February 13-19, 2017


February 13, 2017

Faculty News


Prof. Danmeng Shuai (CEE), with his GW colleagues Profs. Santiago Solares (MAE), Hanning Chen (Chemistry), and Ganhui Lan (Physics), has been awarded $450,200 by NIFA/USDA Agriculture & Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program to conduct a three-year research project on antimicrobial materials for safe food processing and packaging.


Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) and her doctoral student Olivier Mesnard have published a chapter in the new book The Practice of Reproducible Research: Case Studies and Lessons from the Data-Intensive Sciences . A book launch was held on January 31 at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science, announcing a fully open online version . The book will be published in print by the University of California Press later this year.

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) has published a manuscript titled “Graphene-based Solitons for Spatial Division Multiplexed Switching” in the OSA journal Optics Letters (2017). His team showed that spatial solitons in graphene-dielectric optical waveguides travel in two-dimensions, with the smallest interactions between the respective beams, thus doubling the computational density of states. They also showed that controlling the phase delay between two soliton-beams, they are able to control the k-vector of the beam pair. This can be used in the miniaturized version of a phased-array for beam steering in LIDAR, which is the key building block for self-driving cars and self-flying drones.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. David Broniatowski’s (EMSE) work with EMSE student Michael Smith and several other collaborators was presented on February 4 at the W3PHIAI 2017 Workshop in San Francisco, CA: X. Huang, M. C. Smith, M. Paul, D. Ryzhkov, S. C. Quinn, D. A. Broniatowski, and M. Dredze (2017). “Examining Patterns of Influenza Vaccination in Social Media.”

On February 7, Prof. Russ Hemley (CEE) gave an invited talk titled “Pressure-induced Transitions and Metallization of Hydrogen” at the National Ignition Facility User meeting at Livermore National Laboratory. The talk described ongoing work using the NIF laser to study high-pressure transitions in hydrogen and implications for the interiors of large gaseous planets. On February 9, he delivered a laboratory-wide lecture titled “A New World of Materials in Extreme Environments” at Sandia National Laboratories, as part of its Science & Technology Speaker Series. The purpose of the series is to bring distinguished scientists and engineers to the laboratory to speak about their work and its broader significance to society.

Student News

CEE doctoral student Tao Ye, advised by Prof. Danmeng Shuai (CEE), has received a 2016 Graduate Student Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) - Division of Environmental Chemistry. The award, which is granted each year to up to 20 recipients nationwide, recognizes graduate students working in areas of environmental chemistry, with competitive course-work and research performance. Tao has published his work in high-impact journals including ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and Applied Catalysis B: Environmental.

Other News

MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility will hold a series of workshops covering MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS programming through April 1. The workshops will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.


  • February 18: MATLAB Programming Basics I
  • March 4 : MATLAB Programming Basics II
  • March 18: Figures & 3D Plotting
  • April 1: Linear Equation & ODE Solving

Register for the MATLAB workshops


  • February 25: Extrusion and work planes
  • March 11 : Special features
  • March 25: Assembly basics

Register for the SOLIDWORKS workshops

MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS tutoring also will be offered from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad.

High Performance Computing: SEAS Computing Facility, in collaboration with the Colonial One HPC support team, will hold a series of workshops on High Performance Computing. The workshops will leverage Colonial One, GW's Central HPC cluster. The remaining workshops will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on the following dates:

February 17: Workshop 2
This workshop will address working with SLURM and checkpointing. Topics related to SLURM include: sinfo, salloc, squeue, scancel, sbatch, sshare, sprio, srun; scripting submit files; how fair share works; and common job errors.

March 3 : Workshop 3
This workshop will cover: MPI; OpenMP; Python package management; and Allinea.

The HPC workshops will be hosted by the Colonial One HPC support team: SEASCF (Marco Suarez, Jason Hurlburt, Zhen Ni); CCAS OTS (Glen MacLachlan); and DIT (Adam Wong). Pre-requisites for the workshop: you must have a Colonial One account, familiarity with programing languages, and Linux fundamentals knowledge. If you are unfamiliar with Linux, please attend the Introduction to Linux workshops on January 28 and February 4. Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments. Register


SEAS Events

BME David Wang Distinguished Lecture
Speaker: Dr. John Rogers, Institute of BioNano Technology, Northwestern University
Monday, February 13
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Wednesday, February 22
SEH, Lobby and Lower Level
Register: (Note: Student participants and judges in all competitions are pre-registered. All others—including student mentors—should register.) 

2nd Annual Women in Engineering Professional Development Event: Navigating Your Career
Thursday, March 9
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
This event brings together female engineering students and SEAS alumnae to discuss successfully navigating your career. Hear from our key note speaker, Paige Atkins (MS ’89), the associate administrator of the Office of Spectrum Management at the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); engage in round table discussions; share lessons learned; and network with fellow classmates, alumnae, and SEAS faculty. This event is open to both undergraduate and graduate female SEAS students. Please register in GWork or your school-based system.

Carreer Center Events

Spring 2017 SEAS Undergraduate Career Development
Walk-in hours (no appointment needed): Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
And by appointment
SEH, 1630

External Events

Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference
Sunday-Wednesday, May 14-17
Gaylord National Convention Center, Washington, DC
The Student Leaders Conference brings together undergraduate nano and emerging technologies student group representatives from across the United States. It highlights undergraduate research and connects students with entrepreneurs, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and representatives of federal agencies funding research in emerging technologies. The conference is sponsored by TechConnect, in partnership with student groups from across the country. More information

Entrepreurship Events

AAAS Lab to Launch Competition: A start-up competition for DC’s young science and technology entrepreneurs
The AAAS Lab to Launch Competition will identify and support promising local innovators by providing $10,000 in total seed capital prizes, training sessions, and networking opportunities at our headquarters in Metro Center. The competition is open to STEM entrepreneurs aged 18-30 years old who: live within the District of Columbia, and/or manage a startup headquartered in the District, and/or are enrolled in a university that has its main campus in the District. The online application deadline is: 11:59 pm ET on Tuesday, February 14. Additional information .

Feasibility Analysis Workshop
Wednesday, February 15
5:30 – 7:00 pm
New location: GW Incubator, Tompkins Hall M06
Want to learn a great method for outlining your business to a potential investor or funder? Work on your feasibility analysis with us today! Your feasibility analysis should provide a narrative that tells a potential investor about the venture. It should have an arc and flow while describing a compelling need and providing evidence that you understand the customer's need and that you have the tools to implement a solution to that need.

Financials for Startups Workshop
Monday, February 27
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 108
In this workshop, you'll learn how to create concise financial models of your business.

How to Pitch to an Investor Workshop
Tuesday, February 28
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 108
Do you have trouble coming up with a compelling pitch? Want to learn how you can confidently pitch your business idea or current business to a potential investor? Learn from our experts in this workshop!

2017 GW Startup Career Fair & Guest Panel
Wednesday, March 1
Guest Panel: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Career Fair: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Ballrooms
Registration and more information 
The GW Startup Career Fair is a partnership between GW and other local universities. Some of the hottest startups along with hundreds of the area’s most entrepreneurial students will gather to network for internships and job opportunities. The event is free, but all startup employers and students must register to participate. Don’t miss out on meeting and speaking with our special alumni guest panel and the opportunity to meet with various startups all in one venue! The event is hosted by GW’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Please email Jasmine Bautista or call (202) 994-2780 with any questions.

Save the Date: Research Days 2017 Competition
Tuesday, April 4
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
GW’s Research Days Competition is open to all GW faculty, staff, and students. The competition is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Dissertation Defense

Student Name: Gustavo Ventura
Title: “Patient Evacuation Resource Classification System (PERCS) for Residential Healthcare Facilities”
Advisor: Prof. Joseph Barbera (EMSE)
Thursday, February 16
10:00 am
SEH, 2600