May 7-13, 2018


May 7, 2018

Faculty News
Dr. Leila Farhadi (CEE) has received the NASA Career Award in the New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Sciences. The grant will provide $260,000 over a three-year period for her proposal “Coupled Estimation of Evapotranspiration and Recharge from Remotely Sensed Land Surface Moisture and Temperature.” NIP proposals are openly solicited every two years.


Dr. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) has published a paper with graduate students Maotong Xu and Chong Liu. The paper proposes and analyzes a new network architecture for data centers that provides significant reduction in energy consumption and cost over many other architectures. The paper citation is: M. Xu, C. Liu, and S. Subramaniam. “PODCA: A Passive Optical Data Center Network Architecture,” IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 409-420, April 2018.


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Amir Aslani (ECE) and Dr. Mohammadreza Ghahremani attended the IEEE Intermag 2018 Conference, held April 23-27 in Singapore. They gave two presentations, “Customizing Magnetic and Structural Properties of Nanomaterials,” and “Entropy Change and Hysteresis Losses in Ni45Co5Mn(37-x)In(13+x) Alloy Family.” Their presentations received a good deal of interest from top scholars in the magnetic and material science field. Dr. Aslani and Dr. Ghahremani conduct research under the Institute for Magnetics Research, which is directed by Dr. Edward Della Torre (ECE) and Dr. Lawrence Bennett (ECE).


Dr. Igor Efimov (BME) recently gave two presentations abroad. On April 12-13, he participated in the Leducq Foundation annual symposium in Paris, France, where he presented research results of the trans-Atlantic network of excellence, RHYTHM. RHYTHM is funded by a $6 million grant from the Leducq Foundation, and is an international network of six universities working to develop new diagnostics and therapy for sudden cardiac death due to ventricular arrhythmias. Dr. Haissaguerre (University of Bordeaux) and Dr. Efimov serve as the European and North-American coordinators of RHYTHM, respectively. On April 16-17, Dr. Efimov visited Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta at the University of Calgary, Canada. There, he presented the Dr. E. R. Smith Lecture in Cardiovascular Research. His talk, titled “New Technology for Human Heart Physiology,” was the keynote lecture at the annual Libin Cardiovascular Institute's Tine Haworth Research Day 2018.


Dr. Rus Hemley (CEE) gave a colloquium lecture at Howard University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy on April 23. His lecture was titled “New Findings in Materials in Extreme Environments.”


Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) will host the International Workshop on Micropropulsion for CubeSatellites July 31 – August 1 here at GW. The workshop is the follow-up meeting for Micropropulsion and CubeSatellites after two successful meetings in Italy and Singapore.


Dr. Zhenyu Li (BME), Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE), and BME doctoral students Baichen Li, Quan Dong, and Scott Downen were invited to give a technology demonstration at the NIH/NIBIB (National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering) on May 4 as part of the NIBIB Showcase for Congressional Staff. This event is organized annually by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) to educate and inform policy makers about the importance of federal funding for biomedical innovation in tackling society’s grand challenges. The SEAS team demonstrated cloud-based wearable and portable sensors they developed for the NIH PRISMS program.


Other News:

2018 Faculty Award Winners

On May 1, SEAS celebrated its 2018 Faculty Research and Teaching Awards Presentation. At the ceremony, Dean David Dolling honored this year’s recipients. Congratulations to:

  • Distinguished Teacher: Dr. Jason Zara (BME)
  • Distinguished Researcher: Dr. Igor Efimov (BME)
  • Outstanding Junior Teachers: Dr. Leila Farhadi (CEE) and Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE)
  • Outstanding Junior Researcher: Dr. Danmeng Shuai (CEE)


Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) was invited to participate in the 2018 NAE-AAES Convocation of Professional Engineering Societies, which was a closed meeting of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), held April 23 at the National Academy of Sciences Building. The two sessions were: “SESSION 1: Cybersecurity: Challenges for the Engineering Profession and Society,” and “SESSION 2: Resilience of the Electric Power Transmission and Distribution System.”


Dr. Shelly Heller (CS) received an $85,000 award from the National Security Agency to support the Middle School Girls Cybersecurity Day Camp. The camp will be held June 18-29 on the Mount Vernon Campus. This is the third time that GW will provide the camp.


Student News

Innovation Challenge: Viva Puerto Rico

On May 3, the GW Innovation Center hosted the SEAS Innovation Challenge Showcase, ¡Viva Puerto Rico!, at Tompkins Hall. The 2018 Challenge was designed to support disaster relief in Puerto Rico in the areas of off-grid power and communications. The event showcased projects created by the finalists in this year’s Challenge competition. It also included a panel discussion and a short documentary on the devastation caused in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, and a celebration of Puerto Rican culture through food and music. Joseph Schiarizzi (MAE) and Abigail DeMasi (CS) took First Place in the competition for their project, which created an affordable and portable networking communication device that uses radio power instead of cell towers. This GW Hatchet article has more information about the event.


GW Today published the article “Four GW Women Named Clare Boothe Luce Scholars” on May 7. The article introduces the fours scholars and the research they will conduct under the scholarship program. The scholars are: Anastasia Carr (BME), Rachel Gray (MAE), Bianca Karpinecz (BME), and Meghana Tallam (BME).


Other News

Miller & Long Site Visit

On May 1, Miller & Long Senior Vice President Mr. Mike Lenkin gave a presentation titled “Challenges Facing the Structural Engineering Community” to the CEE junior student group. After the presentation the students, accompanied by Mr. Lenkin and Dr. Sameh Badie (CEE), visited the construction site on N & 19th Streets in downtown Washington, DC. The students received a great deal of information from the project superintendent about the feature of this unique structure and the challenges facing the construction company. Miller & Long has been providing a lot of support to the CEE department’s academic and research activities.


SEAS Events
SEH WOW Talks Series
Wednesday, May 9
4:00 – 5:00 pm (Refreshments will follow)
SEH, B1220
This WOW Talks event will include three speakers: Dr. Jakub Kostal (Chemistry): “Preventing Pollution and Protecting Human Health through Computer Simulation;” Dr. Keryn Gedan (Biological Sciences): “Sea Level Rise, Saltwater Intrusion, and Tidal Marsh Migration;” and Dr. Anne-Laure Papa (BME): “A Cellular Therapeutics Approach to Delay Cancer Metastasis and Thrombosis.”


BME Seminar: “NIH/NIBIB: The Road to Successful Grant Applications”
Speaker: Dr. Šeila Selimović, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH
Thursday, May 10
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Jupyter Pop-up DC
Tuesday, May 15
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
GW Marvin Center
Tickets ($30 - $195; early price ends April 27)
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.


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
E-Team Grant Program
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