July 30 - August 12, 2012


July 30, 2012

Faculty News

Awards and Honors:

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) announced on July 27 that it has selected Prof. Sameh Badie (CEE) as the recipient of the 2012 PCI Young Educator Achievement Award. The award, which will be presented at the PCI-National Bridge Annual Conference in September, recognizes university professors who make a demonstrated impact on the education of undergraduate, graduate and/or continuing education students and who develop strong programs in the design and analysis of concrete structures.


The Office of Naval Research has awarded Prof. Edward Della Torre (ECE) a $258,069 grant to purchase a vibrating sample magnetometer VSM. The device will permit Prof. Della Torre and the Institute for Magnetics Research to measure the magnetic properties of anisotropic materials over a wide range for temperatures from 10K to 400K, allowing them to verify new theories of material behavior.

Media Mentions:

Prof. Lance Hoffman (CS) was featured in a CBS 2 piece on cyber security jobs aired on July 16. Note: a version of this news piece aired originally on CNN last April.

Books and Papers:

Legal Aspects of Engineering (9th Edition), a book written by EMSE adjunct professor Cynthia Gayton, was recently released by Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Conferences and Presentations:

Prof. Michael Clarkson (CS) gave an invited lecture titled " Verifiability in Electronic Voting" at the Second International Summer School on Electronic Voting in Wadern, Germany on July 16.

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) gave an invited talk at the 39th International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS), held July 8-12 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) successfully developed and organized the session "Dynamic Excitation of Tubes and Tube Bundles" at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference in Toronto, Canada. The July 17 session was attended by presenters from Canada, Japan, Spain, and the U.S.

Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) gave a lecture titled "Unsteady Aerodynamics of Oscillating Wing Power Generator: a key to harnessing scattered wind or hydro- energy?" on July 25 at the Department of Ocean and Space Engineering, Yokohama National University, Japan.

Walter Kahn (emeritus professor, ECE) co-organized and co-chaired "The Legacy of Harold A. Wheeler," Session 154 at the 2012 IEEE AP-S/URSI International Symposium, held July 9-13 in Chicago, IL. Prof. Kahn also presented a paper titled "The Hemisphere Chart: Wheeler's Ideas on the Reflection Coefficient Plane" at the session. Prof. Kahn notes that Harold Wheeler briefly attended GW and that GW, at the instigation of SEAS, conferred an honorary doctor's degree on him.

Other News:

GW has been awarded $87,491 to develop the program for a significant meeting of the principal investigators of the NSF's Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. This is a new NSF program that seeks effective collaborations among computer scientists, electrical engineers, economists, psychologists, sociologists, and others working on cybersecurity. GW's principal investigator on the project is Prof. Lance Hoffman (CS).

Students News

Christopher Cox, a doctoral student co-advised by Profs. Michael Plesniak and Chunlei Liang (both of MAE), presented the paper "Spectral Difference Solution of Incompressible Flow over an Inline Tube Bundle with Oscillating Cylinder" on July 17 at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference in Toronto, Canada. Christopher also served as the chair for the session "Fluid Structure Interaction and Plant Components."

Scott McQuade, a doctoral candidate working with Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS), presented "Global Climate Model Tracking using Geospatial Neighborhoods" in the Computational Sustainability and AI Special Track at the Twenty-Sixth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2012. The paper was accepted for both a talk and a poster at the July 22-26 conference.

Kristin Pallister, a recent SEAS graduate and professional advisor in the undergraduate student services office, was featured in "STEMming the Tide," a July 9 Washington Post Express article on women in the STEM fields.

On July 11, Emergency Management magazine published "Why Emergency Managers Should Focus on Sustainability," an article by EMSE master's student Charisma Williams.

Other News

On July 17, the GW Graphene Team-composed of Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE), his post-doc Alexey Shashurin, and SEAS alumnus Randy Graves-participated in the NSF-sponsored I-Corps program at the University of Michigan, winning a competition to successfully utilize a new software called LaunchPad Central. The GW team placed first out of the 27 teams awarded a position in the I-Corp program; 275 teams applied for the program. The goal of the I-Corps program is to teach NSF grantees how to evaluate the potential of their products, and the LaunchPad Central software is used to collect and display the essential elements of each team's business approach to commercializing their idea. The I-Corp instructors use the software to follow the progress of each team and make comments/suggestions over the seven-week program. The program will wrap up at a two-day workshop at the University of Michigan at the end of August.

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GWIBE) announces the call for proposals for this year's Interdisciplinary Research Fund. Faculty interested in receiving internal funding from GWIBE to conduct pilot research may apply until October 1, 2012. 

Dr. Madhusudhan Kundrapu, a former doctoral student of Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE), has recently published two papers: 1) M. Kundrapu, J. Li, A. Shashurin, M. Keidar, "Model of the carbon nanotube synthesis in arc discharge plasmas," Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 45 (2012) 315305; and 2) M. Kundrapu, M. Keidar, "Numerical simulation of carbon arc discharge for nanoparticle synthesis," Physics of Plasma, Vol. 19, Issue 7.