September 30 - October 6, 2019


September 30, 2019

Faculty News

Dr. Thomas Mazzuchi

Dr. Thomas Mazzuchi (EMSE), his former doctoral student Dave Lengyel, and former EMSE adjunct faculty member Steve Newman have published this paper: D. M. Lengyel, J. S. Newman, and T. A. Mazzuchi. “ Integrating Risk and Knowledge Management in Human Spaceflight Programs,” Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management, Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2019, pp. 1-15.


Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Kausik Sarkar

On September 25, Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) gave the invited lecture “Bubbles & Sound in Diagnostic Imaging, Therapeutics and Tissue Engineering: Pressure Dependent Subharmonic to Collapsing Jet and Acoustic Streaming” at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.


Media Mentions:


Dr. Volker Sorger                        Dr. Tarek El-Ghazawi

Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) and Dr. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) were featured in the September 24 GW Today article “Lighting the Way: The Future of Data Processing.” The article highlights their pioneering work in photonic processing.


Student News:
On September 23, CEE doctoral student Munshi Md Rasel, advised by Dr. Rumana Riffat (CEE), presented his research at the Weftec 2019 Conference, held in Chicago, IL: M. M. Rasel, M. Mitchell, E. Manning, R. Riffat, M. Higgins, C. Bott, S. Murthy, A. Al-Omari, C. deBarbadillo, and H. De Clippeleir. “Gelation Factor as Potential Indicator of Overcooking Solids in Thermal Hydrolysis Process.”


Other News:

Ms. Annamaria Konya Tannon

Ms. Annamaria Konya Tannon, chief evangelist for innovation, entrepreneurship, and innovation at SEAS, is an invited panelist for the WeDC Futures Forum panel “How DC Can Harness 5G to Build a Better City.” The panel will be held on Wednesday, October 2, from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the Eaton Hotel, 1201 K Street, NW. The panel will discuss how public and private stakeholders are working together and using technology and innovation as they plan for the future, leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning, effects of 5G, and more.

Lego design and build winners

Last Monday the GW Center for Career Services hosted a Lego design and build event in the Lehman Auditorium for GW student organizations. The event was co-sponsored with MC Dean, and it was designed to promote student organization membership, camaraderie, and engagement and to give students the chance to have fun while using their imaginations to create structures with LEGO pieces and support their designs with an original story. The final structures and stories were judged by GW alumni, employers, faculty, and staff for originality and creativity. The National Society of Black Engineers team won the First Place prize; the Society of Physics Students team took the Second Place prize; and the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) team won the Third Place prize.


Upcoming SEAS Events
American Society of Adaptation Professionals DC Hub Event: Tidewater Screening & Social
Tuesday, October 1
5:45 – 8:00 pm
SEH, B1220
Join the American Society of Adaptation Professionals DC Hub for a special screening of Tidewater, a documentary by Roger Sorkin in association with the American Resilience Project. The film highlights the Tidewater region of North Carolina and Virginia, home to the world's largest naval base and the place where vulnerability to sea level rise most affects American national security. The evening includes a meet-and-greet and refreshments from 5:45 – 6:30, the film screening at 6:30, and a conversation and Q&A session at 7:15. GW’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute will co-host the event. There is a suggested donation of $5 for ASAP members and $10 for non-members.


SEH WoW Talk
Wednesday, October 2
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220
All are invited to the SEH WoW TALK (What's our Work) Seminar Series. These short talks (15 minutes each) are designed to introduce faculty and students to current and exciting research projects undertaken in labs in the SEH; to initiate discussion, collaborate, and share expertise; and to promote research performed in the SEH and at GW. Presenters for the October 2 talk include: Aylin Caliskan (CS): “Human-like Bias in Machine Intelligence;” Stephen Hsu (MAE): “Surface Engineering: Multiscale, Multifunctional Surfaces;” and Francys Subiaul (Anthropology): “Where Do Good Ideas Come From?”


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


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.


Pitch’n in the Kitchen
Thursday, October 3
5:30 – 7:00 pm
MakeOffices Penn Ave
Do you want to talk through your idea with the community here at GW? You can! Join us for a casual, intimate pitch event where you can pitch your idea (no matter the stage) to your peers and other entrepreneurs from around campus. Sponsored by the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship.


Where Do I Start? Webinar
Thursday, October 3: Webinar Room | Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Register
Tuesday, October 15: Webinar Room | Time 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Register
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.


External Events
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


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: 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