January 19-24, 2010


January 24, 2010

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

In the wake of the Haiti earthquake, NBC Nightly News and WUSA-TV Channel 9 interviewed Prof. Pedro Silva (CEE) about the structural integrity of buildings during an earthquake.  Both interviews aired on January 13th.  GWU Students Learn Lessons From Haiti Earthquake (Video, WUSA-TV Channel 9), and Earthquakes 101 (Video, NBC Nightly News).

Prof. Joseph Barbera (EMSE) was also interviewed in response to the Haiti earthquake.  The Washington Post conducted the interview, and the article (on emergency medical teams) ran on January 15th in the Post and in several other papers after being picked up by AP.



Prof. Andrew Cutler (MAE) and Ph.D. candidate Gaetano Magnotti (MAE) presented the following papers at the 48th Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 4th-7th, in Orlando, FL: Cutler, A.D., Magnotti, G., “CARS Spectral Fitting with Multiple Resonant Species Using Sparse Libraries,” and Magnotti, G., Cutler, A.D., Danehy, P.M., “Beam Shaping for CARS Measurements in Turbulent Environments.”

Associate Dean Martha Pardavi-Horvath (ECE) co-authored a paper, Configurational Spin Reorientation Phase Transition in Magnetic Nanowire Arrays, with Elena V. Tartakovskaya and Manuel Vázquez.  The paper was published online on January 9th in the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 322 (2010), pp. 743-747 DOI information: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2009.10.052

Other News:

Prof. Michael Keidar's (MAE) research on carbon nanotubes has been highlighted by American Physical Society at: 

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.

William Soller, a student at the School Without Walls High School in Washington DC, has been working with Prof. Matthew Kay (ECE) and his graduate student, Huda Asfour, to study the electrical impedance of cardiac cells.  Last week he was awarded second place in the Washington DC Regional Competition for the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (http://www.jshs.org/). His research presentation was entitled "A Novel Device for Improved Impedance Measurement of Cell Monolayers."  William will next present his project at the JSHS National Competition in Bethesda. High school science competitions in the DC area are extremely competitive and this is a major accomplishment for him.


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


IMPACT HPC Leaders Seminar Series: Overview of NSF’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure Activities
Speaker: Dr. Jose Muñoz, Director(Acting), Office of Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation
Wednesday, January 20th at 2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

CS Colloquium: “Interactive Dirt: Increasing Mobile Work Performance with a Wearable Projector-Camera System”
Speaker: Dan McFarlane, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories
Monday, January 25th at 4:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: “Cross-Disciplinary Programs at the National Science Foundation”
Speaker: Fahmida Chowdhury, National Science Foundation
Tuesday, January 26th; 3:30 – 4:30 pm
640 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: “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


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

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:

Predictive, Personalized, and Pre-emptive: Biomedical Engineering and the Transformation in Medicine and Health Care 
Prof. Murray Loew
January 26th

Life in "the Cloud" – Supercomputing 
Prof. Howie Huang
February 23rd

Pervasive Computing and Its Integration Into Our Day-to-Day Life
Prof. Susan Cheng
March 9th

Information Security and Privacy: Why, What and How
Prof. Bhagi Narahari
March 23rd

Systems Architecting: Taking a System from Concept to Reality
Prof. Nicholas Kyriakopoulos
April 6th

The Role of Technology in Global Security
April 20th

Sex, Lies and Videoclips: The Perils of Life Online
Prof. Dianne Martin
May 4th