May 10-16, 2010


May 10, 2010

Faculty News

Prof. Shelly Heller (CS) has been named a George Washington Award winner for 2009-2010 and will be honored at the university’s Commencement celebration on May 16th.  The George Washington Award, one of the most prestigious awards bestowed by the University, was established in 1976 to give special recognition to members of the GW community whose accomplishments on behalf of the institution have had a broad impact and whose service has been above and beyond that which is usual or expected.

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) and his Ph.D. advisor (Prof. Yacov Haimes, University of Virginia) contributed an article to a recently published homeland security handbook: J.R. Santos, Y.Y. Haimes, April 2010. “Input-Output Modeling for Interdependent Infrastructure Sectors” Chapter 2.6 in Wiley Handbook of Science and Technology for Homeland Security, 4 Volume Set (J.G. Voeller, ed.). Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.

Prof. Guru Venkataramani (ECE) has been awarded the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe junior faculty enhancement award for a proposal that he wrote on performance debugging on multi-core processors.

Student News

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellowships.  They are:

Xiolong Jiang (Sophomore, Computer Science) 
Topic: Analysis and Visualization of the Biomechanics of Swimming Motion
Mentor:  Prof. James Hahn, Computer Science

Ross Patterson (Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering)
Topic: Peptide Modified Gold Nanowires by Discontinuous Vertical Colloidal Deposition
Mentor: Prof. Mark Reeves, Physics

They will each receive a $5,000 stipend to do research with their mentors.

Commencement News

SEAS will participate in several GW Commencement Weekend events from May 13th to May 16th.  Highlight information is below.  For more detailed Commencement information, please visit the SEAS web site.

Thursday, May 13:
The university’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony begins at
 5:00 pm in the Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd Street, NW).  The University will host a reception after the hooding ceremony.

Saturday, May 15: 
School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration: The SEAS Celebration will take begin at 7:30 pm at the Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd Street, NW).  SEAS will host a reception for our graduates and their guests prior to the ceremony, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, in Duquès Hall (22nd Street, NW between G and H Streets).
  The keynote speaker for the SEAS Celebration will be Dr. H. Vincent Poor, dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University.  Dr. Poor is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Fellow of the IEEE, and is currently a GW Welling Professor. 

Sunday, May 16: 
Processions step off at the National Mall at 9:30 am
, followed by the University Commencement at 10:00 am on the National Mall, between 4th and 7th Streets

Questions about any of the events in connection with the SEAS Celebration, Hooding, or any of the graduation weekend events should be directed to Sandra Little at 202-994-5411 or Michael Veedock at 202-994-6080.


Looking for a place to publish or present interesting work in information security or information warfare?  Consider submitting your work to the 6th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security.  It will be held at GW in March 2011, which makes it a pretty convenient venue!  You can find out much more information about the conference at:

Revisit Bucky: Exploring Synergetics
At American University and Arena Stage 
June 11th – 13th