February 14-20, 2011


February 14, 2011

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

Prof. Shelly Heller (CS) was interviewed for Straight Talk, a program on the news network Voice of America that concerns women and minorities in STEM fields. The show can be viewed in Persian on Voice of America's website, www.voanews.com/persian, at 1:00 pm today or, thereafter, in their archive.


Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE) was chosen to receive the 2011 Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Forum on Aging and Skeletal Health.  The award is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE) was invited to serve as a panelist for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (bioengineering panel) February 13-15 and the NSF Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Program in January.

Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) served on the one-day peer-review panel, "Modeling and Simulation of Industrially-Relevant Problems," for the Department of Energy's Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program on February 8. The SBIR program accelerates the development of innovative products for the U.S. commercial marketplace.

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) has been selected as a 2011 Policy Research Scholar for the GW Institute of Public Policy.  Faculty selected as scholars serve for one year and are awarded $10,000 to further their research either through a summer stipend or course release. The program is extremely competitive program and only one other member of the SEAS faculty, Prof. Jon Deason (EMSE), has been selected in the program's ten-year history.

Other News

SAVE THE DATE: The Fifth Annual SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Wednesday, February 23
3:00 - 6:00 pm
The Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Come hear keynote speaker Eddie Frederick, president and co-founder of LivingSocial, the local startup phenomenon that just raised $175 million from Amazon.com, at a valuation of more than $1 billion, after having been started only two years ago.  His talk, "Being a Hungry Entrepreneur," will cover his experience at a hot startup.  Open to the public and free, this year's R&D Showcase will feature 60 student R&D projects.  It includes a competition and cash awards.  Register at http://www.seas.gwu.edu/RDShowcase

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering recently launched a Facebook Page: GWU: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

The EMSE Department recently posted its Spring 2011 Environmental and Energy Management program newsletter on the web at http://www.gwu.edu/~eemnews.  If you would like to be added to the listserv to receive notification each semester when this twice-per-year newsletter is posted, please send a message making this request to [email protected].

SEAS alumnus Darryl Gomez (Ph.D., systems engineering '10) has been selected as the 2011 Engineer of the Year by the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS).  He will receive the award at the Council's February 26 awards banquet.

Guest Vignette

It is common knowledge that the amount of traffic that the Internet must support is increasing day-by-day, due in part to its increased accessibility to more users and in part to users who are transferring data in new ways, such as streaming video when using Netflix.  Demand this high can be handled only by a fiber-optic network, which is widely deployed as the backbone of today's Internet. Due to rapid geographic and temporal variations in traffic demands, it is also becoming increasingly hard for network designers to quickly provision the necessary resources to handle this demand when and where it is needed. In response to these challenges, researchers have developed a new technology, Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer (ROADM), which allows bandwidth and other resources to be rapidly re-provisioned as demand changes; however, there has not been much of an understanding of how many ROADM nodes to deploy and where to locate them.

Professor Subramaniam and his group studied this problem and developed mathematical models that could be used to quickly estimate the benefits of deploying ROADMs at select network locations and developed intelligent algorithms that selected these locations in a way that optimized the cost-benefit ratio. These results, recently published in the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, essentially show that the number of ROADMs required is only a small fraction of the number previously thought necessary. (Provided courtesy of Prof. Suresh Subramaniam of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)


ECE Colloquium: "Dynamic Resource Management and Reliability in Cloud Platforms."
Timothy Wood, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Monday, February 14
2:00 - 3:00 pm
736 Phillips
More info . . .

ECE Seminar: "Tensor Factorization for Model-free, Space-variant, Blind Deconvolution of the Single- and Multi-frame, Multi-spectral Image"
Ivica Kopriva, Ruder Boskovic Institute (Zagreb, Croatia)
Friday, February 18
10:30 - 11:30 am
736 Phillips Hall
More info . . .

ECE Colloquium/IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecture Series: "Magnetic Soft X-ray Microscopy: A Path Toward Imaging Magnetism Down to the Fundamental Length and Time Scales"
Dr. Peter Fischer, Center for X-ray Optics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Tuesday, February 22
4:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall
More info . . .

ECE Seminar: "Graphene Nanoelectronic Devices"
Dr. Osama M. Nayfeh, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate
Wednesday, March 2
2:00 - 3:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall
More info . . .

SEAS Presents: Mario Cardullo
Wednesday, March 2
3:00 - 5:00 pm
310  Marvin Center
To RSVP, email Prof. Julie Ryan at [email protected].
More info . .

Engineers Week Events:

The Phoenix Project
Allyn Kilsheimer, SEAS '63
Tuesday, February 22
3:30 - 5:00 pm
113 1957 E St.
Registration is not required and alumni are encouraged to attend.

The Fifth Annual SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Wednesday, February 23
3:00 - 6:00 pm
The Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Register at: http://www.seas.gwu.edu/RDShowcase

SEAS Engineering Expo: An Engineering and IT Career Fair!
Thursday, February 24
GW Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
3:00 - 3:45 pm - Q&A Panel; 3:45 - 5:30 pm - Expo

Entrepreneurship Events

Follow GW Office of Entrepreneurship activities on:  Facebook: GW Office of Entrepreneurship, Twitter: GWInnovate, and www.gwu.edu/entrepreneurship.

$50K GW BizPlanComp: Workshop - Writing a Successful Business Plan
Two sessions:
Thursday, February 17
7:00 - 9:00 pm
553 Duques Hall

Saturday, February 19
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
553 Duques Hall
RSVP to:  http://bpcworkshop5.eventbrite.com

$50K BizPlanComp: Workshop - Product Strategy
Tuesday, February 22
6:00 - 7:00 pm
453 Duques Hall
RSVP to: http://bpcworkshop6.eventbrite.com

SEAS Seminar on Entrepreneurship: "Managing Growth"
Tuesday, February 22
6:00 - 8:30 pm
103 Funger Hall

SEAS Seminar on Entrepreneurship: "Marketing: How to Find Your Customers"
Wednesday, March 23
6:00 - 8:30 pm
103 Funger Hall

Academic Success Events

The Academic Job Search
Thomas Stowell, GSEHD
Monday, February 14
5:00 - 6:30 pm                                                                   
301 Marvin Center

Funding your Dissertation Research
Geri Rypkema and Eileen Lavelle, Graduate Student Support Coordinator, Office of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships.
Tuesday, February 15
4:00 - 5:00 pm                                                                   
302 Marvin Center