September 18-24, 2017


September 18, 2017

Faculty News
Research & Grants:
Dr. Russell Hemley (CEE) was awarded $555,661 from the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) for research, training, and management of the Capital/DOE Alliance Center (CDAC) through February 28, 2018. CDAC is a Center of Excellence for Materials Science funded by the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances Program of the DOE/NNSA. Dr. Hemley is the director of CDAC, which comprises research groups at 15 other academic institutions and five DOE national laboratories.


Dr. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE), Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE), their studentsHaitao Cui, Wei Zhu, andAnnie Talbot, and post-doctoral scientist Dayun Yanhave published the following paper: D. Yan, H. Cui, W. Zhu, A. Talbot, L. G. Zhang, J. H. Sherman, and M. Keidar. “The Strong Cell-based Hydrogen Peroxide Generation Triggered by Cold Atmospheric Plasma,” Scientific Reports, 7, 10831, 2017.


Dr. James Lee (MAE) served as the volume editor of International Journal of Terraspace Science and Engineering, Volume 9, Issue 1. In this volume, he and his colleague Dr. Azim Eskandarian; his former students, Dr. Jiaoyan Li and Dr. Zidong Yang; and his doctoral student Kerlin P. Robert published the following three papers: 1) K. P. Robert, J. Li, and J. D. Lee. “Simulation of tumor growth;” 2) K. P. Robert, J. Li, and J. D. Lee. “Finite element analysis of 4D printing;” and 3) Z. Yang, J. D. Lee, and A. Eskandarian. “Non-equilibrium molecular dynamics in electromagnetic field.”


Other News:
On September 6, Dr. Poorvi Vora (CS) gave invited testimony on the topic of election cybersecurity at a (rare) joint hearing of the Maryland State House Ways and Means Committee and the Maryland Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.


Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) received the First Place poster presentation award at the 14th US-Korea Forum on Nanotechnology, hosted by the National Science Foundation and the Korea Ministry of Science, held September 11-12 in Washington, D.C. His poster was titled “Atto-Joule Nanophotonics and Photonic Neuromorphic Computing.”


Student News

TeamMarisolDesign  EWBDesign

Team Marisol Design                                         EWB Design


Congratulations to Team Marisol and Engineers Without Borders, the winner and runner-up, respectively, of the GW ChargedUp Solar Design Competition. The competition, which was sponsored by the GW Office of Sustainability, invited student innovators to design a campus solar charging station. GW Division of Operations will work closely with Team Marisol to install the unit on Kogan Plaza. The university will look for an additional location on campus to place the design submitted by Engineers Without Borders.


SEAS students on Team Marisol include: Ali Ahmed, Khalid Alsadhan, Eric Andus, Juliana Curry, Jacari Matthews, Danny Oler, Aaron Patron, Zachary Switzer, Sanjin Terzic, and Feng (Jason) Xiang. The Engineers Without Borders team comprised SEAS students Michaela Altland, Jaclyn Bellefeuille, Isabella Johnson, Trevor McCarney, Kristin Melling, Shea Metzgar, Caven Montel, Gabrielle Parkhill, and Matthew Shaeffer.


SEAS Computing Facility
MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility will hold a series of workshops covering MATLAB and Solidworks programming through the fall semester. The workshops will be held on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Tompkins 405.


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.

  • September 22: Introduction, data structures, and programming basics I
  • October 13: Programming basics II
  • October 27: Figures & 3D plotting
  • November 10: Linear equation & ODE solving

Download MATLAB: students can download and install MATLAB on their personal computers


SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that enables engineers and architects to design, inspect, and manage engineering projects within an integrated graphical user interface. Through these workshops you will learn how to navigate the Soldiworks interface, create sketches, set up parametric relations, and create 3D models. You will create the different parts of a V6 internal combustion engine from scratch, assemble it, and see it come to life.

  • September 29: Introduction and sketching
  • October 20: Extrusion; work planes
  • November 3: Special features
  • November 17: Assembly

Download Solidworks: students can download and install Solidworks on their personal computers


MATLAB and Solidworks tutoring will be offered throughout the fall semesterin Tompkins 401 on the following days:

  • Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Fridays: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The MATLAB and Solidworks workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad.


SEAS Events
CubeSat Information Meeting
Thursday, September 21
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
GW is building the satellite for the CubeSat that is scheduled to be launched in 2019. This will be GW's first CubeSat, and possibly the first one launched by any Washington, D.C. entity (excluding NASA). GW is partnering on the project with the U.S. Naval Academy and the TEC University in Costa Rica. TEC University is responsible for the scientific mission, on which GW will also collaborate. The GW CubeSat team is looking for both undergraduate and graduate students from various departments, particularly from the CS department. Students may apply for different job positions that the Cubesat team will post on Handshake after the information session. Faculty also are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Mr. Jonathan Kolbeck.


CEE Colloquium: "Gas Hydrates as a Problem or Solution to Energy Production and Storage"
Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Koh, Center for Hydrate Research, Colorado School of Mines
Monday, September 25
3:00 - 4:00 pm
SEH, B1220


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “High-Capacity Optical Communications Using Multiplexing of Multiple Orbital-Angular-Momentum Beams”
Speaker: Dr. Alan Willner, University of Southern California
Wednesday, September 27
1:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220 (reception to follow immediately after)


MAE Seminar: “Macroscopic modeling of microinertia effects in particulate flows”
Speaker: Dr. Antony Beris, University of Delaware
Thursday, September 28
3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Career News & Events
Deloitte: Information Session
Tuesday, September 19
6:00 - 9:00 pm
SEH, 1270
SEAS undergraduates are invited to attend and learn about career opportunities at Deloitte. Refreshments will be served.


M.C. Dean: Information Session and Meet & Greet
Wednesday, September 20
5:00 - 6:30 pm
SEH, B1167 (The Commons/Green Wall space, SEH Level B1)
Meet a SEAS alumnus and the M.C. Dean recruiting team, enjoy refreshments, and learn about full-time and internship opportunities at M.C. Dean. The target audience for this event is sophomores through seniors who are mechanical, electrical, computer, or systems engineering majors or computer science majors.


IBM: Women in Technology Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 28
8:00 - 9:00 pm
SEH, B1220
Join women leaders from IBM's Public Service Sector Consulting Practice (Global Business Services) as they host a panel conversation to discuss their careers to-date, and what it is like working at IBM. Topics will also include women in technology and at IBM, work-life balance, corporate responsibility, and diversity. All who are interested in a career at IBM are welcome to attend. This event is sponsored by the GW chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).


If you have questions about any of the SEAS employer events listed above, please contact Emmy Rashid at [email protected] or (202) 994-7892.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
VentureWell Programs:
Faculty Grants: VentureWell is seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems critical to their success. VentureWell provides grants of up to $30,000 to help fund and support faculty with innovative ideas to create new (or transform existing) courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market. Applications are due November 8.


Workshop: “Where Do I Start?”
Tuesday, September 19
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall M06
Do you have a great business idea but are feeling unsure of how to execute that idea? Or, are you unsure of where to start as an entrepreneur without an actual business idea? Don't worry! Join us for a great workshop on how you can begin in the startup community with or without a business idea!


Tuesdays, from September 19 through December 12
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Applications are open for the SEED SPOT evening program. The program is perfect for entrepreneurs who have just begun their journey in starting a company or are thinking about starting a company. Join an evening cohort of passionate entrepreneurs looking to hone their business skills and maximize their impact.


GW Idea Fest
Wednesday, September 27
5:30 – 7:30 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall M06
This event is open to all GW students from every corner of campus. Join us in a celebration of ideas; earn up to $1,000 in prizes; network; find a co-founder; team up with a designer; pitch ideas; meet our team; and carb up.


3-Day Startup
Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15
GW Mount Vernon Campus, West Hall
Application Deadline: Sunday, October 1
3-Day Startup is a 72-hour, learning-by-doing campus program that teaches entrepreneurial skills in an extreme hands-on environment. The program is FREE but everyone must apply in order to participate. 3DS is open to faculty, staff, alumni, and graduate and undergraduate students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.


NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17 and 18
INOVA Center for Personalized Health, Falls Church, VA
This 1.5-day course is ideal for those serious about writing a compelling SBIR/STTR for the National Institutes of Health, particularly those who are considering the January 2018 NIH SBIR/STTR deadline. The session includes an in-depth discussion on SBIR/STTR, with a section-by-section overview on how to plan and write a compelling proposal.