October 21-27, 2013


October 21, 2013

Faculty News

Honors & Awards:

Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) has been elected an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  He will be presented with the associate fellow pin and certificate on January 13, 2014, in conjunction with the AIAA SciTech Forum.


Working in collaboration with Virgil Provenzano of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Profs. Edward Della Torre and Lawrence Bennett (ECE) and ECE doctoral student Hatem ElBidweihy of GW’s Institute for Magnetics Research have published two papers in Physica B: Condensed Matter:  1) Della Torre, E., ElBidweihy, H., Provenzano, V., Bennett, L.H., “Modeling the Fractional Magnetic States of Magnetostructural Transformations;” and 2) Provenzano, V., Della Torre, E., Bennett, L.H., ElBidweihy, H., “Hysteresis of Magnetostructural Transitions: Repeatable and Non-Repeatable Processes.”

Prof. Mort Friedman (MAE) has recently had two papers published.  They are:  1) Zhang, J. and Friedman, M.H., “Adaptive Response of Vascular Endothelial Cells to an Acute Increase in Shear Stress Frequency,” American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology 305, H894-H902 (2013); and 2) Long, D.S., Zhu, H., and Friedman, M.H., “A Microscope-Based Near-Infrared Stereo Imaging System for Quantifying the Motion of the Murine Epicardial Coronary Arteries In Vivo,” Journal of Biomedical Optics 18, 096013 (2013). DOI:  10.1117/1.JBO.18.9.096013.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) has been invited to speak at this year's National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium, to be held October 27-30 in Irvine, CA.  Prof. Barba was selected as a participant in last year's symposium and has been invited back this year as a speaker on the panel "Are there limits to online learning?"

Two papers that Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) co-authored were presented at the 2013 Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory, held October 6-9 in Singapore.  They are: 1) Choromanska, A., Jebara, T., Kim, H., Mohan, M., and Monteleoni, C.,  “Fast spectral clustering via the Nyström method;”  and 2) Choromanska, A., Choromanski, K., Jagannathan, G., and Monteleoni, C., “Differentially-Private Learning of Low Dimensional Manifolds.”  The first talk was given by Anna Choromanska, Prof. Monteleoni's co-supervised doctoral student at Columbia University.  SEAS doctoral student Mahesh Mohan is also a co-author of the paper.  The second talk was given by Krzysztof Choromanski, of Google Research NY. The co-authors included Prof. Monteleoni's postdoc Geetha Jagannathan and Anna Choromanska.  The Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory is one of the top two international conferences in the field of machine learning theory.

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) presented an invited paper at the Optical Society of America's 97th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics and Laser Science.  The meeting was held October 6-10 in Orlando, FL.  Prof. Sorger's paper, titled "Advancements in Plasmonic and Graphene-based High-performance Modulators," contains his group's latest research on nanoscale Graphene light switches. 

Prof. Adam Wickenheiser (MAE) attended the 24th International Conference on Adaptive Structures Technologies (ICAST), held October 7-9 in Aruba.  At the conference he presented the paper "Modeling Impact-Based Vibration Energy Harvesting with Application to Frequency Up-Conversion."

Guest Vignette

After more than two years of work on the Harvest Home project, Team Capitol DC wrapped up its effort last week.  Nearly 20 team members (both students and faculty) from Catholic University and GW stayed on site following the Solar Decathlon competition to finish the remaining tasks and prepare the home to be moved to its permanent site in San Diego, CA.  Participating SEAS team members included Nicole Wall, a senior in systems engineering; Victoria Thomas, a junior in mechanical engineering; Lauren Contreras, a junior in systems engineering; and Prof. Kim Roddis.

Immediately following the conclusion of the Solar Decathlon competition, team members celebrated their achievement with a chili dinner held at the house and prepared for them by two staff members of Wounded Warrior Homes, the organization to which Team Capitol DC has donated the Harvest Home.  (Two of the meals that week, including the chili meal, contained vegetables harvested out of the home's garden.)  Team members then spent three days packing the furniture and contents of the home and loading them onto trucks, detaching the home's solar panels and decking, and finally unbuckling the join between the home's two main modules so they could be prepared to be transported to San Diego.

As a side note, the Wounded Warrior who has been selected to be the Harvest Home's first resident, came through the home near the end of the competition.  When asked how he liked the home, he replied, "It's awesome."  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Kim Roddis of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar: “Peridynamic Theory: An Approach to Computational Mechanics without Spatial Derivatives”
Speaker: Paul N. Demmie, Sandia National Laboratories
Monday, October 21
11:00 am
204 Tompkins Hall

MAE Seminar: "Structural Condition Assessment and Performance Prognosis: Naval Applications and Beyond"
Speaker: Prof. Chris Earls, Cornell University
Monday, October 28
4:00 pm
201 Tompkins Hall

EMSE Movie Night: Travelling Salesman
Tuesday, October 29
Doors open at 6:30 pm, movie at 7:00 pm
103 Funger Hall
For more information, contact Prof. Hernan Abeledo

ECE Colloquium: "Power System Economics: Optimizing the Electric Delivery Infrastructure"
Speaker: Rounak Muthiyan, Berkeley Research Group LLC; Kalpa Energy LLC
Wednesday, October 30
3:30 - 5:30 pm
222 Funger Hall

MAE Seminar: "A Vision of Structural Health Monitoring for Intelligent Structures"
Speaker: Dr. Fu-Kuo Chang, Stanford University
Friday, November 1
11:00 am
771 Rome Hall

MAE Seminar: “Mechanical Forces Drive (and Regulate?) Organogenesis”
Speaker: Larry A. Taber, Washington University
Thursday, November 7
11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "The Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR)"
Speaker: Dr. Hans Gougar, Idaho National Laboratory
Monday, November 11
11:30 am
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "Engineering Pressure-sensitive Particles for Biomedical Ultrasound Applications"
Speaker: Prof. Tyrone Porter, Center for Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology, Boston University
Wednesday, November 20
2:00 pm
302 Marvin Center

MAE Seminar: “Modeling Inelastic Behavior of Metals at Multiple Scales for Multiple Purposes”
Speaker, David L. McDowell, Georgia Institute of Technology
Monday, November 25
736 Phillips Hall

Other Events

The 5th Annual Metropolitan Biophotonics Symposium
Monday, October 21
9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Symposium
5:00 - 7:00 pm: Poster Session
309 Marvin Center

10th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning
The George Washington University
Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25
Information provided courtesy of Prof. Michael Stankosky

2013 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Southeast & Mid-Atlantic Biomedical Engineering Career Conference
Friday, October 25
The Ronald Reagan Building - Washington, DC
Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn about careers in biomedical engineering!  This one-day career conference is designed specifically for students (undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs) and recent graduates/early career professionals. 

Dissertation Defenses

Name of Student Defending: Emmanuel A. Donkor
Title of Dissertation: “Optimal Capital Structure and Financial Risk of Project Finance Investments”
Advisor: Prof. Michael Duffey (EMSE)
Tuesday, October 22
1:00 pm
1776 G Street, Conference Room 120