October 7-13, 2019


October 8, 2019

Faculty News


Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Lorena Barba

On September 24, Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) led the panel “Reproducibility: What Is Needed to Enable Computational Reproducibility?” at the National Academy of Science (NAS). It was one among four invited panels of the symposium “Reproducibility and Replicability in Science: Next Steps.” In attendance (among many distinguished scholars) were Dr. France Cordova, National Science Foundation director; Marcia McNutt, NAS president; Harvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; and Kelvin Droegemeier, director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Dr. David Broniatowski

Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) was an invited panelist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Panel on Restoring Trust in Vaccines at the CSIS Conference on Global Immunization. The panel was held September 28.

Dr. James Lee

Dr. James Lee (MAE) and his past and present students, Dr. Jiaoyan Li and Kerlin Robert, presented “Finite Element Analysis of 4D Printing” at the 2019 International Conference on Biomechanics and Medical Engineering, held September 19-22 in San Diego, CA. At the same conference, his Ph.D. student Hao Sun presented their work “Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Tumor Growth.” The work introduces a mathematical model to simulate the tumor growth and deformation process, incorporating the experimental data from Dr. Lijie Grace Zhang's Ph.D. student Timothy Esworthy.

Dr. Michael Plesniak

On October 3, Dr. Michael Plesniak (MAE) presented an invited seminar titled “Physiologically-inspired Pulsatile Flow over a Surface Protuberance” as part of the Engineering Leadership series in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo.


Media Mentions:
EMSE Visiting Scholar Scott Sklar was quoted in the October 1 Washington Business Journal article “Amazon will update HQ2 design to meet Jeff Bezos’ climate goals.” The article covers Amazon’s plan to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from its upcoming massive headquarters in Arlington County. This is part of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ announcement last week to end the company's reliance on fossil fuels in a decade. Dr. Sklar is the director of renewable energy for the SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute.


Other News:

Dr. Jonathan Deason

On October 1, the SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute held a preview screening of the global climate change film “Tidewater” in the Lehman Auditorium. Dr. Jonathan Deason (EMSE) gave a welcome address and Research Professor Joe Cascio (EMSE) coordinated a discussion panel consisting of Melissa Deas, climate program analyst, Government of the District of Columbia; Dr. Stephen Dornbos, AAAS science and technology policy fellow, US Department of Defense; Kristiane Huber, resilience fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions; and Shana Udvardy, climate resilience analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists. The American Society of Adaptation Professionals co-hosted the event and provided dinner for the attendees.

Dr. Rachael Jonassen

Dr. Rachael Jonassen (climate change director, EEMI) completed her first mission to Xiangtan, China, September 22-28, for the Asian Development Bank. She leads a team designing a roughly $500 million low carbon transformation for the city of Xiangtan. Xiangtan is a heavily polluted industrial city whose carbon emissions have doubled in the past 10 years. The ADB team consists of 42 international and national experts in fields such as distributed energy, district heating, waste-to-energy, intelligent transport systems, smart energy building design, and green public finance. Eight GW graduate students support the project. Dr. Jonassen also is one of sixty-four signatories of the Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG), which released “A Climate Security Plan for America” on September 24. The plan calls on the U.S. President to recognize climate change as a vital national security threat and issue a national strategy to fulfill a “responsibility to prepare for and prevent” that threat. CSAG is chaired by the Center for Climate and Security in partnership with GW's Elliott School of International Affairs.

Dr. Heller and students at the conference

Dr. Shelly Heller (CS) presented “What’s Your Why” on a panel at the 2019 Grace Hopper Conference. SEAS is an academic sponsor of this conference for women in technology. This year SEAS/CS sent 11 women to join over 25,000 other students and young professionals at this annual conference. By comparison, the first Grace Hopper Conference, which was held in 1994, was attended by 500 technical women.


Upcoming SEAS Events
BME Seminar: “Professional Opportunities in the Regulation of Diabetes Devices at FDA”
Speaker: Dr. Alain Silk, FDA
Wednesday, October 9
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1270


CSPRI Talk: “The Journey to Rational Cybersecurity”
Speaker: Dan Blum, Security Architects Partners
Thursday, October 17
12:00 noon (An informal lunch will be served)
SEH, B1220
Please RSVP for lunch.
The intent of this and future Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) lunches is to give GW faculty and students glimpses of the vibrant security and privacy private sector in the Washington, DC region and to promote dialog and debate regarding breakthrough initiatives. The potential for support for research or conference papers on related topics will be part of the discussion.


Lecture: “Can AR/VR Enrich Everyday Human Life?”
Speaker: Cezara Windrem, AARP Innovation Labs
Thursday, October 17
4:30 – 6:00 pm
SEH, B1270
This is a special topic lecture for CSCI 6907: Augmented and Virtual Reality. To attend, please RSVP by October 16.


Panel Discussion: “Science Unscripted: Origins of the Internet”
Thursday, October 17
5:00 – 7:00 pm (Doors open at 5:00; panel begins at 5:30; reception follows at 7:00)
MPA Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
Join us for an evening of conversation with the architects of the Internet, Vint Cerf, Radia Perlman, and Steve Crocker. This event is hosted by the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation and is open to the general public. Dr. Shelly Heller (CS) will moderate the discussion. More information


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 deadlines and the event schedule, prize information, and AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program grants information. Showcase participants can nominate themselves for an AccelerateGW I-Corps Grant on the R&D Showcase Application site.


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


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.


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 welcomes GW's new vice president and chief people officer Dana Bradley, and she shares new information on:

  • historical sick time data collection,
  • SkillSurvey Reference Checks, and
  • new job opportunities at SEAS.

The HR Corner is a new 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.


Where Do I Start? Webinar
Tuesday, October 15
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Webinar Room
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 the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for a webinar on how you can take your business, idea, or startup to the next level. Plus find and learn about all the great resources GW has to offer for innovators, entrepreneurs, and impact leaders.


Social Innovation Fireside Chat
Tuesday, October 15
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Gelman Library, First Floor (Churchill Library)
Erin McGeoy, founder and CEO of Last Call and nominee for DC's 2019 Inno Under 25, will be the guest. Konstantin Mitic, co-founder of George Hacks and directing fellow of GW Innovation Center, will moderate the chat.


External Events
Panel Discussion: “Partnering with Government Contractors in Pursuit of Cross-Disciplinary Research Opportunities”
Thursday, October 17
3:00 – 4:00 pm (Reception to follow)
SEH, B1220
Increasingly, government contractors are teaming with academia on complex cross-disciplinary research projects. GW faculty are well-suited to join these teams as principal investigators and subject matter experts. In turn, faculty make valuable professional connections and build skills and expertise that will benefit their own academic and research programs. Panelists, including leading government contractors and GW researchers, will discuss lessons learned from recent collaborations, provide tips for working with government contractors and consultants, and explain how their organizations partner on large research proposals. This event is organized by the Office of Industry and Corporate Research within the Office of the Vice President for Research.


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: Yangyang Zhao
Dissertation Title: “Nano Hole Array Based Diverse Sensing System Towards Next Generation Technology”
Advisor: Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE)
Tuesday, October 8
3:30 – 5:00 pm
SEH, 5605


Student Name: Hua Wu
Dissertation Title: “Apollo End-to-end Verifiable Internet Voting with Recovery from Vote Manipulation”
Advisor: Dr. Poorvi Vora (CS) – Presiding: Dr. Rachelle Heller (CS)
Wednesday, October 16
1:00 – 3:30 pm
SEH, 2990