March 1-7, 2010


March 7, 2010

Faculty News


GW’s National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) has received a one-year, $200,000 technology transfer grant from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).  Under this grant, the NCAC will work with two industrial partners—L&L Products, Inc., and Ontonix—to develop advanced material models to be used in automotive safety applications.  The industrial partners are funded separately by NCMS.  NCMS spearheads technology development by serving as a provider of collaborative research, information, knowledge and expertise to the North American manufacturing and defense community, and it has spearheaded numerous technology developments.  


Conferences & Papers:

Prof. Azim Eskandarian (CEE) delivered an invited talk (seminar), entitled "Intelligent Vehicles Active Safety: A Signal Processing Method for Unobtrusive Detection of Driver Drowsiness," at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University on February 19th.

Prof. Roger Lang (ECE) is the chair of the 11th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing (MicroRad), which will be held this week (March 1st – 4th) here in Washington, DC. The meeting, held alternately in the US and Italy, typical has about 150 attendees. The goal of MicroRad 2010 is to offer the microwave radiometry community an opportunity to share new research results, instrument designs, and innovative techniques and technologies in the field of passive microwave remote sensing. Special attention will be focused on applications to remote sensing of land, ocean, atmosphere, and the cryosphere. The proceedings of the meeting will be archived by IEEE in its digital library, IEEE Xplore, and plans are being made to publish selected, peer-reviewed papers in a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 

Prof. James Lee (MAE) and his doctoral student, James Chen, presented a paper on "Fundamental theory of Nanogenerator" at the APS April Meeting, held February 13th – 17th in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Mona Zaghloul (ECE chair) is the co-author with her doctoral student, Steve Arnold, of “Design and Performance of a Simple, Room-Temperature Gallium Oxide Nanowire Gas Sensor.”  The paper has been selected to receive an award from the Naval Research Lab at the 2010 Annual Research Publications Award Dinner, to be held on March 19th.

Guest Vignette


Group Photo

Girl in StrollerMan at laptop







First Lady Michelle Obama promised to speak at the University Commencement if GW students, faculty, and staff perform 100,000 hours of community service during the 2009-2010 academic year.  Professor Roger Kaufman of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department is leading a volunteer project open to students, faculty, and staff which will help GW achieve that goal while providing a satisfying way for SEAS engineers to utilize their skills. 

“Bridging the Gap: Creative Technological Aids for Children with Neuromuscular Handicaps” is a joint project intended to bring together the creative talents of SEAS students and faculty with assistive technology needs identified by physical and occupational therapists at Children’s National Medical Center. We are designing and building a variety of electromechanical devices and therapeutic toys that strengthen muscles, enhance confidence and self-esteem, make therapy fun, and improve the quality of life for children with disabilities.   (Provided courtesy of Prof. Roger Kaufman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)


CEE Colloquium: “Challenges of the Transportation System and Technological Answers:
Results from Recent R&D Projects in Europe”
Speaker: Dr. Reinhard Pfliegl, Managing Director, Austria‐Tech Federal Agency for Technological Measures, Ltd.
Monday, March 1st, 10:00 am ‐ 1:00 pm
Virginia Campus, Building I, Room 410 Auditorium

CS Colloquium: “3DLoc: Three Dimensional Wireless Localization Toolkit”
Speaker: Xinwen Fu, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Wednesday, March 3rd at 1:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

Seminar: “Getting More from Explicit Dynamics FEA and Experiments with Mathcad and Kornucopia”
Thursday, March 4th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Virginia Campus, Research Bldg 2, Room 106
Pizza will be served; please RSVP by noon on March 3rd to Judy Shem, [email protected]

CS Colloquium: “Technical Publications in the Age of Social Networking: The Periodicals of the Computer Society”
Speaker: Prof. David Grier, GW Elliot School of International Affairs
Monday, March 8th at 4:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

CS Colloquium: “Models of Motivation”
Speaker: Glenn Becker, Unisys Corporation
Wednesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: “Biomagnetics: An Interdisciplinary Field Where Magnetics, Biology, and Medicine Overlap”
Speaker: Dr. Shoogo Ueno, University of Tokyo/Kyushu University
Thursday, April 22nd, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

SEAS Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship:

Please join SEAS for the remaining two seminars of the four-part Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship. These events are free and open to the SEAS and GW community. 

Access to Capital
Wednesday, March 24th  
6:00 pm: Reception, 7:00 pm: Panel Discussion
Funger Hall, Room 103

Product vs. Service Entrepreneurs
GW Summit on Entrepreneurship
Thursday, April 15th 
10:30 – 11:30 am: Panel Discussion
Duques Hall, Room 652

Sponsored by the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Engineer Alumni Association.

SEAS Seminar Series in Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century:

SEAS continues the seminar series it initiated last semester with more discussions on engineering challenges facing us.  More information will soon be available.  In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Pervasive Computing and Its Integration Into Our Day-to-Day Life
Prof. Susan Cheng
March 9th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
640 Phillips Hall

Integrated Vehicle Safety: The Challenges and Opportunities for Intelligent Vehicles
Prof. Azim Eskandarian
March 23rd
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
310 Marvin Center

Arms Control and Environmental Treaties: The Challenge for Engineers and Scientists
Nicholas Kyriakopoulos
April 6th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
414 Marvin Center

Systems Architecting: Taking a System from Concept to Reality
April 20th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
101 Marvin Center

Sex, Lies and Videoclips: The Perils of Life Online
Prof. Dianne Martin
May 4th 
6:30: Reception; 7:00: Presentation
309 Marvin Center

Academic Success & Professional Development Series:

Putting it All Together: Resumes, CV’s, and Dossiers 
Tuesday, March 9th  
4:30 – 5:30 pm
309 Marvin Center

The Academic Career Search 
Tuesday, March 11th  
5:00 – 6:00 pm
405 Marvin Center

Funding your Dissertation Research 
Monday, March 22nd 
4:00 – 5:30 pm
101 Marvin Center