October 29 - November 4, 2018


October 29, 2018

Faculty News
Dr. Erica Gralla (EMSE) and Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber (EMSE), in collaboration with researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology and Purdue, have received a two-year, $245,626 National Science Foundation grant for “EAGER: Collaborative Research: Demonstrating the Importance of Research Setting Representativeness in Systems Engineering and Design Research.” GW’s portion of the grant is $128,182. Designing complex engineering systems such as critical infrastructure, capital-intensive projects, and national defense systems involves large design teams consisting of hundreds to thousands of individuals over timescales reaching into decades. This project addresses the methodological question of how to study the design of such complex engineering systems using simpler, shorter-duration, and more controlled research settings. The research objective of this project is to establish and validate a set of standards for research setting representativeness to assess whether and the extent to which findings from one research setting can be extended to others.


Dr. Tian Lan (ECE) has received a one-year, $150,466 research grant from CISCO. The project is a collaborative effort with Dr. Vaneet Aggarwal (Purdue University). The team will investigate novel use of erasure coding in online distributed storage for improved performance and reliability.


Dr. Erica Gralla (EMSE) has published the following paper: E. Gralla, J. Herrmann, and M. Morency. “Design problem decomposition: an empirical study of small teams of facility designers,” Research in Engineering Design, doi: 10.1007/s00163-018-0300-0.


Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) has published the following paper: I. Levchenko, S. Xu, S. Mazouffre, M. Keidar and K. Bazaka. “Mars Colonization: Beyond Getting There,” Global Challenges, Vol 2, 2018.


Conferences & Presentations:
On October 6, Dr. David Nagel (research professor, ECE) presented a paper titled “LENR Mechanisms” at the 13th International Workshop on Anomalies in Hydrogen Loaded Metals, held in Greccio, Italy. He also moderated a discussion session based on 14 questions that he provided to the workshop participants.


On October 17, Dr. Hurriyet Ok (professorial lecturer, CS) gave a presentation titled “VR HUD Navigation UI/UX for First Responders” at the inaugural Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Conference, held at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. This unique conference featured speakers and attendees from the fields of XR (extended reality) for healthcare, simulation, and training; advanced research in the technology and design of interactive experiences; and education, data analysis, and cyber security.


On October 5, Dr. Michael Plesniak (MAE) presented an invited seminar titled “Speech Production and Pulsatile Flow over a Surface Protuberance” as part of the GALCIT Colloquium series in the Department of Aerospace at the California Institute of Technology.


Other News:
Dr. Guru Venkataramani (ECE) served as the inaugural chair of the first ACM Student Research Competition. The competition took place during the 51st IEEE International Symposium on Microarchitecture, held October 20-24 in Fukuoka, Japan. Research posters on microarchitecture-related topics were submitted by undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Dr. Venkataramani served as technical program chair for the poster session and for selecting best posters. The event was sponsored by ACM and Microsoft Research.


Student News
CS graduate student Liran Cohen and his business partner Max Friedman were featured in the October 22 GW Today article “GW Students Make List of Area’s Top Young Innovators.” Liran and Max founded and run Givebutter, a free fundraising platform for events, crowdfunding, and donations.


Other News
New spring 2019 course: EMSE 6035 - Marketing of Technology: This course provides students with a quantitative foundation for informing design decisions in an uncertain, competitive market. Students will work in teams to design and field surveys and analyze the data to learn about the relative importance of different product features to inform product design choices. The course will be taught in the R programming language. By registering for the course, students will also have free access to all learning content on datacamp.com. Students should have a working knowledge of calculus, linear algebra, linear regression, and probability theory. Learn more.


SEAS Events Re-cap

Alumni Awards Ceremony 2018

Renee Lewis (3rd from left), Mischel Kwon (4th from left), and

Nelson Carbonell (5th from left)

Congratulations to three SEAS alumni who were honored last Thursday at GW’s 2018 Alumni Awards ceremony. Renee Lewis, MS '90, received an Alumni Outstanding Service Award, while Nelson Carbonell, BS '85, and Mischel Kwon, Certificate '04, each received a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. The university presented a total of nine service and achievement awards to GW alumni at the 2018 ceremony.

Frank Howard Lecture 2018

On Saturday, Mischel Kwon delivered the Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture at SEAS as part of the Colonial Weekend festivities. Her lecture, “Cybersecurity - Today's Attacks and Defenses,” reviewed the current attacks and defenses that companies, the government, and average citizens face in the digital world.


Upcoming SEAS Events
ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Transforming Science through Cyberinfrastructure”
Speaker: Dr. Manish Parashar, National Science Foundation
Monday, October 29
4:00 pm (Reception follows)
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Unified Mechanics Theory: F=m a ((1-ϕ(s ̇ ))”
Speaker: Dr. Cemal Basaran, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Thursday, November 1
2:00 - 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


GW BME DAY 2018: “Innovations in Biomedical Engineering”
Monday, November 5
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1 Level
Registration required
The GW Department of Biomedical Engineering is proud to host the 3rd Annual GW BME DAY: Innovations in Biomedical Engineering. The event 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 our faculty and invited guest speakers.


CVP Speaker Series @ GW: “Innovation INC: The Business of Innovation”
Wednesday, November 7
4:00 – 6:00 pm (Panel begins at 4:00; refreshments follow panel at 5:00)
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
No longer a “concept,” innovation is now the lifeblood of organizations, impacting technology, culture, clients, operations, and the bottom line. Regardless of vertical sector or business model, innovation is driving growth, is at the core of change, and is critical to success. But how does the business of innovation happen and how can it deliver a Return on Investment? Join the discussion with our panel of innovation leaders to find out how.

  • Nagesh Rao, Director of Business Technology Solutions for the Small Business Administration
  • Andrea Norris, Director, Center for Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer at the National Institutes of Health
  • Phaedra Chrousos, Chief Innovation Officer of the Libra Group
  • Annamaria Konya Tannon, Entrepreneur, Chief Evangelist, and Executive Director of the GW Innovation Center
  • Moderator: Anirudh Kulkarni, CEO of CVP


CS DAY: Computer Science Open House
Friday, November 9
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1167
Join us for the CS Department’s Open House. The Open House is open to the entire SEAS community and will feature a department tour; faculty research spotlights; student posters and demonstrations; information about our programs (BA, BS, MS, Ph.D., and gateway); and lunch. Faculty will also be available for one-on-one discussions. Prospective students who attend will have their MS or Ph.D. application fees waived. For more information, please call 202-994-7181 or email the department.


MAE Seminar: “Growth and Remodeling Soft Tissue Mechanics in Pregnancy”
Speaker: Dr. Kristin Myers, Columbia University
Thursday November 15
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: "Model Predictive Control for Helicopter Ship Landing Operations"
Speaker: Dr. Cornel Sultan, Virginia Tech
Friday, November 16
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, 2000


MAE Seminar: “Analysis of Charging Dynamics Relevant to Magnetized-Orbit Dusty Plasma Confinement: Signature of Gyrophase Drift in Space Dust”
Speaker: Dr. Mark Koepke, West Virginia University
Monday, November 19
3:15 – 4:15 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Controlling cracks in granular materials”
Speaker: Dr. Sujit Datta, Princeton University
Thursday, November 29
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Career Events
Radify Labs Online Conference: Careers in Tech
Sunday-Tuesday, November 4-6
The conference will include speakers from YouTube, WeWork, and Twitter. In addition, students will be able to sign-up for virtual coffee chats with mentors from the world’s top tech firms and submit their resumes for exclusive job and internship opportunities. Students who sign up via this link, will receive a free ticket to the conference.


General Dynamics Information Technology: Interviews
Wednesday, November 14
GDIT will be on campus to interview computer science majors on November 14. The deadline to apply for the position through Handshake is Tuesday, October 30. Please apply to position: #1988312 Developer.


SEAS Computing Facility Workshops
Remaining Arduino and Raspberry Pi Workshops

  • Saturday, November 3: Introduction to Arduino
  • Saturday, November 10: Arduino/Raspberry Pi Project Lab


SEAS CF will host free interactive workshops on Arduinos and Raspberry Pis, which are inexpensive platforms for electronics and programming projects. Each workshop will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the SEH Studio Labs (SEH 1300/1400/1450).


At the Introduction to Raspberry Pi and Introduction to Arduino workshops, attendees will learn about the basics of these technologies and how to get started. Attendees will also create some introductory projects involving sensors and LEDs, and they will gain experience with basic programming in Python (for Raspberry Pi) and C/C++ (for Arduino), as well as simple circuits.


Then, at the Raspberry Pi/Arduino Project Lab, the equipment will be available along with self-guided project instructions to put the skills into use. Staff will be available to help. Potential projects to choose from include programmable cars, a Raspberry Pi Pong game, an Arduino paper piano, a weather station with a Twitter bot, and a security system with a camera and motion detection. The introduction tutorials will also be available in self-guided form for any attendees who couldn't make it to an introduction workshop or just want to learn at their own pace.


Experience specifically with Python, C/C++, or circuits is not required for either. All equipment will be provided. Group work is encouraged. You may register for any or all of the three workshops. Please email [email protected] with any questions.


MATLAB and SolidWorks Tutoring

  • Tuesdays: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 8:00 – 10:00 pm


MATLAB and SolidWorks tutoring will be offered throughout the fall semester in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS Senior Keily Gleason.


Engineering Software installation on personal computers: Most engineering programs installed in the SEAS Computing Labs—including MATLAB, SolidWorks, and others—are available for install on students' personal computers. For a complete list of applications, please visit the SEAS Computing Facility website.


GW News & Events
Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund: Sustainable GW announces the 2019 round of the Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund competition. This program makes up to $85,000 available for multi-disciplinary faculty research. Visit Sustainability at GW for application details. Please send any questions to Sustainable GW Research Director Robert Orttung.


GW Event: “TimesTalksTech: Arming for Cyberwarfare”
Tuesday, October 30
6:30 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium
Tickets (Students: enter the code "COMP" to claim a complimentary ticket)
David Sanger, a national security correspondent for The New York Times and author of The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age, will moderate a talk on cybersecurity with John Demers, assistant attorney general for the National Security Division; Yasmin Green, director of research and development for Jigsaw - a unit within Google's parent company, Alphabet; and Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of CrowdStrike, who discovered Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee. A limited quantity of free tickets to this event is available for GW students. This event is presented by Deloitte.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Immigration Legal Clinic for GW Student Entrepreneurs (as part of the International Student Office “All-Access Event”)
Friday, November 2
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
GW Marvin Center, Room 309
International students who wish to start a business here in the U.S. are welcome to join us for a lecture on all the processes to move your business forward. Students will also be able to schedule a one-on-one with a lawyer onsite during this event to discuss options catered to your situation and join in on other activities planned by the GW International Student Office.


SEED SPOT Weekend Bootcamp
Friday, November 2 – Sunday, November 4
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (time may vary according to schedule)
GW Gelman Library, Room 219
This three-day Launch Camp provides entrepreneurs and individuals who are exploring starting a venture a safe space to explore and launch their ideas. Throughout the program, participants will have access to mentors, content experts, SEED SPOT’s curriculum, and a network of supporters.


Webinar: Where Do I Start?
Tuesday, November 6
5:30 – 7:00 pm
WebEx Room: webex.gwu.edu/join/jbautista
Do you have a business or social enterprise idea, but don't know where to start? Are you interested in getting feedback on your idea and getting guidance on how to move your idea forward? Join us for an interactive discussion on how you can get your startup idea going!


Dolphin Tank at GW
Thursday, November 15
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 308


2018 Pitch George Competition
Saturday, November 17
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Duquès Hall, 6th Floor
Compete in this year's official elevator pitch competition to win your share of over $12,500 in cash prizes! All ideas, early stage startups, and existing startups are welcome. This year's competition will be conducted in three tracks: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Women's tracks. Winners of each track will automatically advance to the semifinal round in the 2019 GW New Venture Competition, which gives out over $300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. The application deadline is Friday, November 10. Learn more.