October 21-27, 2019


October 25, 2019

Faculty News
Conferences & Presentations:
On October 28, Dr. Janet Benini (adjunct professor, EMSE) will appear on the keynote panel at the “Megacities and the Future” event in Shanghai, China. She will appear along with the mayors of Shanghai, New York, and Paris and with Elon Musk.


Dr. David Broniatowski

Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) gave an invited talk to the National Academies Health and Medicine Division Committee on October 4. His talk was titled “Malicious Misinformation and Threats to Public Health.”

Dr. Paymen Dehghanian

Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) attended the Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit and Expo, which was jointly held with the Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference and Expo, on October 8-10 in Alexandria, VA. Dr. Dehghanian presented the DOD Innovation award-winning technology that is being developed at the GW SmartGrid Laboratory, “Smart Measurement Units for Online Situational Awareness in Power Grids.”

Dr. James Lee

Dr. James Lee (MAE) and his past and present students, Dr. Jiaoyan Li and Kerlin Robert, gave the following presentations at the Society of Engineering Science 56th Annual Technical Meeting, held October 13-15 at Washington University in St. Louis: 1) “Nonlocal Theory and Its Applications to Fracture Mechanics and Wave Propagation” (keynote); and 2) “Finite Element Analysis of General Micromorphic Theory.”


Other News:
Mr. Joe Cascio (research professor, EMSE) has been invited to serve on the IPC Thought Leaders Program, which was established to identify key drivers of change in research areas applicable to electronics manufacturers throughout the United States. Mr. Cascio’s invitation noted his expertise in the research area of environment, health, and safety. Mr. Cascio is the co-director of the SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute and previously served as the Federal Environmental Executive under an appointment by former president George Bush.


Dr. Rachael Jonassen

Dr. Rachael Jonassen (climate change director, EEMI) is currently supporting the Government of Cambodia and four other Southeast Asian countries for the Asian Development Bank. She is coordinating the preparation of five documents on green infrastructure and indigenous practices for climate change adaptation and leading in preparing a document on green rural infrastructure.

Dr. Stephen Hsu

Dr. Stephen Hsu’s (MAE) research “Microencapsulation of Chemical Additives” has been named among the “Top 10 University Innovations 2019, Q3” by IN-PART, a service that gives inventions an international audience and increases the potential for turning an invention into a commercialized service or product. GW’s Technology and Commercialization Office (TCO) subscribes to IN-PART. Faculty and students who are interested in learning more about IN-PART may contact TCO’s Mary Luceri.


Student News
CEE doctoral student Dong Pan, his advisor Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE), and colleagues from the Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety R&D presented their work at the Road Safety and Simulation Conference, held October 14-17 in Iowa City, IA. The work was presented by Mr. Pan on October 17 at a lectern session and published in the conference proceedings: D. Pan, W. Zhang, C. Liu, and S. H. Hamdar. “Incident Detection by Speed Distribution Pattern: Towards Realizing the Incident Heterogeneity in Detection.”


ECE doctoral student Jinshun Su and master’s students Dingwei Wang and Yifu Li are researchers at the GW Smart Grid Lab and are advised by Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE). They presented and published the following papers at the 51st North American Power Symposium, which was held October 13-15 in Wichita, KS: 1) J. Su, P. Dehghanian, M. Nazemi, and B. Wang. “Distributed Wind Power Resources for Enhanced Power Grid Resilience;” and 2) D. Wang, Y. Li, P. Dehghanian, and S. Wang. “Power Grid Resilience to Electromagnetic (EMP) Disturbances: A Literature Review.”


Upcoming SEAS Events
Women in Engineering Career Toolkit Series: The SEAS Center for Women in Engineering is presenting sessions to help SEAS students and recent alumnae gain the skills they need to launch their career. The sessions are open to all SEAS students, but are geared particularly to women students. All workshops will be held in SEH, Room 2000 and begin at 4:45 pm. Visit the Center for Women in Engineering site for more details.


Entrepreneurship – Wednesday, October 23


Resume Writing – Wednesday, November 6


Cover Letter & Professional References – Wednesday, November 13


Save the Date: SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Friday, October 25
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
SEH, First Floor and B1 Level
SEAS has moved its annual Student R&D Showcase from February to October. Please visit the SEAS Student R&D Showcase web page to find the event schedule, prize information, and AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program grants information.


BME Seminar: “Bubbles and Sound for Diagnostic Imaging, Therapeutics and Tissue Engineering: Pressure Dependent Subharmonic to Collapsing Jet and Acoustic Streaming”
Speaker: Dr. Kausik Sarkar (BME)
Wednesday, October 30
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1270


4th Annual BME Day: “Innovation in Biomedical Engineering”
Monday, November 4
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1 Level
BME Day will showcase faculty and student research projects, highlight the collaborative nature of the biomedical engineering field, and raise awareness of biomedical engineering at GW and in the Washington, DC region. The day will consist of student poster sessions, a moderated panel discussion on how to land a job within the biomedical engineering field, and selected talks from GW’s BME faculty and invited guest speakers. The entire SEAS community, including alumni, is invited.


GW Innovation Center Workshop: “Design Think Your Project”
Workshop Lead: Dr. Erica Wortham, Co-director, GW Innovation Center
Tuesday, November 5
6:00 – 7:30 pm
GWIC, Tompkins Hall M06
Design Think Your Project covers the basics of human centered design, a collaborative problem solving method that prioritizes people’s lived experiences. Bringing users into the discovery phase and design of your project fosters more innovative solutions. Starting with understandings gathered through empathy, the workshop introduces hands-on techniques, such as rapid prototyping, and emphasizes how to creatively reframe problems.


GW AIAA Student Branch Event
Speaker: Mr. Keith Zuegel, Director of Government Relations at the Air Force Association
Tuesday, November 5
7:00 pm
SEH, B1220
The GW branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will host Mr. Keith Zuegel, who will be on campus to talk about the role of space in upcoming conflicts. Admission is free and food will be provided.


CS Lecture: “Using Virtual Reality to Inform Precision Medicine”
Speaker: Dr. Susan Persky, National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH)
Thursday, November 7
4:30 pm
SEH, B1270
This is a special topic lecture for CSCI 6907: Augmented and Virtual Reality. For more information about this and upcoming lectures, please contact Dr. Hurriyet Ok.


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Advanced 5G and SATCOM Phased-Arrays and UaV-Detection Radars Using Low-Cost Silicon Technologies: The End of the Marconi Era Is Near”
Speaker: Dr. Gabriel Rebeiz, University of California at San Diego
Monday, November 18
2:00 pm (Reception to follow)
SEH, B1220


BME Seminar: “Physical Biology at Semiconductor-enabled Biointerfaces”
Speaker: Dr. Bozhi Tian, The University of Chicago
Wednesday, December 11
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1270


Human Resources News

Marion Flythe-Inman

In this month's HR Corner, SEAS HR Manager Marion Flythe-Inman shares new information on:

  • Open Enrollment 2020, and
  • GW Culture Training sessions.

The HR Corner is a web page for SEAS staff that contains HR-related news, information, and events. Marion encourages staff to visit the page to find information on GW's new time off and leave guide, events and trainings, SEAS employment opportunities, and much more.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Make-A-Thing Open Studio @ GW Innovation Center
Fridays throughout the semester
1:00 – 6:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, M06
The studio is open to the GW community. Please email the GW Innovation Center if you are interested in participating in the studio.


External Events
National Science Foundation Research Prep
Thursday, November 7
12:00 -1:30 pm
Marvin Center, 538
This session shares information about the application process for the many funded research opportunities available to students by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This session will be facilitated by two experts who can help students submit a successful application: Paul Hoyt O'Connor, Ph.D. director, GW Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and Sonya Merrill, Ph.D. STEM Industry Coach GW Center for Career Services. Please bring a laptop or note pad and pen.


GW Grant Writers' Workshop Series
The Research Enhancement Unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research is offering four workshops for grant writers and associated programmatic support staff. Participants will learn tips for developing winning proposals, managing cross-disciplinary project teams, and working with foundations and industry partners. The sessions are open to GW faculty, staff, postdocs and students. Non-GW participants will be considered as space allows. There is no fee to attend, but an RSVP is required.


Session I: Foundation Grant Writing
Tuesday, November 12
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 310


Session II: Successful Collaborative Projects
Tuesday, November 12
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Marvin Center, 310


Session III: Building Partnerships with Industry
Wednesday, November 13
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 308


Session IV: Grant Writing at the Next Level
Wednesday, November 13
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Marvin Center, 308


Call for proposals: Sustainable GW announces a call for proposals for the 2020 round of the Duke Energy Innovation Fund. This year Sustainable GW is accepting proposals for up to $85,000. Complete instructions for submissions are available on its web page. Please send any questions to Robert Orttung.


Never underestimate the potential of your research. If you have an exciting research proposal or positive preliminary results, or if you aren't sure whether or not you have a patentable invention, GW’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) would love to hear from you. TCO is available to discuss your ideas and to help protect your intellectual property rights and those of the university. TCO promotes and facilitates the transfer of GW innovations for the benefit of the university community and the public while leveraging GW resources by partnering with industry experts and entrepreneurs.


Dissertation Defenses
Student Name: Engin Kayraklioglu
Dissertation Title: “Scalable and Productive Data Locality Optimizations in Distributed Memory Systems”
Advisor: Dr. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE)
Friday, October 25
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
SEH, 4605


Student Name: Kazem Qazanfari
Dissertation Title: “Methods of Enriching Domain Knowledge with Universal Semantics for Higher Text Mining Performance”
Advisor: Dr. Abdu Youssef (CS) - Presiding: Dr. Hyeong-Ah Choi (CS)
Thursday, October 31
12:00 – 2:30 pm
SEH, 2000