February 16-21, 2010


February 21, 2010

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

Fox 5 News interviewed Prof. Samer Hamdar (CEE) on February 12th following the Metro train derailment in downtown D.C.  The news clip is available at: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/metro-train-derails-details-021210


Conferences & Papers:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) presented a paper on "Translational research in nano, bio science and engineering" at the ASME 1st Global Congress on Nano Engineering for Medicine and Biology, held February 7-10, in Houston, TX.  He also visited the University of Houston and gave a seminar there.

Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) delivered a keynote address at the International Conference on New Technology, Mobility and Security (NTMS2009), held December 20-23, 2009, in Cairo, Egypt.  His keynote talk was entitled "Computing with Manycores and Heterogeneous Processors: The Productivity Challenges."

Prof. James Lee (MAE) and his graduate students published the paper: James Chen, Xianqiao Wang, Huachuan Wang, and James D. Lee, "Multiscale modeling of dynamic crack propagation", Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 77 (2010) 736-744.

Martha Pardavi-Horvath (ECE professor and associate dean of academic affairs) is collaborating with Prof. Galina Makeeva from Penza State University (Russia) on the electromagnetic properties of magnetic nanostructures.  Profs. Pardavi-Horvath and Makeeva recently attended the Joint International Conference on Magnetism, where they presented a talk on the current results of their joint research.  After returning home to Penza, Prof. Makeeva gave a 20-minute interview on local television, covering Prof. Pardavi-Horvath's pioneering research, and the GW-Penza scientific collaboration.

Other News:

Prof. Roger Kaufman (MAE) has created a web page for Bridging the Gap the volunteer project that he leads.  You may view it at: http://www.seas.gwu.edu/~kaufman1/CHNMC_Therapy/CHNMC_Therapy.html

Other News

Graduate Research Assistantship: Prof. Alex Li (ECE) is seeking a graduate student who is interested in research in computer architecture.  The ideal candidate would have good knowledge of modern superscalar and multicore microprocessor architectures.  The research project involves in-depth investigation and analysis of future parallel computer architectures and/or reliability of future billion-transistor microprocessors.  Essential requirements include C/C++ programming knowledge, experience in the use of architecture simulators, and strong analytical/critical thinking skills.  In addition, the preferred candidate would have knowledge in OS, compiler, and/or programming languages.  One expected outcome of the research project is publications in top-tier conferences and journals in computer architecture.  Priority will be given to doctoral students.  Interested students should contact Prof. Alex Li, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: at alexli@gwu.edu or (202) 994-7175.

On February 5, four engineers from Clark Construction Company—Irv Ragsdale, Jeff Disabatino, Kris Manning, and Mike Wolski—gave a presentation on the construction project at GW's Square 54 to the junior and senior CEE students.  The 60-minute presentation was followed by a 90-minute tour of the site.  Toward the end of the Spring semester, Clark Construction Company will give another presentation that covers in detail the unique structural and construction features of this project.

Guest Vignette

Engineering is marked by creative solutions to society's problems. The recent monster snow storm put our SEAS engineers' creativity to the test.  What to do about all the cancelled classes and what to do about all the cancelled meetings? Well, technology to the rescue!  Some faculty used GW's course management system, Blackboard, to keep in touch with the students. Others, like Mischel Kown, teaching the Government Cyber-security course, held her class using a live chat system.

While many faculty would enjoy a cancelled meeting, at least three groups of faculty used the Skype conferencing system to hold marathon sessions.  The CS faculty search committee met for more than five hours on Skype to review possible candidates for the available faculty positions. Professors Hoffman, Kwon, Heller and a former student, PJ Kelly, met for a full day to interview 14 potential scholarship winners for the highly competitive NSF and DOD Scholarship for Service Program's cyber scholarship.  This took a bit of planning—students had to do a trial run on "Blizzard Day 2" (aka Wednesday)—but each interview went off without a hitch.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Shelly Heller of the Department of Computer Science)


CS Colloquium: “Multi-Robot Search in the Physical World”
Speaker: Geoffrey Hollinger, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, February 18th, 11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall 

ECE Colloquium: “Tensor Factorization Approach to Blind Separation of Multidimensional Sources”
Speaker: Ivica Kopriva, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
Friday, February 19th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall 

CS Colloquium: “Models of Motivation”
Speaker: Glenn Becker, Unisys Corporation
Monday, February 22nd at 4:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

ICDRM Homeland Security, Emergency and Risk Management Forum: "Collapsed Structure Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake"
Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
310 Marvin Center

CS Colloquium: “Technical Publications in the Age of Social Networking: The periodicals of the Computer Society”
Speaker: Prof. David Grier, GW Elliot School of International Affairs
Monday, March 8th at 4:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: “Biomagnetics: An Interdisciplinary Field Where Magnetics, Biology, and Medicine Overlap”
Speaker: Dr. Shoogo Ueno, University of Tokyo/Kyushu University
Thursday, April 22nd, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall


National Engineers Week: February 14-20, 2010

SEAS celebrates “E-Week” 2010 with a number of events and activities.  A partial list is included below and a full listing is available on the SEAS website.

Engineering Industry Expo 2010
Tuesday, February 16th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

Come learn about careers in transportation
Originally scheduled for: Wednesday, February 17th

Phoenix Project: Rebuilding the Pentagon
Speaker: Mr. Allyn Kilsheimer (SEAS ’63), President, KCE Structural Engineers
Thursday, February 18th, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium (Media & Public Affairs Bldg)

SEAS Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship:

Please join SEAS for a four-part Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship. These events are free and open to the SEAS and GW community. 

Intellectual Property
Wednesday, February 17th  
6:00 pm: Reception, 7:00 pm: Panel Discussion
Funger Hall, Room 103

Access to Capital
Wednesday, March 24th  
6:00 pm: Reception, 7:00 pm: Panel Discussion
Funger Hall, Room 103

Product vs. Service Entrepreneurs
GW Summit on Entrepreneurship
Thursday, April 15th 
10:30 – 11:30 am: Panel Discussion
Duques Hall, Room 652

Sponsored by the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Engineer Alumni Association.

SEAS Seminar Series in Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century:

SEAS continues the seminar series it initiated last semester with more discussions on engineering challenges facing us.  More information will soon be available.  In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Life in "the Cloud" – Supercomputing 
Prof. Howie Huang
February 23rd 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
309 Marvin Center

Pervasive Computing and Its Integration Into Our Day-to-Day Life
Prof. Susan Cheng
March 9th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
640 Phillips Hall

Integrated Vehicle Safety: The Challenges and Opportunities for Intelligent Vehicles
Prof. Azim Eskandarian
March 23rd
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
310 Marvin Center

Arms Control and Environmental Treaties: The Challenge for Engineers and Scientists
Nicholas Kyriakopoulos
April 6th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
414 Marvin Center

Systems Architecting: Taking a System from Concept to Reality
April 20th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
101 Marvin Center

Sex, Lies and Videoclips: The Perils of Life Online
Prof. Dianne Martin
May 4th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
309 Marvin Center

SEAS Career Services Events:

SEAS Industry Expo: A Professional Networking Event
Tuesday, February 16th 
1:00 – 3:00 pm at the GW Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by E-Council, this event is exclusively for SEAS students. Students will meet with representatives from various engineering and IT organizations to discuss their career plans, network and learn about internships and jobs.


Academic Success & Professional Development Series:

Fellowship Opportunities for Master’s Students 
Monday, February 22nd 
4:00 – 5:30 pm
307 Marvin Center

Putting it All Together: Resumes, CV’s, and Dossiers 
Tuesday, March 9th  
4:30 – 5:30 pm
309 Marvin Center

The Academic Career Search 
Tuesday, March 11th  
5:00 – 6:00 pm
405 Marvin Center

Funding your Dissertation Research 
Monday, March 22nd 
4:00 – 5:30 pm
101 Marvin Center