May 6-12, 2019


May 6, 2019

Faculty News


Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) is the principal investigator on a newly-awarded Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant titled “Exploring New Concepts Towards Multi-Mode Low-Power Robust Electric Propulsion.” This three-year, $360,000 project focuses on novel ideas for satellite micropropulsion.

Dr. Chung Hyuk Park

A multidisciplinary team involving CCAS, SEAS, and the School of Nursing has been awarded a one-year, $50,000 research project from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN). The project is titled “Early Detection of Autism with Automated Social Cognition & Imitation Screener.” Dr. Francys Subiaul is the principal investigator, and Dr. Chung Hyuk Park (BME) is a co-investigator on the project as a technical lead. The award was made under the CTSI-CN Discovery Pilot Award Program.



Headshot of Joost Santos

Dr. Joost Santos (EMSE) has co-authored this book with his colleagues from the Philippines: R. R. Tan, K. B. Aviso, M. A. B. Promentilla, K. D. S. Yu, and J. R. Santos. Input-Output Models for Sustainable Industrial Systems: Implementation Using LINGO (Lecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering), 1st edition, 2019. The book is available on Amazon.


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Conferences & Presentations:


On April 30, Dr. Sameh Badie (CEE) delivered a 90-minute webinar to the National Academies of Science. The webinar discussed the outcomes of the recently completed research project conducted at GW and sponsored by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Research Report 895: Simplified Full Depth Precast Concrete Deck Panel Systems. The seminar covered the new advances of full depth precast concrete deck panels for highway bridges and current needs for bridge construction projects. The webinar was attended by 332 people from 219 sites from the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Highway Administration, state DOTs, consulting firms, and academia. The webinar was very well received, with 97 percent of the attendees stating they were satisfied or very satisfied. Dr. Pedro Silva (CEE) served as the webinar moderator.

Dr. Shelly Heller

Dr. Shelly Heller (CS) attended the computer-supported education conference CSEDU 2019, held May 2-4 in Crete, Greece. Her paper, “Reach to Teach: Preparing Cybersecurity Experts as Adjunct Community College Faculty,” is co-authored by Drs. Lance Hoffman (CS) and Costis Toregas (CS). The paper is the result of work done under a US Department of Defense grant.

Dr. Leftwich

Dr. Megan Leftwich (MAE) served as a panelist for the National Science Foundation-supported “Science of Aquaman” panel, which was held April 26 as part of Washington DC’s AwesomeCon. AwesomeCon is a local comic convention that draws more than 70,000 attendees to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The NSF panels at the event are devoted to explaining the real science behind science fiction and superheroes and getting the general public excited about scientific research. Dr. Leftwich, who studies the swimming techniques of sea lions for applications to the design of underwater vehicles, was invited to discuss the bio-inspired technologies that come from this study.

Several SEAS faculty were invited to represent GW at the 2019 eMerge Americas conference, held April 29-30 in Miami, FL. eMerge Americas is the premier technology event that links Latin America to the rest of the world. Research conducted by Drs. Michael Keidar (MAE), Tian Lan (ECE) and Guru Venkataramani (ECE), James Hahn (CS), Danmeng Shuai (CEE), and Zhenyu Li (BME) was showcased in an interactive booth exhibit at the conference. The GW Today article “GW Researchers to Display Their Technologies at eMerge Americas” outlined the GW research presented at the conference. The event also included panel discussions. Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) was an invited member of the April 29 panel “The Promise & Peril of Digital Technology.”


Other News:

Headshot of Joost Santos

Dr. Joost Santos (EMSE) served as the program chair of the IEEE Systems and Information Design Symposium, held April 26 at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. The authors and participants of this conference are students and faculty from the following institutions: Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa), United States Air Force Academy, Federal University of Jatai (Brazil), Uttara University (Bangladesh), State University of New York at Binghamton, Purdue University, James Madison University, Sweet-Briar College, Aga Khan University (Pakistan), University of Zambia (Zambia), Queen Mary University of London (Great Britain), University of Massachusetts-Lowell, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Virginia, George Mason University, and GW.


Student News

Christianne Chua

BME undergraduate Christianne Chua has been named a 2019 Barry T. Goldwater Scholar, the highest national-level award for outstanding undergraduate researchers in STEM. Christianne is the only SEAS student (and one of three GW students) to receive this prestigious award. Her research is in the field of cardiac optogenetics in Dr. Emilia Entcheva’s (BME) laboratory; she was trained by and worked closely with doctoral students Julie Han and Weizhen Li.

EMSE Conference Team

Five EMSE student teams participated in and presented research papers at the IEEE Systems and Information Design Symposium, held April 26 at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville VA. All of their papers will be published by the IEEE as peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Papers 1-4 below resulted from the year-long EMSE undergraduate senior design course taught by Drs. Joseph Barbera (EMSE), Thomas Mazzuchi (EMSE), and Joost Santos (EMSE).

  1. Tori Monteleone, Debora Kropp, Joshua Smith, and Cooper Grever. “Railway Transportation Expansion and Resource Coverage Analysis in Nigeria.” This paper won the Best Paper Award in the Optimization and Data Analysis Track. It is the first time that the EMSE Department has won this award at this IEEE conference.
  2. Jordan Askey, Jaclyn Bellefeuille, Sydney Eskin, and Anya Welch. “Decision Support Tool for Selecting Supplemental Energy Technologies for Healthcare Facilities in a Developing Country”
  3. Andrew Khayyat, Claudia Sequera, Nathan Walk, and Ehren Wong. “Decision Support Tool to Estimate and Reduce the Probability of Readmission for Congestive Heart Failure Patients”
  4. Caleb Pallaria, Tala Feda, Daniel Bernheimer, and Ashley Schnarrs. “Direct Potable Reuse Systems Risk Analysis”
  5. Sean Baggott and Joost Santos. “Risk Analysis Framework for Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection of the US Electric Power Grid”


Other News
GW’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) invites faculty and staff to visit the CFR website and review more than 200 current corporate and foundation requests for proposals. The website hosts a variety of grant seeking and proposal development tools to assist faculty and staff in finding funding to advance their programs. Corporate and foundation relations staff are available to answer questions and provide assistance at [email protected].


Upcoming SEAS Events
BME Senior Capstone Presentation
Monday, May 6
5:20 – 7:20 pm
SEH, First Floor Studio Lab
BME invites SEAS faculty and staff to join BME faculty, staff, students, and their families for the department’s Senior Capstone Presentation. This year’s senior design projects include a catheter training device, a CPR device for infants, classroom accessibility devices, and a medical records system for medical teams working in the developing world.


SEAS Graduate Student Send Off
Monday, May 13
6:00 – 8:00 pm
SEH, B1 Greenwall
Student RSVP required
The SEAS Career Services Center invites graduating Masters and PhD SEAS students to meet and mingle with local GW alumni. Connect with SEAS alumni who have graduated within the past few years to hear advice for beginning the next stage of your career. Whether you are entering the work force or continuing on with your education, come out and celebrate joining the GW alumni community. Students will receive a special gift. Attire is business casual. Light refreshments will be served. All SEAS alumni, faculty, staff, and graduating masters and PhD students are welcome to attend.


CSPRI Talk: “Opportunities to Get Involved in the Blockchain and Ethereum Community”
Speaker: Thomas Hay, Product Manager, Consensys Academy
Thursday, May 16
12:00 noon (An informal lunch will be served)
Marvin Center, Room 301
Please RSVP for lunch
The intent of this and future Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) lunches is to give GW faculty and students glimpses of the vibrant security and privacy private sector in the Washington region and to promote dialog and debate regarding breakthrough initiatives. The potential for support for research or conference papers on related topics will be part of the discussion.


Software Carpentry Workshop
Thursday and Friday, May 16 and 17
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Gelman Library, Room 101
RSVP is required
Join us for two days of hands-on instruction in automating tasks with the Unix shell, data analysis and visualization with Python, and version control with Git. Participants must register ahead of time and attend for both days. The course is designed for GW graduate students, faculty, and other researchers; however, advanced undergraduate students are also welcome. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. The workshop is free to any GW-affiliated participant. Visit the GW Libraries’ Github website for more details and the workshop schedule.


External Events
Public Release Webinar: National Academies’ Report, “Reproducibility and Replicability in Science”
Tuesday, May 7
1:00 pm
Register for the webinar
Please join us for a public webinar to learn about the new National Academies' report "Reproducibility and Replicability in Science." The webinar will include an overview of the study process and discussion of the report’s conclusions, recommendations, and key messages. Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE), a member of the study committee and co-author of the report, will be one of the webinar’s speakers.