April 22-28, 2019


April 22, 2019

Faculty News


Conferences & Presentations:

Headshot of Leila Farhadi

Dr. Leila Farhadi (CEE) and her PhD students attended the 2019 NRC Water Resources Symposium, held April 12 in Washington, DC. Dr. Farhadi moderated the session “Remote Sensing & Modeling Research.” Her PhD student Abedeh Abdolghafoorian gave a presentation on their research, titled “Estimation of key components of terrestrial water and energy budgets by assimilating SMAP soil moisture and GOES temperature data,” and PhD student Parisa Heidary presented the poster “A reduced-adjoint variational data assimilation for estimating soil hydraulic parameters.”


Media Mentions:


Other News:

Headshot of Mona Zaghloul

Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE) and her PhD students Yangyang Zhao and Libin Sun were awarded the 1st Place prize and $10,000 in the Life Science category at GW’s 2019 TCO Innovation Competition. Their work, “Ultra-Small Portable Nano Hole Array based Gas/Condensed Phase Sensing System for Hazard Warning and Health Monitoring,” provides a promising technology toward next generation smart sensing systems. The work is in collaboration with NIST. The annual innovation competition is run by GW’s Technology Commercialization Office.


Student News

Baja Team

Clockwise from lower left: Logan Green, Alex Garner, Courtney New, Alex Snouffer, Andrew Edzenga, Conor Gillespie, Peter Walsh, Delon Etzel, Cale Gabrynowicz, Nathan Pen, Samir Aziz, Matthew Dionne, and Samantha Danison 

The SEAS Baja Team recently excelled in the Society of Automotive Engineers intercollegiate Baja competition, held April 10-13 in Cookeville, TN. The team, led by co-captains Conor Gillespie and Andrew Edzenga, both MAE seniors, designed and crafted an off-road vehicle that competed in this demanding competition, which included 100 teams from US, Canadian, Mexican and Indian engineering universities. The SEAS Baja Team was ranked 20th overall and completed the 2.5 hour endurance run in 15th place with no mechanical breakdowns. The SEAS Baja vehicle this year included a student designed and manufactured transmission, which was completed as part of an MAE Senior Design Capstone project. Dr. Murray Snyder (MAE) is the faculty adviser to the Baja Team.

The National Capital Section (NCS) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recognized four female CEE students at its annual ASCE NCS Awards Banquet, held March 19 in Arlington, VA. Sarah Olsen received the Outstanding Senior Award; Yoon-Sil Choi, the Hathaway Memorial Award; Caitlin Tyson, the Williams Memorial Award; and Florentia Dayan, the ASCE NCS Award.


SEAS Computing Facility
Computers available for checkout/3D Printing Services: SEAS students, faculty, and staff may borrow Dell laptops and desktops through the end of the semester and may have access to 3D printers for research and academic projects. Please visit the SEAS CF website for more information about borrowing computers or getting access to the 3D printers.


High Performance Computing Cluster resources available in SEAS: SEAS researchers and faculty have access to Colonial One, a shared High Performance Computing Cluster hosted in GW's data center. A new 2.1 PFlops system is in the final stages of deployment and will be available this coming summer. For access and questions, please email the SEAS CF support ticket system.


Web Services: SEAS students, faculty, and staff have access to a GW hosted Wordpress platform for personal, conference, research, or institute websites. All websites can have a customized name under the SEAS domain, such as “powerlab” or “conference2019.” SEAS CF will work with faculty and staff to migrate/update existing sites or build a new website. For access and questions, please email the SEAS CF support ticket system.


Upcoming SEAS Events
Launch of the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering
Friday, April 26
4:00 – 6:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Please join GW Provost Forrest Maltzman, SEAS Interim Dean Rumana Riffat, and SEAS Center for Women in Engineering Director Shelly Heller for the launch of the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering. The featured keynote speaker will be Cecilia Kang, technology correspondent for the New York Times. A reception will follow the program at 5:00 pm.


ACM – CS Internet Distinguished Speaker Series: “How to (Not) Regulate the Internet”
Speaker: KC Claffy
Tuesday, April 30
7:00 – 8:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
KC Claffy is a leading researcher in Internet measurement, winner of the IEEE Internet Award, and member of the Internet Hall of Fame. She will discuss the social and economic implications of the changing landscape of the Internet, the history of Internet interconnection, and lessons from her experience in shaping policy. Following the lecture, there will be an opportunity for questions and a reception with light refreshments. This event is sponsored in collaboration with the GW chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. It is open to the public.


Biomedical Engineering Society Alumni Networking Night
Friday, May 3
7:00 – 9:00 pm
SEH, B1 Level
Come mingle with us over hors d'oeuvres and learn what recent graduates are doing with their engineering degrees.


SEAS Graduate Student Send Off
Monday, May 13
6:00 – 8:00 pm
SEH, B1 Greenwall
Student RSVP required
The SEAS Career Services Center invites graduating Masters and PhD SEAS students to meet and mingle with local GW alumni. Connect with SEAS alumni who have graduated within the past few years to hear advice for beginning the next stage of your career. Whether you are entering the work force or continuing on with your education, come out and celebrate joining the GW alumni community. Students will receive a special gift. Attire is business casual. Light refreshments will be served. All SEAS alumni, faculty, staff, and graduating masters and PhD students are welcome to attend.


Software Carpentry Workshop
Thursday and Friday, May 16 and 17
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Gelman Library, Room 101
RSVP is required
Join us for two days of hands-on instruction in automating tasks with the Unix shell, data analysis and visualization with Python, and version control with Git. Participants must register ahead of time and attend for both days. The course is designed for GW graduate students, faculty, and other researchers; however, advanced undergraduate students are also welcome. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. The workshop is free to any GW-affiliated participant. Visit the GW Libraries’ Github website for more details and the workshop schedule.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Apply to be a GW Entrepreneurial Fellow: Calling all currently enrolled GW students—The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship's Entrepreneurial Fellow program is accepting applications now to start in the fall of 2019. Apply today for this paid fellowship opportunity.


2019 GW Summer Startup Accelerator: The GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications for the 2019 GW Summer Startup Accelerator (GWSSA). GWSSA is an intensive, residential, nine-week program for a select group of GW student entrepreneurs who want to “go all in” to develop a fundable startup venture. The submission deadline is Friday, April 26 at 12:00 noon. Learn more about the GWSSA and how it works, what type of ventures GWSSA is looking for, and how to apply. Please contact Lex McCusker, GW director of student entrepreneurship programs, with questions or for more information.


Dissertation Defenses
Student Name: Asha Rani
Title: “Synthesis and Characterization of 2H-MoTe2 for Electrical and Gas Sensing Properties with Applications to Chemical Gas Sensing”
Advisor: Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE)
Thursday, April 25
11:15 am – 1:00 pm
SEH, 3605