January 25-31, 2016


January 25, 2016

Faculty News


Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) has received a $50,000 National Science Foundation grant titled “2D Materials for Heat Management.” The grant gives his team access to the winter NSF I-Corps cohort.


Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) and her former Ph.D. student have published the following journal article: C. D. Cooper and L. A. Barba. “Poisson–Boltzmann model for protein-surface electrostatic interactions and grid-convergence study using the PyGBe code,” Computer Physics Communications, DOI: 10.1016/j.cpc.2015.12.019.

Profs. Larry Bennett and Edward Della Torre (ECE) and their collaborators have published the following paper: A. Siddique, S. Gu, R. Witte, M. Ghahremani, C. A. Nwokoye, A. Aslani, R. Kruk, V. Provenzano, L. H. Bennett, and E. Della Torre. “Electric-field controlled magnetization switching in Co/Pt thin-film ferromagnets,” Cogent Physics, 3: 1139435 (2016). The results are envisaged to lead to faster and ultra-low-power magnetization switching as compared to spin-transfer torque (STT) switching in spintronic devices.

Prof. Kausik Sarkar (MAE)  and his doctoral student Mr. Lang Xia, in collaboration with Prof. Tyrone Porter (Boston University), have published the following peer-reviewed journal paper: X. Lang, T. M. Porter, and K. Sarkar. “Interpreting attenuation at different excitation amplitudes to estimate strain-dependent interfacial rheological properties of lipid-coated monodisperse microbubbles,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138, 624-634. It resulted from a collaboratively linked project funded by a National Science Foundation proposal directed by Profs. Sarkar and Porter.

Prof. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) has published the following paper: X. Jiang, G. Parker, and E. Shittu. “Envelope Modeling of Renewable Resource Variability and Capacity,” Computers & Operations Research , Vol. 66, February 2016, pp. 272-283. doi:10.1016/j.cor.2015.07.020.

Other News:

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) has been named a Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science.

Dr. Bereket Tanju (adjunct faculty, EMSE Off-Campus Programs) has been appointed the deputy chief data officer at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Tanju served in a variety of research, engineering, and acquisition positions for the Department of the Navy.

Computing Facility News

SEAS Information Security: What you need to know

Google drive should NOT be used to store Regulated data, such as:

  • Student records and other non-public student data
  • Credit card data
  • Usernames/passwords
  • Personnel and payroll information
  • Health and patient Information
  • Data subject to Government regulation
  • Social Security Numbers

Be the first line of defense. Keeping GW secure is a shared responsibility. For questions or support, please contact the SEAS Computing Facility at [email protected].

SEAS Computing Facility Workshop: “Introduction to SolidWorks”

  • January 30: Introduction & Sketching
  • February 13: Extrusion & Work Planes
  • February 27: Fun with Parts

March 12: Assemblies & Drawing

Saturdays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm: each workshop is followed by questions and walk-in advisory
Tompkins Hall, Room 406
Entry is free and open to all. Contact Farhad Goodarzi [email protected] with questions.

SEAS Computing Facility Workshop: “Introduction to MATLAB and SIMULINK: The Language of Technical Computing”

  • January 30: Introduction & Linear Algebra (NOTE: This session originally was scheduled for January 23. Due to weather, it was rescheduled to January 30 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon).
  • February 6: Figures & 3D Plotting
  • February 20: Linear Equation & ODE Solving
  • March 15: SIMULINK

12:00 – 3:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, Room 406
Entry is free and open to all. Contact Farhad Goodarzi [email protected] with questions.

SEAS Events

SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Don't forget to register for the SEAS Student R&D Showcase. This year's Showcase will be held on Wednesday, February 24 in the SEH. Registration is open for all alumni, faculty, guests, and non-competitor students! Note: SEAS students who are competing in the showcase and all judges (both faculty and external judges) will be registered by SEAS staff. If you are a judge or a student showcase participant, please do not visit the registration site to register yourselves

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

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-1and 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.