October 24-30, 2016


October 24, 2016

Faculty News

Awards & Honors

Prof. Lance Hoffman (CS and CSPRI) was inducted to the Cyber Security Hall of Fame in a ceremony held October 20 in Baltimore, MD. Prof. Hoffman’s success in developing the nation’s first regularly offered university course on computer security was cited, as were his authorship/editorship of books on the state of cyber security and privacy, and his research on cryptography policy, risk analysis, and statistical inference for data mining. More information on Prof. Hoffman and the other 2016 inductees is available on the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame website.

Media Mentions:

C-SPAN recently aired a congressional debate between candidates for Virginia’s 10th District, at which Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA 10th District) mentioned people working on “new technology like we have at George Washington University” to relieve traffic congestion. Her comment referred to research conducted by Prof. Samer Hamdar’s (CEE) lab. Congresswoman Comstock had previously visited Prof. Hamdar’s instrumented vehicle lab at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus and was impressed by their work on congestion mitigation, connected and automated vehicles, driver and pedestrian behavior modeling, and traffic safety. (Video clip)

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Lance Hoffman (CS and CSPRI) spoke on October 17 at the U. S. Naval Academy’s “Developing a Normative Framework for Cyberwarfare” workshop. The title of his presentation was “Teaching Cyberwarfare Ethics: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) will serve as an invited panelist on the Data Modeling & Analytics panel at the Big Data in Finance conference, which will take place in Ann Arbor, MI on October 27 and 28. The conference is hosted by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Financial Research and by the University of Michigan’s Center on Finance, Law and Policy.

Student News

The Metropolitan Washington Chapter of ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) held its 2016 Scholar Awards Reception on October 20 at the National Academy of Sciences Building. Dean David Dolling was a presenter at the event, at which two SEAS graduate students were honored with $15,000 ARCS scholarships: Ian Carr, a Ph.D. candidate in the MAE department, and Claire Silverstein, a Ph.D. candidate in the CEE department. Both of them were named Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation Scholars. Congratulations to Ian and Claire.

Other News

The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute and the European Energy Center will offer three remaining professional short courses:

Renewable Energy Management & Finance
Thursday and Friday, October 27-28
Taught by: Michael Ware & Scott Sklar

Environmental Management Beyond Compliance (Implementing an ISO 14001 System)
Monday and Tuesday, November 14-15
Taught by: Joe Cascio

Distributed Generation and Storage
Thursday and Friday, December 8-9
Taught by: Scott Sklar

Circular Economy
Thursday and Friday, March 16-17, 2017
Taught by: Roger Feldman and Ed Pinero

Multi-Aspect Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics
Dates TBA
Taught by: Scott Sklar

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar: “Single Ventricle Palliation with the Assisted Bidirectional Glenn”
Speaker: Dr. Jessica Shang, University of Rochester
Thursday, October 27
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

MAE Seminar: “Bursting Bubbles and Bilayers”
Speaker: Dr. Steven Wrenn, Drexel University
Thursday, November 17
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

BME Seminar: “Haptics: The Technology of Touch”
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, November 28
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Career Center & Career-Related Announcements & Events

DreamWorks Info Session & On-Campus Interview 
DreamWorks is scouting for students interested in art/illustration, design, character animation, computer graphics, and media studies jobs and internships. Representatives will be on campus Wednesday, October 26 for an information session and the tech talk “How to Train your Microservice at DreamWorks Animation.” RSVP on GWork for the information session and/or the tech talk.

The Cognitive Computing Odyssey
Cognitive computing unites fields like AI, machine learning, and natural language processing to “think” about data more like a human than a computer. It treats cancer patients, personalizes education, and predicts financial markets. And it's just getting started. This November, students from across the country will gather in one of three cities (San Francisco, Austin, Boston) to explore the technology, future, and jobs of cognitive computing as part of The Cognitive Computing Odyssey. The Cognitive Computing Odyssey is presented by Uncubed and IBM. Travel and lodging will be fully covered for accepted students. Apply and learn more.

GW MAPs-U Professional Networking Event
Wednesday, October 26
6:00 – 7:00 pm
District House, Room B114
RSVP to: [email protected]
The GW MAPs-U (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers - University) is hosting its first kickoff event! Through regular speaker series, professional panels, and workshops, the GW MAPs-U organization will expose the importance of networking for professional development. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of networking to develop professional relationships, finesse networking opportunities, and expand career opportunities. MAPs-U events are geared toward, but not limited to, seniors, graduate students, medical students, and post-docs in STEM-related fields. Note: This is an independent event; it is not sponsored by the Career Center.

Entrepreurship Events

DC I-Corps Veteran Entrepreneur Lean Startup Program
Wednesday, October 26
4:00 – 8:00 pm
SEH, 2000B

DC I-Corps and GW in partnership with the Small Business Administration Office of Veterans Business Development are offering a new program designed to help veteran entrepreneurs maximize the potential for their new business ideas. The program is free to selected participants.

Alumni Founders Panel
Saturday, October 29
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 310

As part of Alumni Weekend, the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a panel discussion of successful alumni startup founders to talk about their journey from idea to market.

100 Mentor Match-Up
Tuesday, November 1
6:00 – 9:00 pm
1957 E Street NW, City View Room

At this event, the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the GW Entrepreneurs Round Table (GWERT) Mentors Program will pair experienced mentors with GW students. Aspiring GW student entrepreneurs (at all experience levels) can connect with other entrepreneurs, business professionals, and industry experts. The event will also feature a keynote address by Andrew Perlman, CEO at FORM Holdings.

Pitch George Competition
Saturday, November 19
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Duquès Hall 6th Floor
The annual Pitch George Competition is one of the GW’s premier entrepreneurial initiatives organized by the GW Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE). The “elevator pitch” competition takes place each fall semester and allows young entrepreneurs (from high school to GW graduate students) to present their business ideas, get valuable feedback on the viability of their business concepts, and win startup capital.

External Events

Value through Partnerships: Research & Education Opportunities with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Tuesday, November 8
10:30 – 11:30 am
Marvin Center, Room 403
RSVP to: [email protected]
This session provides an overview of the funding and collaboration opportunities that ORAU makes available to member universities. More information

Cayuse Training for University Facilitating Fund Proposals 
Monday, November 14
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Marvin Center, Room 310
RSVP to: [email protected]
This session focuses on using Cayuse to submit a University Facilitating Fund (UFF) proposal.

Networking & Informational Event: Technical Information Session for IT Teams
Friday, October 28
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Information Session: National Cyber Security Awareness Month Keystone Event
Monday, October 31
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium