February 4-10, 2013


February 4, 2013

Faculty News


Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) and his collaborator, Ms. Bao-Ngoc Nguyen (Department of Surgery), have received a 2013 research award for mentored collaborative pilot studies that promote integration of clinical and research efforts at GW/Medical Faculty Associates. Their proposal, titled “High-fidelity Modeling and Simulation of Hemodynamic Effect of Peripheral Arterial Stenoses,” has been approved for funding of up to $40,000. This CTSI-CN (Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National) project is mentored by Profs. Morton Friedman (SEAS) and Anton Sidaway (Department of Surgery).

Profs. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE) and Joseph O’Brien (Department of Orthopedics) also received a 2013 research award for mentored collaborative pilot studies that promote integration of clinical and research efforts at GW/Medical Faculty Associates. Their research project is titled “Integrating Nanomaterials and 3D Printing for Personalized Osteochondral Repair.”

Conferences and Presentations:

Prof. Azim Eskandarian (CEE) presented the following paper at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, held January 13-17, in Washington DC: Moreau, J., and Eskandarian, A. “Development and Comparison of Vehicle Preemptive Lane Keeping Systems by Steering Control,” Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. January 15, 2013.

Other News:

On January 23, Prof. Kim Roddis (CS) took a small group of students on a detailed tour of a state-of-the-art steel mill. Their tour included seeing the equipment used for each step of the process in turning steel scrap from junked cars and other sources into newly rolled structural steel shapes. The massive electric arc furnace is engineered for energy efficiency in providing molten steel that is poured into the continuous casting machine. The temperatures, material volumes, and rolling forces are all extreme. After seeing where the steel was made, the group toured the plant to see how the raw steel members are cut, sub-assembled, painted, and made ready for site assembly. Of particular interest to the students was seeing the actual pieces being fabricated that the students have designed as part of the Team Capitol DC Solar Decathlon (Catholic University of America, GW, and American University) project.

Other News:

In its Spring 2013 issue, the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine published a review of Handbook of Intelligent Vehicles, edited by Prof. Asim Eskandarian (CEE).

Student News:

The SEAS Mini-Baja Team displayed its partially assembled vehicle at the Society of Automotive Engineers Government/Industry Meeting on January 30 at the Washington DC Convention Center. The Mini-Baja Team, advised by Prof. Murray Snyder (MAE), is constructing a vehicle for the upcoming competition in Tennessee in late April. Team members pictured above (left to right) are: David Dibachi (junior), Molly Mercer (sophomore), Tyler Miller (freshman), Ryan Mossbarger (junior) and Mike Goldstein (junior). All are MAE students.

Guest Vignette:

Barriers to drug transport and distribution presented by the complex tumor microenvironment limit the efficacy of the majority of chemotherapies. To date, we still lack an efficient and flexible drug delivery platform which can deliver cancer drugs in a targeted and sustained manner. More importantly, due to the rapid development of genomic medicine, specific genes have shown great potential as cancer therapeutics. Considering the progressiveness of cancers, designing a broadly adaptable nano drug delivery system which can be applied to deliver not only cancer drugs but also cancer regulating genes is both highly rewarding and urgent.

Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang’s lab is currently developing such a novel nano drug/gene delivery system, which can offer significant advantages over traditional approaches in terms of increased protection of drug cargo, prolonged drug release profile, and the potential for the combination of traditional chemotherapies with advanced micro RNA approaches. It may serve as a new generation of prototype nano drug and gene delivery platform upon which each unique delivery system can then be seamlessly designed within a diverse clinical setting to target various cancers such as breast and brain cancers. (Provided courtesy of Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

SEAS Events:

ECE Colloquium: “Validation of 3D/2D Image Registration Methods”
Dr. Franjo Pernus, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Thursday, February 7
10:00 - 11:00 am
640 Phillips Hall

CS Seminar: “Perception, Measurement, and Simulation”
Dr. James F. O’Brien, University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, February 7
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: "Head Motion Correction in Fetal MRI: Current Results and Future Challenges"
Dr. Colin Studholme, Departments of Bioengineering and Pediatrics, University of Washington
Friday, February 8
2:00 - 3:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

How Do I Become a NASA Astronaut?
Monday, February 11
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
NASA astronaut and SEAS alumna Serena Aunon (BS '97) will discuss her career path from electrical engineering student at GW to NASA flight surgeon. The discussion is open to SEAS students, faculty/staff, and alumni. Registration is required.

SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Wednesday, February 20
3:00 - 6:00 pm
Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom

SEAS Engineering Expo: a career and networking fair exclusively for SEAS students, alumni and employers
Thursday, February 21
6:00 - 9:00 pm
GW Marvin Center
6:00 - 6:45 pm: Q&A Panel (RSVP Required) - Meeting room 309
7:00 - 9:00 pm: Career & Networking Fair - Continental Ballroom

MAE & Institute for Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series
J.D. Humphrey, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Yale University
Friday, February 22
11:00 am
771 Rome Hall

ECE Research Blitz #2, Featuring Graduate Students
Monday, February 25
3:00 - 4:30 pm
405 Marvin Center
ECE graduate students will provide five-minute descriptions of their research projects. Topics include biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering. GW faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited. Refreshments will be served.

CS Colloquium: “Hardening Code without a Large Trusted Computing Base”
Dr. Greg Morrisett, Harvard University
Monday March 18
4:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

Entrepreneurship Events:

Entrepreneur Office Hour
Friday, February 8
2033 K Street, NW, Suite 750 (GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship)