October 8-14, 2018


October 8, 2018

Faculty News
Dr. Timothy Wood (CS) is principal investigator for a three-year, $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Community Research Infrastructure program to support work on “OpenNetVM: A Software Platform Enabling Network Function Virtualization Research.” The project is a collaborative effort with researchers at University of California Riverside, and GW’s share of the funding is $325,000. The project will expand on the open source networking platform being developed by Ph.D., masters, and undergraduate students here at GW.


Media Mentions:
CNN's Great Big Story has published a micro-documentary, “How Sea Lions Are Inspiring the Future of Underwater Transport,” that tells the story of the sea lion research being conducted by Dr. Megan Leftwich (MAE) and her research group.


Dr. Russell Hemley (CEE) and his colleagues have published the following paper: H. Liu, I. I. Naumov, Z. M. Geballe, M. Somayazulu, J. S. Tse, and R. J. Hemley. “Dynamics and superconductivity in compressed lanthanum superhydride,” Physical Review B 98, 100102(R) (2018). It is a follow up on his group’s recent announcement of the discovery of superconductivity near room temperature in lanthanum hydride under pressure. The paper describes new physics associated with melting of the atomic hydrogen lattice and superconductivity in a lower pressure lanthanum hydride phase.


Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) and his colleagues have published the following paper: R. Hemnani, J. Tischler, C. Carfano, R. Maiti, M. H. Tahersima, L. Bartels, R. Agarwal, and V. Sorger. “2D material printer: a deterministic cross contamination-free transfer method for atomically layered materials,” IOP Science, October 4, 2018 (online).


Dr. Guru Venkataramani (ECE) and his industry colleagues have published a paper titled “Interference from GPU System Service Requests” in the IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization. The symposium was held September 30 – October 2 in Raleigh, NC. The paper proposed novel strategies to improve the performance of system service requests in heterogeneous computing environments that combine general purpose CPUs with domain-specific accelerators such as GPUs. The paper was a finalist nominated for Best Paper Award based on its strong technical contributions to heterogeneous computing.


Conferences & Presentations:
On October 11, Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) will give the Distinguished Lecture in Computational Innovation at the Columbia University Data Science Institute. Her lecture, as noted in the web announcement, is titled “Praxis of Reproducible Computational and Data Science.”


On October 4, Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) spoke at a conference hosted by GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs and titled “Contentious Narratives 2.” The title of his talk was “Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate.”


On September 21, Dr. Emilia Entcheva (BME) gave an invited talk on all-optical cardiac electrophysiology at the National Congress of the Italian Physiological Society, held September 19-21 in Florence, Italy. She also attended the international focus meeting “Novel optics-based approaches for cardiac electrophysiology” in Florence, Italy, as an invited speaker, and on September 22, she delivered a talk on high-throughput optogenetic technologies. Along with other academic and industry researchers, she participated in the drafting of a white paper on challenges and future directions in this technological area.


Dr. Thomas Mazzuchi (EMSE) and his doctoral student Anna Noteboom participated in the Federal Reserve Board’s Cyber Risk & Infrastructure Fragility Measurement Workshop, held September 21 in Washington, DC.


Dr. Kelly Scanlon (senior research scientist, Environmental and Energy Management Institute) presented at the annual life cycle assessment conference, LCA XVIII, held September 25-27 in Fort Collins, CO. A special session highlighted results of recent efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense to establish consistent policies and practices for sustainability analyses.


Upcoming SEAS Events
BME Seminar: “Modeling heart disease with human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes – challenges and advances”
Speaker: Dr. Björn C. Knollmann, Vanderbilt University
Wednesday, October 10
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Marvin Center, 302


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Quantum Computing: Why? What? When?”
Speaker: Dr. Dmitri Maslov, National Science Foundation
Thursday, October 11
11:30 am
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Laboratory-Scaled Experiments on Impulsively Loaded Structures in a Fluid Environment”
Speaker: Dr. Christine Gilbert, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Thursday, October 18
2:00 - 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


CEE Seminar: “Computational Nanoscience: Predicting the Shapes of Nanocrystals Grown in Solution”
Speaker: Dr. Kristen Fichthorn, Pennsylvania State University
Monday, October 22
2:30 – 3:30 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Material Characterization of Nanostructured Ferretic Alloy through Atomistic Modeling”
Speaker: Dr. Huijuan (Jane) Zhao, Clemson University
Thursday, October 25
2:00 - 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


SEAS Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture and Dean's Reception at Colonials Weekend 2018
Saturday, October 27
2:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, Lower Level Commons
SEAS will host Mischel Kwon (SEAS ’04), founder and CEO of MKACyber, to deliver its annual Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture. Her presentation, “Cybersecurity - Today's Attacks and Defenses,” will review the current attacks and defenses that companies, the government, and average citizens face in the digital world. Afterwards, please join SEAS Interim Dean Rumana Riffat and fellow SEAS alumni, students, parents and friends for a networking reception.


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


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


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


SEAS Career Center Events
CIA @ SEAS: The CIA will host several events in the SEH on Monday, October 15, with representatives from four of its Directorates: Analysis; Science & Technology; Digital Innovation; and Operations:


CIA 1:1 Appointments
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Desired Students: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, IT/Data, Business, and other majors interested in the Directorates of Analysis; Science & Technology; Digital Innovation; and Operations.
US citizenship is required.


CIA Lunch & Learn (Brown Bag): Tips for Applying to the CIA
12:30 – 1:30 pm
SEH, 2000
Desired Students: All GW students
US citizenship is required.


Presentation: “Einstein as an Asset: An Interactive Presentation”
2:30 – 4:30 pm
SEH, 2000
Desired Students: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and related fields
US citizenship is required.


CIA Simulation (for technical majors)
2:30 – 4:30 pm
SEH, B1270
Desired Students: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, IT/Data and other technical majors interested in the Directorates of Analysis; Science & Technology; Digital Innovation; and Operations
US citizenship is required.


SEAS Computing Facility Workshops
Arduino and Raspberry Pi Workshops

  • Saturday, October 20: Introduction to Raspberry Pi
  • 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.


Introduction to Linux Workshops

  • Friday, October 12: Introduction to Linux Part 1
  • Friday, October 19: Introduction to Linux Part 2


Part 1 includes introductions to: Linux; text editing; system variables; Linux commands; and file systems and permissions
Part 2 includes: an introduction to modules; SSH and communicating with other machines; public/private key generation and .ssh/config; SFTP, SCP, and file transfer; and porting X11 sessions to your local machine.


The Linux workshops will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Tompkins Hall 411. No prior Linux knowledge is necessary. Please email [email protected] with any questions.


Introduction to MATLAB Workshops

  • Thursday, October 11: Programming Basics II
  • Thursday, October 18: Figures & 3D Plotting
  • Thursday, October 25: Linear Equation & ODE Solving


MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language used in various backgrounds of engineering, science, and economics. These workshops will cover the fundamentals of MATLAB programming. The workshops will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in Tompkins 406. 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.


Post-Award Management Training Series: “Effectively Document, Submit, Review and Approve Expenditures”
Thursday, October 25
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 403


GWNIC Vacuum Technology Workshop
Thursday, October 25
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
SEH, B1270
Course topics, schedule and registration


Entrepreneurship News & Events
NSF 2026 Idea Machine: This is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The deadline to enter is October 26.


Advising Emerging Companies: How Lawyers and Entrepreneurs Make Innovation Happen
Wednesday, October 10
6:00 – 7:00 pm
GW Law School, Faculty Conference Center - 5th Floor Burns
How do lawyers support the creation and growth of new, innovative, and high-growth companies? How can lawyers incorporate innovative and entrepreneurial thinking into their own practices? Join the Business and Finance Law Program as they host three experienced legal advisors to high-growth companies for a discussion of some of the roles that lawyers can play in innovation-driven entrepreneurship ecosystems.


Webinar: Where Do I Start?
Thursday, October 11
12:00 – 1:00 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!


Immigration Legal Clinic for GW Student Entrepreneurs
Friday, October 12
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
GW Marvin Center, Room 407
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.


Human Centered Design Workshop: Designing Innovative Solutions for Social Challenges
Monday, October 15
5:45 – 7:45 pm
GW Gelman Library, Room 219
This experiential and interactive workshop exposes students to the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers to empathize with populations they seek to serve, define problem sets, and come up with innovative solutions.


So you need an app: What you should know before you start!
Wednesday, October 17
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Gelman Library, Room 219
Amelia Friedman, co-founder and COO of Hatch Apps (Y Combinator), will lead this interactive workshop covering explanations of when building an app is the right solution, what you'll need to prepare before starting the development, what software development options are available, and what the key evaluation criteria are.


Workshop: Where Do I Start?
Thursday, October 25
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW District House, Room B117
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!


Alumni Entrepreneurship Panel
Saturday, October 27
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Duques Hall, Room 151
Join us during Colonials Weekend for a panel event that will feature several extraordinary GW alumni entrepreneurs. Hear their accounts of their journeys from student life in Foggy Bottom to success in the cut-throat business world.