November 12-18, 2018


November 12, 2018

Faculty News



Dr. Roger Lang (ECE) has received a three-year $360,000 grant from the Army Research Office (ARO) to investigate ultra high frequency (UHF) propagation in mountainous environments. Microwave links that have no line-of-sight propagation path can nevertheless communicate. Waves are reflected from tree covered mountainsides. In a joint effort with the Army Cold Region Research and Electronic Labs, Dr. Lang will use his forest models to understand how tree covered mountainsides can reflect UHF signals.

Conferences & Presentations:

Chitkara University Dr. Shittu

Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) attended the 10th Global Week at Chitkara University, held October 22-26 in Chandigarh, India. During his visit, he taught a sophomore class of 78 computer science and engineering students some basics of his Engineering Economic Analysis course; he interacted with Chitkara's Entrepreneurship and Innovation team; and he provided research guidance to his pre-Ph.D. dissertation Chitkara faculty buddy. This year's Global Week at Chitkara University was attended by 72 faculty members from 53 universities across 22 countries to highlight collaborative teaching, enhance blended learning, and promote interdisciplinary research across borders. Dr. Shittu's visit was facilitated by the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Management.

Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his student Li Lin have published the following paper: L. Lin, Y. Lyu, M. N. Shneider, and M. Keidar. “Average electron temperature estimation of streamer discharge in ambient air,” Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 89, Issue 11 (online).


Student News
Research conducted in part by BME graduate student Hifza Javed was featured in the November 2 New York Magazine article “Companion Robots Are Helping Autistic Children Feel Comfortable in School.”


The BME department congratulates postdoctoral fellow Dr. Sharon George and doctoral student Rose Yin, who have both been awarded fellowships from the American Heart Association to study in Dr. Igor Efimov's (BME) laboratory. Sharon has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship to study the differential roles of p38 MAPK isoforms in Doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity, and Rose has been awarded a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship to study selective optical defibrillation of the excitable gap to terminate ventricular arrhythmias in mice.



Other News
GW CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service is now accepting applications for September 2019. If you are interested in pursuing a technical and/or policy degree in the field of cybersecurity, consider applying for a scholarship grant. Government funding provides full scholarships (tuition, books, stipend, and professional development allowance) for students to study cybersecurity at GW for up to three years. After completing their coursework, students will help protect the nation's information infrastructure by working as security experts in a government agency for at least the amount of time they have been supported by this program. Rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are U.S. citizens and have a GPA above 3.0 are eligible to apply. The application deadline is January 31, 2019. Visit GW CyberCorps for application and program information.


SEAS Events Re-cap

BME Day 2018

The BME department welcomed 169 attendees, including 11 prospective doctoral students, to its 3rd Annual BME Day, hosted on November 5. Among the primary activities of the day were a panel discussion focused on careers in biomedical engineering, a poster and networking session, and lectures by guest speakers and BME faculty. Speakers included Dr. William Bentley (University of Maryland), Dr. Michael Buschmann (George Mason University), Dr. Rong Li (GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences), Dr. Rohan Fernandes (GW Cancer Center), Dr. Arnaud Martin (GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences), and the BME department's own new assistant professor, Dr. Luyao Lu. Current doctoral student Scott Downen moderated the career panel, whose members included Molly Delaney (US Patent and Trademark Office, and BME alumna), Dr. Kara Garrott (Boston Scientific, and BME alumna), Jeffrey Gibbs (Hyman, Phelps, & McNamara, PC), Dr. Allan Guan (Food and Drug Administration, and BME alumnus), Shirali Nigam (Janelia Farms intern, and BME undergraduate student), and Jordan Williams (Leidos, and BME graduate student). The BME department thanks all who attended the event and congratulates the 21 current BME students who presented their research during the poster and networking session. The department also thanks SEAS alumnus and donor David Wang (BS ‘51) for his support of this program!

CVP Panel

Students, faculty, alumni, and friends gathered in the Lehman Auditorium last Wednesday to listen to a panel of four innovation experts, including SEAS’ Annamaria Konya Tannon, discuss the business of innovation. The panel discussion was the third event hosted at SEAS as part of the CVP Speaker Series @ GW, which was launched in Spring 2018 and endowed by CVP. SEAS alumnus Anirudh Kulkarni (BS ’86, MS ’88) is the founder and chief executive officer of CVP.


Upcoming SEAS Events
CS Colloquium: “Advances in Parallel Real-Time Cyber-Physical Systems”
Speaker: Dr. Christopher Gill, Washington University in St. Louis
Wednesday, November 14
11:00 am
SEH, B1270


MAE Seminar: “Growth and Remodeling Soft Tissue Mechanics in Pregnancy”
Speaker: Dr. Kristin Myers, Columbia University
Thursday November 15
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: "Model Predictive Control for Helicopter Ship Landing Operations"
Speaker: Dr. Cornel Sultan, Virginia Tech
Friday, November 16
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, 2000


MAE Seminar: “Analysis of Charging Dynamics Relevant to Magnetized-Orbit Dusty Plasma Confinement: Signature of Gyrophase Drift in Space Dust”
Speaker: Dr. Mark Koepke, West Virginia University
Monday, November 19
3:15 – 4:15 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Controlling cracks in granular materials”
Speaker: Dr. Sujit Datta, Princeton University
Thursday, November 29
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Career Serices News & Events
General Dynamics Information Technology: Interviews
Wednesday, November 14
GDIT will be on campus to interview computer science majors on November 14. The deadline to apply for the position through Handshake is Tuesday, October 30. Please apply to position: #1988312 Developer.


SEAS Computing Facility
MATLAB and SolidWorks Tutoring

  • Tuesdays: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 8:00 – 10:00 pm


MATLAB and SolidWorks tutoring will be offered throughout the fall semester in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS Senior Keily Gleason.


Engineering Software installation on personal computers: Most engineering programs installed in the SEAS Computing Labs—including MATLAB, SolidWorks, and others—are available for install on students' personal computers. For a complete list of applications, please visit the SEAS Computing Facility website.


GW News & Events
Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund: Sustainable GW announces the 2019 round of the Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund competition. This program makes up to $85,000 available for multi-disciplinary faculty research. Visit Sustainability at GW for application details. Please send any questions to Sustainable GW Research Director Robert Orttung.


Saturday, November 17
More information
Organizations in more than 60 cities worldwide will host a free, educational event for Virtual Reality (VR) Day on November 17. VRT-U and Dr. Hurriyet Ok (lecturer, CS) will host this event in Washington, DC. The goal of VR Day is to promote virtual and augmented reality (AR) in order to help these technologies become more mainstream. These family-friendly events will bring together local communities, allowing people of all backgrounds to try out VR/AR technologies, such as the Microsoft HoloLens, the Oculus Rift, and the HTC Vive.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Dolphin Tank at GW
Thursday, November 15
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 308


2018 Pitch George Competition
Saturday, November 17
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Duquès Hall, 6th Floor
Compete in this year's official elevator pitch competition to win your share of over $12,500 in cash prizes! All ideas, early stage startups, and existing startups are welcome. This year's competition will be conducted in three tracks: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Women's tracks. Winners of each track will automatically advance to the semifinal round in the 2019 GW New Venture Competition, which gives out over $300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. The application deadline is Friday, November 10. Learn more.