March 29-April 4, 2010


April 4, 2010

Faculty News

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) served as the program chair for the 6th International Symposium on Applied Reconfigurable Computing (ARC2010), which was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from March 17th – 19th.  

Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE) was an invited panelist for a public and graduate George Mason University seminar entitled "Assurance in Cyberspace:  Grand Challenges of Cyber Warfare and Trust.”  The panel was led by a national leader in the cyber warfare and cyber forensics community, BGen (USAF, ret.) Jim Jaeger, formerly NSA assistant deputy director for operations, and currently director of cyber-systems, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.   The panel also included: John Woods (Hunton & Williams, cybersecurity legal expert), Matt Stern (GDAIS, creator of Cyber Shockwave national crises simulation) and Greg Kipper (GDAIS, cyberforensics author and cyber systems futurist).  The seminar was held on March 22nd.  Separately, Prof. Ryan also participated in a panel discussion on "Plagiarism and Teaching" sponsored by the GW School of Business on March 5th.  The panel discussion was hosted by the Teaching Excellence Taskforce of the School of Business.

Prof. Poorvi Vora (CS) presented invited seminars on "Independently-Verifiable Secret-Ballot Elections" at Princeton University and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Princeton, on March 11th and 12th, respectively. The Princeton University talk was part of the Information Sciences and Systems seminar series.

Books & Papers:

Prof. Michael Stankosky (EMSE) and Drs. Vincent Ribiere and Mirghani Mohamed (former EMSE students) have collaborated on a chapter in a recently published book, Quantitative Quality of Service for Grid Computing, published by IGI Global.  The chapter is “The Key Requirements for Deploying Knowledge Management Services in a Semantic-grid Environment.”


On February 25th, Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) participated in a roundtable discussion on high-performance computing and U.S. manufacturing organized by the U.S. Council on Competitiveness in Washington D.C.  NSF, DoE, DoD, NASA, Boeing, GE, Proctor and Gamble, UIUC/NCSA, USC, and the White House were among those represented.   The group discussed manufacturing application areas and provided recommendations to entice the government to invest future U.S. budgets in enhancing U.S. productivity and competitiveness by making high-performance computing available to industry, particularly small and medium manufacturing companies. 

Prof. Kim Roddis (CS chair) joined 180 ASCE members from across the country who gathered in Washington, D.C., March 23rd – 25th for the 2010 ASCE Legislative Fly-In. Over the course of the two-day meeting, participants learned about issues affecting civil engineering and how to develop relationships with their elected officials, and then put those new skills into practice by visiting their lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and John Mica, R-Fla., met Fly-In participants and spoke with them about the status of surface transportation and other infrastructure concerns they are taking up in their committees.


Student News


Kevin Wagner, (Ph.D. student, ECE) and Prof. Milos Doroslovacki (ECE) attended the IEEE International Conference on Acoustic, Speech, and Signal Processing held in Dallas, TX, March 14th – 19th.  At the conference they presented their paper "Proportionate-type NLMS algorithms based on maximization of the joint conditional PDF for the weight deviation vector."

Other News


Graduate Student R&D Showcase: Don’t miss your chance to participate in the 4th Annual Graduate Student Research & Development Showcase, where you can show your R&D projects to local companies and federal labs.  The event includes a poster contest with cash prizes for the best presentations: First Place = $2,000; Second Place = $1,200; Third Place = $800.  The Showcase will be held on Friday, April 30, 2010, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm in the Marvin Center’s Grand Ballroom.  The deadline for applications to participate is Wednesday, March 31, 2010.  \

GW Women in Business (GWWIB) will present its first annual spring conference on Saturday, April 10th from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm in Duques and Funger Halls. Men and women, business and non-business majors are encouraged to attend. GWWIB hopes to facilitate a discussion on the major topics learned in the classroom and how these issues are translated into the real world of business. The discussions will be facilitated by GW professors and will feature panels of experts, as well as an opportunity for Q&A by conference participants. The conference will also include a networking luncheon, at which participants will be able to meet representatives from M&T Bank, Coca-Cola Company, Deloitte, the World Bank, Capitol Hill, DuPont, NewVision Health, Women in Technology, and many more! Tickets for GWWIB members ($10) and non-members ($15) include breakfast, lunch, a goodie bag with gift cards and discount coupons, and a wealth of networking opportunities.  Purchase your tickets at:


Upcoming Events:


MAE Seminar: “Multiscale Simulations of Physical and Biological Systems”
Speaker: Elias Balaras, Fischell Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland
Tuesday, March 30th at 1:30 pm
736 Phillips Hall

CS Colloquium: “Securing Wireless Networks at the Physical Layer: Alice and Bob Get Physical”
Speaker: Wade Trappe, WINLAB, Rutgers University
Tuesday, April 6th at 1:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: “The Role of Advancing Technology in Railroad Tie Inspection”
Presenter: ENSCO, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, April 6th, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
736 Phillips Hall

SEAS Excellence Awards Presentation
Faculty Research and Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception
Thursday, April 8th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
310 Marvin Center

CS Colloquium: “Cybersecurity and Cyberconfidence: The Case of Morocco”
Speaker: Dr. Tajje-eddine Rachidi, Alakhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
Thursday, April 8th at 11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall

CS Colloquium: “Macro-Micro Scale Interactions Associated with Motility and Nutrient Absorption in the Small Intestine analyzed with Lattice-Boltzmann Models”
Speaker: James G. Brasseur, Pennsylvania State University
Tuesday, April 13th, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

CS Colloquium: “Models of Motivation”
Speaker: Glenn Becker, Unisys Corporation
Wednesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: “Biomagnetics: An Interdisciplinary Field Where Magnetics, Biology, and Medicine Overlap”
Speaker: Dr. Shoogo Ueno, University of Tokyo/Kyushu University
Thursday, April 22nd, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

SEAS Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship:

Please join SEAS for the remaining two seminars of the four-part Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship. These events are free and open to the SEAS and GW community. To register, please visit

Product vs. Service Entrepreneurs
GW Summit on Entrepreneurship
Thursday, April 15th 
10:30 – 11:30 am: Panel Discussion
Duques Hall, Room 652

Sponsored by the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Engineer Alumni Association.

SEAS Seminar Series in Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century:

SEAS continues the seminar series it initiated last semester with more discussions on engineering challenges facing us:

Arms Control and Environmental Treaties: The Challenge for Engineers and Scientists
Nicholas Kyriakopoulos
April 6th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
414 Marvin Center

Systems Architecting: Taking a System from Concept to Reality
April 20th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
101 Marvin Center

Sex, Lies and Videoclips: The Perils of Life Online
Prof. Dianne Martin
May 4th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
309 Marvin Center