January 24-30, 2011


January 24, 2011

Faculty  News

Awards & Honors:

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) recently received a $30,000 Novel Clinical and Translational Methodologies Award from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN).  His award is for "Cold Plasma Cancer Therapy."


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE), with his student Taisen Zhuang and post-doc Dr. Alexey Shashurin, published the following paper: T. Zhuang, A. Shashurin, M. Keidar, I. Belis. "Circular periodic motion of plasma produced by a small-scale vacuum arc," Plasma Sources Science and Technology, Vol. 20, No. 015009, 2011.

Conferences & Presentations:

Daniel Bivolaru (MAE research scientist) presented a paper, coauthored by Prof. Andrew Cutler (MAE) and Paul Danehy (NASA), at the 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting on January 4-7 in Orlando, FL.  The paper is entitled "Spatially- and Temporally-resolved Multi-parameter Interferometric Rayleigh Scattering" (AIAA Paper 2011-0802).

Guest Vignette

This past fall, Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi took on a new role as coach and mentor to a group of approximately 20 high school students participating in the First Robotics Competition (FRC) at School Without Walls (SWW). The FRC program is led by SWW teacher Matthew Ambrosio and challenges the students to design a team brand, build and program a robot able to perform a set of tasks against several competing robots, and raise funds to support their efforts. Over the course of the academic year, Prof. Ben-Tzvi is guiding the team through this entire process. He has also recruited several graduate and undergraduate students working in his Robotics and Mechatronics Lab and other SEAS programs to work alongside him.  Through Prof. Ben-Tzvi's involvement, students gain access to GW's Robotics and Mechatronics Lab. The program also conducts workshops and seminars on several basic topics in robotics, such as design, hardware, and programming. These training programs, held at both SWW and SEAS, include sessions on: CAD modeling using AutoDesk Inventor and simulations using 3D Studio Max; motors and drive train, hardware and wiring, and pneumatics; and programming options including LabVIEW, JAVA and C/C++.  FRC gives high-school students the rare chance to learn directly from professional engineers and gain invaluable insights into "real world" engineering while honing their skills in project management, programming, teamwork, and strategic thinking.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)


CEE Seminar: "Recent Development of Concrete Bridges"
Maher K. Tadros, University of Nebraska
Monday, January 24
10:00 am - Refreshments, 10:30 - 11:30 am - Lecture
302 Marvin Center
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MAE Seminar:  "Corona Streamer Discharge Processing to Reduce Bacterial Adhesion on Surfaces of Biomedical Implants"
Ibrahim Al-Hamarneh, Ph.D., Washington State University Pullman and Al-Balqa' Applied University (Jordan)
Monday, January 24
1:00 - 2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall
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Institute for Biomedical Engineering Colloquia: "Nanophotonics and Microfluidics: Tools for Single Cell Biology and Medical Diagnostics"
Prof. Zhenyu Li, ECE
Tuesday,January 25
1:00 - 2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall
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MAE Seminar: "Recent Developments in the Viscous Flux Formulations for the High Order
Spectral Volume Navier Stokes Solver"
Dr. Ravishekar (Ravi) Kannan, Research Engineer, CFD Research Corporation
Friday, January 28
1:00 - 2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall
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ECE Seminar: "Tensor Factorization for Model-free, Space-variant, Blind Deconvolution of the Single- and Multi-frame, Multi-spectral Image"
Ivica Kopriva, Ruder Boskovic Institute (Zagreb, Croatia)
Friday, February 18
10:30 - 11:30 am
736 Phillips Hall
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ECE Colloquium/IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecture Series: "Magnetic Soft X-ray Microscopy: A Path Toward Imaging Magnetism Down to the Fundamental Length and Time Scales"
Dr. Peter Fischer, Center for X-ray Optics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Tuesday, February 22
4:00 pm
Phillips Hall 640
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Entrepreneurship Events

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SEAS Entrepreneurship Seminar Series
Building Your Early Stage Startup Team
Wednesday, January 26
6:00 - 8:30 pm
103 Funger Hall
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GW Business Plan Competition
Materials due: Monday, January 31, 2011
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