May 14 - 20, 2012


May 14, 2012

Faculty News


Profs. Philippe Bardet (MAE), Elias Balaras (MAE), and Majid Manzari (CEE) have received a three-year, $862,435 grant from the DOE Nuclear Energy University Program for their research project, "Validation data and model development for fuel assembly response to seismic loads." In collaboration with France's CEA (Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission) and Argonne National Laboratory, they will perform multi-scale measurements and simulations of nuclear reactor fuel assemblies during earthquake events. Prof. Bardet is the PI on the grant, and Profs. Balaras and Manzari are co-PIs.

Conferences and Presentations:

Members of GW's Institute for Magnetics Research presented several papers at the 2012 International Magnetics Conference (INTERMAG), held May 7-11 in Vancouver, Canada:

  • C. D. Burgy, E. Della Torre, M. Wun-Fogle, and J. B. Restorff, "Magnetostrictive Study of High Strength Steels with Respect to Angle from Rolling Direction"
  • E. Cardelli, E. Della Torre, A Faba, and M. Ovichi, "Energy and Losses in Vector Thermal Aftereffect Model"
  • H. ElBidweihy, E. Della Torre, and Y. Jin, "A Preisach-type Magnetostriction Model for Materials Exhibiting Villari Reversal"
  • M. Ghahremani, Y. Jin, L. H. Bennett, E. Della Torre, H. ElBidweihy and S. Gu, "Design and Instrumentation of an Advanced Magnetocaloric Direct Temperature Measurement System"
  • V. Provenzano, E. Della Torre, and L. H. Bennett, "Magnetizing Processes in Heusler Alloys," INTERMAG Conf., Vancouver, Canada, May 7-11, 2012.
  • V. Provenzano, Y. Jin, L. H. Bennett, and E. Della Torre, "Evidence of First-Order Phase Transition Features near the Para-to Ferro-Magnetic Transition Region of Ni50Mn35In15."

"Design and Instrumentation of an Advanced Magnetocaloric Direct Temperature Measurement System" was selected as the best poster at the conference.

Prof. Can Korman (ECE) also presented a paper at the INTERMAG conference: "Circular MAGFET Design and SNR Optimization for Magnetic Bead Detection," Bowei Zhang, Can E. Korman, and Mona E. Zaghloul.

Prof. Zoe Szajnfarber (EMSE) and her co-advised MIT master's student, Erik Stockham, attended the Reinventing Space Conference in Los Angeles, CA, May 8-11. Prof. Szajnfarber presented a joint work with her research associate, Anthony Wicht: Wicht and Szajnfarber, "Balancing Near-Term Cost Constraints and Future Technical Capabilities: A Space-Centric Assessment of R and D Portfolio Strategies. Erik Stockham won the student paper award for his paper: Stockham (MIT), Schwartz (Draper), Szajnfarber (GW) and Weigel (MIT), "Innovation Pathways in National Security Space."

Guest Vignette

Over Spring Break, six GW engineering students traveled to La Pena, El Salvador with two professional engineering mentors to build latrines for a community desperately in need. Currently, 17 out of 33 families in the community do not have any toilet facilities, and unsanitary disposal of waste has caused a huge pollution problem for the village and the surrounding areas. In order to help solve this problem, the GW Engineers Without Borders (EWB) group designed and built compost latrines for the families of La Pena. The compost latrine design was chosen because the village of La Pena has very limited access to water, so a flushable toilet would be a waste of a precious resource that the village needs to survive. In addition, the composted material can be removed and used as fertilizer on non-food crops. This trip was the initiation of the latrine construction process, and two compost latrines were constructed.

The students were completely immersed in the lives of those living in La Pena. Although not all of the GW EWB group speaks fluent Spanish, everyone formed close bonds with the residents of La Pena. From watching the town soccer games to playing cards with the kids, GW's EWB experienced much more than just traveling to another country to build latrines. (This vignette was provided courtesy of Prof. Rumana Riffat of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prof. Riffat is the faculty advisor to the GW chapter of Engineers Without Borders.)

SEAS Events

Order of the Engineer Ceremony
Tuesday, May 15
4:00 - 6:00 pm
402 Marvin Center

Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute Discussion: " Is America Ready to Vote on the Internet? Concerns for National Security"
Moderated by Prof. Lance Hoffman (CS)
Wednesday, May 16
12:00 noon (Hot buffet lunch included)
302 Marvin Center

Pelton Senior Design Competition and Senior/Alumni BBQ
Wednesday, May 16
5:00 - 8:30 pm
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom and Terrace

CEE Seminar: "Vehicle Dynamics and Safety Research at Coventry University"
Dr. Mike Blundell, Coventry University, UK
Thursday, May 17
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

SEAS Senior Design Showcase
Thursday, May 17
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, 2nd and 3rd floors
Lunch provided

SEAS Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 18
7:30 pm
Smith Center (a reception in the Marvin Center Ballrooms precedes the event)