December 5-11, 2016


December 05, 2016

Faculty News


Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) has received a $30,000 NSF travel grant as a supplement to Prof. Charles Johnson's (University of Pennsylvania) NSF grant for the project “Exciton Lifetimes in Atomically Layered Materials at Visible Frequencies.” Prof. Sorger is the co-PI on this grant, which is based on an MOU between NSF and its equivalent counterpart in South Korea, the National Research Foundation of Korea. The grant will enable continued joint investigations with Prof. Cheol Lee (Korea University) under the GW-KU partnership exchange program established last year by SEAS alumnus Simon Lee and his wife Anna.

Media Mentions:

Prof. Poorvi Vora (CS) has been quoted in several media outlets recently regarding the U.S. presidential election recount:


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his research team members Samantha HurleyGeorge TeelJoseph Lukas, and Samudra Haque have published the following paper: S. Hurley, G. Teel, J. Lukas, S. Haque, M. Keidar, C. Dinelli, and J. Kang. “Thruster Subsystem for the United States Naval Academy's (USNA) Ballistically Reinforced Communication Satellite (BRICSat-P),” The Transactions of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Vol. 14, No. ISTS 30 (2016).

Prof. Murray Loew (BME) is a co-author with Prof. Abraham Chian and others of the recently published paper “Genesis of interplanetary intermittent turbulence: a case study of rope–rope magnetic reconnection.” The citation is: A. C.-L. Chian, H. Q. Feng, Q. Hu, M. H. Loew, R. A. Miranda, P. R. Muñoz, D. G. Sibeck, and D. J. Wu. “Genesis of interplanetary intermittent turbulence: a case study of rope–rope magnetic reconnection,” The Astrophysical Journal, 832:179 (7pp), December 1, 2016. Prof. Loew was host to Fulbright Visiting Scholar Prof. Chian (School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia) from August through December 2015.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) gave the colloquium “Orthogonal Physics Enabled Nanophotonics” at the University of Michigan’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department on November 29.

Other News:

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) was co-editor of a special issue of the American Society for Engineering Education journal Advances in Engineering Education. The Fall 2016 issue is dedicated to the flipped classroom and was published online on November 29. It includes her guest editorial “Flipped Classrooms in STEM” with Profs. Autar Kaw (University of South Florida) and Joseph Le Doux (Georgia Tech and Emory University).

Other News

On December 1, CSPRI (GW’s Cyber Security Privacy and Research Institute) hosted Congressman Jim Langevin (D - RI), who delivered the GW CyberCorps' Scholarship for Service Open Lecture here at the SEH. Congressman Langevin’s lecture was titled “Cybersecurity in the Next Congress: How Much Will the Recent Election Change Current Policies and Actions?” During his talk, the congressman mentioned that GW runs one of the most successful CyberCorps programs in the country and that he accepted the invitation to speak because he wanted to meet Prof. Lance Hoffman's CyberCorps students. While on campus, he also met separately with the CyberCorps students to talk about public service and the cybersecurity challenges facing the US.

SEAS Student R&D Showcase—deadline to apply is today: The deadline to apply for the 2017 SEAS Student R&D Showcase is TODAY, Monday, December 5. Visit the R&D Showcase Student Participant Information web page to get more information about the competition and application process.

New Spring 2017 Online Offering: Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response - EMSE 6290: Explore the basis of global concerns about anthropogenic climate change. Learn the science behind climate change policy. Prepare for the challenges of mitigating anthropogenic influences and adapting to impacts of unmitigated climate change. This is the first in a four-course sequence leading to a certificate in greenhouse gas management. A course description is also available in the University Bulletin. Students may register online via the GWeb system. Reduced fees apply. For more information, contact the program director, Rachael Jonassen.

Theta Tau food drive: Theta Tau is sponsoring a SEAS-wide food drive and will donate items to Martha's Table in here in Washington, DC! Please donate by bringing canned goods and any non-perishable foods to the drop-off box located in the Deans' Suite on the second floor of SEH. Theta Tau will continue collections until December 15.

MATLAB workshops and tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility is holding a series of workshops covering MATLAB programming in Tompkins 405 this semester. The final workshop will be held Saturday, December 10. The topic is Linear Equation & ODE Solving.
Interested students can register for the workshop at: ILVTX7TOVxFv5SO92 . Matlab tutoring also will be offered from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Tompkins 401. To schedule an appointment for MATLAB tutoring, please email The MATLAB workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad.

The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute and the European Energy Center will offer three remaining professional short courses:

Distributed Generation and Storage
Thursday and Friday, December 8-9
Taught by: Scott Sklar

Circular Economy
Thursday and Friday, March 16-17, 2017
Taught by: Roger Feldman and Ed Pinero

Multi-Aspect Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics
Dates TBA
Taught by: Scott Sklar

For more information, please contact Josiah Bircham or visit activities/372-upcoming- course-schedule-USA .

SEAS Events

ECE Seminar: “Light Modulators – Figures of Merit”
Speaker: Dr. Jacob Khurgin, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Tuesday, December 6
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, 2000

ECE Seminar: “Matrix Factorization on GPU: A Tale of Two Algorithms”
Speaker: Dr. Wei Tan, Research Staff Member, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Tuesday, December 6
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Entrepreurship Events

Webinar: Orientation to the New Venture Competition
Tuesday, December 6
Session 1: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Session 2: 5:30 – 7:00 pm jbautista 
GW runs the 5th largest student entrepreneurship competition in the country with annual prizes valued at over $250,000. Lex McCusker, director of Student Entrepreneurship Programs, will give an overview of the New Venture Competition, including timelines, submission requirements, and scoring criteria. He will also describe the broad array of services that are available to members of the GW community who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, both on campus and online. First round entries for this year's competition are due on January 25, 2017.

External Events

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp
Wednesday, December 7
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 310
Learn how to plan, prepare, and submit a competitive research proposal. More information

Dissertation Defenses

Student Name: Liping Ai
Title: “A Novel Study of the SNIR Distributions of Ka-Band HTS Systems”
Advisor: Dr. Hermann Helgert (ECE)
Thursday, December 8
1:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, 2990