March 17-23, 2014


March 17, 2014

Faculty News

Honors & Awards:

Prof. Yongsheng Leng (MAE) has been awarded GW's 2013-2014 Writing in the Disciplines Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the first recipient of this award to come from SEAS, and the awards committee was unanimous in its recognition of the substantial strengths of his writing pedagogy. Prof. Leng will receive the WID Distinguished Teaching Award at the Faculty Honors ceremony and reception to be held Monday, March 31, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Jack Morton Auditorium of the SMPA Building.

At the American Academy of Forensics Sciences annual scientific meeting, held February 17-22, Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE)was advanced to full membership and Professorial Lecturer Dan Ryan (EMSE) was advanced to Fellow.  At that meeting, the Professors Ryan presented a paper entitled “Credentialing the Digital and Multimedia Forensics Professional.”


Prof. Ed Della Torre (ECE) and his collaborators at the University of Perugia have published the following peer-reviewed paper: E. Cardelli, E. Della Torre, and A. Faba. “Numerical Modeling of Hysteresis in Si-Fe Steels,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 50 (2014) 329.

Prof. Kausik Sarkar (MAE), his graduate student Shirshendu Paul, and their collaborators have published the following journal article: S. Paul, R. Nahire, S. Mallik, and K. Sarkar. “Encapsulated microbubbles and echogenic liposomes for contrast ultrasound imaging and targeted drug delivery,” Computational Mechanics, 53,413-435.

Prof. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) has published the following paper with his former doctoral student Onur Turkcu: O. Turkcu and S. Subramaniam. “Optimal wavebanding in WDM ring networks,” IEEE/ACM Transactions in Networking, Vol. 22, No. 1, Feb. 2014, pp. 179 - 190.

Media Mentions:

“Lift and wakes of flying snakes,” a paper co-authored by Prof. Lorena Barb (MAE) and her colleagues Anush Krishnan, John Socha, and Pavlos Vlachos, was published March 4 in Physics of Fluids. The paper has received a good deal of press coverage from the following: The Washington Post, NPR, Science NewsredOrbit.comInternational Business TimesThe Daily PressWild Life ExtragizmagThe Huffington Post (in Spanish), TreeHugger, and GW Today.

Conferences & Presentations:

On March 4, Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) gave an invited talk at the University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. Her talk was titled “Probing protein orientation near charged surfaces: a BEM-based implicit-solvent model that compares well with all-atom simulation. ”

Prof. Shelly Heller (CS) gave a talk at the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE PI conference on March 3. The topic was faculty development and the role of national and targeted workshops on the recruitment and retention of academic women in STEM.

Prof. Timothy Wood (CS) participated in a panel discussion on “The Convergence of Cloud, Big Data and Mobile” at the IEEE International Workshop on Cloud Analytics, held March 11 in Boston, MA.  His Ph.D. student Guyue Liu also attended and presented their paper, titled “Topology Discovery & Service Classification for Distributed-Aware Clouds, ” a project done in collaboration with IBM Research.

Student News

On March 7, CEE post-doc Raffaela Cabriolu and CEE graduate student Yuanfei Bi, both advised by Prof. Tianshu Li (CEE), gave the following presentations at the American Physics Society March meeting, held in Denver, CO: 1) Yuanfei Bi and Tianshu Li, “Study of methane hydrate nucleation by accelerated molecular simulation,” and 2) Raffaela Cabriolu and Tianshu Li, “A new method for studying nucleation in aqueous environment.”

On March 6, Ph.D. student Evan Kaufman (MAE) presented the paper “Design and Development of a Free-Floating Hexrotor UAV for 6-DOF Maneuvers” at the 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference held in Big Sky, MO. The paper, written under the advising of Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE), explores geometric nonlinear control on a fully-actuated unmanned aerial vehicle.


End of support for Microsoft Windows XP: Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP on April 8. After this date the software will no longer receive security updates and should no longer be used. Windows XP computers will become increasingly more vulnerable to security risks and viruses as they will no longer receive patches from Microsoft. If your system must remain on Windows XP due to compatibility with a specific application or research requirements, we strongly advise that it be disconnected from the network. The Division of IT may turn off Internet access for Windows XP computers after April 8 as a preventative security measure.

If you'd like more information or assistance migrating your computer to a supported version, or if you need to stay on Windows XP, please contact the SEAS Computing Facility at [email protected] or visit

Training events:

COMSOL Webinar: Pipe Flow Simulations using COMSOL Multiphysics
Thursday, March 20
2:00 pm
More info and registration


COMSOL Intro, Heat Transfer & Fluid Flow Workshops
Wednesday, March 26
AM Session (held in Bloomberg Center for Physics & Astronomy, Room 176)
·     9:30 - 11:00 am: Overview of the Software
·   11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Hands-on Tutorial
PM Session (held in Gilman Hall, Room 132)
·     3:00 - 4:30 pm: Heat Transfer Applications
·     4:30 - 5:30 pm: Fluid Flow Applications 
More info and registration

Guest Vignette

The Institute for Computer Graphics and its associated lab is dedicated to the applications of computer graphics technology to health-related problems. We are currently working on a number of projects that involve visualization, simulation, registration, and surface/motion capture. Two such projects are described below.

In a project in collaboration with Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), we are developing new algorithms to parcellate the developing neonatal brain automatically, without landmark sections, into neuroanatomical regions of interest and to propagate such parcellations across neonatal brain atlases between 28 to 44 weeks gestational age. The resultant atlas will help in understanding how the neonatal brain changes through the critical early years of development. (See image 1).

In another project in collaboration with CNMC, we are developing assessment and visualization techniques to help train physicians to perform the neonatal endotracheal intubation procedure. A virtual reality simulation of a real simulator was developed to track the movements of the instruments as the procedure was performed by a number of individuals of varying degree of expertise. Analysis of this data will help classify the degree of expertise and help develop a visualization tool to assist physicians to master this difficult and critical procedure.  (See image 2).  (Provided courtesy of Prof. James Hahn of the Department of Computer Science)

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar: “Filtered Two-fluid Models for Fluidized Gas-particle Suspensions”
Speaker: Professor Sankaran Sundaresan, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Princeton University
Wednesday, March 19
3:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: “The Simplest Complex Fluid? The Remarkable Rheology of Hard-sphere Suspensions”
Speakar: Dr. Jeffrey F. Morris, Chair of Chemical Engineering, City College of the City University of New York
Thursday, March 27
2:00 pm
221 Funger Hall

MAE Seminar: “Statistical Analysis and Simulation of Random Shock Waves in Burgers Turbulence”
Speaker: Professor Daniele Venturi, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University
Monday, April 7
1:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: “Modeling Inelastic Behavior of Metals at Multiple Scales for Multiple Purposes”
Speaker: Dr. David L. McDowell, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tuesday, April 8
11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall

SAVE THE DATE: SEAS Faculty Awards Presentation
Thursday, April 10
3:00 – 5:00 pm
307 Marvin Center

SAVE THE DATE: Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture
Speaker: Dr. Mario Livio, Internationally Renowned Astrophysicist & Prize-Winning Author
Thursday, April 17
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
More info and registration
After the lecture, Dr. Livio will be available for a book signing. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. A reception follows the lecture.

MAE Seminar: “Nanogenerators as New Energy Technology & Piezotronics for Functional Systems”
Speaker: Dr. Zhong Lin Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology
Thursday, May 8
11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall

Entrepreneurship Events

Entrepreneurial Session 10: Developing a Compelling Oral Presentation & Visuals
Wednesday, March 19
5:10 – 7:00 pm
353 Duques Hall

3rd Annual Innovation Competition
Wednesday, March 26
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Marvin Center, Rooms 307-309
The GW Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is showcasing promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. This event provides a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs, and members of the venture community, as well as the opportunity for GW inventors to present technologies to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and industry. Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $20,000 in prizes!

Dissertation Defenses:

Name of Student Defending: Sangmin Lee
Title of Dissertation: “Re-examination of the Enterprise Resource Planning Success Model in Cross Industry Sectors: New Statistical Findings”
Advisor: Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE)
Thursday, March 20
10:00 am
1776 G Street, Conference Room 120

Name of Student Defending: Luca Zappaterra
Title of Dissertation: “Improving Resource Management in Dynamic Cognitive Radio Networks through Low-Complexity Channel Selection Algorithms”
Advisor: Prof. Hyeong-Ah Choi (CS)
Friday, March 21
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
205 Tompkins Hall

Name of Student Defending: Dengyuan Wu
Title of Dissertation: “Statistical Approaches for Target Counting in Sensor Networks”
Advisor: Prof. Xiuzhen “Susan” Cheng (CS)
Friday, March 21
2:00 – 4:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

External Events:

Alumni Outstanding Service Awards
Thursday, April 3
6:30 pm
JW Marriott Washington DC
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
SEAS alumnus Will Alexander (BS '04, GWSB MBA '06) will be one of the six recipients of this year's awards.

USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo
Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27
Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
More info
Over 750 leading STEM organizations will present hands-on science and engineering activities for people of all ages. The event is free of charge.