January 23-29, 2017


January 23, 2017

Faculty News

Awards & Honors:

Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE) has been selected for the 2017 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fluids Engineering Award “for seminal contributions to fluids engineering research and education, particularly turbulent flow physics, gas turbine and biomedical applications; and for outstanding service to ASME and the fluid dynamics community.” The award will be presented at the fluids engineering summer meeting.

Media Mentions:

On January 16, Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) was interviewed on the Voice America Radio show “Big Beacon: Transforming Higher Education.” The interview was streamed live and the episode is available on the show's archive. A selection of live tweets collected in a Storify by Big Beacon gives a glimpse of the on-air conversation.

Dr. Valerie Nelson (adjunct professor, CS) was interviewed in the January 18 nsa.gov article “NSA’s Women in STEM: Diverse Roots Add Up.”

Wired quoted Prof. Zoe Szajnfarber (EMSE) in its January 23 article “Asteroid Mining Sounds Hard, Right? You Don’t Know the Half of It.’’


Prof. Leila Farhadi (CEE) and her graduate student Abedeh Abdolghafoorian have published the following paper: A. Abdolghafoorian, L. Farhadi, S. M. Bateni, S. Margulis, and T. Xu. “Characterizing the effect of vegetation dynamics on the bulk heat transfer coefficient to improve variational estimation of surface turbulent fluxes,” Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2016 18(2).

Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) has published the following papers: 1) F. Goodarzi and T. Lee. “Stabilization of a rigid body payload with multiple cooperative quadrotors,” ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, vol. 138, no 16, December 2016; and 2) E. Kaufman, T. Lovell and T. Lee. “Minimum Uncertainty (JPDA) Filters and Coalescence Avoidance for Multiple Object Tracking,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, vol. 63, no 4, December 2016.

Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Stephen Kaisler (adjunct professor, CS) and Dr. Frank Armour (American University, Kogod School of Business) presented the paper “15 Years of Enterprise Architecting at HICSS: Revisiting the Critical Problems” at the 50th Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences , held January 4 at Waikoloa, The Big Island. The presentation was attended by more than 40 people in the “Enterprise and Business Architecture” mini-track. The paper re-examined critical problems from the authors’ 2005 paper, identified progress or lack thereof, and identified three new categories of problems based on an analysis of more than 95 papers accepted for the mini-track over 15 years. Separately, Dr. Kaisler and his colleague Dr. William Money (The Citadel, formerly with GW Business School) presented a half-day tutorial on “Big Data Analytics: Architecture and Technology" at the conference. Their tutorial was attended by more than 50 people, and it examined architectural concepts and discussed critical challenges in developing architectures for Big Data systems approaching the exabyte range.

Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) presented the paper “Optimal hybrid controls for global exponential tracking on the two-sphere” at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, held December 12-14, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV.

Postdoctoral scientist Kuya Takami (MAE) gave an invited talk titled “What is Robotics?” to Moore Square GT/AIG Magnet Middle School students in Raleigh, NC in December 2016. The presentation was organized for students taking the Design and Engineering/ Automation and Robotics courses offered under Project Lead The Way. Dr. Takami works in Prof. Taeyoung Lee’s (MAE) lab.

Prof. Tim Wood (CS) attended the Network Function Virtualization in Software Defined Infrastructures Seminar at Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern, Germany, January 16-18. Schloss Dagstuhl hosts invitation-only workshops where computer science experts from academia and industry discuss future research directions in a scenic German castle.

Other News:

From January 2 through 6, Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) and her doctoral students Natalia Clementi and Gilbert Forsyth taught an intensive, one-week workshop titled “Essential skills for reproducible research computing,” at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile.

Prof. Ahmed Louri (ECE) has been appointed vice-chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Fellow Evaluation Committee for 2017. The IEEE grade of Fellow is a very prestigious honor and is conferred upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any IEEE field of interest. The vice-chair determines whether the work of each candidate for the grade of Fellow is recognized and considered outstanding in the Society's field of interest, and he is responsible for making the final decision as to elevation to the grade of IEEE Fellow.

Student News

Doctoral candidate Evan Kaufman (MAE) attended the IEEE Conference on Simulation, Modeling, and Programming for Autonomous Robots, held December 13-16, 2016, in San Francisco CA. He chaired the session “Simulated Sensors and Actuators” and presented the paper “Autonomous Exploration by Expected Information Gain from Probabilistic Occupancy Grid Mapping.” The paper was co-authored with Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) and Dr. Zhuming Ai (Naval Research Laboratory).

Other News

MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility will hold a series of workshops covering MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS programming through April 1. The workshops will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.


  • February 4 : Introduction & Data Structures
  • February 18: MATLAB Programming Basics I
  • March 4 : MATLAB Programming Basics II
  • March 18: Figures & 3D Plotting
  • April 1: Linear Equation & ODE Solving

Register for the MATLAB workshops


  • February 11 : Introduction and sketching
  • February 25: Extrusion and work planes
  • March 11 : Special features
  • March 25: Assembly basics

Register for the SOLIDWORKS workshops

MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS tutoring also will be offered from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Tompkins 401. 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.

Introduction to Linux: SEAS Computing Facility will hold two workshops covering Linux fundamentals in Tompkins Hall 411 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on the following dates:

January 28 : Introduction to Linux - Part 1
This workshop covers an introduction to: Linux; text editing; system variables; Linux commands; and file systems and permissions.

February 4: Introduction to Linux - Part 2
This workshop covers an introduction to: modules; SSH and communicating with other machines; public/private key generation and .ssh/config; SFTP, SCP, and file transfer; and porting X11 sessions to your local machine.

The Linux workshops will be hosted by SEAS Computing Facility Systems Engineers Marco Suarez, Hadi Mohammadi, and Jason Hurlburt. Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments. Register 

High Performance Computing: SEAS Computing Facility, in collaboration with the Colonial One HPC support team, will hold a series of workshops on High Performance Computing. The workshops will leverage Colonial One, GW's Central HPC cluster. The remaining workshops will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on the following dates:

February 3 : Workshop 1
This workshop will cover: logging in; navigating the shell; modules, environment variables and .profile; how to submit job script; quotas; purges; and file transfer and management (scp, globus, and Lustre vs. NFS, including Lustre striping, inodes, and simple job submission script).

February 17: Workshop 2
This workshop will address working with SLURM and checkpointing. Topics related to SLURM include: sinfo, salloc, squeue, scancel, sbatch, sshare, sprio, srun; scripting submit files; how fair share works; and common job errors.

March 3 : Workshop 3
This workshop will cover: MPI; OpenMP; Python package management; and Allinea.

The HPC workshops will be hosted by the Colonial One HPC support team: SEASCF (Marco Suarez, Jason Hurlburt, Zhen Ni); CCAS OTS (Glen MacLachlan); and DIT (Adam Wong). Pre-requisites for the workshop: you must have a Colonial One account, familiarity with programing languages, and Linux fundamentals knowledge. If you are unfamiliar with Linux, please attend the Introduction to Linux workshops on January 28 and February 4. Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments. Register


SEAS Events

ECE Seminar: “A Hysteresis Model Considering Microstructural Feature Distribution for Non-Destructive Evaluation of Steel Microstructures”
Speaker: Dr. Jun Liu, University of Warwick (UK)
Tuesday, January 24
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, 2000

BME Seminar: “MRI of Myocardial Strain: Recent Technological Advances and Clinical Applications”
Speaker: Dr. Fred Epstein, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia
Tuesday, January 31
3:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, B1220

SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Wednesday, February 22
SEH, Lobby and Lower Level

Carreer Center Events

General Dynamics Electric Boat Resume Review & Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 25: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in SEH, 2845
  • Thursday, January 26: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm SEH, 2845 (General Dynamics Electric Boat will be at the GW Career Fair in the afternoon)
  • Friday, January 27: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm SEH, 2990

Electric Boat Corporation designs, builds, and services nuclear powered submarines for the US Navy. It employs more than 13,000 people and is looking to hire engineers in all technical disciplines. U.S. citizenship is required for employment. All SEAS students are invited to attend the events above. For more information, visit http://www.gdeb.com or http://www.gdeb.com/careers .

GW Spring 2017 Career & Internship Fair
Thursday, January 26
1:00 – 5:00 pm
GW Smith Center
This fair provides opportunities for GW students and alumni to meet with organizations from a variety of industries that may be recruiting for full-time, part-time, and internship positions, and/or getting their brand out to the attention of GW students and alumni.

Spring 2017 SEAS Undergraduate Career Development
Walk-in hours (no appointment needed): Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
And by appointment
SEH, 1630

External Events

Association of Energy Engineers-National Capital Chapter: Emerging Technologies Luncheon and Panel Discussion
Friday, January 27
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Innovative Lives: A Conversation with Super Soaker Inventor, Dr. Lonnie Johnson
Thursday, February 2
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, First Floor West
Smithsonian National Museum of American History (Constitution Avenue, NW between 12th and 14th Streets)
Free registration 

Entrepreurship Events

AAAS Lab to Launch Competition: A start-up competition for DC’s young science and technology entrepreneurs
The AAAS Lab to Launch Competition will identify and support promising local innovators by providing $10,000 in total seed capital prizes, training sessions, and networking opportunities at our headquarters in Metro Center. The competition is open to STEM entrepreneurs aged 18-30 years old who: live within the District of Columbia, and/or manage a startup headquartered in the District, and/or are enrolled in a university that has its main campus in the District. The online application deadline is: 11:59 pm ET on Tuesday, February 14. Additional information .

I-Corps Info Session
Monday, January 23
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 320
Learn how to get up to $50k and FREE Lean Startup training to commercialize cutting-edge research or inventions! Join the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps information session in Funger 320! Free lunch will be provided.

DC I-Corps Veteran Entrepreneur Lean Startup Program
Tuesday, January 31 – Tuesday, February 21
5:00 – 8:30 pm
SEH, B1270
Are you a veteran with the passion for high-tech entrepreneurship, but you don't have a team or a specific idea for a business in mind? DC I-Corps and GW in partnership with the Small Business Administration Office of Veterans Business Development are offering a new program that teaches prospective veteran entrepreneurs how to create technology startups using technologies developed in Federal Labs. The program is free to selected participants.

Business Model Canvas Workshop
Wednesday, February 1
5:30 – 7:00 pm
New location: Tompkins Hall, M06
Come learn from experts how you can streamline your business model canvas, a global standard used by millions of people in companies of all sizes. You can use the canvas to describe, design, challenge, and pivot your business model.

Customer Discovery Workshop
Wednesday, February 8
5:30 – 7:00 pm
New location: GW Incubator, Tompkins Hall M06
Experts in the Lean Startup approach will give one-on-one advice and coaching to GW student startups. This workshop will focus on what customer discovery is and why it is important for starting and growing a business.

Introduction to I-Corps @ GW (2-week short course)
February 7-17
All day
SEH, B1270
Do you want the chance to explore the commercial potential of your invention with guidance from expert entrepreneurs and venture capitalists? Want exposure to the entrepreneurial space and industry here in DC? Sign up for the I-Corps 2-week short course right here at GW! Applications to the program are now being accepted.

Feasibility Analysis Workshop
Wednesday, February 15
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 108
Want to learn a great method for outlining your business to a potential investor or funder? Work on your feasibility analysis with us today! Your feasibility analysis should provide a narrative that tells a potential investor about the venture. It should have an arc and flow while describing a compelling need and providing evidence that you understand the customer's need and that you have the tools to implement a solution to that need.

Financials for Startups Workshop
Monday, February 27
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 108
In this workshop, you'll learn how to create concise financial models of your business.

How to Pitch to an Investor Workshop
Tuesday, February 28
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 108
Do you have trouble coming up with a compelling pitch? Want to learn how you can confidently pitch your business idea or current business to a potential investor? Learn from our experts in this workshop!

Save the Date: Research Days 2017 Competition
Tuesday, April 4
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
GW’s Research Days Competition is open to all GW faculty, staff, and students. The competition is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.