September 14-20, 2020


September 14, 2020

Faculty News

Dr. Mona Zaghloul

Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE) is the principal investigator on a two-year, $150,000 National Science Foundation grant for the project “Enhancement of Piezoelectric Properties in Two-dimensional Materials.”



Photo of Professor Michael Kay

Dr. Matthew Kay (BME), his BME trainee Grant Kowalik, and his collaborators have published this article: V. Jain, S. Kimbro, G. Kowalik, I. Milojevic, N. Maritza Dowling, A. L. Hunley, K. Hauser, D. C. Andrade, R. del Rio, M. W. Kay, and D. Mendelowitz. “Intranasal Oxytocin Increases Respiratory Rate and Reduces Obstructive Event Duration and Oxygen Desaturation in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients: a Randomized Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Study,” Sleep Medicine, 74, 242–247, 2020. This manuscript presents new clinical insights into the beneficial effects of activating the oxytocin neuron network to reduce apnea events and hypoxia in patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. This is the result of a long-term collaboration between SEAS, GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the GW Medical Faculty Associates. Grant Kowalik performed the signal processing in this study.


Dr. Tian Lan
Dr. Suresh Subramaniam

Drs. Tian Lan (ECE) and Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) have published the following paper with former graduate students Sultan Alamro and Maotong Xu: S. Alamro, M. Xu, T. Lan, and S. Subramaniam. “Shed+: Optimal dynamic speculation to meet application deadlines in cloud,” IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 1515--1526, Septmeber 2020.


Dr. Roger Lang

Dr. Roger Lang (ECE) has published this paper: A. Sharma, R. H. Lang, M. Kurum, P. E. O’Neill, and M. H. Cosh. “L-Band Radar Experiment and Modeling of a Corn Canopy Over a Full Growing Season,” IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 58, Issue 8. Dr. Sharma used a vegetation model developed by Dr. Lang to model a corn canopy from early June to late September. The data was taken by Dr. Kurum using an L Band radar built in conjunction with Dr. O’Neill of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2012. Both Drs. Sharma and Kurum received their PhD degrees under Dr. Lang’s direction.

Dr. Ahmed Louri

Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE) and his PhD students, Ke Wang and Hao Zheng, have published the following themed article: K. Wang, H. Zheng, and A. Louri. “TSA-NoC: Learning-Based Threat Detection and Mitigation for Secure Network-On-Chip Architecture,” IEEE Micro: Special Issue on Machine Learning for Systems, Vol. 40, Issue: 5. In this special issue, the editors peer-reviewed a significant number of submissions and selected only six to demonstrate state-of-the-art designs that have explored the use of ML models to improve and optimize the computing systems. Dr. Louri's work exploits the use of machine learning to enhance the security of computing systems. Specifically, it describes how machine learning techniques can be used to detect abnormal network behavior induced by hardware trojans and how to automatically reconfigure the network to address security vulnerabilities. This work also presents a high-performance and energy-efficient design for threat mitigation. It will provide a secure and reliable communication fabric for current and future computing systems, including mobile devices, the Internet of Things, System On a Chip (SoC), parallel computers, data centers, and more. This research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and an endowment fund.


Dr. Thomas Mazzuchi
Dr. Shahram Sarkani

Dr. Tom Mazzuchi (EMSE), Dr. Shahram Sarkani (EMSE), and Dr. Mazzuchi’s student Andre Douglas have published the following paper: A. Douglas, T. Mazzuchi, and S. Sarkani. “A stakeholder framework for evaluating the ‐ilities of autonomous behaviors in complex adaptive systems,Systems Engineering, Vol. 23, Issue 5, September 2020, pp. 633-655.


Other News:

Dr. Ken Chong

In the current issue of the journal Earth and Space Science, a team of scientists and engineers at JPL/NASA, used the Semi-Circular Bend (SCB) specimen to find the fracture toughness of Martian rock, based on the information and material sent by the Mars rover. The paper is: R. E. Kronyak, et al., Predicting the Mechanical and Fracture Properties of Mars Analog Sedimentary Lithologies, Earth and Space Science. Vol. 7, Issue 9. The SCB specimen was invented by Dr. Ken Chong (MAE). See: K. P. Chong and M. D. Kuruppu. “New Specimen for Fracture Toughness Determination for Brittle Materials,” International Journal of Fracture, Vol. 26, 1984, R59-R62. Dr. Kuruppu was his postdoc. The SCB specimen has been used widely around the world for brittle materials testing, and has been incorporated into testing standards like ASTM and ISRM.


Other News
Dr. Tse-Huai Wu, a former doctoral student advised by Dr. Taeyoung Lee (MAE), has accepted the position of Professor of Practice at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County.


Upcoming SEAS Events
BME Seminar: “New Approaches for Imaging Cardiac Activity In-Vitro and Ex-Vivo”
Speaker: Dr. Gil Bub, McGill University
Wednesday, October 7
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join via WebEx


Save the date: 2020 SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Friday, October 23
1:00 – 6:00 pm
More information
The 2020 SEAS Student R&D Showcase will be a virtual reality event, with students presenting their research posters to the Showcase judges within a virtual Science and Engineering Hall! Guests will be able to speak live to the student participants as they explain their research. The Showcase will include a keynote address and awards presentation, as well as undergraduate and graduate open houses and virtual tours of the Science and Engineering Hall!


BME Seminar: “Flexible, Hybrid Opto-Electro-Chemo Implants for Neural Interfaces”
Speaker: Dr. Wen Li, Michigan State University
Wednesday, December 2
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join via WebEx


Entrepreneurship News & Events


GW Innovation Center Events:


GWIC Interview #1: Interview with Kelsey Oliver, Co-founder of Made in Mali
Friday, September 18
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Password: ySyjKxWc867
Meet Kelsey Oliver, co-founder of Made-in-Mali!


GWIC Make-A-Thing #2: Fusion 360
Friday, September 18
4:00 – 6:00 pm ET
Password: KbwMJY63aF3
Learn the ropes of Fusion360 in this interactive workshop!


GWIC Make-A-Thing #3: Introduction to Electronics
Friday, September 25
3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Password: KTwTMWEZ523
Experiment with basic circuits and learn how to create PCBs with Eagle!


GW Technology Commercialization Office Events:


Virtual DC Startup Showcase @ GW
Tuesday, September 29
2:00 – 5:00 pm
DC Startup Showcase will present companies developing disruptive healthcare innovations. Log on to the Showcase’s live YouTube channel to see pitches from entrepreneurs seeking funding to bring the fruits of high-impact research to market. Then join its Zoom rooms to follow up with specific startups, ask questions of the Platinum and Gold legal sponsors, and/or mix and mingle with DC’s best entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders. The Showcase is hosted by GW's Technology Commercialization Office.


GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Events:


Workshop: Introduction to Lean Innovation
Friday, September 18
Friday, October 16
Friday, November 20
1:00 – 4:30 pm ET
Do you hope to solve a global problem, start a new business, develop a new product, or simply have an idea? We're inviting the entire GW community to attend a half-day introductory virtual workshop to learn how savvy innovators start the process.


Event: What is Social Innovation?
Wednesday, September 23
1:00 – 1:45 pm ET
This virtual event will cover the history of social innovation and new techniques used by nonprofits and NGOs to solve global challenges.


Jumpstart Bootcamp: Global Challenge Innovation
Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8
Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15
10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET on each of the four dates
Students will discover and breakdown complex global problems, innovate new solutions, and design a business plan to launch a startup. This virtual event will feature four, two-hour interactive sessions. Guests who register for this event must attend all four sessions.


External Events
IEEE Washington DC Communications Society (COMSOC) Chapter Lecture: “Introduction to Optical WDM Networking & Its Application to Data Centers”
Speaker: Dr. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE)
Saturday, September 19
10:20 am
ECE’s own Dr. Suresh Subramaniam will present this IEEE COMSOC lecture. It is open to the entire GW community and is free. RSVP by September 18 to Debi Siering. Please include your: name, phone number and email address, whether you are an IEEE student member, and if so, what your IEEE student membership number is. Registrants will receive the URL to connect to the live presentation at approximately 9:00 am on Saturday, September 19.


GW Coders
Every Friday, beginning September 11
11:00 am
Complete this short form to learn more
GW Coders is a new community that brings together students and faculty to apply computational and data analytics skills in research. We will share coding experiences, learn some new skills, and build our professional networks. GW Coders is for everyone, from those just getting interested in coding to those who have years of experience; for undergraduate and graduate students; for faculty in any discipline; for others in the DC community who want to join us.


Office of Research Integrity Seminar: “Responsible Conduct of Research”
Weekly, on Thursday
12:00 – 1:30 pm
This fall 2020 seminar course is designed to develop and strengthen ethical problem-solving skills and foster sensitivity to ethical issues in the conduct of research. Registration is open to the entire campus community but will be capped at twenty participants. Please register early to secure your space. If you have questions about the seminar, please email the Office of Research Integrity.


Postdoc Appreciation Day 2020
Friday, September 25
Join the Webinar
You are invited to celebrate the great work of GW postdocs and advance your career at the GW Postdoc Association (GWPA) Postdoc Appreciation Day. The GWPA will host a set of career development talks with speakers who will advise postdocs on both industry and academic careers. This will be followed by a set of 10-minute presentations (TED talk style) by GW postdocs. Cash prizes will be awarded (1st = $300, 2nd = $200, 3rd = $100) for the best presentations. The deadline to submit topics for the presentations is September 10th.


Human Resources News
HR Corner Hero

This week's HR Corner includes information related to the temporary suspension of employer base and matching contributions to retirement plans, changes to campus access, updates to GW's FY21 holiday schedule, and more. Please visit the HR Corner to read these updates.