August 30 - September 5, 2010


August 30, 2010




Prof. David Nagel (ECE) recently received a three-year, $860,000 cooperative agreement from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), entitled “Photovoltaic Material and Device Research and Development.”  The funds will largely provide support for two postdoctoral fellows and a graduate student to work in laboratories at NRL, where their focus will be on investigating noise in photovoltaic devices as a diagnostic of their quality and reliability.

Media Mentions:

GW’s National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) is featured in an August 24th Popular Science story that uses a slideshow to introduce the “30 coolest college classes in the country.” The NCAC appears on the second slide in the slideshow.

Books & Papers:

Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi's (MAE) book, A Dispensing System for Microdrops Generation in Medical Applications, has just been published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (Germany).

Prof. Francesco Calabrese (EMSE) co-authored with a former GW Institute for Knowledge and Innovation Chinese visiting scholar (2007-’08), Dr. Jiacheng Wei, and her faculty advisor, Dr. Liu Lu, Beichang University (Beijing, China) the following paper: “A Cognitive Model of Intra-organizational Knowledge Sharing Motivations in the View of Cross-Cultures,” International Journal of Information Management, Elsevier, pages 220-230, June 2010.

Prof. Jonathan Deason (EMSE) and EMSE graduate students Dan Somma and Hope Lobkowicz co-authored a paper addressing an important aspect of our nation's search for renewable energy sources.  The article citation is:  Somma, D., Lobkowicz, H. and Deason, J.P.
"Growing America's Fuel:  An Analysis of Corn and Cellulosic Ethanol Feasibility in the United States," Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, vol. 12, no. 4 (2010), pp. 373-380.

Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) published the following journal paper in August 2010 as a co-author: A. H.   Mohammad, Z. J. Wang, and C. Liang. “LES of turbulent flow past a cylinder using spectral difference method.” Advances in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, 2010, vol 2, pp. 451-466.

Profs. Tom Mazzuchi and Shahram Sarkani (EMSE) co-authored the following paper with their doctoral student Mark Meteski:  Mateski ME, Mazzuchi TA, Sarkani S “The Hypergame Perception Model: A Diagrammatic Approach to Modeling Perception, Misperception, and Deception,” Military Operations Research, vol. 15, no. 2, pages 21-37.

Conferences, Workshops, & Presentations:

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) attended the 46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit in Nashville, TN, July 25–28.  He chaired a session on micropropulsion and also participated in the Electric Propulsion Technical Committee (EPTC).  Prof. Keidar presented a proposal to the EPTC to host the 33rd International Conference on Electric Propulsion at GW in October 2013. Two SEAS graduate students (Taisen Zhuang and Lubos Brieda) presented papers on vacuum arc microthruster and Hall thruster modeling at the conference.


The Hong Kong government has set up a Research Endowment Fund of US$2.3 billion to generate interest to support three areas of research: medical research, sustainability, and business. Toward this end, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, which is similar to NSF, has appointed Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) as a facilitator to set up a major initiative in sustainability areas.  Prof. Chong was in Hong Kong last week attending workshops and meetings, and he notes that this initiative may create opportunities for international research collaboration.

Congratulations to Prof. Shelly Heller (CS), who has been named the associate provost for the Mount Vernon Campus.  Prof. Heller previously served as associate dean for academic affairs on the Mount Vernon Campus.  In her new role, she will work with Provost Steven Lerman to provide strategic direction for and day-to-day leadership of the Campus.

Student News

EMSE doctoral candidate Emmanuel Donkor recently discussed his experiences at SEAS for an online presentation from the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program.  Mr. Donkor, who is working with Prof. Michael Duffey (EMSE), is a lecturer in civil engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana).  He is studying financial risk analysis related to water projects.  His interview can be found at the following link:

Other News

This semester, SEAS begins offering Environmental Nanotechnology, a new graduate course in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  The course will expose students to the frontiers of environmental nanotechnology research.

Guest Vignette

Researchers in the Computer Science Department are investigating the promise of what a clean-slate approach to operating systems (OS) could enable.  Toward this, a group led by Prof. Parmer is developing a novel OS called "Composite."  Just as programmers break a complicated problem down into smaller, independently approachable chunks, Composite breaks an OS down into small components that cooperate to provide the services expected from an OS.  In doing so, we focus on improving system reliability (we should never have to reboot our systems), on strengthening security (viruses and other malware should be eliminated by proper design), and on extending the type of systems that an OS can manage (how about a collection of network-connected robots?).  Additionally, we are investigating how fundamental changes to the OS can take software into the multi-core age.  As our processors increase in the number of cores they have, how can our applications continue to take advantage of the extra processing power?  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Gabriel Parmer of the Department of Computer Science) 


Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Forum
Tuesday, September 21
4:30 – 6:30
Marvin Center Amphitheater

Dissertation Defenses

Name of Student Defending:  Darnell Bennett
Title of Dissertation: "Probing Depths with a Two-Dimensional Electrical Impedance System with Applications to Breast Cancer Screening”
Wednesday, September 15 at 2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall