November 5-11, 2018


November 5, 2018

Faculty News
Media Mentions:
In the October 30 Nature article “Why Jupyter is data scientists’ computational notebook of choice,” Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) was quoted on her use of the open-source tool Jupyter for both reproducible research and teaching computing in science and engineering.


The London School of Economics Business Review published an October 30 blog post, “The unspoken global race for artificial intelligence,” by Feras Batarseh (CS, adjunct faculty).


Research by Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) and colleagues was featured in the October 30 Forward article “How Gab Empowered the Pittsburgh Shooter’s Hatred.”


Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) has published the following article: R. A. Hemnani, J. P. Tischler, C. Carfano, R. Maiti, M. H. Tahersima, L. Bartels, R. Agarwal, and V. J. Sorger. “2D material printer: a deterministic cross contamination-free transfer method for atomically layered materials,” 2D Materials, Vol. 6, Number 1.


Student News

BMES 2018

The BME Department was well represented at the BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) 50th Annual Conference, held October 17-20 in Atlanta, GA. Drs. Emilia Entcheva, Matthew Kay, David Lee, Zhenyu Li, Murray Loew, Chung Hyuk Park, Jason Zara, and Vesna Zderic and more than 40 BME students attended the conference, with 23 students making presentations. The department and the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services also hosted a booth to share information about BME graduate programs and research with prospective students.


CE 1010 Class Trip

Dr. Kim Roddis (CEE) led students in her CE 1010 Introduction to Civil & Environmental Engineering class on a field trip to Arlington's Wilson School construction site on October 26. The purpose of the field trip was to provide the freshmen civil engineering students with a firsthand look at what they can do with civil engineering, as well as give them a feel for what it is like to be part of a construction project of this size. The trip was hosted by Matt Brady, the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Structural Steel Specialist for the DC Market. Tyler Swartzwelder of Gilbane Construction Company led the students on a tour from top to bottom of the $85 million project.


Other News
SEAS alumna Deena Disraelly, Ph.D. ‘12, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Prism Award in recognition of her demonstrated leadership and contributions to the engineering community. The Prism Awards recognize women who have charted their own path in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields by demonstrating a variety of outstanding career leadership activities in a technical field, as well as leadership in professional organizations and the community. Deena is a research staff member in the Strategy, Forces and Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and is also an adjunct member of the EMSE faculty.


SEAS Events Re-cap
On November 2, SEAS hosted its annual Dean's Honors Lunch, recognizing undergraduate SEAS students who achieved the Dean's Honors List for both Fall and Spring semesters during the last academic year. In order to be placed on the Dean's Honor's List, a student must be full-time and attain a minimum semester grade point average of 3.75 in letter-graded coursework. This year 72 undergraduate students where eligible for this honor and invited to attend the lunch.


Upcoming SEAS Events
CVP Speaker Series @ GW: “Innovation INC: The Business of Innovation”
Wednesday, November 7
4:00 – 6:00 pm (Panel begins at 4:00; refreshments follow panel at 5:00)
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
No longer a “concept,” innovation is now the lifeblood of organizations, impacting technology, culture, clients, operations, and the bottom line. Regardless of vertical sector or business model, innovation is driving growth, is at the core of change, and is critical to success. But how does the business of innovation happen and how can it deliver a Return on Investment? Join the discussion with our panel of innovation leaders to find out how.

  • Nagesh Rao, Director of Business Technology Solutions for the Small Business Administration
  • Andrea Norris, Director, Center for Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer at the National Institutes of Health
  • Phaedra Chrousos, Chief Innovation Officer of the Libra Group
  • Annamaria Konya Tannon, Entrepreneur, Chief Evangelist, and Executive Director of the GW Innovation Center
  • Moderator: Anirudh Kulkarni, CEO of CVP


CS DAY: Computer Science Open House
Friday, November 9
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1167
Join us for the CS Department’s Open House. The Open House is open to the entire SEAS community and will feature a department tour; faculty research spotlights; student posters and demonstrations; information about our programs (BA, BS, MS, Ph.D., and gateway); and lunch. Faculty will also be available for one-on-one discussions. Prospective students who attend will have their MS or Ph.D. application fees waived. For more information, please call 202-994-7181 or email the department.


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 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 Workshops
Arduino and Raspberry Pi Project Lab Workshop
Saturday, November 10
1:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH Studio Labs (SEH 1300/1400/1450)
This free, interactive workshop is hosted by SEAS CF. Staff will be available to help at the workshop and all equipment will be provided. Potential projects to choose from include programmable cars, a Raspberry Pi Pong game, an Arduino paper piano, a weather station with a Twitter bot, and a security system with a camera and motion detection. Please email [email protected] with any questions.


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.


SEH WOW ("What's Our Work") Seminar Series

  • Syndey Fu (Medicine): "MicroRNA Biomarkers in Cancer"
  • Omur Ozel (ECE): "Optimizing Robustness of Flow Networks against Cascading Failures"
  • Erik Rodriguez (Chemistry): "Tools to Image Single Molecules to Human Disease"

Tuesday, November 6
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220
The WoW talks are organized to bring the community of SEH researchers together and inform the SEH community of the good work being done here. Due to the diversity of the research being conducted in the SEH, the presentations are prepared for the non-specialist so that all can understand the topics.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Webinar: Where Do I Start?
Tuesday, November 6
5:30 – 7:00 pm
WebEx Room:
Do you have a business or social enterprise idea, but don't know where to start? Are you interested in getting feedback on your idea and getting guidance on how to move your idea forward? Join us for an interactive discussion on how you can get your startup idea going!


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.