April 18-24, 2016


April 18, 2016

Faculty News

Awards & Honors:







On March 21, Prof. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) was inducted as a Fellow of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  His citation reads: "Professor Sarkar has made fundamental contributions to flows with bubbles and droplets, over the last twenty years. His creative analysis includes studies of the effects of viscoelasticity, emulsion rheology, normal stress differences, wall-induced migration, and modeling of encapsulated contrast microbubbles for ultrasound imaging.  His results have led to fundamental new understanding and help define the current state of the art.  Professor Sarkar is an active member of his professional community, and has served ASME in a number of ways, most recently as an associate editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering." 


Profs. Hyeong-Ah Choi (CS) and Xiuzhen “Susan” Cheng (CS) have received a two-year $228,345 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.  This award will allow GW researchers to conduct public safety networks research with researchers in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Communications Technology Laboratory.  Prof. Choi is the PI on the grant, and Prof. Cheng is the co-PI.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations & Environment) has awarded Prof. Jonathan Deason (EMSE) a six-month, $89,849 grant to provide technical and management support to the Department of Defense’s Chemical and Material Risk Management Program.  This is the fifth research grant received by the SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI), which was chartered by OVPR in April 2015.  EEMI Visiting Scholar Alex Beehler and EEMI Senior Research Scientist Kelly Scanlon will be the key investigators for the project.

Media Mentions:

In its April 11 article “Regulatory science degrees help researchers think outside the lab,” The Washington Post mentioned GW’s new master of engineering degree program in regulatory biomedical engineering.

Prof. Lance Hoffman (CS) was quoted in the April 12 online Voice of America article “Analysts Find Little to Like in Senate Encryption Measure.”


Prof. Leila Farhadi (CEE) has recently published the following paper: L. Farhadi, D. Entekhabi, and G. Salvucci. “Mapping Land Water and Energy Balance Relations through Conditional Sampling of Remote Sensing Estimates of Atmospheric Forcing and Surface States,” Water Resources Research (2016), doi: 10.1002/2015WR017680.

Prof. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) and his co-author Carmen Weigelt (Tulane University) recently published the following journal article: C. Weigelt and E. Shittu. “Competition, Regulatory Policy, and Firms’ Resource Investments: The Case of Renewable Energy Technologies,” Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 59, No. 2 (April 1, 2016): pp. 678-704. DOI: doi:10.5465/amj.2013.0661.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Leila Farhadi (CEE) and her students attended the AWRA-NCR (American Water Resources Association- National Capital Region) Water Resources Symposium “Rethinking the Value of Water: Innovations in Research, Technology, Policy and Management,” held April 8 at UDC.  Her Ph.D. student Abedeh Abdolghafoorian presented their research in the Water Environment and Management panel.

The National Science Foundation invited Prof. Guru Venkataramani (ECE) and ECE Ph.D. students Fan YaoYongbo Li, and Hongfa Xue to organize the NSF CISE Proposal Writing workshop that was held April 4 in Arlington, VA.  The event was a one-day workshop aimed to improve the understanding among junior faculty about the NSF Career Award within the CISE division, a flagship program of NSF for more than 20 years. More than 200 faculty from across the nation attended, with four invited speakers and several NSF CISE program directors.  The event was made possible through an $85,000 NSF grant to GW, for which Dr. Venkataramani 

Other News:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) invented the Semi-Circular Bend (SCB) specimen in 1984 to study the fracture of brittle materials.  Since then, SCB specimens have been used widely around the world to determine the fracture toughness of layered (transversely isotropic) materials using a single core, yielding fracture toughness in all three orientations, and useful in fracking to extract oil and gas and in other applications such as the performance of highways. Recently ASTM and ISRM (International Society of Rock Mechanics) have accepted the SCB specimen as its testing standard.

Student News

EMSE graduate student Myron Kalfoglou received both the Marvin C. Beasley CPP Memorial Scholarship and the James R. Booth CPP Memorial Scholarship at the April 14 ASIS International – National Capitol Chapter awards dinner and ceremony.  ASIS is an association of security professionals.  Mr. Kalfoglou is advised by Prof. Joseph Barbera (EMSE).

SEAS Events

BME Seminar: “Consumer Grade Hardware and Open Source Software, Improving Clinical Outcomes While Containing Costs”
Dr. Ziv Yaniv, Senior Computer Scientist, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Monday, April 18
4:00 - 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220


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


The ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “DARPA Has Seen the Future of Computing and it is Analog”
Speaker: Dr. Dan Hammerstrom, DARPA Program Manager
Wednesday, April 20
1:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220
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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
RSVP by April 24
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!

Seminar on Entrepreneurship in Education
Wednesday, April 20
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Duques Hall, Room 451
The Center For Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) invites you to attend a luncheon seminar on how faculty and Cross-Disciplinary Fellows can infuse innovation and entrepreneurship content into curriculum and coursework for non-business disciplines. Come enjoy lunch and engage with our three panelists, as they offer their input on how GW can further entrepreneurship and innovation across our campus!  Space is limited to 20 attendees.


Greater Metro-DC Entrepreneurs Networking Event
Wednesday, April 20
1133 15th St NW, 1776 - 12th floor
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Join us for an evening of food and networking with your fellow entrepreneurial students from around the greater DC metro area!  Students from GW, American University, George Mason, Georgetown, Howard University, University of Maryland, and UDC will participate.  Space is limited to 30 students for each school.