July 13-26, 2015


July 13, 2015

Faculty News


Prof. James Hahn (CS) and faculty from the Milken Institute School of Public Health have received a two-year $422,020 award from the National Institutes of Health for their project “Calculation of Percent Body Fat by Analyzing Virtual Body Models.” Prof. Hahn is the grant’s PI; Profs. Geoffrey Hudson, Jerome Danoff, Melissa Napolitano, and Naji Younes are the co-PIs. Separately, Prof. Hahn received a $25,336 pilot project grant from AstraZeneca/MedImmune for “Motion Capture and Analysis of an Automatic Injection Device.”

Prof. Zhenyu Li (BME)Prof. Mona Zaghloul (ECE), and Prof. Can Korman (ECE) have received a one-year, $100,000 Virginia Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) award for their proposal “A Wireless Wearable Electrocardiogram (ECG) Sensor on a Finger Ring.”

Media Mentions:

Trey Herr (senior research associate, Cyber Security Policy  published the July 9 article “Prepare for breaches” in The Hill’s Homeland Security blog.and Research Institute)

Anna Slomovic (lead research scientist, Cyber Security Policy  commented on the EEOC Proposed Rule in the June 24 Kaiser Health News article “When Does Workplace Wellness Become Coercive?”and Research Institute)

Costis Toregas (associate director, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute) was quoted in the July 9 National Journal article “Washington Can't Fix Computer Glitches.”


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) has published the following papers recently with his students and colleagues: 1) P. Babington, K. Rajjoub, J. Canaday, A. Siu, M. Keidar and J. H. Sherman. “Use of cold atmospheric plasma in the treatment of cancer,” and 2) I. Levchenko, M. Keidar, A. Mai-Prochnow, M. Modic, U. Cvelbar, J. Fang and K. Ostrikov. “Plasma treatment for next-generation nano biointerfaces .”

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) has published the following journal articles:

  1. V. J. Sorger. “2D Material Nanowatt Threshold Lasing,” Nature Asia Materials, 7, DOI:10.1038/am.2015.69 (2015)
  2. C. Ye, K. Liu, R. Soref and V. J. Sorger. “3-Waveguide 2x2 Plasmonic Electro-optic Switch,” Nanophotonics, (2015)
  3. M. Tahersima and V. J. Sorger. “Enhanced Photon Absorption in Spiral Nanostructured Solar Cells using layered 2-D Materials,” United Kingdom Institute of Physics (IOP), Nanotechnology (2015)
  4. Z. Ma, Z. Li, K. Liu, C. Ye and V. J. Sorger. “Indium-Tin-Oxide for High-performance Electro-optic Modulation,”Nanophotonics (2015).

Prof. Tim Wood (CS) and his collaborators at IBM Research and University of California Riverside have published the article “Toward a software-based network: integrating software defined networking and network function virtualization” in IEEE Network Magazine.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Edward Della Torre (ECE) presented the paper “Modeling a Distribution of Uniaxial Hysterons,” which he wrote with graduate student Ali Jamali and Prof. Larry Bennett (ECE), at the Compumag conference. The international conference was held June 27 - July 23 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) gave a plenary talk titled “Plasma Medicine” at the 5th International Symposium for Plasma Biosciences-2015, held June 24-26 in Jeju, Korea.

Prof. Murray Loew (BME) presented a paper at MIPS XVI, the Medical Image Perception Conference, held June 2-5 in Ghent, Belgium. The paper, “Thermography for breast cancer detection: basis, methods, and human/computer performance,” was co-authored with his students Mahsa Alborz, Shijian Fan, and Sragvi Tirumala.

Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE) presented an invited keynote lecture titled “Coherent Structures in Biomedical Flows” at the International Conference on Jets, Wakes and Separated Flows, held June 15-18 in Stockholm, Sweden. At the Ninth International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, held June 30 - July 3 in Melbourne, Australia, he presented an invited keynote lecture titled “Rich Flow Physics in Curved Arteries and the Vocal Tract.” He also chaired session 6D: Biofluids.

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) recently made the following conference and colloquium presentations:

  1. V. J. Sorger. “Strong Light-Matter-Interactions in Nanoscale- and 2D Material Systems,” OSA Advanced Photonics Congress, Integrated Photonics Research, NOMA, NS3B.3 (2015). (Invited)
  2. V. J. Sorger. “2-D Materials for strong light-matter-interaction and photo conversion devices,” Energy Materials Nanotechnology (2015). (Invited)
  3. V.J. Sorger. “Opto-electronics Beyond Classical Limits: Lasers & Modulators,” June 29 colloquium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Other News:

Prof. Lawrence Bennett (ECE) has been appointed to the editorial board of the International Journal of Magnetics and Electromagnetism .

On June 24, Profs. Royce Francis (EMSE) and Jonathan Deason (EMSE) served as plenary and technical session moderators at the Workshop on Nutrient Monitoring to Support Water Quality Trading. The workshop, held in Washington, D.C., was conducted by the Partnership on Technology Innovation and the Environment.

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) has been elected chair of the Committee for Emerging Materials of Photonics Devices of the Optical Society of America’s Integrated Photonics Research conference.

Prof. Poorvi Vora (CS) has been nominated to the Board of Advisors of the Verified Voting Foundation, a “non-governmental organization working toward accuracy, integrity and verifiability of elections.”

Student News









ECE graduate students Brandon Bernier and Mark Tentindo represented GW Tech Collective at the first-ever National Maker Faire, held June 12-13 at the University of the District of Columbia. GW Tech Collective is a student organization focused on all things tech-related. It works on various projects and holds many workshops and field trips throughout the year. Brandon and Mark presented “All of the Lights,” a device that instantly creates a light show with any music source and lights. Maker Faire has been referred to as “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” with roughly 150 makers at the National Maker Faire, 20+ of whom were from other colleges or universities all around the country.