April 11-17, 2016


April 11, 2016

Faculty News

Awards & Honors:

On April 4, Prof. Emilia Entcheva (BME) was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for “pioneering work in cardiac optogenetics and spearheading the development and biophysical characterization of new bioengineering tools towards all-optical electrophysiology.”


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) has received a $50,000 National Science Foundation grant for his project “ICorps: Cold Plasma Cancer Therapy.”  The award runs from April through September of this year.   The fundamental significance of the proposed work is in exploring the medical action of Cold Atmospheric Plasma (CAP), in particular, CAP interaction with tumors.  The technical part of the project will focus on developing a prototype system for clinical trials.  Prof. Keidar’s team also will initiate discussions with the Federal Drug Administration about necessary steps to approve the device for clinical use.

Media Mentions:

On April 6, GW Today highlighted the work of Prof. Chung-Hyuk Park (BME) in “Can a Robot Help Kids with Autism Navigate Social Situations?” The article also contains a link to a GW-produced video on Prof. Park’s research.

Conferences & Presentations:

On April 5 and 6, Prof. Nicholas Kyriakopoulos (ECE) visited the Joint Research Centre of the European Union at Ispra, Italy, where he made a presentation titled “Process Models and Clandestine Proliferation” at the Institute for Transuranium Elements. In subsequent meetings with members of Institute’s staff, he led a series of discussions on the use of process models with parametric uncertainty to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of international nuclear safeguards administered by the International Atomic Energy Agency.”

Student News

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) and her doctoral student Pi-Yueh Chuang attended the GPU Technology Conference, held April 4-7 in San Jose, CA.  At the conference, Pi-Yueh presented their paper, “Using AmgX to Accelerate PETSc-Based CFD Codes.”

SEAS congratulates our six new Clark Engineering Scholars, selected recently by a committee that includes several SEAS faculty, alumni, and two current Clark Engineering Scholars.  Our newest scholars are: Jaclyn Bellefeuille (EMSE)Parmvir Chalal (ECE)Joelle Dowling (MAE)Conor Gillespie (MAE)Kyle Pett (MAE), and Alex Snouffer (MAE).

SEAS Computing Facility

SEAS Computing Facility Workshop: “LaTeX”

  • April 16: Posters & Thesis Writing

12:00 – 3:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, Room 411

SEAS Events

Institute for Magnetics Research Lecture: “Laser Cooling of Neutral Atoms”
Speaker: Dr. Frank Narducci, Senior Science and Technology Manager, Naval Air Systems Command
Tuesday, April 19
11:15 am
20101 Academic Way, Room 204
Ashburn, VA 20147

2016 Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture: “Engineering with Soul: The Nuts and Bolts of Compassion in Action”
Speaker: Dr. Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders – USA; co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network; and the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Tuesday, April 26
6:30 – 8:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium

The talk will examine the critical role of engineers over the next two decades, when almost two billion additional people are expected to populate the earth, 95% of them in developing or underdeveloped countries. This growth will create unprecedented demands for energy, food, land, water, transportation, materials, waste disposal, earth moving, health care, environmental cleanup, telecommunication, and infrastructure. Engineers will be critical in fulfilling those demands. A simple question arises: Do engineers today have the skills and tools to address the global problems that our planet and humans are facing today, or will be facing within the next 20 years?


Workshop: “Science-Based Targets”
Wednesday & Thursday, May 4-5

SEH, Lehman Auditorium
The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute is co-sponsoring this workshop with the Global Environmental Management Initiative.  The workshop will provide a forum for corporate sustainability leaders to learn about how to establish science-based targets for greenhouse gas reductions and the steps businesses can take to achieve such targets, including strategies, tools, and partnerships to drive carbon reduction actions across the value chain. EMSE Profs. Joe Cascio and Rachael Jonassen will speak at the event, along with other speakers from 21 major corporations, government agencies, and NGOs.

Entrepreneurship Events

2016 GW New Venture Competition Finals
Tuesday, April 19
Jack Morton Auditorium
5:30 – 8:30 pm

This long-awaited event is the culmination of a year-long competition, which began with 195 entries from all-throughout the GW student body. From there, 42 semi-finalists were chosen and now the top 10 teams will be competing for the top spot and for over $250,000 worth of cash and in-kind prizes at the Finals!  Join us in witnessing great work from our GW community.  Admission is open to the public.  Audience members also have the opportunity to select their favorite team to win the Audience Choice Award.  Don't miss out on this grand event!

Dissertation Defense

Student Name: Junfeng Wang
Title: “CHORUS Code for Stellar and Planetary Convection”
Advisor: Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE)
Tuesday, April 12
2:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, Room 2000B

Student Name: Chunqiang Hu
Title: “Privacy-Preserving and Secure Cryptographic Schemes for Wireless Applications”
Advisor: Prof. Xiuzhen Cheng
Friday April 15
12:30 – 5:30 pm
SEH, 2000B

Student Name: Maya Larson
Title: “Privacy Preserving Auctions Based on Homomorphic Encryption and Secret Sharing”
Advisor: Prof. Xiuzhen Cheng
Friday April 15
12:30 – 5:30 pm
SEH, 2000B