November 6-12, 2017


November 6, 2017

Faculty News
Dr. Howie Huang (ECE) has been awarded a $50,000 research grant from Raytheon. Leveraging Dr. Huang's recent research in graph analytics and big data, this project develops machine learning algorithms and builds high-performance computing system for advancing research and development in RF communications andsignal processing.


Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his colleagues have published the following journal article: O. Baranov, K. Bazaka, H. Kersten, M. Keidar, U. Cvelbar, S. Xu, and I. Levchenko. “Plasma under control: Advanced solutions and perspectives for plasma flux management in material treatment and nanosynthesis, Applied Physics Reviews, Issue 4, 041302 (2017). The paper also is highlighted on the journal issue’s cover.


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Ken Chong (MAE) was invited to participate in the National Science Foundation workshop “Global Perspective in Convergence Education,” which was held November 2-3 at the National Academy of Sciences. Approximately 50 participants from around the world attended. C. D. Mote, Jr., president of the National Academy of Engineering, gave the opening speech and welcomed the group.


Dr. Howie Huang (ECE) gave an invited talk titled “Graph Centric AI for Cybersecurity” at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), held November 1-2 in Washington, DC. This year, GTC showcased the most vital work in computing today, including artificial intelligence and deep learning, virtual reality, and autonomous machines. It was attended by approximately 2,000 industry leaders, policy makers, researchers, and developers from top companies, universities, and government agencies.


Dr. Ray Renner (adjunct faculty, CS) participated in the panel discussion “Let’s Talk Agile - Breaking Barriers to DevSecOps?” at the CA Technologies Government Summit, held on October 12 at the Newseum. On October 24, he gave the talk “DevOps - Systems Thinking for Software Development” at the All Day DevOps Conference.


Student News
Two SEAS graduate students—doctoral student Mahdis Bisheban (MAE) and master’s student Elizabeth Manning (CEE)—attended the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program at the Society of Women in Engineering Annual Conference (WE17), held October 26-28 in Austin, TX. They are two of the 40 women in the field of engineering who were awarded ASSIST travel grants to attend ALWE and WE17, which is supported by the National Science Foundation and by the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. The ALWE program promotes having more women in academic leadership positions by focusing on their professional growth. The program was attended by engineering early-career faculty, post-doctoral professionals, and graduate students. Mahdis is advised by Dr. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) and Elizabeth is advised by Dr. Rumana Riffat (CEE).




Doctoral students Parth Shah (EMSE) and Sabrina Ussery (EMSE) attended the National Defense Industrial Association’s 20th Annual Systems Engineering Conference, held October 23-26 in Springfield, VA. Parth presented “Improving Effectiveness with Respect to Time-To-Market and the Impacts of Late-stage Design Changes in Rapid Development Life Cycles,” while Sabrina’s presented “Elicitation of Robust and Quality Agile User Stories Using QFD.” Parth is advised by EMSE adjunct faculty members Dr. Michael Grenn and Dr. Blake Roberts; Sabrina’s advisors are EMSE adjunct faculty members Dr. Thomas Holzer and Dr. Shahryar Sarkani.


Other News
This semester GW’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) will offer several on-campus, two-day professional short courses in renewable energy and sustainability. EEMI runs the courses in partnership with the European Energy Center. The courses qualify participants to take the exam for the internationally recognized Galileo Master Certificate (GMC).


Environmental Management Systems
November 6-7
More information

Renewable Energy Market Trends and Finance
December 11-12
More information

Distributed Generation and Energy Storage
December 13-14
More information


SEAS Computing Facility
SEAS Computing Facility (SEAS CF) will hold a series of workshops covering a range of topics throughout the fall semester:


MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring:
The workshops will be held on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Tompkins 405.


MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language used in various backgrounds of engineering, science, and economics. The remaining workshop on November 10 will cover linear equation & ODE solving.
Download MATLAB: students can download and install MATLAB on their personal computers


Solidworks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that enables engineers and architects to design, inspect, and manage engineering projects within an integrated graphical user interface. Through these workshops you will learn how to navigate the Soldiworks interface, create sketches, set up parametric relations, and create 3D models. You will create the different parts of a V6 internal combustion engine from scratch, assemble it, and see it come to life. The remaining workshop on November 17 will cover “Assembly.”
Download Solidworks: students can download and install Solidworks on their personal computers


MATLAB and Solidworks Tutoring:
Tutoring will be offered throughout the fall semester in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The MATLAB and Solidworks workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad. Tutoring dates:

  • Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Fridays: 4:00 – 6:00 pm


Software Carpentry Workshops:
SEAS CF in partnership with the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation is offering four, two-day software carpentry workshops this academic year. The first workshop will run November 3-4 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days in Gelman 201 (STEMworks). The remaining workshops will be announced at a later date.


Who is this for?
Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who want to become more productive with lab skills for scientific computing. The workshop is free to any GW-affiliated participant.


What is it?
Two days of hands-on learning on how to:\

  • automate repetitive tasks (Unix shell)
  • track and share your code and writing (git and GitHub)
  • use programming language that is especially powerful for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis (R)


Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises in the workshops. Participants are encouraged both to help one another and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system; they also should have admin privileges on this computer. The computer needs to be a “real” laptop—not a Chromebook, tablet, etc.


High Performance Computing Workshops:
These workshops will be offered in collaboration with the Colonial One HPC support team and will leverage Colonial One, GW's Central HPC cluster. They will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm and will be hosted by the Colonial One HPC support team: SEAS CF (Marco Suarez, Jason Hurlburt, Zhen Ni); CCAS OTS (Glen MacLachlan); and DIT (Adam Wong).

Workshop pre-requisites: you must have a Colonial One account, familiarity with programming languages, and Linux fundamentals knowledge. If you are unfamiliar with Linux, please attend the Introduction to Linux workshops (listed above). Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments.

December 1: Workshop 1

  • Topics: Logging in; navigating the shell; modules, environment variables and .profile; how to submit job script; quotas; purges; and file transfer and management (scp, globus, and Lustre vs. NFS, including Lustre striping, inodes, and simple job submission script)

December 8: Workshop 2

  • Topics: Working with SLURM and checkpointing; SLURM topics include: sinfo, salloc, squeue, scancel, sbatch, sshare, sprio, srun; scripting submit files; how fair share works; and common job errors

December 15: Workshop 3

  • Topics: MPI; OpenMP; and Python package management


SEAS Events
GW BME DAY: "Innovations in Biomedical Engineering
Monday, November 6
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
SEH, B1 Level
RSVP required
The GW Department of Biomedical Engineering is proud to host GW BME DAY: Innovations in Biomedical Engineering. The event will showcase the department’s innovative projects and faculty research, highlight the collaborative nature of its work, and raise awareness of biomedical engineering at GW and in the Washington, D.C. region. It will include talks from invited guests who are at the forefront of biomedical engineering innovation, a moderated panel discussion of leaders in the medical device industry, and selected talks from department faculty.


BME Seminar: “Photoacoustic Tomography: Omniscale Imaging from Organelles to Patients by Ultrasonically Beating Optical Diffusion”
Speaker: Dr. Lihong Wang, California Institute of Technology
Wednesday, November 8
1:00 - 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


ECE Seminar: “Deduplication-aware Architecture and System for Edge Computing”
Speaker: Dr. Yu Hua, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China)
Wednesday, November 8
2:30 - 3:30 pm
SEH, B1270


MAE Seminar: “Development of Bio-inspired Platforms for Study of Fish Locomotion”
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Zhu, University of Virginia
Thursday, November 16
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


CS Lecture: “Credit Card Fraud: Fighting the Bad Guys with Data”
Speaker: Dr. Paul Melby, Senior Director of Data Science, Capital One
Wednesday, November 29
7:10 – 8:30 pm
SEH, B1270
This is a special topic lecture for the course CSCI 6548: E­Commerce Security. The lecture is open to GW students, faculty, and staff. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Dr. Hurriyet Ok by November 28.


MAE Seminar: “High-Order Computational Fluid Dynamics and Its Application to Thermal Fluids Flow Simulation”
Speaker: Dr. Meilin Yu, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Thursday, November 30
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “A Computational Bifluid–Solid Mechanics Framework Dealing with Capillarity and Wetting Issues: Towards Void Formation and Permeability Predictions in LCM Processes”
Speaker: Dr. Yujie Liu, Sun Yat-Sen University (China)
Thursday, December 14
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Entrepreneurship News & Events
SEAS Innovation Challenge Information Session
Tuesday, November 7
4:00 – 5:00 pm
The GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall, M06
Students who are interested in participating in the SEAS Innovation Challenge but have questions and want to know more about it should join this information session. In the 2017-2018 Challenge, students will use technology to develop and demonstrate the most innovative solution to identified current needs in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria.


100 Mentor Match-up
Tuesday, November 7
6:00 – 9:00 pm
1957 E Street, City View Room
Calling all aspiring GW entrepreneurs! Attend the 100 Mentor Match-up to connect with other entrepreneurs, business professionals, and industry experts. Who knows? You might find your next mentor or even your next business collaborator.


Innovation Center Event: UNLEASH, Denmark
Thursday, November 9
4:00 – 5:30 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall, M06
Ariel Kagan and Jenna Riemenschneider, both of GW’s Sustainability Collective + Food Institute, will share their experiences from the first UNLEASH lab, held in Denmark in August 2017. UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together people from all over the world to transform 1,000 personal insights into hundreds of ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals.


Webinar: Orientation to the New Venture Competition
Thursday, November 9
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Were you unable to make it to our earlier orientation workshops? Do you still want to learn about how you can compete in this year's big 10th Annual GW New Venture Competition? Join us for an online session and hear how you can compete for over $300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes!


GW & External Events
GW COMPASS: Kickoff Event
Friday, November 17
5:00 – 7:00 pm
SEH, B1167
Bring a friend and join GW COMPASS for our first big kickoff event! COMPASS is a new graduate student organization designed to highlight various career pathways in STEM for post-graduate life. It seeks to provide a community of personal and professional support to enhance the graduate student experience. Come see what we're all about and learn how you can get involved.


Doctoral Dissertations
Student’s name: Abdulrahman Babqi
Dissertation Title: “Finite Control Set Model Predictive Control for Multiple Distributed Generators Microgrids”
Advisor: Dr. Robert Harrington (ECE)
Friday, November 10
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, 5845