October 3-9, 2016


October 3, 2016

Faculty News


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering just completed a very successful $2.5 million program for the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) titled “Photovoltaic Materiel and Device Research and Development.” Now, the NRL has just put in place a new $2.6 million program for GW titled “Semiconductor Device Technology for Space and Terrestrial Applications.” Under this grant, Research Scientist Matthew Lumb is developing concepts and performing simulations for multi-junction solar cells, while Research Scientist Raymond Hoheisel and Postdoctoral Scientist James Moore are performing diverse measurements and analyses on commercial and developmental solar cells and integrating them into various systems in space, on the ground, and even underwater. The Principal Investigator for the program is Research Professor David Nagel.

Media Mentions:

Capital News Service quoted Prof. Poorvi Vora (CS) in the September 30 article “Security experts question Maryland’s online ballot system.” The article also appeared in the Charlotte ObserverFresno BeeKansas City StarMiami Herald, and Washington Times.


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his graduate students have published two new papers: 1) Z. Chen, L. Lin, X. Cheng, E. Gjika, and M. Keidar. “Treatment of gastric cancer cells with non-thermal atmospheric plasma generated in water,”Biointerphases, 11, 031010 (2016); and 2) B. B. Wang, D. Gao, I. Levchenko, K. Ostrikov, M. Keidar, M. K. Zhu, K. Zheng and B. Gao. “Self-organized graphene-like boron nitride containing nanoflakes on copper by low-temperature N2+H2 plasma,”RSC Advances, Vol. 6, 87607, 2016.

Prof. and his doctoral students, Priyesh Srivastava and Abhilash Reddy Malipeddy, have published the following paper: P. Srivastava, A. R. Malipeddi, and K. Sarkar (2016). “Steady shear rheology of a viscous emulsion in the presence of finite inertia at moderate volume fractions: sign reversal of normal stress differences,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 85, 494-522.Kausik Sarkar (MAE) 

Conferences & Presentations:

On September 30, Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) presented “Shaping the Future of MPE” as an invited panelist at the SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE16). The conference was organized by the SIAM Activity Group on Mathematics of Planet Earth (SIAG/MPE) and was held September 30-October 2 in Philadelphia, PA. SIAG/MPE focuses on mathematical and computational issues related to planet Earth, with particular emphasis on the effects of human activities on Earth’s physical environment and its life-supporting capabilities.

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

Workshop: “Ideas for Action: Global Young Leaders Dialogue on Innovations and Financing for the Sustainable Development Goals and IdeaLab”
Tuesday, October 4
3:00 – 7:00 pm
SEH, B1220
This workshop is hosted by SEAS and organized by the World Bank and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and it will take place during the annual meeting of the World Bank. The number of attendees is limited.

BME Seminar: “Mimicking the Complexity of the Human Body in Vitro”
Speaker: Dr. Mandy Esch, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Monday, October 17
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220

MAE Seminar: “Toward a Low-carbon Future with Automotive Fuel Cells”
Speaker: Dr. Ajay Prasad, University of Delaware
Thursday, October 20
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

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

External Events

Post-Award Grant Management Boot Camp
Monday, October 17
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 310
RSVP by emailing [email protected] with "POSTBC" in the subject line.
This session covers management of sponsored projects/awards including receiving and accepting an award, support services, travel, purchasing equipment and supplies, initiating agreements, research integrity, financial management and reporting, and award closeout.

Networking & Informational Event
Tuesday, October 3
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Marvin Center Lobby

Information Session: Ransomware: What is it? How to avoid it? How to protect your data ?
Wednesday, October 5
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Networking & Informational Event: 2016 techEXPO
Tuesday, October 11
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mid-Campus Quad

Networking & Informational Event: Password Hack Demo
Monday, October 17
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Marvin Center Lobby

Information Session: Ten Tips to Keep Your Computer and Data Secure
Thursday, October 20
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
VSTC Exploration Hall

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