September 27 - October 3, 2010


September 27, 2010

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

Prof. Can Koman, associate dean for research and graduate studies, appeared on Turkish-American TV in a program originally aired on September 19.  In "College Education in the USA: Engineering and MBA Studies at GWU," Prof. Korman discussed engineering education and some of the latest research trends.  The program, which is best viewed in an IE browser, can be seen at:

Student News

CEE doctoral candidate Damoon Soudbakhsh and his adviser, Prof. Azim Eskandarian (CEE), and Dr. David Chichka (MAE) published a paper at the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) 2010 Conference in Cambridge MA, September 13-15.  Damoon presented the paper, entitled "Vehicle Evasive Maneuver Trajectory Optimization Using Collocation Technique."

Staff News

Lorena Shank recently joined SEAS as the associate director for graduate admissions.  She comes to SEAS from the GW School of Business, where she worked for two years as the program coordinator of the school's online master's program in tourism administration.  Lorena has worked in the non-profit sector for several years and has a strong background in information communication technology, including having served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru (2004-2006), working on small business and computer technology.

Lorena is originally from Fairfax, VA.  She received her B.A. in international studies from American University and will be completing her M.A. at GW at the end of the Fall 2010.  She hopes to pursue her Ed.D in the near future.  Lorena speaks Spanish fluently and basic French.  She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Other News

Because of increased demand for energy engineering training, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering have jointly developed an energy engineering certificate program that they began offering this semester.  The purpose of the certificate program is to provide well-rounded training in energy engineering in terms of basic skills in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mathematics, as well as to cover the current energy technologies in renewable energy, how to manage energy, and design for energy efficient tools and buildings.

SEAS Entrepreneurs' Club: Join us for the first meeting of the Entrepreneurs' Club of SEAS.  The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 28 at 5:00 pm in the Tompkins Hall Lobby.  Come participate in discussions and a Q&A session with successful entrepreneurs Doug Humphrey and SEAS' own Randy Graves.  The session includes a pizza buffet.

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GWIBE) announces its call for proposals from GW faculty who are interested in biomedical engineering research support from GWIBE.  Proposals are due to Prof. James Hahn, 720B Academic Center, 202-994-5920, [email protected], by 5:00 pm, Friday, October 1.  Electronic submissions are required.  

Guest Vignette

It is crucial to the automotive industry to have lightweight materials capable of withstanding large mechanical loads while also being able to optimize component manufacturability. Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) are regarded as a viable material solution to reach these goals.  Two civil engineering students spent their summer studying some of the characteristics, benefits, and possible disadvantages of using those steel grades in vehicle bodies.

Claire Silverstein, a sophomore civil engineering student, completed an REU Automotive and Energy Research and Industrial Mentorship sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense at Oakland University.  Using digital image correlation, Claire looked at the effects of rolling direction on the anisotropy of AHSS.  Her group collaborated with a team from Wayne State University and the Big Three automotive companies on this project.

Elham Sahraei, a Ph.D. candidate in CEE continued studying the effect of using these steel grades in automobile bodies on protection of rear seat occupants during crashes.  Her goal was to evaluate how replacing some load bearing front rails of the vehicle with AHSS could change the frontal stiffness of the vehicle in case of a crash, and what would be the subsequent effect of that on protection of rear seat occupants.  While Clair's research showed the potential benefits of AHSS, Elham's ongoing research shows that care needs to be taken of changes in occupant protection while using those grades of steel.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Kim Roddis, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)


CS Colloquium: Improving the Performance and Usability of Wireless Internet Access in WLAN 
Prof. Yong Cui, Tsinghua University (China)
Monday, September 27
11:00 am
2033 K Street, Suite 340

ECE Colloquium: Scalable, Reliable Grid Computing Using Peer-to-Peer Services
Prof. Alan Sussman, University of Maryland
Wednesday, September 29
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
640 Phillips

SEAS Alumni BBQ 
Saturday, October 2 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  
Tompkins Hall Lawn
Please join us for a SEAS BBQ on the front lawn of Tompkins Hall in celebration of Alumni Weekend 2010.  SEAS alumni, faculty, staff and students are welcome!  If you plan to attend, you must RSVP to Erin Pitts at  [email protected] by Wednesday, September 29.

Looking Forward

CS Colloquium: Wonders of Wireless Interference in Multihop Wireless Networks
Prof. Peng-Jun Wan, Illinois Institute of Technology
Monday, October 4
4:00 pm
736 Phillips

ECE Colloquium: On Detecting Abnormalities in Digital Mammography
Waleed Yousef, Helwan University, Egypt
Wednesday, October 6
2:00 - 3:00 pm
640 Phillips

Cybersecurity Seminar: The Future of Privacy and Cybersecurity
Patricia MacTaggart, GW School of Public Health and Health Services
Wednesday, October 13
12:00 pm
302 Marvin Center

SEAS Graduate Student Open House and Seminar 
Topic: Cloud Computing, presented by Prof. Howie Huang (ECE)
Wednesday, October 13
4:00 pm
310 Marvin Center

GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering Seminar: Endothelialization of Drug Eluting Stents:  Will new designs overcome limitations?
Tuesday, October 19
1:00 - 2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

SEAS Entrepreneurship Seminar: "Student Startups: From the Dorm Room to the Board Room"
Tuesday, October 26
6:00: Reception; 7:00: Panel Discussion
103 Funger Hall
Please join us for the first panel discussion in the 2010-2011 SEAS Entrepreneurship Seminar Series. Registration is required

ECE Colloquium: Electrical Power System Reliability and Economics: Applications and Challenges in the Emerging Energy Sector
Needal Deeb, Renergix, Fairfax, VA
Thursday, October 28
1:30 - 2:30 pm
640 Phillips

ECE Colloquium: An Investigation of Magnetic Reversal at Almost the Nanoscale (IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecture Series 2010)
Prof. E. Dan Dahlberg, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, November 3
4:00 pm
640 Phillips

MAE Colloquium: How Aeros, Ag/Bio Engineers, Chemists, Food Scientists & MEs Work Together To Develop Advanced Rocket Motors
Paul Sojka, Purdue University
Monday, November 8
1:00 - 2:00 pm
736 Phillips

ECE Colloquium: A New Paradigm for Exchange Bias in Polycrystalline Films (IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecture Series 2010)
Prof. Kevin O'Grady, University of York (U.K.)
Wednesday, November 10
4:00 pm
640 Phillips