January 11-17, 2010


January 17, 2010

Faculty News


Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE) and Will Rone, an undergraduate MAE student, have published a paper in Microsystem Technologies Journal.  The citation is: Ben-Tzvi, P., Rone, W., "Microdroplet Generation in Gaseous and Liquid Environments", Microsystem Technologies Journal, DOI10.1007/s00542-009-0962-7.  The article was published online on December 13, 2009, and is now available on SpringerLink.   Will Rone works with Prof. Ben-Tzvi in the Robotics and Mechatronics Lab on a research project that involves the development of precision mechatronic devices for microdroplets generation to be used for the production of biochips. This project is funded by GW’s UFF/Dilthey award. Prof. Ben-Tzvi notes, “This is an excellent achievement for Mr. Rone to publish a journal paper as an undergraduate student.”

Prof. Enrique Campos-Nanez (EMSE) has recently had three papers published.  They are: 
1) Z. Yaniv, P. Cheng, E. Wilson, T. Popa, D. Lindisch, E. Campos-Nanez, H. Abeledo, V. Watson, K. Cleary, and F. Banovac, "Needle-based Interventions with the Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK): From Phantoms to Clinical Trials," published online before print in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. (Available online 11/25/2009; ISSN: 1558-2531; DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2009.2035688).
2) E. Campos-Nanez, "Decentralized Algorithms for Online Pricing in Multi-class Loss Networks," published online before print in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. (Available online 11/01/2009. DOI:10.1109/TNET.2009.2033182).
3) F. Banovac, P. Cheng, E. Campos-Nanez, B. Kallakury, T. Popa, H. G. Abeledo, D.J. Lindish, M. Mantell, K. Cleary, "Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumors in Swine Assisted by a Navigation Device with Pre-procedural Volumetric Planning," Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 122-129, 2010.

Prof. Edward Della Torre (ECE) has had the following paper published: Gary R. Kahler, Edward Della Torre, Ermanno Cardelli, “Implementation of the Preisach-Stoner-Wohlfarth Classical Vector Model,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 46, pp. 21-28. (January 2010).

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) published a paper entitled "Incorporating Time-Varying Perturbations Into the Dynamic Inoperability Input–Output Model." It appeared in the January 2010 issue of IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (Part A), 40(1): pp. 100-106. The abstract and citation details are found at:  http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=5282613.

Prof. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) recently has co-authored the following papers:
1) "Physical layer impairment aware routing (PLIAR) in WDM optical networks: Issues and challenges," IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 109 - 130, 4th Quarter 2009.
2) (With graduate student Onur Turkcu) "Performance of optical networks with limited reconfigurability," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 2002 - 2013, Dec. 2009.
3) (With grad student Arush Gadkar) "Buffered time-wavelength cross-connects: architectures and performance evaluation," Optical Switching and Networking, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 276 - 288, Dec. 2009.
4) "Analysis of blocking probability in noise- and crosstalk-impaired all-optical networks," IEEE/OSA J. Optical Communications and Networking, vol. 1, no. 6, pp. 543 - 554, Nov. 2009.


Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. David Nagel (ECE) serves as an external examiner and PhD adviser at the MultiMedia University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.  He presented a lecture there on "NanoMaterials and MEMS" on December 1st of last year, followed by another lecture two days later on "NanoMaterial-Enabled Chemical and Biological Sensors.”  On December 7th, he gave a keynote lecture on "Low Energy Nuclear Reactions" at the International Conference on Energy and the Environment 2009 in Melaka, Malaysia.

Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE chair) attended the 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting on January 4th-7th in Orlando, FL.  He chaired Session 227-FD-47: Environmental and Fundamental Turbulence.  Prof. Plesniak serves as a member of several committees, and participated in the AIAA (national) Public Policy Committee meeting,  the annual meeting of the Aerospace Department Chairs Association (ADCA), the Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee (FDTC) Plenary meeting, and FDTC Experimental and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics subcommittee meeting.  He was selected as the FDTC liaison to ASME and to the Public Policy Committee.

Prof. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) was general chair of the Third IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecom Systems (IEEE ANTS 2009) held in New Delhi, India, December 14th-16th of last year.

Other News:

The US Air Force and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) have invited Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE)to be a member of the review panel for the 2010 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP), which will be held this month.  Prof. Ben-Tzvi has also been invited to be a panelist for the 2010 National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI), to be held this month as well.

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) has recently been appointed an advisory board member of the Materials Technology Center at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He will be attending the board meeting on January 13th-14th.

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) was invited to serve as a panelist in the National Science Foundation research program in December 2009 and in the US Air Force research program, which will be held this month.

Prof. Michael Plesniak and MAE faculty and research are featured in GW Today, the university’s online news source: http://www.gwu.edu/explore/gwtoday/onaroundcampus/engineeringdiscovery

Student News

Arush Gadkar, a doctoral student in electrical engineering advised by Prof. Suresh Subramaniam, presented the paper "A Comparison of Optical Time Slotted Networks" at IEEE ANTS 2009 in New Delhi, India, on December 15th of last year.

Prof. Sameh Badie (CEE) announces that his former student, Seth Rogge, was recently promoted to director of building information modeling with the DC firm, The SK&A Group.  Seth received both his BS and MS in civil engineering at GW.

Other News

Scholarship opportunity: Current SEAS graduate students and current SEAS undergraduate seniors who will be graduate students here next year are potentially eligible for the Hyundai Scholarship.  The application deadline is February 12th.  The purpose of the scholarship is to enable South Korean and American scholars to pursue advanced degrees in specific fields of business administration, management science, and engineering.  Awards are made annually to both South Korean and U.S. citizens.  Interested applicants must be students in SEAS or the School of Business. Please visit the Hyundai Scholarship website for more information on eligibility and the application process.  The award includes full tuition (fees excluded) for one academic year.

Scholarship opportunity: The application period for Computer Security and Information Assurance full scholarships for U.S. citizens is now open.  (Rising) juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible.  This year's forms and information are up the web at http://www.seas.gwu.edu/cybercorps/.  The application deadline is February 1st.

Looking Ahead

GW Welling Professor Research Lecture: Wireless: Revolution and Evolution
Speaker: Dr. H. Vincent Poor
Tuesday, January 19th 

Reception for faculty: 10:00 – 10:30 am
Colloquium: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Marvin Center, Room 402

GW Welling Professor Plenary Address: Bridging Disciplines in Teaching and Research
Speaker: Dr. H. Vincent Poor
Tuesday, January 19th 

3:00 – 4:30 pm
Marvin Center Amphitheatre


SEAS Seminar Series in Entrepreneurship:

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

How I Got Started: Getting Your Idea off the Ground
Tuesday, January 19th  
6:00 pm: Reception, 7:00 pm: Panel Discussion
Funger Hall, Room 103

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