October 11 - 16, 2021


October 11, 2021

Faculty News



Dr. Ahmed Louri

Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE) has been appointed a Fellow for the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association. The Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association is an academic, non-profit and non-governmental interdisciplinary organization of AI industries, such as AI: computing industries, communication industries, power industries, biology industries, medical industries, and transportation industries, with the aim to build a broad AI industry to promote the development and application of AI in different fields of science and technology.


Dr. John Helveston

Dr. John Paul Helveston (EMSE) was awarded a one-year, $31,268 grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Energy & Environment Program to improve the measurement of consumer preferences for alternative electric vehicle financial incentives in order to identify more efficient and equitable incentive designs. The grant is titled “Identifying more efficient and equitable plug-in electric vehicle financial incentives through consumer-centric design,” and it will help support an ongoing research study being led by EMSE PhD student Laura Roberson


Dr. Adam Aviv

Dr. Adam Aviv (CS) and colleagues have published the following article: P. Markert, D. V. Bailey, M. Golla, M. Dürmuth, and A. J. Aviv, “On the Security of Smartphone Unlock PINs,” ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security, Vol. 24, Issue 4.

Dr. Lijie Grace Zhang
Headshot of Kausik Sarkar
Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE), along with his PhD students, Dr. Jenna Osborn and Megan Anderson, has published a paper in collaboration Dr. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE): J. Osborn, M. Anderson, M. Bedingfield, L. G. Zhang, and K. Sarkar,  “Acoustic Droplet Vaporization of Perfluorocarbon Droplets in 3D-Printable Gelatin Methacrylate Scaffolds,” Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 47, 3263-3274. Morgan Bedingfield is a high school intern involved in this project. 

Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Ekundayo Shittu

On October 1, Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) gave an invited talk at the Annual Distinguished Scientist and Engineers Seminar Series of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (his alma mater). Dr. Shittu gave the research presentation “Examining Equitable Accessibility in Sustainability Transitions: Utilities’ Solar Deployment and Low-Middle-Income Households” in an auditorium with almost two hundred people, and he led a second workshop, titled “Reverse-Engineering the Paths to a Successful Academic Career.” In the workshop he shared his perspectives on navigating the academic career with a group of junior faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. This sponsored visit was further supported by a $2,000 honorarium.

Student News

PhD student Chandraman Patil, advised by Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE), won the Best Paper Award for the paper “1fJ/bit coupling-based ITO monolithic modulator in integrated photonics,” presented at the 26th Microoptics Conference in Japan. This is a remarkable achievement, given that top industries such as Broadcom and Cisco were presenters in the same session. 


Upcoming SEAS Events

GW WiE Webinar: “Our Research Journeys: A Student Webinar”

Wednesday, October 13

12:00 – 1:00 pm


Are you thinking of getting involved in research but not sure how—or even why? Join us as we learn from GW engineering students, who will talk about their respective research experiences, how the experience has impacted them, and how they see themselves growing as students, as researchers, and as practitioners in their chosen fields.


EEMI Webinar: “From Vikings to Wind Turbines, Denmark’s Journey Toward Sustainability”

NEW DATE: Friday, October 15

8:00 am


The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) will co-host a free webinar on Denmark's pioneering actions towards energy sustainability. The event will feature Dan Jørgensen, the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy, and Utilities. He will be interviewed by EEMI Visiting Scholar Ambassador András Simonyi on Denmark’s journey toward sustainability. Topics will include the European Commission’s 2021 "Fit for 55" legal framework to achieve climate goals, Denmark's pioneering role in energy transition, transatlantic climate and energy cooperation, and preparation for COP26.


CS Seminar: “Computational Models of Persuasive Media”

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Hwa, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, October 15

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Zoom link (also held in-person in SEH, B1220)


BME Speaker Series: “Image-Based” Systems Biology - A New Paradigm in Cancer Research”

Speaker: Dr. Arvind Pathak, Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, December 1

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lehman Auditorium (SEH, B1270)


Entrepreneurship News & Events

Hackathon: “Innovate the Future of Travel Tech - From House to Gate”

Session One (virtual): Friday, November 12 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Session Two (in-person): Friday, November 19 | 9:30 am – 5:45 pm (A non-mandatory reception follows, 5:45 – 7:00 pm)

Register and find more information

This two-session hackathon/design sprint is looking for solutions to improve air travelers’ assurance that they will have enough time to make their flights when starting from home, office, or anywhere. People must consider lots of travel time factors when traveling to the airport, including walking, ground transportation (bus, Metro, parking garage and walking), check-in (baggage), security clearance, and transit time to the gate. These unknowns create anxiety for passengers. This event is hosted by the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with CirrusLabs, George Hacks, and the GW Innovation Center.


Pitch George: The annual Pitch George competition is one of GW's premier entrepreneurial initiatives organized by the GW Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE). This “elevator pitch” competition takes place each Fall semester and allows young entrepreneurs from any GW school to present their business ideas, get valuable feedback on the viability of their business concepts, and win startup capital. The competition offers networking opportunities with entrepreneurs from the greater DC area, as well as hands-on preparation for the GW New Venture Competition.


This academic year, CFEE presents to GW’s Fall semester students, faculty, and alumni the opportunity to participate in a hybrid version of the annual “Pitch George” elevator-pitching competition. Learn more about the competition, attend a Pitch George information session, or register for the competition. Registration is due by October 23 at 11:59 pm. The competition—which consists of three rounds spread across three weeks—will be held on November 6, November 13, and November 20. 


NSF I-Corps Grants for Customer Discovery and Prototype Development

The InnovateGW I-Corps Site Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, awards grants of up to $3,000 to GW students, faculty or staff members who wish to explore possible applications of their research or technology to solve problems that could lead to a broader impact in society. InnovateGW is designed to educate researchers and technologists on entrepreneurial principles and practices and to give them hands-on experience in exploring potential, real-world applications of their technologies. To be eligible for the InnovateGW I-Corps Program, you must attend one of the “Introduction to Lean Innovation” workshops that take place each month. The next workshop is scheduled for Thursday, October 14, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Register here to attend a workshop, and/or learn more about the I-Corps program and apply for funding.


External Events

George Talks Business

Speaker: Natasha Crampton, Chief Responsible AI Officer for Microsoft

Wednesday, October 13

12:30 – 1:00 pm


This talk will be moderated by Dean Anuj Mehrotra (GWSB) and Dean John Lach (SEAS) and streamed via the GWSB YouTube channel.


Leadership in Our Time Webinar: “A Fireside Chat with Fiona Hill and Andras Simonyi”

Tuesday, October 19

1:15 – 2:15 pm


This event is hosted by the SEAS Environmental and Energy Institute, GW Elliott School of International Affairs, and the Security and Sustainability Forum.


RCR and Beyond

Classes meet throughout the Fall semester

Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) @ GW and Beyond is a semester-long weekly seminar course designed to develop and strengthen ethical problem-solving skills along with cultivating sensitivity to ethical issues commonly found while conducting research. The course is open to the entire campus community, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, researchers, staff and research administrators. Registration is capped at 20 participants, first come, first served. Classes are held on Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. throughout the semester, unless otherwise noted.


Dissertation Defenses

Student Name: Armin Mehrabian

Dissertation Title: “Efficient Neuromorphic Photonic Processors for Machine Learning”

Advisor: Dr. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE)

Thursday, October 14

12:00 – 2:00 pm