October 26 - November 1, 2015


October 26, 2015

Faculty News


Prof. Emilia Entcheva, who will join the BME faculty in January 2016, has just published a paper in Nature Photonics: R. A. B. Burton, A. Klimas, C. M. Ambrosi, J. Tomek, A. Corbett, E. Entcheva, and G. Bub. “Optical control of excitation waves in cardiac tissue,” Nature Photonics. Unlike any application of optogenetics to date (neural or cardiac), beyond triggering or suppressing electrical activity, the authors demonstrate the first fine “excitation wave steering” using computer-generated dynamic light patterns (movies), while simultaneously tracking the waves with a novel high-resolution interferrometric dye-free imaging. News of the paper was published online at Physics.org in the October 19 article, “Researchers learn how to steer the heart—with light."

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE) was an invited participant at the “Workshop on Predictive Theoretical and Computational Approaches for Additive Manufacturing (AM)” at The National Academy of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering, held in Washington, DC on October 7-9.

Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE) has had a recent manuscript published at IOP Nanotechnology: E. Simsek and B. Mukherjee. “Visibility of Atomically Thin Layered Materials Buried in Silicon Dioxide,” IOP Nanotechnology, Vol. 26, No. 45, 455701, October 2015. In this work, he and his co-author show the possibility of using an oxide protection film on top of atomically thin layered materials with good average optical color contrast in broad- and narrow-band wavelength ranges.


On Thursday, October 15, four SEAS students received ARCS Foundation awards from the Metropolitan Washington Chapter at its 2015 Scholar Awards Reception. Colin Parker (Ph.D. candidate, MAE) was named the McNichols Foundation Scholar; Sarah Pickus (Ph.D. candidate, MAE), and Ahsen Uppal (Ph.D. candidate, ECE) were named Chapter Scholars; and Caleb Whitehead (undergraduate, MAE) was named the Booz Allen Hamilton Scholar. Dean Dolling helped present the awards to the GW students and also spoke about GW’s unique research capabilities and students, and about innovation, development, and the STEM pipeline at GW. The ARCS Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering, and medical research.

Doctoral student William Kroshl (EMSE) and EMSE Profs. Shahram Sarkani and Tom Mazzuchi have published the following article: W. Kroshl, S. Sarkani, and T. Mazzuchi. “Efficient Allocation of Resources for Defense of Spatially Distributed Networks Using Agent-Based Simulation,” Risk Analysis, Vol.35, Issue 9, September 2015, Pages: 1690–1705.

Doctoral student Ali Seyfi (CS) has published the following paper: A. Seyfi, A. Patel, and J. C. Júnior. “Empirical Evaluation of the Link and Content-Based Focused Treasure-Crawler,” Computer Standards & Interfaces, Vol. 44, February 2016, pp.54-62 (2016) DOI: 10.1016/j.csi.2015.09.007. Ali is advised by Prof. Mona Diab (CS).

At the 16th European Conference on Knowledge Management, doctoral student Phil Sisson (EMSE) presented his work done toward building a unified theory of knowledge management. His presentation tied for best poster presentation. The accompanying paper—P.W. Sisson and J.C.H. Ryan, “What Do We Know? - Building A Knowledge Concept Map”—is published in the Proceedings of The 16th European Conference on Knowledge Management - ECKM, 2015, pp. 1-7.

Other News

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GWIBE) announces the 2015-2016 call for proposals from faculty and undergraduates:

The GWIBE Undergraduate Research Fellowship was established to foster undergraduate research in biomedical engineering mentored by a faculty member. Each recipient receives a $5,000 stipend. Proposals are dueNovember 30, 2015. 

Faculty: The GWIBE Interdisciplinary Research Fund is designed to support pilot research that involves synergistic collaborations in science, engineering, and medicine. Each award can be up to $20,000. Proposals are due November 30, 2015. 

SEAS Events

ECE Colloquium: IEEE Magnetic Society's 2015 Distinguished Lecturer
Speaker: Prof. Russell Cowburn, Cambridge University
Tuesday, October 27
1:30 pm
SEH, 2000B

Executive-in-Residence: Discussion with Dr. Ernst Volgenau
Wednesday, October 28
3:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Register: go.gwu.edu/volgenau
Dr. Volgenau is the chairman, founder, and former CEO of SRA International and the author of Geeks, Mush Heads and the IT Revolution. A book signing and reception will follow the discussion. Free books will be available.

Engineer Mentor Fair
Thursday, October 29
6:30 – 9:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Registration is now open for SEAS undergraduate and graduate students to attend the 4th Annual Engineer Mentor Fair. Registration is required.

External Events

Boston Scientific Resume Book Opportunity:
The Center for Career Services is collecting resumes of stellar students interested in full-time employment and internship opportunities with Boston Scientific. These are exclusive #OnlyAtGW opportunities to get your resume in front of hiring managers from these companies outside of the normal online application process. Select students will be contacted for consideration for multiple opportunities in Boston Scientific's St. Paul, MN, Marlborough, MA, and Valencia, CA, offices. Open to juniors and seniors and all majors; however, the following majors are preferred: Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Finance, Accounting, and Information Systems.

To participate in the resume book:
> Log in to Gwork > Go to Documents > Add New and upload a cover letter and resume AS ONE DOCUMENT. The cover letter should highlight why you are interested in a career/internship with Boston Scientific. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.
> Go to Documents > Opt-In Resume Book
> Click Select Books (next to document you wish to use)
> Check the box for "Careers/Internships at Boston Scientific"
> Submit
Click on the resume book title to view more information about this resume book opportunity.
If you would like assistance with creating a professional resume, you may stop by during Center for Career Services drop-in hours. Drop-ins (no appointment necessary) are held in Colonial Crossroads, Marvin Center 5th Floor, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You may also schedule an appointment with your Career Coach via your GWork home page.
DEADLINE to submit: Sunday, November 1, 2015, by 11:59 p.m.

GW Technology Commercialization Office 2015 Innovation Competition
Wednesday, November 4
1:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
The GW Technology Commercialization Office is showcasing promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. This event provides a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs, and members of the venture community. Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $25,000 in prizes for the development of a prototype or proof-of-concept! All are welcome to attend. Registration for competition entries is now closed.

Symposium: “Open edX Universities Symposium”
Wednesday, November 11
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Milken School of Public Health, Room 100
The symposium will be structured around topics of general concern in online learning: web-enhanced learning and pedagogy; learning analytics; and inter-institutional collaboration. Please visit the symposium website to register and see the list of speakers and panelists, many of whom are top figures in the field. Anyone can attend, but space is limited. The registration fee is $75. This event is hosted by the GW Vice-Provost of Online Learning and Academic Innovation.

Structural Engineers Association: “A Forum for Future Structural Engineers”
Speaker: Ron Klemencic, Chairman and CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Friday, November 20
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
SMPA, Jack Morton Auditorium
For more information, please contact [email protected].

Entrepreneurship Events

Hoffman Lecture Series: Anthony Shop
Monday, October 26
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Duquès Hall, Room 353

Creative Juice Mix: Get Your Idea Out There
Tuesday, October 27
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Gallery 1 (500 17th St NW)