January 31 - February 6, 2011


January 31, 2011

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

During his December 2010 visit to The American University in Cairo, Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) was interviewed by two Egyptian television programs, Good Morning Egypt and IT Show. Both programs' discussion focused on the societal implications of recent advances in processing technology and high-performance computing.


On January 18, Frank Johnson and Ming Yin from GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY, and David Beers from GE Appliances in Louisville, KY, visited GW's Virginia Campus to discuss the integration of joint research on magnetic refrigeration. The research is already underway thanks to a $1.47 million grant from the Department of Energy to improve the energy efficiency of refrigerators. The goal of the research is to increase the efficiency of residential refrigerators by 30 percent. GE will develop the new technology with the aid of researchers at GW, directed by the PI, Prof. Larry Bennett (ECE); co-PI Prof. Ed Della Torre (ECE); and graduate students Yi Jin and Shuo Gu. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Martha Pardavi-Horwath (ECE) described the Virginia Campus research to the visitors.

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) recently received a $50,000 subcontract from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The project, entitled "Enhancing Communities' Capability to Evaluate Investments in Resilience," is sponsored by the Community and Regional Resilience Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. ASME assumes the leadership role in the project, and the project collaborators are Alion and Virginia Tech.

Books and Papers:

Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE) has published the following book: Ben-Tzvi, P., Hybrid Mobile Robot Systems: Symbiosis of Locomotion and Manipulation. Germany: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG, Dec 2010. (ISBN-13: 978-3-8433-6890-2)

Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE chair) has published the following paper: Julie J. C. H. Ryan, Daniel J. Ryan & Eneken Tikk (2010). Cybersecurity Regulation: Using Analogies to Develop Frameworks for Regulation. In Eneken Tikk & Anna-Maria Talihärm (Ed.), International Cyber Security: Legal & Policy Proceedings. (pp. 76-99). Tallinn, Estonia: Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence. 

Conferences and Presentations:

Prof. Samer Hamdar (CEE) participated in the 90th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting, January 23-27, in Washington DC. The corresponding paper is entitled "Multi-regime Sequential Risk-Taking Model of Car-Following Behavior: Specification, Calibration, and Sensitivity Analysis" and was presented in the "Research in Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics" session.


Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE) was invited by NASA and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) to serve as a panelist for the 2011 NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program (NASA ASP) Evaluation Panel at their February 2011 meeting. The NASA ASP awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in aeronautical engineering and related fields, such as mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, physics, and math.

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) served as a panelist for the Department of Defense's Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship program. The two-day panel was held January 21 and 22.

In December 2010, Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) was asked to serve a one-year term on the IEEE Fellows Selection Committee for the class of 2012 nominations through the IEEE Computer Society.

Student News

GW's Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) team has made it to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Finals for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.  Out of a field of 22 teams, the GW team was one of eight to make it to the regional finals, which will take place March 10-12 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, MD.

Other News

SAVE THE DATE: The Fifth Annual SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Wednesday, February 23
3:00 - 6:00 pm
The Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Come hear keynote speaker Aaron Batalion, CTO and co-founder of LivingSocial, the local startup phenomenon that just raised $175 million from Amazon.com, at a valuation of more than $1 billion, after having been started only two years ago.  His talk, "Being a Hungry Entrepreneur," will cover what it's like to be an engineer at a hot startup.  Open to the public and free, this year's R&D Showcase will feature 60 student R&D projects.  It includes a competition and cash awards.  Register at http://www.seas.gwu.edu/RDShowcase

Guest Vignette

Eric Rosenfield is an undergraduate senior studying civil and environmental engineering. He joined Prof. Baoxia Mi's research group in October 2009, and his research is focused on "Anti-Biofouling Nanocomposite Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration Membranes." This research aims to produce more efficient processes for water purification via filtration through polymeric membranes containing nanoparticles.

An average day in the laboratory finds Eric making a polymeric membrane solution and sonicating nanosilver particles into it. Several experiments are then performed to compare the anti-microbial properties of this nanocomposite membrane to a simple polymeric membrane. Experiments include an anti-microbial test using the colony counting technique, direct observation to study the attachment and detachment rate of bacteria onto the membranes, and a long-term bio-fouling experiment to focus on how the biofilm layer on the two types of membranes is formed.

Last summer, Eric received a GW Gamow Undergraduate Research Fellowship, through which his hard work and thorough research progress allowed him to present his findings at the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Conference that took place in Washington, D.C. in July 2010. Eric is planning a journal publication from this work with the assistance of Yaolin Liu, a PhD student also in Prof. Mi's group.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Baoxia Mi of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)


Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute (CSPRI) Seminar: "Cyber Security and Privacy Multidisciplinary Research Problems in Education"
Prof. Diana Burley, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Wednesday, February 2
12:00 pm, directly followed by lunch and discussion
310 Marvin Center
To RSVP, please email Lisa Ugelow at: cspriaa@gwu.edu

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
More info ...

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
640 Phillips Hall
More info ...

The Fifth Annual SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Wednesday, February 23
3:00 - 6:00 pm
The Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Register at: http://www.seas.gwu.edu/RDShowcase

SEAS Engineering Expo: An Engineering and IT Career Fair!
Thursday, February 24
GW Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
3:00 - 3:45 pm - Q&A Panel; 3:45 - 5:30 pm - Expo
Registration is now open in GWork to SEAS students and alumni.  Register at: mygwork.gwu.edu.

Entrepreneurship Events

Follow GW Office of Entrepreneurship activities on:  Facebook: GW Office of Entrepreneurship, Twitter: GWInnovate, and www.gwu.edu/entrepreneurship.

GW Business Plan Competition
Materials due: TODAY (Monday, January 31)
More info ...

$50K BizPlanComp: Workshop - Preparing to Win
Thursday, February 3
6:00 - 7:00 pm
255 Duques Hall
RSVP to: http://bpcworkshop3.eventbrite.com

$50K BizPlanComp: Workshop - Protect Your Intellectual Property
Wednesday, February 9
12:20 - 1:30 pm
254 Duques Hall
RSVP to: http://bpcworkshop4.eventbrite.com

$50K GW BizPlanComp: Workshop - Writing a Successful Business Plan
Two sessions:
Thursday, February 17
7:00 - 9:00 pm
553 Duques Hall

Saturday, February 19
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
553 Duques Hall
RSVP to:  http://bpcworkshop5.eventbrite.com

$50K BizPlanComp: Workshop - Product Strategy
Tuesday, February 22
6:00 - 7:00 pm
453 Duques Hall
RSVP to: http://bpcworkshop6.eventbrite.com

SEAS Seminar on Entrepreneurship: "Managing Growth"
Tuesday, February 22
6:00 - 8:30 pm
103 Funger Hall

SEAS Seminar on Entrepreneurship: "Marketing: How to Find Your Customers"
Wednesday, March 23
6:00 - 8:30 pm
103 Funger Hall