January 25-31, 2010


January 25, 2010

Faculty News:

Conferences & Papers:

Prof. Samer Hamdar (CEE) participated in the Transportation Research Board meeting, held in Washington, DC, January 11th – 15th.  At the meeting, he presented the paper “Individual Variations Versus Collective Traffic Patterns: Effect of Driver Heterogeneity in a Risk-Taking Environment."

Members of the Institute for Magnetics recently presented the following papers at the INTERMAG/MMM Conference, Washington, DC, January 19th – 22nd:

  1. E. Della Torre, E. Cardelli, L.H. Bennett, “Identifying hysteresis losses in magnetic media”
  2. P. Johnson, E. Della Torre, L. H. Bennett, R.E. Watson, “Bose-Einstein condensation of magnons confined to a nanoparticle”
  3. Yi Jin, L.H. Bennett, E. Della Torre, “Evaluating hysteretic magnetocaloric effect using the anhysteretic curves method”

Prof. Michael Stankosky (EMSE) was a guest speaker at Military C4I conference held in Garmisch, Germany, January 11th – 15th, where he addressed various aspects of knowledge management.

Other  News

Dan Holtshouse, a 2009 doctoral graduate of EMSE, has been chosen by the editors of the Journal of Knowledge Management as the winner of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the knowledge management category.  Dan’s dissertation is entitled "Knowledge management and the future of the knowledge worker."  He is currently a senior research fellow at the GW/SEAS Institute for Knowledge & Innovation.

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.

Graduate Research Assistantship: Prof. Alex Li (ECE) is seeking a graduate student who is interested in research in computer architecture.  The ideal candidate would have good knowledge of modern superscalar and multicore microprocessor architectures.  The research project involves in-depth investigation and analysis of future parallel computer architectures and/or reliability of future billion-transistor microprocessors.  Essential requirements include C/C++ programming knowledge, experience in the use of architecture simulators, and strong analytical/critical thinking skills.  In addition, the preferred candidate would have knowledge in OS, compiler, and/or programming languages.  One expected outcome of the research project is publications in top-tier conferences and journals in computer architecture.  Priority will be given to doctoral students.  Interested students should contact Prof. Alex Li, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: at [email protected] or (202) 994-7175.

During the Fall semester of 2009, the MAE Department redesigned its website. The effort was led by Lubos Brieda, a graduate student in the department, under the supervision of the department chairman, Prof. Michael Plesniak. Emphasis was placed on highlighting research opportunities and student activities available in the department. The home page showcases MAE faculty members along with their associated research projects and student activities. Visitors can click on the project images to obtain further details.  Information on the facilities available to students and researchers was added, along with links to student organizations. The page features an RSS feed that will be used to announce activities such as seminars and departmental events.  Please visit the new MAE web page at http://mae.seas.gwu.edu/.  The MAE department can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/gwumae.

Other  News

Fresh water…it’s not just for showers anymore
CEE Professor Baoxia Mi’s research focuses on advanced membrane technologies for desalination, water purification, wastewater reclamation, and renewable energy production.  While this may sound like a mouthful of jargon, there are very important real-world applications for this work.  For example, by using osmotic membrane processes, renewable energy can be extracted where seawater and fresh water meet (see Diagram).  If this sounds like “free energy” to you, then you have the general idea. Dr. Mi is working with CEE graduate student Yaolin Liu on this exciting research. 

Recent events in Haiti underscore another potential application of her research.  Dr. Mi is currently working with a company (HTI) on filtering technology to improve the performance of their emergency hydration bag.  This bag could be used in future disaster situations to provide clean water where there is none readily available.  The hydration bag is filled with contaminated water, and using forward osmosis membranes currently being researched by Dr. Mi, the contaminants are filtered out, leaving only fresh, safe water. (Provided courtesy of Neil Commerce of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)


MAE Seminar: “Multi-scale Modeling of Chemically Reacting Flows by Direct Simulation”
Speaker: Prof. Deborah Levin, Penn State University
Monday, January 25th at 2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall
More info . . .

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
More info . . .

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
More info . . .

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
More info . . .

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
More info . . .

SEAS Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship

Please join SEAS for a four-part Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship. These events are free and open to the SEAS and GW community. To register, please visit alumni.gwu.edu/calendar.

Intellectual Property
Wednesday, February 17th 
6:00 pm: Reception, 7:00 pm: Panel Discussion
Funger Hall, Room 103
Read more and register…

Access to Capital
Wednesday, March 24th 
6:00 pm: Reception, 7:00 pm: Panel Discussion
Funger Hall, Room 103
Read more and register…

Product vs. Service Entrepreneurs
GW Summit on Entrepreneurship
Thursday, April 15th
10:30 – 11:30 am: Panel Discussion
Duques Hall, Room 652
Read more and register…

Sponsored by the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Engineer Alumni Association.

SEAS Seminar Series on 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
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
640 Phillips Hall

How Transparent Can Our Elections Be?
Prof. Poorvi Vora
February 9th

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
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

SEAS Career Services Events

SEAS Industry Expo: A Professional Networking Event
Tuesday, February 16th
1:00 – 3:00 pm at the GW Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by E-Council, this event is exclusively for SEAS students. Students will meet with representatives from various engineering and IT organizations to discuss their career plans, network and learn about internships and jobs.  For more information, visit: http://gwired.gwu.edu/career/fairs/#info