August 13- 26, 2012


August 13, 2012

Faculty News

Awards and Honors:

Chandru Mirchandani (EMSE adjunct professor) has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant in engineering education at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Under the grant, he will go to Sri Lanka for two weeks in December 2012.


Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE chair) has been awarded a three-year, nearly $318,000 NSF grant, titled "Three-dimensional Separated Flows around a Bump Imbedded in a Boundary Layer with Pulsatile Freestream: Biofluid Dynamics of Phonation." The project concerns the complicated unsteady (pulsatile) flow around a protuberance. Found not only in biomedical, but also engineering applications, pulsatile flow over a bump on a wall presents a fundamental fluid mechanics problem involving three-dimensional flow separation, complex vortex shedding patterns, and fluid-structure interactions along the downstream wall. A suite of experimental investigations will be performed in a wind tunnel, utilizing time-resolved particle image velocimetry, laser Doppler anemometry, wall pressure measurements, skin friction line visualization, and oil-film interferometry, in order to resolve the separated flow morphologies, and their interaction with flow parameters of interest on the wall.

Media Mentions:

Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE) was quoted in the August 1 Propublica article, "Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?"

Books and Papers:

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) has published the following paper with his Ph.D. student Jian Li:
Jian Li, Madhusudhan Kundrapu, Alexey Shashurin, and Michael Keidar, "Emission spectra analysis of arc plasma for synthesis of carbon nanostructures in various magnetic conditions," Journal of Applied Physics, 112, 024329 (2012); doi: 10.1063/1.4740459. The co-authors are his former Ph.D. student, Dr. Kundrapu, and research scientist Dr. Shashurin.

Conferences and Presentations:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) made a presentation on nuclear energy and sustainability at the University of California at Santa Barbara during the week of July 30. He visited faculty and students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials; exchanged ideas on nuclear energy materials, sustainability, and other topics of mutual interest; and toured the labs, which have well maintained state-of-the art instruments and facilities. He observed that having a senior development engineer who is responsible for the maintenance and scheduling of all the labs is a very efficient model.

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) was an invited speaker at the Second Annual Workshop on Understanding Climate Change from Data, held August 6-7 at the University of Minnesota. Her talk, titled "Global Climate Model Tracking Using Geospatial Neighborhoods," was based on joint work with her Ph.D. student, Scott McQuade.

Other News:

Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE) has been appointed as a visiting associate professor of computing and software systems (CSS) at the University of Washington (Bothell). The primary focus of her role will be to collaborate with CSS faculty to develop educational programs in cybersecurity. This appointment, in addition to her existing appointment as affiliate professor of informatics at Idaho State University, will assist in developing collaborative education and research programs in cybersecurity among those two institutions and GW.

Other News

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GWIBE) announces the call for proposals for this year's Interdisciplinary Research Fund. Faculty interested in receiving internal funding from GWIBE to conduct pilot research may apply until October 1, 2012. 

EMSE graduate Claire Nelson was honored on July 27 as a Champion of Change by the White House, the U.S. State Department, and U.S. AID. The honor is given to "leaders who have exemplified extraordinary successes and efforts toward the development of - and diplomacy with - their countries or communities of origin." Dr. Nelson is the founder and president of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, the leading Caribbean American diaspora advocacy organization.

2nd Lt Chris O'Brien, USMC, a former undergraduate student of Prof. Murray Snyder (MAE), recent published the following paper: C. O'Brien, M. Snyder, E. Hallberg, A, Cenko, "Effects of targeting pod modification on F/A-18C Hornet weapons release," The Aeronautical Journal, Vol. 116, No. 1181, July 2012.