January 11-17, 2016


January 11, 2016

Faculty News


Prof. Tianshu Li (CEE) has received a two-year, $44,826 grant for a collaborative proposal to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation titled “Extreme Physics and Chemistry of Carbon: Forms, Transformations and Movements in Planetary Interiors.”

Media Mentions:

On December 29, 2015, Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) gave an interview to a radio show on KFFN, a regional station in Phoenix, AZ and a Bloomberg affiliate. The interview was part of a feature on The Business of Wellness for Money Radio for the program “Happiness Opportunity & Technology,” with the business of technology as a backdrop to focus on profit, productivity, and publicity – some of the things that constitute happiness.


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE), his graduate and undergraduate students, and collaborators have published the following papers: 1) D. Yan, A. Talbot, N. Nourmohammadi, J.H. Sherman, X. Cheng, and M. Keidar. “Toward understanding the selective anticancer capacity of cold atmospheric plasma--A model based on aquaporins (Review),” Biointerphases, Vol.10, Issue 4; and 2) 1) D. Yan, A. Talbot, N. Nourmohammadi, X. Cheng, J. Canady, J. H. Sherman, and M. Keidar. “Principles of Using Cold Atmospheric Plasma Stimulated Media for Cancer Treatment,” Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 18339.

Prof. Tianshu Li (CEE) and his Ph.D. student Yuanfei Bi, and former postdoc Raffaela Cabriolu have published the following paper: Y. Bi, R. Cabrioulu, and T. Li. “Heterogeneous Ice Nucleation Controlled by the Coupling of Surface Crystallinity and Surface Hydrophilicity,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b09740.

Dr. Nicolas Roche was lead author of two papers and co-author of nine others in the December issue of the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. He is an ECE research scientist working at the Naval Research Laboratory. Prof. David Nagel (ECE) is PI on that program. The paper topics and titles are:

Use and Hardening Techniques of SiGe Technology for RF Space Applications:

  • “Optimization of SiGe HBT RF Switches for Single-Event Transient Mitigation”
  • “Single-Event Effects in a W-Band (75-110 GHz) Radar Down-Conversion Mixer Implemented in 90 nm, 300 GHz SiGe HBT Technology”
  • “An Investigation of the SET Response of Devices and Differential Pairs in a 32-nm SOI CMOS Technology”
  • “The Role of Negative Feedback Effects on Single-Event Transients in SiGe HBT Analog Circuits”

Study of Synergistic Radiation Degradation Effects:

  • “Impact of Cumulative Irradiation Degradation and Circuit Board Design on the Parameters of ASETs Induced in Discrete BJT-based Circuits”

Development of an Innovative Displacement Damage Dosimeter:

  • “GaAs Displacement Damage Dosimeter Based on Diode Dark Currents”

Study of the Radiation Response of GaN HEMTs:

  • “A Comparison of Single-Event Transients in Pristine and Irradiated Al0.3Ga0.7N/GaN HEMTs using Two-Photon Absorption and Heavy Ions”

Development and Improvement of Optical and Heavy Ion Test Methods for SEE Sensitivity Determination:

  • “Two-Photon Absorption Induced Single-Event Effects: Correlation Between Experiment and Simulation”
  • “The Impact of Metal Line Reflections on Through-Wafer TPA SEE Testing”
  • “Application of a Pulsed Laser to Identify a Single-Event Latchup Precursor”
  • “Analysis of Angular Dependence of Single-Event Latchup Sensitivity for Heavy-Ion Irradiations of 0.18- m CMOS Technology”

Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE) and his colleagues at the Naval Research Lab have published the following article: F. Tseng, E. Simsek, and D. Gunlycke. “Using dark states for exciton storage in transition-metal dichalcogenides,” Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter (special issue on 2D semiconductors), Vol. 28, Number 3.

Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Joe Cascio (visiting scholar, EMSE) has been invited to give a lecture on January 26 at the National Defense University to the class of military and civilian government officials now attending its ten-month program in the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. His remarks will focus on voluntary consensus standards for environmental and energy management from both operational and public policy perspectives. The Eisenhower School awards its graduates a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy. This is Dr. Cascio's 17th yearly lecture in this class.

On January 3, Dr. Ken Friedman (post-doctoral scientist, MAE) presented the peer-reviewed paper “Measurements of Dynamic Interface Between Ship and Helicopter Air Wakes” at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 54th Aerospace Sciences Meeting, held in San Diego, CA. The paper's authors are: C. Friedman, J. Duplessis, and M.R. Snyder.

Dr. Mohammadreza Ghahremani, Amir Aslani, and Profs. Edward Della Torre and Larry Bennett of GW's Institute for Magnetics Research have made an experimental breakthrough discovery that nanoparticles, as compared to their bulk counterpart, have a larger magnetocaloric effect with less hysteresis. This is a critical advance in the design of magnetic refrigeration systems. An immediate application is the cooling of computer chips. They will present their work in a talk at the MMM-Intermag Joint Conference in San Diego onJanuary 14, titled “Magnetocaloric Effect and Magnetic Properties of Nanostructured Ni51Mn33.4In15.6 Heusler Alloy.”

On January 6, Prof. Rachael Jonassen (visiting scholar and part-time faculty, EMSE and CPS) presented an invited lecture titled “Parsing Presidential Candidates’ on Climate Change” as part of the Inside Washington Academic Seminar at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

Prof. Tianshu Li (CEE) gave the following three invited talks in December: 1) “The duality of ice nucleation: thermodynamically “simple” yet molecularly complex,” International Conference on Nucleation and Growth Mechanism, Hefei, China, December 10, 2015; 2) “How does the nucleation of ice and hydrate enrich our understanding of phase transition,” Department of Exploration Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China, December 9, 2015; and 3) “The duality of ice nucleation: thermodynamically ‘simple’ yet molecularly complex,” School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, December 8, 2015.

On December 18, 2015, Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) gave an invited talk at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, held in San Francisco, CA. The title of her talk was “Advances in Climate Informatics: Accelerating Discovery in Climate Science with Machine Learning.” The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, attracting more than 24,000 Earth and space scientists.

Other News:

The American Society for Quality has named Dr. Joe Cascio (visiting scholar, EMSE) the recipient of the 2016 ASQ Freund-Marquardt Medal. He received the medal “For leadership and dedication in the development of international standards in environmental management and sustainability; for his application of environmental quality management principles in both public and private sectors; and for guidance provided through his numerous publications on the subject.” Dr. Cascio serves as the co-director of the EMSE Environmental and Energy Management Institute

Prof. Erica Gralla (EMSE) has been elected to the board of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management. She will assume the role of vice president for meetings.

Staff News

Buthaina Shukri, who served SEAS as senior associate director in alumni relations for nearly four years, began her new role on January 4 as senior associate director of development with the SEAS Development team. In her new role, Buthaina will focus on the cultivation/solicitation of major donor prospects for gifts to SEAS both locally (Washington D.C, Virginia, and Maryland) and nationally (Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington). She will work with the central Annual Fund department to develop strategy and content for SEAS annual fund solicitations and will work in tandem with the Office of Alumni Relations to manage the Engineering Alumni Association Board. She also will liaise with the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering to build an in-depth understanding of the School's funding priorities and key programs. Congratulations to Buthaina!

Other News

SEAS will host the ASEE Middle Atlantic Section Spring 2016 Conference on April 8-9. More information will follow in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please visit the conference website for updates.

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 competition:

Interdisciplinary Research Fund:

  • Prof. Colin Young (Department of Pharmacology and Physiology) and Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE): “Cold atmospheric plasma as a novel therapeutic approach for glioblastoma”
  • Profs. Matthew Kay and Zhenyu Li (BME): “Optogenetics of the cardiac autonomic system for heat rate control”

Undergraduate Research Fellowship:

  • Alina Kline-Schoder (BME, sophomore): “Ultrasound-Enhanced Delivery of Ciclopirox for Improved Treatment of Onychomycosis, ” Mentor: Prof. Vesna Zderic (BME)
  • Srineil Nizambad (BME, junior): “Robotic Motion Capture and Imitation of Social Gestures and Movements, ”Mentor: Prof. Chung Park (BME)

International Advancement in the Office of Alumni Relations is updating its calendar for international travel and would like to know of any international travel by SEAS faculty within the next six months. The purpose of collecting this information is to capitalize on international travel being done by deans, chairs, and faculty for potential alumni events and dinners. If you have international travel planned for this semester, please email gwglobal@gwu.edu with the following information: name of faculty traveling, school, date, and city/country.

Computing Facility News

SEAS Information Security: What you need to know

  • Enable the “undo send” option on your GW email to stop messages from being sent for a few seconds after hitting the send button
  • From your Google email, navigate to “Settings” and scroll down until you see “undo send”
  • Switch it to “enable,” select your desired cancellation period, and hit “Save changes”

Be the first line of defense. Keeping GW secure is a shared responsibility. For questions or support, please contact the SEAS Computing Facility at support@ticket.seas.gwu.edu.

SEAS Events

Environmental and Energy Management Institute: Short courses and a symposium scheduled in partnership with the European Energy Centre :

Symposium: Public-Private Partnerships
Thursday, February 18
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220/B1167

Short course: “Renewable Energy Management & Finance”
Wednesday and Thursday, February 24-25
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2020 K St., Room 13
Cost: $600

Short course: “Multi-Aspect Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics”
Thursday and Friday, March 17-18
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2020 K St., Room 21
Cost: $600

Entrepreneurship Events

The 2016 GW New Venture Competition's Round One submission deadline is 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 19. The GW New Venture Competition is in its eighth year. Teams participating are encouraged to take advantage of the training and support services available, including office hours, workshops, mentors, and networking events. If you are eligible and would like to participate, you must create an online profile to register. Contact us with any questions at newventure@gwu.edu. To enter Round One, teams must submit an executive summary, a business model canvas, a concise (50-word) summary, and an optional video describing their venture by noon on January 19, 2016. Announcements will be made for those who advance to Round Two (semi-finalists) by February 2, 2016. More informationWatch our video.

Workshop: Business Model Canvas
Tuesday, January 12
3:00 – 5:00 pm; 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Duques, 553
This hands-on workshop will include a brief overview of the business model canvas, the current state-of-the-art for specifying the nine key elements of a startup venture. The instructors will then hold individual advising sessions to help students create a canvas or improve the canvas
for their particular startup idea.

International Student Startups with Eric Bord
Wednesday, January 27
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Duques, 356
This presentation discusses the immigration options available to international students as they pursue their entrepreneurial dreams through startup enterprises. The session focuses on H-1B visas, O-1 visas, the E-1 and E-2 Treaty visa status, EB-5 Investor Visa Program, and some of the proposed legislative changes to the immigration laws that might benefit investors and entrepreneurs.