May 17-23, 2010


May 17, 2010

Faculty News

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) just completed a four-week lecture tour on sustainability, and nano- and bio-engineering research at five universities in Hong Kong, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Yangzhou and Shanghai, China. At the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, in which he was involved in the planning stages in the late 1980's before it was built, he also stayed an extra day mentoring young faculty members. In Shanghai, before returning home, he spent two days at the Expo, also known as the World's Fair, the theme of which is "Better City, Better Life," where environment and sustainability play key roles. Overall it was an enlightening and productive trip.

Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) recently presented an invited talk, entitled "The Ubiquity of High-Performance Computing: A Call for Unifying Solutions," at the IBM Austin Research Lab (ARL), in Austin, TX.  He also served as a distinguished visiting professor at the American University in Cairo from April 7-11, where he gave a series of lectures on advances in high-performance computing.

Prof. Baoxia Mi's (CEE) proposal, entitled "A Novel Membrane Separation System for Water Sustainability," has won the GW UFF/Dilthey Award Competition.  She received funding in the amount of $13,899 for the proposed project. 

Student News

Amir Arab, a CEE doctoral candidate and a senior bridge engineer with T.Y. Lin International, recently gave a presentation on "End Zone Reinforcement of Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders" to the National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute.

CEE graduate students Rekha Hareendran and Nazia Salam won first place award in the student paper competition of the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA) for their paper “Study of Denitrification Kinetics of Methanol Utilizing Organisms at Wastewater Treatment Plants in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed." The paper was based on their master’s thesis research, directed by Prof. Riffat (CEE) and funded by the DC Water and Sewer Authority. The students will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Tri-Association Conference to present the paper, where they will receive a plaque and a $500 award.  Rekha finished her master’s degree in fall 2009, while Nazia finished hers this semester.


ECE Colloquium: “Electric Tuning of Ferromagnetic Resonance in Monolithic Ferromagnetic-Ferroelectric Heterostructures”
Speaker: Mingzhong Wu, Colorado State University
Wednesday, May 19th, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

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