February 5-11, 2018


February 5, 2018

Faculty News
Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) recently published the following paper: D. A. Broniatowski and C. Tucker (2017). “Assessing causal claims about complex engineered systems with quantitative data: internal, external, and construct validity,” Systems Engineering, 20(6), 483–496.


Dr. Mohammadreza Ghahremani (ECE) and Dr. Amir Aslani (ECE) at GW’s Institute for Magnetics Research have published the following paper: M. Ghahremani, A. Aslani, M. Hosseinnia, L. H. Bennett, and E. Della Torre. “Direct and indirect measurement of the magnetocaloric effect in bulk and nanostructured Ni-Mn-In Heusler alloy,” AIP Advances, 8, 056426 (2018). They experimentally showed that Maxwell and thermodynamic equations (indirect protocol) are not suitable for use in calculating the Relative Cooling Power (RCP) for materials that undergo a first-order phase transition which exhibits hysteresis losses. The authors showed that the direct measurement protocol has to be used for these materials instead.


Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE), his former graduate student Dr. Ilka Deluque (now at Energy and Extractives, The World Bank Group), and Dr. Jonathan Deason (EMSE) have published the following paper: I. Deluque, E. Shittu, and J. Deason. “Evaluating the Reliability of Efficient Energy Technology Portfolios,” EURO Journal on Decision Processes, 2018, 1-24.


Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) has published the following paper: F. S. Gökhan, H. Göktas, and V. J. Sorger. “Analytical approach of Brillouin amplification over threshold,” Applied Optics, Vol. 57, No. 4.


Conferences & Presentations:
On January 15, Dr. Kadek Hemawan (research scientist, CEE) gave an invited talk titled “Diamond Synthesis by Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition” during the Diamond Symposium. The meeting was held at Princeton University and was attended by diamond research scientists from the mid-Atlantic region.


Other News:
In its new report, “Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for the Earth,” the World Economic Forum (WEF) cited work by Dr. Claire Monteleoni (CS). WEF also mentioned climate informatics on its website.


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 2: Introduction, data structures, and programming basics I
  • February 9: Programming basics II
  • 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 9: Extrusion; Work planes
  • 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 [email protected]. The MATLAB and Solidworks workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad.


SEAS Events
ECE Seminar: “Interactions between Communications and Computation in Emerging Systems”
Speaker: Dr. Linqi Song, UCLA
Tuesday, February 6
10:45 - 11:45 am
SEH, B1220


BME Seminar: “Internal Models and the Neural Control of Prey Interception”
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Leonardo, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Wednesday, February 7
1:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


ECE Seminar: “Life on the Edge: Connecting Everyday Objects with Energy Harvesting and Fog Computing”
Speaker: Dr. Maria Gorlatova, Princeton University
Thursday, February 8
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Study of Interfacial Phenomena for Applications in the Development of Ceramic Materials and Biotechnologies”
Speaker: Dr. Tao Wei, Howard University
Thursday, February 8
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


ECE Seminar: “Interdependence of Control and Communications in Cyber Physical Systems: An Entropy Framework”
Speaker: Dr. Husheng Li, University of Tennessee
Friday, February 9
10:45 – 11:45 am
SEH, B1270


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 [email protected] by February 12.


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


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
Tickets are on sale at the SEAS Student Services desk (SEH, 2500) until 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 7. SEAS student tickets cost $40/person; tickets for all others are $50/person.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Workshop: "The Business Model Canvas: Does Your Innovation Create, Deliver, and Capture Value?”
Tuesday, February 6
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center
This hands-on workshop will include a brief overview of the business model canvas, the current state-of-the-art form specifying the nine key elements of a startup venture. Instructors will then hold individual advising sessions to help students create a canvas or improve the canvas for their particular startup idea.


George Hacks: Medical Hackathon
Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25
Registration opens in early February
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 [email protected] 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