May 13-26, 2013


May 13, 2013

Faculty News


Prof. Gabriel Sibley (CS) has received a $1.1 million grant from Motorola Mobility LLC for the research project “Perception in the Pocket.”  The grant extends through December 2014.

Prof. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) received a GW Katzen Cancer Research Center Innovative Cancer Pilot Research award of $80,000 for the proposal “Contrast Ultrasonography for Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis.”  Dr. M. Reza Taheri (GW MFA) is the co-PI for this proposal.


Working in collaboration with Virgil Provenzano of the National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST), Profs. Edward Della Torre and Lawrence Bennett of GW’s Institute for Magnetics Research have published a paper in the Journal of Applied Physics.   The paper is titled “Magnetization model for a Heusler alloy.”

A paper co-authored by Prof. Martha Pardavi-Horvath (ECE) was recently published in the Journal of Applied Physics: G. S. Makeeva, O. A. Golovanov, M. Pardavi-Horvath, and A. B. Rinkevich. “A probabilistic model for the interaction of microwaves with 3-dimensional magnetic opal nanocomposites,” Journal of Applied Physics, 113, 173901 (2013).

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE) presented a peer-reviewed conference paper (full article with full review) at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2013), held in Karlsruhe, Germany.  The paper was co-authored with his doctoral students Paul Moubarak and Zhou Ma.  ICRA is the flagship conference in robotics and automation and continues to be the most prestigious in this area. This year’s acceptance rate was 38%.  The paper citation is: Moubarak, P., Ben-Tzvi, P., Ma, Z. “An Active Coupling Mechanism with Three Modes of Operation for Modular Mobile Robotics,” Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2013), Karlsruhe, Germany, May 6-10, 2013, pp. 5469–5474.

Prof. Erica Gralla (EMSE) gave a talk at POMS 2013, the annual meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society, held May 3-6 in Denver, CO. The talk, titled "Using expert preferences to assess trade-offs among multiple objectives for humanitarian aid delivery," is joint work with Jarrod Goentzel and Charles Fine at MIT.

On April 23-25, Prof. Lance Hoffman (CS) ran an NSF-sponsored workshop in Orlando, FL, that brought together computer scientists, social scientists, and other stakeholders in an attempt to integrate social sciences into the design of future cyber security mechanisms and systems. The workshop should foster the development of new models of, and paradigms for, cyber security, and will lead to the development of communities of researchers who today do not interact, but whose cooperative work is necessary for the development of cyber security mechanisms and systems.   Results from it are being used to produce a research agenda in social sciences related to cyber security that addresses user, economic, and sociopolitical realities.

Prof. Zhenyu Li (ECE) presented the following paper at the SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) Defense, Security and Sensing conference, held May 1 in Baltimore, MD: Bowei Zhang, Quan Dong, Can E. Korman, Zhenyu Li, and Mona E. Zaghloul, “Flexible packaging and integration of CMOS IC with elastomeric microfluidics.”

Other News:

On April 26, a group of junior CEE students and Prof. Sameh Badie (CEE) visited the Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) construction site.  The visit was coordinated by the project manager, Mr. Tyler Dockendorf of Clark Construction.  The group was given a 30-minute presentation on the features of the SEH and the construction challenges that the contractors have encountered since construction began. This was followed by a 90-minute tour of the site, accompanied by five engineers of Clark Construction. The visit was an excellent chance for the students to see real applications of what they have learned in the Reinforced Concrete course (CE3310) this semester.

Students in Prof. Michael Duffey’s (EMSE) Fundamentals of Systems Engineering course presented their semester-long team projects to their peers and a number of guest judges on May 8th.  The project objective was to design, build, and operate a system that can perform the first measure of Invention #13 by J.S. Bach.  Not surprisingly, the four teams developed very different approaches to the challenge, showing creativity and resourcefulness in their design choices and materials.  They also gained fabrication skills working closely with the SEAS machine shop.

Each team was required to build a system that is autonomous and generates sounds by physical means using solids, liquids, or gasses.  The sounds could be actuated by any type of mechanical, electro-mechanical, or electrical or electronic means.  Designed to mimic a real-world systems engineering project, the class project included selection, implementation, and analysis of the various sub-systems involved in the design; prototyping and modeling of the design; a concurrent engineering schedule; and risk, cost, and stakeholder analyses.

The Optical Society of America (OSA) has appointed Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) to be the executive lead of its nanophotonics technical group.  In this role, Prof. Sorger will work to strengthen the nanophotonics community, which includes members of academia, industry, and funding agencies.

SEAS Events

2013 Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony & Reception
Tuesday, May 14
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Marvin Center Continental Ballroom

Pelton Senior Design Competition & Senior-Alumni BBQ
Wednesday, May 15
5:00 – 9:00 pm

  • 5:00 - 5:30 pm - Public viewing of student projects
  • 5:30 - 7:00 pm - Pelton competition and awards ceremony
  • 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Senior-Alumni BBQ

Marvin Center Grand Ballroom and 3rd Floor Terrace
Join us at the annual Pelton Senior Design Competition to learn about the innovative research and design projects of the Class of 2013, where teams representing each of the five SEAS departments will vie for awards and cash prizes.  The competition and BBQ are open to SEAS seniors and their families, and to all other SEAS students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Registration is required.

SEAS Senior Design Showcase
Thursday, May 16
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, 2nd and 3rd Floors
All SEAS students, staff, faculty, and alumni are welcome.  Families of graduating seniors are also welcome.  Buffet lunch included.

Graduation Events

Thursday, May 16
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
5:00 pm
Charles E. Smith Center

Friday, May 17
School of Engineering and Applied Science Reception
4:30 pm
Marvin Center Ballrooms

School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration
7:30 pm
Charles E. Smith Center

Sunday, May 19
Processions step off at the National Mall
9:30 am
National Mall

University Commencement
10:00 am
National Mall, between 8th and 14th Streets