July 14-27, 2014


July 14, 2014

Faculty News


Prof. Matthew Kay (ECE), his GW colleagues—Drs. Narine Sarvazyan and Marco Mercader—and collaborators from their company (LuxCath, LLC) have received a Phase I STTR grant from the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. The project, titled “New generation of catheters for treatment of atrial fibrillation,” will receive $200,000 for one year to further develop their imaging technologies to improve treatment for atrial fibrillation.

MAE Profs. Murray Snyder (Principal Investigator) and Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (Co-PI) have been awarded a three-year, $655,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for their proposal, “Analysis of Ship Air Wakes.” Prof. Snyder, who is also a part-time research professor at the US Naval Academy, received a concurrent three-year, $315,000 grant from ONR for the USNA Center for Air Wake Studies.

Media Mentions:

Allan Friedman (research scientist, Cyber Security Policy Research Institute) co-authored the article “The 5 Biggest Cybersecurity Myths, Debunked,” which was published July 2 in Wired magazine.


Twitter: Big data opportunities,” a letter co-authored by Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) and Michael J. Paul and Mark Dredze, both of Johns Hopkins University's Department of Computer Science, was published July 11 in Science magazine.

Prof. Samer Hamdar (CEE) and his collaborators from Northwestern University and Iowa State University have published a paper in the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, one of the top transportation journals.  The citation is: S. H. Hamdar, A. Talebpour, and J. Dong. (2014). “Travel Time Reliability Versus Safety: A Stochastic Hazard-Based Modeling Approach,” IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2014.2331561.

Prof. James Lee (MAE) and his doctoral students, Jiaoyan Li and Zhen Zhang, have published the following journal paper: J. D. Lee, J. Li, and Z. Zhang., “Material Force in Micromorphic Plasticity,” Archive of Applied Mechanics, 2014, DOI: 10.1007/s00419-014-0888-0.

Profs. Timothy Wood (CS) and Howie Huang (ECE) and SEAS doctoral students Jinho Hwang, Wei Zhang, and Ron C. Chiang published their paper, “UniCache: Hypervisor Managed Data Storage in RAM and Flash,” at the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing, held June 27 - July 2 in Anchorage, AL.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. James Lee (MAE) attended the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, held July 6-11 in Boston, MA, and chaired the sessions “Biomechanics of Morphogenesis I and II.”  He also presented the talk “Computational Modeling of Biological Growth and Morphogenesis,” which he co-authored with his doctoral student Jiaoyan Li and Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE).

Dr. Mark Mateski (EMSE part-time faculty) will speak at the 2014 BlackHat security conference, to be held August 2-7 in Las Vegas, NV.  The title of his talk will be “The Devil Does Not Exist – the Role of Deception in Cybersecurity.”         

Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE) attended the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting, held in Memphis, TN during the week of July 6-12.  While there, he gave four talks summarizing his collaborative efforts with Prof. Volker Sorger's (ECE) group and a group from Istanbul Technical University:
1.      E. Simsek.  “On the Development of A New Multi-Physics Solver for Atomically Thin Layered Material Systems.”
2.      E. Simsek.  “A Hybrid Spectral Integral - Finite Element Method for Layered Media Including Graphene-like Atomically Thin Layered Materials.”
3.      R. Sahin, Y. Morova, E. Simsek, and S. Akturk.  “Electromagnetic Wave Propagation through and Reflection from Metal Nano Stripes Fabricated with Femtosecond Laser Ablation.”
4.      C. Ye, K. Sikandar, Z. Li, E. Simsek, and V. Sorger.  “A Performance Comparison of ITO and Graphene-based Electro-optic Modulators.”

On July 5 and 8, Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) gave invited talks at Sydney University and the OECC/ACOFT conference in Melbourne, respectively.  The talks showcased the latest results from his nanophotonics group here at GW, focusing on high-performance graphene and ITO-based modulators and switches.

Other News:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) was in Hong Kong June 16-22, invited by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council to serve as an engineering panelist and assist in the review and selection of research proposals. About 40% 

Student News

The SEAS Rocket Team placed 3rd in the 9th annual Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), held June 25-28 in Green River, UT.  Twenty-two teams from various universities competed in the IREC Basic Category competition, which required sending a 10-pound payload to 10,000 feet above ground level, using a student-designed and -built experimental sounding rocket.  This was the first time SEAS students participated in this competition.  They successfully launched their rocket, named Fat George, on the first day of the competition and subsequently recovered the rocket after a highly successful launch.   Students were evaluated on the design of their rocket, the readiness for launch, the ability to recover the rocket, and the peak altitude obtained.  Prof. Murray Snyder (MAE) is the team’s faculty advisor. 

Sarah Kuzmiak-Glancy (ECE postdoctoral scientist), mentored by Prof. Matthew Kay (ECE), has received a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association.  Dr. Kuzmiak-Glancy will study changes in mitochondrial respiration and ROS production during heart failure to determine if the source of ROS is due to mitochondrial dysfunction or cytosolic dysfunction. The work will be completed in Prof. Kay's BME laboratory and was funded for two years at $86,000.