April 30 - May 6, 2018


April 30, 2018

Faculty News
Awards & Honors:
The Washington Academy of Sciences has selected Dr. Michael Plesniak (MAE) as the winner of the 2018 Distinguished Career in Engineering Award. He will receive the award on May 11 at the academy’s annual banquet. His citation will read: “For seminal contributions to research and education in fluid dynamics, specifically turbulent flow physics and biomedical fluid dynamics.”


Dr. Ashraf Imam (MAE) has published the second part of a paper he co-authored with his colleague, Francis H. “Sam” Froes: F. H. Froes and A. Imam. “Titanium: A Historic and Current Perspective—Part II,” Advanced Materials & Processes, April 2018. The paper was published in two parts, with the first part included in the journal’s February/March 2018 issue.


Conferences & Presentations:
On April 24, Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) presented at the Open Education Global Conference of the Open Education Consortium. Her talk was titled “A Qualitative Study of Open Educational Practice using Jupyter Notebooks,” and it looked at students’ attitudes towards sharing and openness after experiencing a course that infuses culture from open source software. Slides of her presentation are available on Figshare.


On April 19, Dr. Rachael Jonassen (director, EMSE Greenhouse Gas Management Program) presented an Earth Day talk for the 1,600 residents of Greenspring Village in Springfield, VA in the Village Square Theater. Her topic was “Climate Change: What We Learn from the Past.” This talk was part of her service as a speaker for the “Climate Voices” program operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the United Nations Foundation.


Dr. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) was invited to the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he gave the talk “Geometric Control on Nonlinear Manifolds for Complex Aerospace Systems” on April 23.


Other News:
Dr. Guru Venkataramani (ECE) has been invited to serve as an associate editor on the editorial board of the Springer Journal of Hardware and Systems Security. The journal covers the rapidly growing field of electronic hardware and systems security and highlights new and ground-breaking developments in this field, including cyber-physical systems, IoT, side channels, and hardware trojans. Currently, this is the only journal exclusively dedicated to hardware security.


Student News

Mini Baja Team

Left to Right: Ari Haven, Peter Walsh, Andrew Edzenga,

Conor Gillespie, Nicholas Lechner, Delon Etzel, and Joe



SEAS congratulates the members of the GW Mini-Baja Team: Andrew Edzenga, Delon Etzel, Conor Gillespie, Ari Haven, Nicholas Lechner, Joe Signorelli, and Peter Walsh, all of MAE. The GW team competed against 94 other teams in this year’s regional Baja competition and ranked 26th in the suspension test. The competition was held April 19-22 in Mechanicsville, MD. Dr. Murray Snyder (MAE) is the team’s faculty advisor.


GW Today published an article on BME senior Pratik Mistry and his undergraduate research with GW’s Nanofabrication and Imaging Center. The April 23 article is titled “Pratik Mistry Explores Brain Function with Undergraduate Research.”


Other News

David Bray
Dr. David Bray, the executive director of People-Centered Internet coalition and chief strategy officer of MapLarge, kicked off the CVP Speaker Series @ GW on April 25 with his lecture “Needed Now More Than Ever: Positive #ChangeAgents Across Sectors.” Dr. Bray discussed the implications of tech innovation, focusing on how human beings adapt to these changes. In our era of accelerating change, Dr. Bray discussed the need for pluralism, diversity of ideas, and “positive change agents.” The CVP Speaker Series @ GW was conceived by Mr. Anirudh Kulkarni, B.S. ’86, M.S. ’88, the CEO of CVP and a SEAS alumnus who committed the company to a public speaker series to address the impact of technology on change. Dr. Bray’s recorded talk is available on YouTube.


SEAS Events
2018 SEAS Teaching and Research Awards Celebration
Tuesday, May 1
2:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Join Dean Dolling as he honors the winners of the 2018 SEAS Teaching and Research Awards: Dr. Igor Efimov (BME), Dr. Leila Farhadi (CEE), Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE), Dr. Danmeng Shuai (CEE), and Dr. Jason Zara (BME).


SEAS Innovation Challenge Showcase: ¡Viva Puerto Rico!
Thursday, May 3
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
SEH and the GW Innovation Center
¡Viva Puerto Rico! will showcase this year’s Innovation Challenge finalists and celebrate Puerto Ricans’ resiliency in the face of a prolonged post hurricane recovery. The 2018 SEAS Innovation Challenge is a technical competition designed to support disaster relief in Puerto Rico in the areas of off-grid power and communications. ¡Viva Puerto Rico! also will include a short documentary film screening, panels, food, and music to accompany the showcase of the finalists.


BME Seminar: “NIH/NIBIB: The Road to Successful Grant Applications”
Speaker: Dr. Šeila Selimović, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH
Thursday, May 10
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Jupyter Pop-up DC
Tuesday, May 15
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
GW Marvin Center
Tickets ($30 - $195; early price ends April 27)
At Jupyter Pop-up, find out how teams of data scientists, business analysts, and researchers use the Notebook and other Jupyter tools to solve “last mile” issues of communicating data to management, create self-documenting and future-friendly apps and widgets, and streamline your workflow. Featured speakers include: Paco Nathan, Lorena Barba (MAE), Peter Parente, Catherine Ordun, Dave Stuart, and Laura Noren.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
E-Team Grant Program
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Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. Applications are due May 2 and October 3.


GW Events
Post-Award Management Training Series: “Keys to a Successful Award Closeout”
Tuesday, May 22
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 308
Read more and register online


Dissertation Defenses
Student Name: Yachao Lu
Title: “Deep Web Data Analytics”
Advisor: Dr. Nan Zhang
Thursday, May 3
1:00 – 2:30 pm
SEH, 2000


Student Name: Yaqoub Alsarkal
Title: “Interdependent Information Disclosure and Privacy In Online Social Networks”
Advisor: Dr. Nan Zhang
Thursday, May 3
2:30 – 4:00 pm
SEH, 2000