Awards & Honors:
The NATO Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel of NATO’s Science & Technology Organization has selected Dr. Philippe Bardet (MAE) to receive its Fall 2019 AVT Young Contributor Award. Dr. Bardet will be honored with the award in Trondheim, Norway on October 10.
Dr. Leila Farhadi (CEE) and her doctoral student Abedeh Abdolghafoorian have published the following paper: A. Abdolghafoorian and L. Farhadi (2019). “Estimation of surface turbulent fluxes from land surface moisture and temperature via a variational data assimilation framework,” Journal of Water Resources Research, 55.
Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) and co-authors have published an invited and featured perspective article in the Journal of Applied Physics. The citation is: J. Kolbeck, A. Anders, I. I. Beilis, and M. Keidar. “Micro-propulsion based on vacuum arcs,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 125, Issue 22.
Dr. Chung Hyuk Park (BME) recently published the following paper: H. Javed and C. H. Park. “Interactions With an Empathetic Agent: Regulating Emotions and Improving Engagement in Autism,” IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 40-48, June 2019.
Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Miloš Doroslovački (ECE) and his doctoral student Hongyu Fang attended the 44th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, held May 12-17 in Brighton, United Kingdom. At the conference, Hongyu presented the following paper: H. Fang, F. Yao, M. Doroslovački, and G. Venkataramani. “Negative correlation, non-linear filtering, and discovering of repetitiveness for cache timing channel detection.”
On June 4, Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE) and his doctoral student Hao Zheng presented the paper “An Energy-efficient Network-on-Chip Using Reinforcement Learning” at the 56th Design Automation Conference (DAC). DAC is a premier conference on computer design. The paper presents seminal work in applying machine learning techniques for designing power-efficient future computing chips. The research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) gave the keynote lecture “Bubbles & Sound in Diagnostic Imaging, Therapeutics and Tissue Engineering: Pressure Dependent Subharmonic to Collapsing Jet and Acoustic Streaming” at the 2019 Research Symposium on Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics, held May 30 at the Johns Hopkins University. His doctoral student Abhilash Reddy Malipeddy also presented a talk at the symposium. His talk was titled “Shear Induced Hydrodynamic Diffusion in a Suspension of Deormable Particles Using Dynamic Structure Factor.” In June, Dr. Sarkar participated in the 2019 Summer School: Topics in Multiphase Flows and Thermal Transport, which was organized by The Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics and held at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Sarkar gave the lecture “Dynamics of colloidal suspensions: Effective viscosity and Brownian motion in the footsteps of Einstein.” His doctoral student Anik Tarafdar (MAE) attended the summer school.
On June 5, EMSE Visiting Scholar Dr. Jigar Shah (GW Environmental and Energy Management Institute) moderated a panel on the role of the private sector for investment in sustainable cooling at the Innovate4Climate (I4C) Conference, which was held in Singapore. I4C is a global conference organized by the World Bank Group that brings together leaders from business, banking, finance, policy, and technology to think innovatively about how to leverage and direct investment toward low-carbon economies. The panel moderated by Dr. Shah included speakers from Panasonic, Ingersoll Rand, ClimateWorks Foundation, and Sustainable Development Capital.
Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) attended an NSF grantees workshop at the 126th Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), held June 16-19 in Tampa, FL. At the workshop were 10 NSF program directors from the Directorates for Education and Human Resources (Division of Undergraduate Education, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education, and Broader Participation in Engineering) and the Directorate for Engineering. In May, Dr. Shittu attended the Fifth World Congress of the Society for Risk Analysis, held in Cape Town, South Africa. There, he presented the paper “Investment Risk Mitigation and Resilience in Energy Systems Infrastructure.” He also attended the Industry Studies Conference, held May 30—June 1 at the Gaylord Resort in Nashville, TN. At the conference, he and his doctoral students presented the following papers: 1) O. Ogunrinde, K. K. Dhanda, and E. Shittu. “Distilling the Interplay between Corporate Carbon Management, Finance and Carbon Performance;” 2) D. H. B. Gai and E. Shittu. “The Food-Energy-Water Nexus: What do the Models Tell Us?;” and 3) E. Shittu, C. Weigelt, and D. H. B. Gai. “Determining the Value of Wind Power: Evidence from a Multifactor Analysis of the U.S. Electricity Industry.”
Gelman Library is running a Python Summer Camp open to all GWorld card holders from July 10 to 12. This will be a three-day, non-credit, interactive, mini-course, using the curriculum developed by Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE). As the event is already at capacity, Gelman is no longer accepting registrations for it.
Dr. Ken Chong (MAE) was invited by the Chairman of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council of the University Grants Committee to serve as a member of the Joint Laboratory Funding Scheme (JLFS) Selection Panel to evaluate and select competitive proposals under the one-off JLFS. Since 1996, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has established joint laboratories with Hong Kong universities to boost science and technology collaboration between the Mainland and Hong Kong scientific communities and to include researchers from other countries such as the US and UK as co-investigators. The panel met on June 12 in Hong Kong to allocate an additional HK$30 million (US$4 million) for 2019. Some US researchers are involved as co-PIs.
On June 17 and 18, the EMSE department hosted the 18th annual Technology, Management, and Policy (TMP) Doctoral Consortium. This is the first time GW has hosted the event. The TMP Consortium is an annual meeting of doctoral students doing technology and policy research and is designed to give students an opportunity to present their work and to strengthen the technology and policy research network. This year, 21 students participated representing GW, Penn State, MIT, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Carnegie Mellon University, TU Delft, George Mason University, University of Cambridge, University College London, and IST Lisbon. Awards for the top two presentations were given to EMSE doctoral student Suparna Mukherjee and MIT student Magdalena Klemun. The main organizers of the consortium were EMSE faculty members Drs. John Helveston, Ekundayo Shittu, Zoe Szajnfarber, and Rene van Dorp.
GW’s Rocket Team, advised by Dr. Murray Snyder (MAE), excelled in the 2019 Spaceport America Cup/International Rocket Engineering Competition. The competition was held June 18-22 in Las Cruces, NM and was hosted by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association. Student teams from 95 universities, representing 15 countries, attended and launched a total of 91 rockets in the competition, which is the world's largest and most demanding university rocket engineering competition. GW’s Rocket Team took First Place in the 10,000 ft (altitude) Student Research and Development (SRAD) Solid Booster Competition and Third Place in the Space Dynamics Lab Payload Competition. They also received the Dr. Gil Moore Award for Innovation. The members of the GW Rocket Team who attended are noted in the photo above (back row, left to right): Dr. Snyder, Adrian Haber (ECE), Jeremey Waldron (MAE), James Hofer (ECE), Noah Bakr (MAE), Bryce Halter (Physics), Adam Brewer (ECE), Benjamin Wormuth (ECE), (front row, left to right), Tom Susi (MAE), Ariana Lesniak (Physics), and Colin Pate (MAE).
Human Resources News
SEAS HR Manager Marion Flythe-Inman has developed a new web page for SEAS staff with HR-related news, information, and events. The page will serve as an HR newsletter, which she will update monthly. This month's newsletter includes information on GW's new time off and leave guide, events and trainings, SEAS employment opportunities, and much more. Marion encourages SEAS employees to visit the page and bookmark it for easy future reference.
HR reminder: July 1 is right around the corner and GW has a use-it-or-lose-it policy on annual leave, so please be sure to use your accrued annual leave before July 1, 2019.
Upcoming SEAS Events
2019 Transportation YOU DC Summit
Saturday, June 29
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
CEE is hosting the 2019 Transportation YOU DC Summit of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Drs. Kim Roddis (CEE) and Samer Hamdar (CEE) and CEE undergraduate student Kyla D’Sa are the GW organizers. This is a unique program for 16 outstanding young women and their mentors from around the country. It exposes them to various transportation-related careers and introduces them to potential paths for their future. The event includes a tour of the Mobile Robotics and the Traffic and Networks Labs on the 6th floor of the SEH. CEE students, including Kyla, who work under Dr. Hamdar will explain their research.
Entrepreneurship News & Events
Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: This national invention competition recognizes students at any U.S. college or university who have tested prototypes of technology-based inventions in healthcare, food/water and agriculture, transportation and mobility, or consumer devices. In each of the four categories, graduate students are awarded $15,000 and undergraduate teams are awarded $10,000. The initial application deadline is September 27. See complete details about the application process and eligibility requirements.