September 6-11, 2016


September 6, 2016

Faculty News


Prof. Murray Loew (BME) is a co-investigator on an NIH grant, “New generation of catheters for treatment of atrial fibrillation,” with Prof. Narine Sarvazyan (PI, GW Medical School). This is a two-year $2.27 million Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II grant awarded to Nocturnal Product Development, LLC and GW. The SEAS portion of the grant is $194,442.

Prof. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) has been awarded a two-year, $199,994 NSF grant for his project “Nonlinear response of encapsulated contrast microbubbles for noninvasive blood pressure measurement.” The proposed research will investigate the dependence of nonlinear scattered response of lipid-coated microbubbles on ambient hydrostatic pressure through in vitro experiments, and it will develop an appropriate mathematical model.


Research Prof. Ashraf Imam (MAE) has published the following paper: A. Imam. “"The Thirteenth World Conference on Titanium (Ti-2015) - A review,” Journal of Metals, August 2, 2016.

The following paper by members of GW’s Institute for Magnetics Research has been published: C. A. Nwokoye, L. H. Bennett, E. Della Torre, M. Ghahremani, and F. A. Narducci. “Magneto-optical and magnetic properties in a Co/Pd multilayered thin film,” Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 421, 1 (2017), pp. 230–233.

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his doctoral student Li Lin have published the following paper: L. Lin and M. Keidar. “Cold Atmospheric Plasma Jet in an Axial DC Electric Field,” Physics of Plasmas, 23, 083529 (2016).

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) participated in the online conference “Assessing Public Awareness,” held as part of Smarter Crowdsourcing – Zika and hosted by the NYU Governance Lab. The conference brought together academics from across the U.S., along with NGO representatives (UNICEF, WHO, and others) and governments that are directly grappling with the current Zika outbreak. Specifically, it included representatives from the health ministries in Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, and Panama.

Adjunct Prof. Charles Jackson (CS) will present two papers at the 44th Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, which will be held at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School: 1) “Why the Incentive Auction is More Efficient that the Coasian Solution,” (Poster session: Friday, September 30, 5:45 pm); and 2) “ Defining Harmful Interference Efficiently” (Saturday, October 1, 12:15 pm).

Prof. Zhenyu Li (BME) gave an invited talk titled “Design Considerations for Optical Biosensing” at the SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016 - Ultrafast Nonlinear Imaging and Spectroscopy IV Conference , held August 28 – September 1 in San Diego, CA. Prof. Li also served on the conference program committee and chaired the Ultrafast Techniques session.

On August 16, Prof. Chung Hyuk Park (BME) gave an invited talk titled “Multi-modal Robotic Framework for Social and Emotional Interaction for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”' at the EMBC 2016 Workshop on Research on Children Development: New Perspectives and Tools. On August 19, he presented “Consensus-based Approach for Human-Robot Emotional Interaction” at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference (EMBC). And on August 27-28, Prof. Park and his students Rachael Bevill and Srineil Nizambad presented their studies—“Behavioral Learning and Imitation for Music-Based Robotic Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder“ and “Behavioral Analysis Automation for Music-Based Robotic Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”—at the IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016).

Student News

Doctoral student Guyue Liu (CS) presented the paper “OpenNetVM: A Platform for High Performance Network Service Chains” at the SIGCOMM Hot Topics on Middleboxes 2016 Workshop, held August 22-26 in Florianópolis, Brazil. The paper, co-authored with CS students Wei ZhangNeel Shah, and Phil Lopreiato, and their advisor Prof. Tim Wood (CS), describes a high speed software-based networking platform now available as open source.

Other News

GW Magazine recently published “‘Google Maps’ of the Miniscule,” an article highlighting the SEH’s new microscopy/imaging center. For more information on the Nano-fabrication and Imaging Center.

The Faculty Assembly will meet at 10:00 am on September 9 in the Jack Morton Auditorium. Election of faculty members to the Presidential Search Faculty Consultative Committee will be conducted. All full-time faculty (including non-tenured, research, and teaching faculty) are encouraged to participate and can vote. Please come and support our SEAS candidate. Also, there is likely to be discussion on the presidential search process and how the Faculty Consultative Committee will interact and advise the Board in its election of the next GW president.

GW and the European Energy Center will offer five professional short courses, beginning this fall. The courses will be conducted through GW’s Environmental and Energy Manage Institute:

Renewable Energy Management & Finance
Thursday and Friday, October 27-28
Taught by: Michael Ware & Scott Sklar

Environmental Management Beyond Compliance (Implementing an ISO 14001 System)
Monday and Tuesday, November 14-15
Taught by: Joe Cascio

Distributed Generation and Storage
Thursday and Friday, December 8-9
Taught by: Scott Sklar

Circular Economy
Thursday and Friday, March 16-17, 2017
Taught by: Roger Feldman and Ed Pinero

Multi-Aspect Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics
Dates TBA
Taught by: Scott Sklar

For more information, please contact Josiah Bircham.

SEAS Events

Conference: Nano@GW: Nano-Lasers
Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9
Thursday: 8:45 am – 6:30 pm
Friday: 8:45 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
RSVP to Prof. Volker Sorger
The Optical Society of America will co-host the conference, and the keynote will be delivered by Dr. Ming Wu (UC Berkeley).

CEE Colloquium: “Beyond Thermodynamic Stability: Synthetic Pathways to New Materials with Exceptional Properties”
Speaker: Dr. Timothy A. Strobel, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Monday, September 12
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1220
Workshop: Integrated Photonics Design with INTERCONNECT
Monday, September 19
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
For more information, and to register, please contact: [email protected]

MAE and SEAS Computing Facility Workshop: 2016 GW Software Carpentry Workshop: Teaching Basic Lab Skills for Research Computing
Friday and Saturday, September 23–24
9: 00 am – 4:00 pm
411 Tompkins Hall
This workshop is for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who want to become more productive with lab skills for scientific computing. Space is limited to 40 seats, and we expect a waiting list. 

ECE Seminar: Opto-Analytical Spectroscopy, Imaging, and Sensing (OASIS)
Speaker: Dr. Wei-Chuan Shih, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston
Friday, September 30
1:00 - 2:00 pm
SEH, 2000B

Career Services Events

Senior Job Search Kick Off
Tuesday, September 6
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
RSVP today on GWork; space is limited.
Hear from recent alumni who will provide tips on how to make your job search a success. Meet and greet employers interested in hiring GW students,including: Amazon Fulfillment, Berkeley Research Group, Corporate Executive Board (CEB), U.S. Department of State, and more. At this event, the Center for Career Services career coaches will work with you on an industry-based plan and job-search timeline, and you will receive a career planning binder that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: This program is presented exclusively for GW undergraduate seniors. RSVPs from other levels will be removed.

SEAS Ice Cream Social
Thursday, September 8
4:00 – 6:00 pm
SEH, 1st Floor Lobby
RSVP on GWork
Meet and network with recruiters and employees from various STEM fields,including: Accenture Federal Services, Amazon Fulfillment, CSRA, Palantir, and World Bank. Learn more about their internships and jobs and how to join their teams, and enjoy some free ice cream.

Entrepreneurship News & Events

SEAS Innovation & Entrepreneurship Minor: Faculty from across SEAS have joined together to create an Innovation & Entrepreneurship academic minor. In this program, students will learn and engage in cross-departmental courses and hands-on projects, using their engineering skills and building business and management skills. The program starts this fall with an pre-minor cohort. All interested students should contact Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) or Prof. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) for further details.

2017 GW New Venture Competition Kickoff
Wednesday, September 7
5:30 – 9:00 pm
SEH, B1270
Be a part of history at the George Washington University and participate in one of the top 5 business plan competitions in the country! The GW New Venture Competition offers numerous opportunities to help grow and financially support your business ideas and ventures. Last year's finalists competed for cash and in-kind prizes that totaled more than $260,000! To learn how you can be a part of this exciting program, join us for our kick-off event. Tim Hwang, founder and CEO of FiscalNote, will be the guest speaker.

Social Entrepreneurship with Tom Raffa
Wednesday, September 21
5:00 – 7:00 pm
1957 E St NW, Suite 214
Join the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship & Social Impact 360 for a great talk on social entrepreneurship featuring guest speaker, Thomas J. Raffa.

Introduction to I-Corps @ GWU
Thursday, September 22 - Thursday, October 6
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Marvin Center
More information
We are now accepting applications for the "Introduction to I-Corps @GWU" workshop in the DC metro area. Preference will be given to teams with two or more members, an Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) and a Principal Investigator (PI). An Industry Mentor (IM) is recommended but not required.

Where Do I Start? Workshop with Lex McCusker
Wednesday, September 28
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 103
This workshop is designed for the aspiring entrepreneur who has an idea for a new venture but does not know where to start. If you have an idea for a product or a service that you believe could have a big impact in the “real world” and you think that a new entrepreneurial venture, a startup, might be the best way to move it from being just an idea into a successful implementation, then this workshop is for you.