November 3-9, 2014


November 3, 2014

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) was mentioned in Manila Bulletin (Philippines' leading newspaper) in connection with his collaborative work with De La Salle University's Department of Science and Technology and the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change. This collaboration is geared towards the development of a decision support system to enhance disaster preparedness in the Philippines.


Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) has published his latest paper, " Twitter Improves Influenza Forecasting," in the journalPLoS Currents Outbreaks.

Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) published the following paper in the Special Issue on Stochastic Models, Control, and Algorithms in Robotics of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control: T. Lee, " Stochastic Optimal Motion Planning for the Attitude Kinematics of a Rigid Body With Non-Gaussian Uncertainties ," Vol. 137, No. 3, 2015.

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) published the following article in the journal Environment Systems and Decisions: J.R. Santos, S.A. Pagsuyoin, L.C. Herrera, R.G. Tan, and K.D.S. Yu (2014). "Analysis of Drought Risk Management Strategies using Dynamic Inoperability Input-Output Modeling and Event Tree Analysis, Environment, Systems and Decisions."

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) was invited by Tsinghua University's Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics (CNMM) to be a visiting professor there October 20-27. While in Beijing, Prof. Chong gave lectures on converging technologies, multi-scale mechanics, smart materials, and other topics. In addition, he was invited to participate in a three-day XIN Forum that was an exchange among researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, government officials, and industry leaders, mainly from China and Israel. Twenty engineering and science research projects from Tsinghua University and Tel Aviv University were presented. Prof. Chong also visited NSFC (the NSF of China), presented a seminar, and met with its president, Prof. Yang Wei (pictured above).

Prof. Murray Loew (BME) was an invited speaker at the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, held at the Australian Embassy on October 21. As the inaugural Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Science and Technology, Prof. Loew was on sabbatical leave at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation in Adelaide from February through June.

Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE) , her doctoral students—Nathan Castro, Benjamin Holmes, Wei Zhu, and Chris O'Brien—and undergraduate student Romil Patel gave the following presentations at the 2014 BMES Annual Meeting, held October 22-25 in San Antonio, TX:

  1. N.J. Castro, K. Hearon, and L. Zhang. "Enhanced Stem Cell Growth on Smart Polyurethane Scaffolds"
  2. W. Zhu and L. Zhang. "3D Printing Biomimetic Bone Model for In Vitro Study of Breast Cancer Bone Invasion"
  3. R. Patel, N.J. Castro, and L. Zhang. "Enhanced Human Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell Behavior on Novel 3D Printed Osteochondral Nanocomposite Scaffolds"
  4. B. Holmes, K. Bulusu, M. Plesniak, and L. Zhang. "3D Printed Bone Scaffolds with Microvascular Network and Nano Hydroxyapatite for Improving hMSC Functions"
  5. C. O'Brien, M. Aalie, K. Sarkar, and L. Zhang. "Tunable Low Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound for Improving Stem Cell Functions in 3D Printed Scaffolds"
  6. W. Zhu, M. Keidar, and L. Zhang. "Enhanced Stem Cell Functions on Cold Atmospheric Plasma Treated Nanocomposite Cartilage Scaffolds"
  7. C. O'Brien and L. Zhang. "3D Printing Nanostructured Nerve Guidance Scaffolds with Graphene Nanoplatelets"

Prof. Zhang also served as a symposium chair of "Nano to Micro Technologies—Diagnostics" and as chair of two poster sessions: "Tissue Engineering—Scaffolds and Surfaces for Tissue Engineering" and "Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Musculoskeletal Pain" at the conference.

Other News

Prof. Howie Huang (ECE) was invited by NIST Big Data Public Working Group to serve on the panel "Big Data Future Directions" held October 27. NIST Big Data PWG aims to "form a community of interest from industry, academia, and government, with the goal of developing consensus definitions, taxonomies, reference architectures, and technology roadmaps." The panel of four researchers from GW, NASA, AFOSR, and L3 discussed big data trends in hardware, software, and big data analytics. This event was co-located with the IEEE Conference on Big Data 2014, for which Prof. Huang also served as a program committee member and session chair.

Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) has been invited to be a member of the technical program committee of the 2016 American Control Conference (ACC), and to be a member of the conference editorial board of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), serving as an associate editor.

Student News

Prizes announced for the 2015 SEAS Student R&D Showcase:
The Showcase is open to all SEAS undergraduate and graduate students, and this year it includes a new selection of prize categories:

  • Theoretical Research: 1st Place - $5,000; 2nd Place - $4,000; 3rd Place - $3,000
  • Experimental Research: 1st Place - $5,000; 2nd Place - $4,000; 3rd Place - $3,000
  • Undergraduate Research: $2,000
  • Entrepreneurship: $2,000

(Winning mentors receive $1,000 toward their R-Funds)

The deadline to apply to the Showcase has been extended to November 14, 2014. To be eligible to compete in the Showcase, students must submit their two-page abstracts by 5:00 pm on November 14. More information for student participants is available on the SEAS website's R&D Showcase Student Participants page.

Nathan Castro (MAE) , a doctoral student in Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang's lab, gave a presentation titled "3D Bioprinting Novel Osteochondral Constructs for Patient-Specific Joint Repair" during the 2014 CTSI-CN & VT Research Day, held October 14 in Washington, DC.

Benjamin Holmes and Nathan Castro (MAE) , doctoral students in Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang's lab, just received an honorable mention based on their "Nanochon" team for the 2014 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas Business Plan Competition, which will be held December 13-16 in Washington, DC.

On October 25, Sragvi Tirumala (BME), a sophomore in Prof. Murray Loew's lab, presented the poster "Evaluation of an infrared imager for breast cancer screening" at the Biomedical Engineering Society annual conference held in San Antonio, TX.

Other News
Grad Recruiting & Admissions: Anthony Spatola and SEAS Graduate Ambassador Ivan Saurez were in Detroit last weekend recruiting at the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SPHE). Adina Lav will recruit at the QS World Grad Fairs in Chengdu, China and Hong Kong on November 4 and 8, respectively. On November 6, she will be in Beijing visiting the EducationUSA Center and Beijing Jiaotong University. Trish Makovsky will recruit at Villanova University and Temple University this week. Brittany Wright will attend the NAFSA Association of International Educators Region 8 Conference in Williamsburg, VA and will present with colleagues from University of Maryland on recruiting international engineering students. For a complete list of recruitment activities, please see the front page of our microsite at .

Guest Vignette

Professor Howie Huang and his students are working towards a new hardware error resilient virtualization infrastructure for future generation data centers. As cloud becomes an important cyber-infrastructure vital to our society and economy, the virtualization infrastructure, including the hypervisor and privileged virtual machines (VM), remains vulnerable to hardware errors. Making matters worse is that such errors are unlikely bounded by virtualization boundary and may lead to loss of work in multiple guest VMs due to unexpected and/or mishandled failures. To address this challenge, Prof. Huang's research group has developed a new framework that enables a comprehensive fault injection study on the hypervisor with a wide range of configurations, and they are developing new virtualization-aware techniques for robust error detection, recovery, and protection.

Recently the team presented their paper "Xentry: Hypervisor-Level Soft Error Detection" at the 43rd International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP'14), and will present another paper "Understanding Reliability Implication of Hardware Error in Virtualization Infrastructure" at the 10th Workshop on Hot Topics in Dependable Systems (HotDep '14) as well as a poster at the 11th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI'14). This project is supported by Prof. Huang's NSF CAREER Award, as well as an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Award. Interested undergraduates are encouraged to contact Prof. Huang to apply for internship opportunities. (Provided courtesy of Prof. Howie Huang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar: "Bio-inspired Flow Sensing, Control, and Actuation for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles"
Speaker: Dr. Derek A. Paley, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland
Wednesday, November 5
3:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "Mechanics in Action: From Nano to Continuum"
Speaker: Prof. Ken Chong (SEAS MAE)
Thursday, November 13
3:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall  

Entrepreneurship Events

Monday, November 3; Monday, November 10; and Monday, November 17
5:30 – 7:00 pm
536 Marvin Center
The Lean Startup Workshop (LSW) series includes three sections that cover the Business Model Canvas and Customer Development .

SunShot Catalyst Jamathon @ 1776
Wednesday, November 5
6:00 – 8:30 pm
1776/ 1133 15th St, NW
This event is a great opportunity for GW students who are interested in business/sustainability/energy to learn more about the SunShot Catalyst Prize. The Department of Energy's SunShot Catalyst Prize is an open innovation program that aims to catalyze the rapid creation and development of products and solutions that address near-term challenges in the U.S. solar marketplace. A key deadline is approaching on November 7 .

The Science of Risk: How Do You Measure Up?
Wednesday, November 5
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Johns Hopkins U.
The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs is hosting this event on the Science of Risk: Insights into Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities in Entrepreneurship and Investing. Attendees will learn to identify, quantify and mitigate various risks, and leave with a better understanding of their own risk tolerance .

GW Student-Mentor Match Event
Tuesday, November 11
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Alumni House, 1918 F St NW
Attention GW Students: Join us for an evening of networking with fellow GW student entrepreneurs and mentor-matchmaking with business professionals, industry experts, and successful entrepreneurs. This event is a great opportunity to make new connections, spark new partnerships, and find mentors who can help you take your business venture ideas from concept to reality + Complimentary reception and happy hour. Mentor Registration

Baylor New Venture Competition Entry Deadline
Apply by November 14
The 4th annual Baylor New Venture Competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students, from all majors and universities. Compete for $130,000 in cash and prizes for the top 12 teams. Plus, receive up to $1,500 in travel funds, expert mentorship, feedback, and coaching throughout - an outstanding educational opportunity!

Collegiate Inventors Competition Expo and Awards
Monday, November 17
Expo: 8:00 – 9:30 am; 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Awards: 5:00 pm
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Madison Building Auditorium
600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA
The Collegiate Inventors Competition Expo is the nation's most exciting competition encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in students nationwide. Preview the finalists .

Startup Grind Hosts Nick Lavezzo (FoundationDB)
Thursday, November 20
6:00 – 9:00 pm
" Early bird" tickets
Nick Lavezzo is cofounder and COO of FoundationDB, an industrial strength NoSQL database with a data model similar to Google's Spanner and F1 projects (which run AdWords). FoundationDB is the only DC startup that is angel funded by the famous Ron Conway's SV Angel fund. Lavezzo will discuss fundraising, marketing developer oriented products, building a community using social media, getting press attention, solving "impossible" problems and DCTech .

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