November 2-8, 2015


November 2, 2015

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

The New York Times quoted Anna Slomovic (lead research scientist, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute) in the October 31 article “The Sticks and Carrots of Employee Wellness Programs.’’


Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) has published the following journal article: S. A. Pagsuyoin, J. R. Santos, J. S. Latayan, and J. R. Barajas. “A multi-attribute decision-making approach to the selection of point-of-use water treatment,”Environment Systems and Decisions, September 2015, pp. 1-16 (DOI: 10.1007/s10669-015-9567-0).

Prof. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) has published the following paper: E. Shittu, G. Parker, and X. Jiang, “Energy technology investments in competitive and regulatory environments,” Environment Systems and Decisions, October 2015, pp. 1-19. (DOI: 10.1007/s10669-015-9569-y)

Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE) has had a recent manuscript published at IOP Nanotechnology: E. Simsek and B. Mukherjee. “Visibility of Atomically Thin Layered Materials Buried in Silicon Dioxide,” IOP Nanotechnology, Vol. 26, No. 45, 455701, October 2015. In this work, he and his co-author show the possibility of using an oxide protection film on top of atomically thin layered materials with good average optical color contrast in broad- and narrow-band wavelength ranges. [Editor’s note: this news item is being reprinted because it was incorrectly included in the Conferences & Presentations section of last week’s newsletter issue.]

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) presented the talk “Computational Thinking and the Pedagogy of Computable Content” at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Data Science Lecture Series on October 30.

Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE) and his collaborators from NRL presented their work on monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides at the following two conferences: 1) F. Tseng, E. Simsek, and D. Gunlycke. “The Tri-Angular Lattice Exciton (3ALE) model: Exciton physics at the atomic scale,” AVS 62st International Symposium & Exhibition, San Jose, CA, October 18–23; and 2) F. Tseng, E. Simsek, and D. Gunlycke. “Controlling exciton population in 2D transition metal dichalcogenides,” Graphene Canada 2015, Montreal, Canada, October 14–16.

Other News:

At Shanghai University, Prof. Chong visited Prof. Tong-Yi Zhang, the founding dean of the Shanghai Materials Genome Institute, the first in China involved in the designing of materials. He also gave a seminar on multi-scale mechanics at the Institute of Mechanics on October. 22. At Jiangnan University, he visited the dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Prof. L-X Lu. The areas of excellence in the school include light industry mechanical engineering, packaging and food technology.

Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE) has been selected as the associate editor of the IEEE Journal on Multiscale and Multiphysics Computational Techniques. This brand new journal was created jointly by IEEE Antennas and Propagation, Microwave Theory and Techniques, and Electromagnetic Compatibility Societies in August 2015, with the goal of becoming a premium platform for publishing frontier research on electromagnetic waves and fields in multiscale and multiphysics computation.

Other News

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GWIBE) announces the 2015-2016 call for proposals from faculty and undergraduates:

The GWIBE Undergraduate Research Fellowship was established to foster undergraduate research in biomedical engineering mentored by a faculty member. Each recipient receives a $5,000 stipend. Proposals are dueNovember 30, 2015. More information and application guidelines

Faculty: The GWIBE Interdisciplinary Research Fund is designed to support pilot research that involves synergistic collaborations in science, engineering, and medicine. Each award can be up to $20,000. Proposals are due November 30, 2015. More information and application guidelines

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar: “Nanospectroscopy of Materials for Renewable Energy”
Speaker: Marina Leite, Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, University of Maryland
Thursday, November 5
2:00 pm
SEH B1220

MAE Seminar: “Reliable Operations with Collision Avoidance in Unmanned Vehicles”
Speaker: Amit Sanyal, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University
Thursday, November 19
11:00 am
SEH 2000B

Career Center Events

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Company Visit
Tuesday, November 10
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Science, Business, Law, Policy! It all comes together at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
You'll hear about internship and career possibilities from a fellow Colonial and get a look inside this popular agency. Space is limited. RSVP on GWork.

External Events

GW Technology Commercialization Office 2015 Innovation Competition
Wednesday, November 4
1:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
The GW Technology Commercialization Office is showcasing promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. This event provides a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs, and members of the venture community. Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $25,000 in prizes for the development of a prototype or proof-of-concept! All are welcome to attend. Registration for competition entries is now closed.

JetBrains GWU Meeting
Friday, November 6
4:30 – 6:00 pm
SEH, Room 2000
After developing a program the next step is to test the program to find whether it functions and produces output as desired. In real situations the program, when run immediately after it’s developed, will give errors of different types. This is where debugging terminology helps. We are going to learn how various debugging techniques can be utilized with Intellij Platform and why debugging is now as painless as possible! Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Symposium: “Open edX Universities Symposium”
Wednesday, November 11
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Milken School of Public Health, Room 100
The symposium will be structured around topics of general concern in online learning: web-enhanced learning and pedagogy; learning analytics; and inter-institutional collaboration. Please visit the symposium website to register and see the list of speakers and panelists, many of whom are top figures in the field. Anyone can attend, but space is limited. The registration fee is $75. This event is hosted by the GW Vice-Provost of Online Learning and Academic Innovation.

Structural Engineers Association: “A Forum for Future Structural Engineers”
Speaker: Ron Klemencic, Chairman and CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Friday, November 20
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
SMPA, Jack Morton Auditorium
For more information, please contact [email protected].

TEDx Youth Conference
Saturday, November 21
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Gala Hispanic Theatre, Columbia Heights
This conference is geared towards high school juniors and seniors and college freshman and sophomores. Prof. Megan Leftwich (MAE) is one of the featured speakers. GW undergraduates in SEAS and CCAS may want to attend. Tickets: $10