May 14-20, 2018


May 14, 2018

Faculty News
Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE) has received a National Science Foundation award for the project “Integrated Framework for System-Level Approximate Computing.” The project is a three-year collaborative effort with Dr. Fabrizio Lombardi (Northeastern University). The total amount of funding is $487,000, and GW’s portion is $262,000. In this research, Dr. Louri and his team seek to investigate and improve the advances and unique advantages of approximate computing to develop systems in both hardware and software (algorithms) that are low-power, high performance, and error-configurable. The overarching goal of this proposal is to develop computing systems that are capable of adjusting performance by exploiting relationships between hardware and software for different applications such as cognitive processing, digital signal/image processing, big data, and scientific processing. The proposed research is timely and vital for the continued growth of advanced and emerging computer systems.


Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) and his colleagues in Iran have published the following journal article: H. Mirsaeedi, A. Fereidunian, S. M. Mohammadi-Hosseininejad, P. Dehghanian, and H. Lesani, “Long-Term Maintenance Scheduling and Budgeting in Electricity Distribution Systems Equipped with Automatic Switches,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 1909-1919, May 2018.


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) attended the IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Conference, held May 7-10 in Niagara Falls, Canada. There, he presented the following paper: P. Dehghanian, Y. Guan, and M. Kezunovic, “Real-Time Life-Cycle Assessment of Circuit Breakers for Maintenance Using Online Condition Monitoring Data.”


Dr. Igor Efimov (BME) recently presented two invited talks in Boston, MA. On May 8, he delivered the talk “Low Energy Multi-Stage Therapy of AF" at the 2018 Stanford Biodesign New Arrhythmia Technologies Retreat. On May 10, he presented “The How To and Why of Arranging International Research Fellowships” at the 2018 Heart Rhythm Society annual sessions.


Dr. Rachelle Heller (CS) will deliver the "Women in STEM Speaker Address" on May 16 at the 3rd Annual NIH Vivian W. Pinn Symposium, “Leveraging the Network to Advance Women in Science.”


On May 7, Dr. Russell Hemley (CEE) presented the lecture “A New World of Materials in Extreme Environments” at the University of Maryland’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.


Dr. Tianshu Li (CEE) recently gave the invited talk “How a Simple Model Helps Unveil the Complex Nature of Ice Nucleation” at the following locations: the Institute of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago on April 10, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on May 2, and the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis on May 7.


Dr. Jason Zara (BME) recently gave a seminar and a keynote talk at the University of California, Davis. His May 3 seminar to the Department of Biomedical Engineering was titled “Applications of Imaging and Image Analysis in Biomedical Engineering,” and his May 4 keynote talk at the 2018 Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group Research Day was titled “Valuing and Cultivating an Open Mindset in Engineering Researchers.” Two SEAS alumni who earned their bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering at GW—Srinivas Tapa and Hailey Cunningham—are Ph.D. students at UC-Davis, and they also presented their research at the event.


Student News
GW Today recently asked eight graduating seniors to reflect on their favorite memories of their time at GW, and it published the videos on its website. EMSE senior Jillian Miles is one of the eight students whose reflections GW Today published.


GW Today published a May 4 article about CS graduate student Zheng Yang titled “How I Got the Job: Practice Makes Perfect for Graduate Student Zheng Yang.”


SEAS Events
Jupyter Pop-up DC
Tuesday, May 15
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
GW Marvin Center
Tickets ($30 - $225)
At Jupyter Pop-up, find out how teams of data scientists, business analysts, and researchers use the Notebook and other Jupyter tools to solve “last mile” issues of communicating data to management, create self-documenting and future-friendly apps and widgets, and streamline your workflow. Featured speakers include: Paco Nathan, Lorena Barba (MAE), Peter Parente, Catherine Ordun, Dave Stuart, and Laura Noren.


BME Seminar Series: “Design and Engineering of Optoelectronics: from Energy Harvesting to Bio-Interfacing”
Speaker: Dr. Luyao Lu, Northwestern University
Tuesday, May 15
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Order of the Engineer Ceremony
Tuesday, May 15
4:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium


Pelton Award and SEAS Undergraduate Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 17
4:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium


Entrepreneurship News & Events
VentureWell Faculty Grants
VentureWell awards faculty grants to colleges and universities for the purpose of strengthening existing curricular programs and/or building new courses and programs in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Receive up to $30,000 by creating new, or transforming existing, courses and programs in sustainable technology or sustainable design to help students develop novel inventions and gain entrepreneurial skills to bring these inventions to market. Proposals are due May 23.


GW Events
Post-Award Management Training Series: “Keys to a Successful Award Closeout”
Tuesday, May 22
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 308
Read more and register online