Student Colloquium on Speech, Language and Learning (MASC-SLL)
Saturday, May 6
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
MASC-SLL is a one-day event bringing together students, postdocs, faculty and researchers from universities and industry in the mid-Atlantic area. The colloquium is an opportunity for students and postdocs to present preliminary or completed work on computational methods applied to any aspect of computational linguistics. There will be no registration charge and lunch and refreshments will be provided. The submission deadline for abstracts is Friday, March 31

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: 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