March 25-31, 2019


March 25, 2019

Faculty News

Headshot of Michael Keidar

Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his students have published two papers: 1) X. Fang, C. Corbella, D. B. Zolotukhin, and M. Keidar. “Plasma-enabled healing of graphene nano-platelets layer,” Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering, published online March 22, 2019; and 2) C. Corbella Roca, S. Portal, D. B. Zolotukhin, L. G. Martinez, L. Lin, M. Kundrapu, and M. Keidar. “Pulsed anodic arc discharge for the synthesis of carbon nanomaterials,” Plasma Sources Science and Technology, published online March 21, 2019.


Conferences & Presentations:

Headshot of David Broniatowski

On March 22, Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) gave the invited panel talk “Navigating Social Media: Trolls, Bots & Misinformation” at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. The meeting was held in Arlington, VA.

Payman Dehghanian

Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) attended and served as the student program chair of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Electric Safety Workshop, held March 4-8 in Jacksonville, FL.

Headshot of Milos Doroslovacki

Dr. Miloš Doroslovački (ECE) and his student Li Li attended the 53rd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, held March 20-22 in Baltimore, MD. At the conference, Li presented the following paper: L. Li, M. Doroslovački, and M. Loew. “Discriminant Analysis Deep Neural Networks.” Also at the conference, Dr. Doroslovački chaired the session “Learning Systems.”

Dr. Chung Hyuk Park

Dr. Chung Hyuk Park (BME) attended the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI '19), held March 11-14 in Daegu, Korea. At the HRI workshops, he presented two papers, titled “Therapeutic robots in the wild: Perils of delivering autism interventions in the real world” (co-authored with his doctoral student Hifza Javed and collaborator Myounghoon Jeon of Virginia Tech) and “Motivation-based Social Expression for Agent’s Learning Performance Representation" (co-authored with his former post-doc Dr. WonHyong Lee). At the conference, he co-organized a workshop with Dr. Paul Robinette (MIT) and served as a panelist in another workshop, titled “Test Methods and Metrics for Effective HRI in Collaborative Human-Robot Teams" and organized by Dr. Jeremy Marvel of NIST. His “Late-Breaking Report,” titled “Humanoid Therapy Robot for Encouraging Exercise in Dementia Patients” and co-authored with Mariah Schrum and Dr. Ayanna Howard (Georgia Tech), won the 2nd Place LBR Award.


Media Mentions:

WAMU-FM (online) quoted Dr. Scott Sklar (energy lead, Environmental and Energy Management Institute) in the March 18 article “Welcome To Spotsylvania: The East Coast Battleground For Big Solar."


Student News

Bo Wang

At the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Electric Safety Workshop, ECE doctoral student Bo Wang presented his paper, “Electrical Safety Considerations in Large-Scale Electric Vehicle Charging Stations," and was awarded the 2019 IEEE-IAS Myron Zucker Award on Electrical Safety through Design Student Initiative. Bo is advised by Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE).

The 2019 World Bank Group's Young Women in Technology (WITY) summer internship program offers practical, guided, hands-on exposure and involvement in corporate IT projects. The program is designed to enhance the educational experience of college students and help establish a future pipeline of entry level IT workers from diverse backgrounds. The application deadline is April 7.


SEAS Events Re-cap

Korea Symposium

The 5th GW – Korea University (KU) Research Symposium was held March 11-12 in Seoul, Korea. SEAS alumnus Simon Lee and KU hosted the event at the KU campus. The latest research progress of five KU-GW research teams were highlighted at the symposium and plans were made for future research collaborations. The GW team was led by Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Can Korman, and included Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE), Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE), Dr. Murray Loew (BME), Michael Orrill (senior PhD student representing Dr. Saniya LeBlanc of MAE), and Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE). The symposium included joint presentations by the GW team members and their respective KU collaborators, laboratory tours, and a reception that included KU President Jin Taek Chung, College of Engineering Dean Joong Hoon Kim, and other KU leadership and local dignitaries. The next research symposium is expected to take place at GW during the spring 2020 semester.


The Election Verification Network held its annual conference at the SEH on March 14-15. Speakers included US Senator Ron Wyden (OR), who opened the conference by announcing the launch of a modified version of the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act; US Representative Jamie Raskin (MD-8); David Sanger, a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist at the New York Times and author of The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age; Suzanne Spaulding, currently with Center for Strategic and International Studies and previously undersecretary of the Department for Homeland Security (DHS); Commissioners Hovland, Palmer, and Hicks of the Election Assistance Commission; and Matt Masterson of DHS. Dr. Poorvi Vora (CS) and Liz Howard (Brennan Center for Justice) co-chaired the conference, which also included panel discussions on federal legislation; litigation in the states; accessibility and verifiability; standards; and technology and audits held in 2018. A live stream of the conference and the conference agenda are available online.

Vint Cerf

On March 19, at the inaugural lecture of the CS Department’s Internet Distinguished Speaker Series, Vint Cerf spoke to a GW audience about the future of the Internet. He discussed ethical solutions as the key to the advancement of computer science. The event was held in collaboration with the GW chapter of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). More information about the lecture is available in the GW Today article “The Future of the Internet.”


Other News
CS Summer Classes: Expand your skills in computer science through a CS Summer 2019 Online Class. Online class options include: CSCI 1111 – Introduction to Software Development; CSCI 1112 – Algorithms and Data Structures; and CSCI 2113 – Software Engineering. Classes start May 20. Registration is now open. For more information, please contact the CS department at [email protected] or 202-994-7181.


SEAS Computing Facility
MATLAB and SolidWorks tutoring: MATLAB and SolidWorks tutoring will be offered throughout the spring semester on Mondays from 8:00 to 10:00 pm in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS senior Keily Gleason.


Engineering Software installation on personal computers: Most engineering programs installed in the SEAS Computing Labs—including MATLAB, SolidWorks, and others—are available for install on students’ personal computers. For a complete list of applications, please visit the SEAS Computing Facility website.


Upcoming SEAS Events
4th Annual GW Women in Engineering Professional Development Event: “Navigating Your Career”
Wednesday, March 27
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Marvin Center, Grand Ball Room
This interactive professional development event brings together female SEAS students and alumnae to discuss how to successfully navigate a career in engineering.


Thursday, March 28
5:30 – 8:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium and Green Wall
The GW COMPASS GALA is the premier STEM networking event hosted at GW. The GALA provides GW STEM graduate students and community members with an opportunity to network with representatives from local organizations, gaining insight into the diverse careers available to STEM professionals. Prior to the networking reception, a protocol officer will host a one-hour briefing on networking tips and tricks to help attendees navigate the room with ease. Space is limited; appetizers and beverages will be provided at this premier event. Alcohol will be available via the drink ticket system for individuals 21 and over with a valid, government-issued ID.


SEH WoW (What’s Our Work) Seminar Series
Wednesday, April 3
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220
The featured speakers for this seminar include: Dr. Gina Adam (ECE) – memristor devices in neuroinspired computing; Dr. Alexander Pyron (Biological Sciences) – undiscovered amphibian and reptile biodiversity; and Dr. Luyao Lu (BME) – soft optoelectronics for biological assessment. All SEAS students and faculty are welcome to attend.


CS Lecture: “Credit Card Fraud: Fighting the Bad Guys with Data”
Speaker: Dr. Paul Melby, Senior Director of Data Science, Capital One
Wednesday, April 3
7:10 – 8:30 pm
SEH, B1270
This is a special topic lecture for the course CSCI 6548 E-Commerce Security. To attend, please RSVP to [email protected] by April 2, 2019.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
2019 GW Summer Startup Accelerator: The GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications for the 2019 GW Summer Startup Accelerator (GWSSA). GWSSA is an intensive, residential, nine-week program for a select group of GW student entrepreneurs who want to “go all in” to develop a fundable startup venture. The submission deadline is Friday, April 26 at 12:00 noon. Learn more about the GWSSA and how it works, what type of ventures GWSSA is looking for, and how to apply. Please contact Lex McCusker, GW director of student entrepreneurship programs, with questions or for more information.


Collegiate Inventors Competition: Enter the 2019 Collegiate Inventors Competition, and take the opportunity to bring national attention to your work, gain valuable feedback from the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, and compete for cash and prizes. Submissions close Friday, June 7. Learn more and get started on your applications today.


GW Technology Commercialization Office 2019 Innovation Competition: Call for Technologies and Poster Session Participants
Tuesday, April 16
1:00 – 5:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
The GW Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) 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. Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $30,000 in prizes for the development of a prototype or proof-of-concept! All are welcome to attend the event.


GW New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 18
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Media & Public Affairs Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
Register Here
Nine teams take the stage to vie for over $800K in funding and support at the 11th Annual GW New Venture Competition. Who will take the prize this year at the largest business planning competition in the DC area?