February 12-19, 2018


February 12, 2018

Faculty News
Dr. Emilia Entcheva (BME) has published the following paper: E. Entcheva. “Uncovering an electrically heterogeneous cardiomyocyte by FRAP-quantified diffusion in the T-tubules,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(4):E560-E561. DOI: 0.1073/pnas.1719550115.


Dr. Leila Farhadi (CEE) and her colleagues at University of Delft (The Netherlands) have published the following paper: Y. Lu, S. C. Steele-Dunne, L. Farhadi, and N. van de Giesen. “Mapping Surface Heat Fluxes by Assimilating SMAP Soil Moisture and GOES Land Surface Temperature Data,” Water Resources Research. DOI: 10.1002/2017WR021415.


Dr. Russell Hemley (CEE) has published the following paper: Q. Huang, J. M. Rodgers, R. J. Hemley, and T. Ichiye. “Quasiharmonic Analysis of the Energy Landscapes of Dihydrofolate Reductase from Piezophiles and Mesophiles,” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b11838. This paper is a result of collaboration between Dr. Hemley’s GW research group and a team in Georgetown University’s Department of Chemistry. The work is supported principally by the Capital/DOE Alliance Center and the Deep Carbon Observatory.


Dr. Chung Hyuk Park (BME) recently published the following paper: R. Burns, M. Jeon, and C. H. Park. “Robotic Motion Learning Framework to Promote Social Engagement,” Applied Sciences, 2018, 8(2), 241; DOI: 10.3390/app8020241.


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Emilia Entcheva (BME) was a key lecturer on the topic “All-optical Electrophysiology” at an Advanced Imaging Methods Workshop, held January 25-27 at the University of California, Berkeley.


On February 14, Dr. Claire Monteleoni (CS) will give an invited talk in the Machine Learning Seminar at the Center for Mathematical studies and their Applications (CMLA), École normale supérieure de Cachan (France). Her talk is titled “Algorithms for Climate Informatics: Learning from spatiotemporal data with both spatial and temporal non-stationarity.”


Other News:
The IEEE Computer Society has selected Dr. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) as a Distinguished Lecturer in the Society’s Distinguished Visitors Program for the three-year term 2018-2020. As an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, he is expected to deliver lectures around the world on research topics of his interest. His current research interests include high-performance computing; post-Moore’s laws processor paradigms, the convergence of HPC, clouds, big data, and machine learning; and extreme scale computing.


Student News
Doctoral student Evan Kaufman (MAE) and recent postdoctoral researcher Kuya Takami (MAE) presented papers on January 31 and February 1, respectively, at the Second IEEE International Conference on Robotic Computing (IEEE IRC 2018). Evan presented “Autonomous Quadrotor 3D Mapping and Exploration Using Exact Occupancy Probabilities,” and Kuya presented “Environment-dependent Depth Enhancement with Multi-modal Sensor Fusion Learning.” They presented their work under Dr. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) and collaborator Zhuming Ai from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.


SEAS Computing Facility
The SEAS Computing Facility (SEAS CF) will hold a series of workshops covering a range of topics throughout the spring semester:


MATLAB Workshops: Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Tompkins 405)
MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language used in various backgrounds of engineering, science, and economics. These workshops will cover the fundamentals of MATLAB programming.

  • February 23: Figures & 3D plotting
  • March 2: Linear equation & ODE solving

Download MATLAB: students can download and install MATLAB on their personal computers


Solidworks Workshops: Fridays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm (Tompkins 405)
Solidworks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that enables engineers and architects to design, inspect, and manage engineering projects within an integrated graphical user interface. Through these workshops you will learn how to navigate the Soldiworks interface, create sketches, set up parametric relations, and create 3D models. You will create the different parts of a V6 internal combustion engine from scratch, assemble it, and see it come to life.

  • February 23: Special features
  • March 2: Assembly

Download Solidworks: students can download and install Solidworks on their personal computers


MATLAB and Solidworks tutoring will be offered throughout the spring semester in Tompkins 401 on the following days:

  • Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Fridays: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email support@ticket.seas.gwu.edu. The MATLAB and Solidworks workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad.


Introduction to Linux Workshop:
This semester’s Linux workshops will be held on Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Tompkins Hall 411. They will be hosted by SEAS Computing Facility Systems Engineers Marco Suarez, Hadi Mohammadi, and Jason Hurlburt. Please email support@ticket.seas.gwu.edu with any questions or comments about the workshops.


SEAS Events
MAE Seminar: “Routing Problems Arising in Space Exploration”
Speaker: Dr. Jaemyung Ahn, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Tuesday, February 13
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, 2000


CS Lecture: “Blockchain and Smart Contracts: The Concept, Architecture, Services, and Applications”
Speaker: Dr. Sead Muftic, CEO, BIX® System Corporation
Wednesday, February 14
7:10 – 8:40 pm
SEH, B1220
This is a special topic lecture for the CSCI 6548: E-Commerce Security course. To attend, please RSVP to hurriyetok@gwu.edu by February 12.


ECE Seminar: “Signal Processing Advances for 5G”
Speaker: Dr. Zhi Tian, George Mason University
Thursday, February 15
10:45 – 11:45 am
SEH, B1270


GW COMPASS February Career Workshop: “Informational Interviewing”
Thursday, February 15
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1270
GW COMPASS is a new graduate student organization for M.S. and Ph.D. students in STEM who want to enhance their networking skills and explore a variety of career options. This month’s career workshop will explore the basics of informational interviewing: why it’s important, how to conduct one, and who to interview. The workshop will be followed by an informal happy hour at a local restaurant.
Learn more


ECE Seminar: “Latent Variable Identification Using Identifiable Matrix Factorization Models”
Speaker: Dr. Kejun Huang, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Friday, February 16
10:45 – 11:45 am
SEH, B1220


A Conversation with Christine Darden
Tuesday, February 20
5:00 – 8:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Join the GW Deans’ Council of Women in Technology for a conversation with GW alumna Dr. Christine Darden, D.Sc. '83, and a showing of the 2016 film Hidden Figures. Ms. Darden began her career at NASA as a data analyst and became known as one of NASA’s “human computers” in the 60s and 70s. Her story features in the 2016 bestseller, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the GW Innovation Center and the SEAS Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.


SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Wednesday, February 21
2:00 – 5:00 pm: Poster session opens to the public (SEH, Ground Level)
2:00 – 4:00 pm: Showcase voting*
3:30 – 4:30 pm: Buffet lunch
5:00 – 6:00 pm: Keynote address and awards presentation (SEH, Lehman Auditorium)
Register to attend
* Three Showcase Visitor’s Prizes will be given to Showcase visitors who correctly match the judges’ selections for the top prize R&D winners.


MAE Seminar: “Towards Greener Aviation with Python at Petascale”
Speaker: Dr. Freddie Witherden, Stanford University
Thursday, February 22
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Engineers’ Ball
Saturday, February 24
Doors open at 6:45 pm; Dinner at 7:30 pm
The Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC
Ticket sales have been extended until 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 15. They are on sale at the SEAS Student Services desk (SEH, 2500). SEAS student tickets cost $40/person; tickets for all others are $50/person.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
GW NVC Round 2: Feasibility Analysis
Monday, February 12
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center (Tompkins Hall, M06)
GW New Venture Competition teams looking to get help with their Round 2 application should attend this workshop. Learn more about the best method to outline your business for a potential investor and funder. The feasibility analysis is a critical part of the Round 2 submission to the competition. If you are still interested in attending this workshop but not part of the competition, you are still welcome to attend!


Workshop: “Easy Financials for Startups: What Investors Want to See”
Wednesday, February 14
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center (Tompkins Hall, M06)
You’re working on a great business plan for your business startup to take to a bank or other lender. A key part of that plan is the financial statements. These statements will be looked at carefully by the lender, so join us for a workshop to go over some tips for making these documents sell your business plan.


Workshop: “Getting Your Legal House in Order”
Thursday, February 22
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center (Tompkins Hall, M06)
Guest speaker Peter Weissman will discuss common legal challenges faced by startup companies, from formation of the company to contractual and patent issues. From this talk, you will learn why it is important to have a company, how to identify the key differences between the various company structures, how to avoid common contract issues, and what steps need to be taken to protect your team’s valuable patents and trademarks. Peter Weissman is a patent attorney and partner at Blank Rome LLP, a GW NVC sponsor, and a GW Law alumnus.


George Hacks: Medical Hackathon
Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25
Registration open now
George Hacks is a new student-led, 24-hour innovation competition at GW that is open to students from for all majors and is breaking from traditional hackathons meant for computer science majors. Pitches will address needs for patients battling cancer, medical and social innovation solutions for the aging community, and more! 100 participants will participate in teams of four that will compete for prizes! Please email team@georgehacks.org to receive registration information, to apply to be part of the student organization next year, or to volunteer for our inaugural event in March. For additional information, visit the georgehacks.org website. This event is sponsored by SEAS and GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Other Events
OVPR Post-Award Management Training Series: "We Have Been Awarded! Now What?”
Tuesday, February 13
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 307
More information
Register online