March 2-8, 2015


March 2, 2015

Faculty News


Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE), his former student Dr. Abdullah Kayi (Intel), and his doctoral student Olivier Serres have published the following paper: A. Kayi, O. Serres, and T. El-Ghazawi, “Adaptive Cache Coherence Mechanisms with Producer-Consumer Sharing Optimization for Chip Multiprocessors,” IEEE Transactions on Computers, Vol. 64, No. 2, pp 316-328.

Prof. Rachelle Heller (CS) and her colleague, Dr. Catherine Mavriplis, recently disseminated their research via the global scientific resource, International Innovation, Issue 171: Women in Science.  The research relates to FORWARD to Professorship, the result of an NSF grant to recruit and retain women in STEM.

Prof. Rachael Jonassen (visiting scholar and part-time faculty, EMSE and CPS) and colleagues from NOAA’s Climate Services Division and the National Snow and Ice Data Center have published a new paper, “Achieving the NOAA Arctic action plan: The missing permafrost element,” in NOAA’s Climate Prediction Science and Technology Digest Special Issue, February 2015, p. 70-73. The paper further develops ideas presented at the 39th Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop and is available online.

Prof. David Nagel (ECE) published two articles in the February 25 issue of the prestigious Indian journal Current Science:  “Energy gains from lattice-enabled nuclear reactions,” and “Lattice-enabled nuclear reactions in the nickel and hydrogen gas system.” 

Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE) had the following published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, the flagship publication of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences:  “Review of: Computer Incident Response and Forensics Team Management: Conducting a Successful Incident Response,” JFSCAS, Vol. 60 (1), page 265 (2015). 


Prof. Lorena A. Barba (MAE) presented “Computational methods for animal gliders, focusing on analysis, accuracy and reproducibility” at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA on February 10.

Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) delivered a keynote address at the International Conference on Information Computer Application, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on February 12-13.  His talk was titled “Simulations with Heterogeneous High-Performance Computer Systems:  Issues and Advances."

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) will give an invited talk at University College London on March 6.  Her talk is an external seminar in the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit and is titled “Climate Informatics: Recent Advances and Challenge Problems for Machine Learning in Climate Science.”

Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE) delivered a talk at Duke University, in Durham, NC on February 16. The talk, titled “Atomically Thin Layered Materials: From Theory to Experiments,” was organized by the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics.

Other News:

Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) is serving as the general chair for the 9th International Conference on Partitioned Global Address Space Programming Models (PGAS 2015) and program chair for the 17th IEEE Conference on High-Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC 2015). 

Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE) served as a moderator for an oral presentation session of the Digital and Multimedia Sciences Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences at its 67th annual scientific meeting, held February 16-21 in Orlando, FL.

Other News

Graduate Recruiting & Admissions: The Graduate Admissions office is continuing to hold online information sessions and admitted student information sessions; more information on these events is available at The office will host a graduate student open house on April 30.  The fall application deadline has passed. Students who are still interested in applying for the fall should email [email protected].  As a reminder, all requests for graduate coordinators should be sent to [email protected].

SEAS Graduate Career Services: The Graduate Career Service Team hosted a cover letter workshop on February 24, providing guidance on how to format and tailor a cover letter to a specific job description.  In collaboration with the Center for Career Services and the GW Law Career Office, the team hosted Najib Hamouti, manager of the Career Center at ESITH in Casablanca, Morocco, on February 26.  The team also has been promoting job opportunities on GWork.  Chalvonna Smith has been working closely with Blackstone, which will be recruiting engineers of several programs for internships in their federal, financial, and corporate areas, as well as Crown Consulting, which will be recruiting for graduate level IT developer positions (preferably computer engineering).  The team will host a public speaking (elevator pitch) workshop on Wednesday, March 4 (in SEH 200B) and an international coffee hour on Thursday, March 5 (in SEH 2845B).  Both events will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. The weekly featured informational resource is: 5 Things Startups Want.

Guest Vignette

Despite the scientific consensus on climate change, drastic uncertainties remain.  Crucial questions about changes in regional climate; trends of extreme events such as heat waves, heavy precipitation, and mega-storms; and understanding how climate varied in the distant past, must be answered in order to improve predictions, assess impacts and vulnerability, and aid mitigation and adaptation efforts.  Given the profound impact machine learning has made on the natural sciences to which it has been applied, such as the field of bioinformatics, machine learning is poised to accelerate discovery in climate science.  The goal of the nascent interdisciplinary field of climate informatics is to use machine learning to help answer such questions and shed light on climate change.

Prof. Monteleoni’s research helped launch the field of climate informatics, and she co-founded the International Workshop on Climate Informatics, which is now entering its fifth year, attracting climate scientists and data scientists from more than 16 countries and 28 states. Ongoing work on her NSF-sponsored project, Learning Relations between Extreme Weather Events and Planet-Wide Environmental Trends, includes a recent approach to automatically detect climate patterns from data, which can be used to study extreme events. In particular, her Ph.D. student Cheng Tang recently presented a paper showing that a topic modeling technique from the field of natural language processing could be adapted to automatically detect climate patterns such as heat waves.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Claire Monteleoni, Department of Computer Science)

SEAS Events

ECE Colloquium: “Smart Home Cybersecurity: Threat and Defense in a Cyber Physical System”
Presenter: Dr. Shiyan Hu, Michigan Technological University
Tuesday, March 3
2:30 – 3:30 pm
SEH B1270

MAE Seminar: “Probing Fast High Temperature Transformation in Nanoparticles for Energy Applications”
Presenter: Dr. Michael Zachariah, Chemical Engineering & Chemistry, University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards & Technology
Thursday, March 5
2:30 pm
SEH B1270

MAE Seminar: “Finite-time Switching Dynamics of Contact Mechanical Systems: A Differential Variational Inequality (DVI) and Hybrid System Perspective”
Presenter: Dr. Jinglai Shen, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Friday, March 6
11:00 am
SEH B1270

BME Seminar: “Biosensors for Genes, Pathogens, Parasites, Biomarkers and Toxins”
Presenter: Dr. Raj Mutharasan, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Drexel University
Tuesday, March 10
5:00 – 6:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium

External Events

22nd Global Environment for Network Innovators (GENI) Engineering Conference (GEC22) and US Ignite Application Summit
Monday – Thursday, March 23-26
Hilton Crystal City Hotel at Washington Reagan National Airport
Demo Night: Tuesday, March 24 at GW’s SEH (4:30 – 7:30 pm)
The 22nd Global Environment for Network Innovators (GENI) Engineering Conference (GEC22) and US Ignite Application Summit will be hosted by GW, March 23-26, 2015. GENI Engineering Conferences (GEC) are regular open working meetings where researchers, developers, industrial and international partners and the GENI Project Office meet to advance infrastructure planning and prototyping for the GENI project. The GEC focuses on how to design and build a suite of infrastructure that can best inspire and support creative research. The conference is open to all. During the conference a Demo Night will be held on the GW Campus at the SEH. The purpose is to visit tables where technology research is demonstrated. For more information, please visit

SEAS Career Center News

NASA Goddard Pathways Webinars
Wednesday and Thursday, March 4 and 5
3:30 – 5:00 pm
These webinars will provide essential information on the student Pathways internship opportunities at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The webinars are for sophomores, juniors, seniors heading to graduate school, and graduate students. (Freshman students, seniors or graduate students graduating by May 2015 unfortunately will not have enough time to complete the requirements of this program).
Agenda items will include:

  • Overview of Pathways Internship Program
  • Application Process
  • Application Deadlines
  • Total number of opportunities
  • GSFC Locations
  • Q & A Session

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship: Industrial-Systems Engineer
The NIH seeks students at all levels to complete 3-4 months of full-time internship experience before they graduate. Students will be given a project, mentor, and guidance, and will attend a number of high level meetings. Requirements: U.S. citizenship, 3.0 GPA or higher, and interest in working for the Federal Government. Interested students should contact [email protected] at NIH Corporate Recruitment.

AFRL Griffiss Institute: 2015 Summer Internship Program
The 2015 application cycle has begun for the Summer Internship Program at the Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory.  This is a paid summer internship opportunity for students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university at the freshman level through the Ph.D. level (U.S. CITIZENS ONLY) to work on-site with AFRL researchers on a wide variety of research projects.  The majority of the students selected will be majoring in technical fields such as electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, and physics.  Basic information on the areas of research that the selected interns will be working in is available in the AFRL/RI Core Competencies.  The application deadline is March 20, 2015.  A copy of your resume and your current transcript are required with your application. These documents must be uploaded in .PDF format.  Application submission link.

Entrepreneurship News & Events

Office of Entrepreneurship Spring Workshop: “Keeping Your Legal House in Order”
Wednesday, March 4
5:30 - 7:00 pm
255 Duques Hall
Guest speaker Mr. Peter Weissman, patent attorney and partner at Blank Rome LLP, GW Business Plan Competition sponsor, and GW Law alumnus will discuss common legal challenges faced by startup companies from formation of the company to contractual and patent issues.  At this workshop you will learn why it is important to have a company, how to identify the key differences between the various company structures, how to avoid common contract issues, and what steps need to be taken to protect your team's valuable patents and trademarks.

GW Startup Career Expo
Tuesday, March 17
Marvin Center, 3rd floor
1:00 – 4:00 pm
The GW Startup Career Expo connects students with varied educational background and interests from all local universities with some of the hottest startups seeking to hire talent in the greater DC area.  The event is free, but all startup employers and students must register to participate.

Save the date for these other Office of Entrepreneurship upcoming workshops/events:
March 18: Your Startup's Pitch and Visual Deck
April 14: GW Business Plan Competition Finals, Jack Morton Auditorium

Doctoral Dissertations

Student’s Name: Manal H. Alassaf
Dissertation Title: “Automatic Parcellation of Longitudinal Cortical Surfaces”
Advisor: Prof. James Hahn (CS)
Monday, March 2
12:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH 2000B

Student’s Name: Maryam Yammahi
Dissertation Title: “Investigation of procedures for information retrieval based on Pigeonhole principle”
Advisor: Prof. Simon Berkovich (CS)
Thursday, March 5
3:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH 2000B

Student’s Name: Anastasia Wengrowski
Dissertation Title: “Overcoming the Physiological Limitations of Ex Vivo Heart Preparations”
Advisor: Prof. Matthew Kay (BME)
Thursday, March 12
1:00 pm
SEH B2000