January 27-February 2, 2014


January 27, 2014

Faculty News

Honors & Awards:

Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE) was awarded the IJCAS Academic Activity Award from the International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems in recognition of his outstanding service and dedicated work as an editorial board member of the IJCAS and for his exceptional contributions in the development of the journal.


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) has received a $48,062 grant from Allotropic Tech, LLC to develop mass production of graphene using a plasma system.


Prof. Matthew Kay (ECE) and his research team have published the following article: Anastasia M Wengrowski , Sarah Kuzmiak-Glancy , Rafael Jaimes III, Matthew W Kay. “NADH Changes During Hypoxia, Ischemia, and Increased Work Differ Between Isolated Heart Preparations,” American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology, December 2013, DOI:10.1152/ajpheart.00696. 2013.

Prof. James Lee (MAE) and his doctoral student, Jiaoyan Li, have published the following paper: Jiaoyan Li and James D. Lee. “Stiffness-Based Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics, ” Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, 2013. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)NM.2153-5477. 0000090

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) has published the following article: Joost R. Santosa, Krista Danielle S. Yub, Sheree Ann T. Pagsuyoinc, and Raymond R. Tan. “Time-Varying Disaster Recovery Model for Interdependent Economic Systems Using Hybrid Input–Output and Event Tree Analysis,” Economic Systems Research, January 2014, DOI:10.1080/09535314.2013. 872602.

Prof.  has published the following journal article with his graduate student  Rajesh Singh: R. Singh, X. Li, and K. Sarkar. “Lateral migration of an elastic capsule in a wall-bounded shear,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 739, 421-443.

Alan Friedman, a visiting scholar in the Cyber Security Policy Research Institute, was interviewed last week by several media outlets prior to, and in response to, President Obama's January 17 speech on reforms to National Security Agency surveillance programs: Newsweek, “Obama Brings Snoopers to Heel but Approves Spying on Americans; ” National Public Radio, “Surveillance Controversy: NSA Versus Tech Companies; ” San Jose Mercury News, “ Quinn: What the tech industry wants to hear from Obama about NSA spying; ” and Canada National TV, CTV News (video).Kausik Sarkar (MAE)

Conference & Presentations:

On January 8, Prof. Matthew Kay (ECE) delivered the invited talk “Optical measurements of myocardial NADH during hypoxia, ischemia, and increased work” at the Monthly Work in Progress Meeting for the Department of Cardiac Surgery Research, Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Pediatric cardiac surgeons and neonatal intensive care clinicians were in attendance to learn about a joint research project between Dr. Kay and pediatric cardiologist Joshua Salvin, MD to study hypoxic events in newborns after surgery to repair congenital heart defects.

Other News:

Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE) has been invited to serve as a member of the Technical Program Committee for the 2014 Robotics Science and Systems Conference - RSS 2014, which will be held at the University of California, Berkeley in July 2014.

Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi’s (MAE) Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory (RML) was cited on the newly published list of 99 Superb Sites on Mechatronics & Robotics Engineering.

Student News

Doctoral candidate Emmanuel Donkor (EMSE) has published the following paper: E. Donkor. “Improving the Estimation of Volumetric Water Sales for Billing, ” Journal American Water Works Association, Vol. 105, No. 12, 2013, pp. E733-E742.

Guest Vignette

The summer of 2013 was an exciting and eventful time for the Traffic and Network Research Laboratory (TNRL). Two new members of the TNRL team, Claire Silverstein and Mark Arnoldy, brought excitement and hard work to both on-going and new research projects.  Mark and Claire integrated themselves seamlessly with master's student Senaz Zehtabi and Ph.D. candidate Justin Schorr to produce two papers for the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference. Both papers were accepted for presentation at the conference and both are being considered for publication in the Transportation Research Record (TRR).The Traffic and Networks Research Laboratory: A Summer Research Experience

An additional five papers that resulted from the research summer efforts were also presented at: the TRB annual meeting (Washington, DC, January 12-16, 2014), the 16th International IEEE Annual Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (The Hague, The Netherlands, October 6 – 9, 2013), the Conference on Agent-Based Modeling in Transportation Planning and Operations (Blacksburg, VA, September 30 – October 2, 2013) and the Conference of Traffic and Granular Flow (Jülich, Germany, September 25-27, 2013). Four of the total seven papers are being considered for journal publications at this stage.

Additional summer research focused around the assembling of an "instrumented vehicle" to record car-following behavior. Seamless integration of a number of state-of-the-art systems provides the research team with a powerful tool that is unique within the research community.  Still, research did not stop here as visiting professor Hiam Khoury joined the team for a portion of the summer, sharing with the team her unique expertise and interest in work-zone related collisions. Dr. Khoury helped to design a driver simulator experiment that is currently being administered by the research team.

With a busy and very successful summer and fall in the rearview mirror, the research team has its sights set to the future. Most notably the team is gearing up for the upcoming TRB conference as well as the start of instrumented vehicle data collection in the spring. (Written by Justin Schorr and edited/submitted of Prof. Samer Hamdar of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)

SEAS Events

MAE and GW Institute of Nanotechnology Seminar: “Touching the Bottom -the Smallest Metallic Nanorods Using PVD”
Speaker: Dr. Hanchen Huang, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University
Tuesday, February 4
11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecture Series 2014, “Opportunities and Challenges in Two-Dimensional Magnetic Recording”
Speaker: Jonathan Coker, HGST, a Western Digital Company
Wednesday, February 5
2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

CS Colloquium: “Measurement Study of Video Call Applications”
Speaker: Dr. Yong Liu, New York University
Friday, February 7
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: “Drag Augmentation via Supersonic Retropropulsion for Atmospheric Deceleration”
Speaker: Dr. Noel Bakhtian, U.S. Department of Energy
Tuesday, February 11
3:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

SAVE the DATE: 8th Annual SEAS Student Research & Development Showcase
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
12:00 – 3:00 pm (Poster set-up, Judging)
  3:00 – 6:00 pm (Opens to the public)
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
More info

MAE Seminar: “Modeling Inelastic Behavior of Metals at Multiple Scales for Multiple Purposes”
Speaker: Dr. David L. McDowell, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tuesday, April 8
11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall

Career Center Events

Engineering Career Fair & Panel
A career and networking fair exclusively for SEAS students, alumni and employers
Thursday, February 20
6:00 – 6:45 pm: Q&A Panel (Student RSVP Required)
7:00 – 9:00 pm: Career & Networking Fair
GW Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

Entrepreneurship Events

2014 Student Startup Showcase
Thursday, January 30
3:00 – 5:30 pm
Marvin Center Great Hall (1st floor)
Applications required.
More info

Other Events

Office of Industry and Corporate Research: Brown Bag Discussion
Speaker: Gilbert V. Herrera, Director of Microsystems Science, Technology and Components at Sandia National Laboratories
Monday, January 27
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Dean’s Conference Room (107 Tompkins Hall)
Space is limited, first come first served. To reserve a spot, please contact Kirsten Gercke at [email protected] or 202-994-6191.

Cyber Security and Policy Research Institute: Chairman Medine Reflects on PCLOB Report
Wednesday, January 29
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Marvin Center, Betts Auditorium
Chairman Medine will discuss the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board's (PCLOB) report and recommendations, issued on January 23, on the NSA telephony metadata program and reform of the operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He will also discuss the role of the Board going forward overseeing federal counterterrorism programs to ensure they strike the right balance between national security and privacy and civil liberties. Information on the Board's recommendations and other information is available on CSPRI's “Privacy and Civil Liberties” project page.