March 30 - April 5, 2020


March 31, 2020

COVID-19-related News

Dr. David Broniatowski

Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland have launched an open online database, housed on the website “Social Media for Public Health,” to help fellow researchers study COVID-19. The platform will collect data resources and publications focused on social media data and how it can be used to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Possible applications include the combating of misinformation, supporting messaging from public health organizations, and tracking information about the ongoing pandemic.

Dr. Michael Keidar

Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) is helping develop a “plasma brush” that could be used to decontaminate protective masks, gloves, and other necessary gear so caregivers can reuse them. His research is aimed at helping address the medical equipment shortages that are resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. His effort is described in the March 27 GW Today article “SEAS Professor Developing Medical Equipment Decontamination System to Battle COVID-19.” Dr. Keidar also was quoted in the March 29 Science article, “Iran confronts coronavirus amid a ‘battle between science and conspiracy theories,’” regarding the use of cold atmospheric plasma to sterilize masks and other equipment used while treating COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Murray Loew

Dr. Murray Loew (BME) is working with BME grad students Sofian Obaid, Konstantin Mitic, and Destie Provenzano, and with Dr. James Rao (GW Radiation Oncology) to make N95-equivalent respirators using 3D printers. Destie and James have been developing the filter material (using furnace-filter fabric) and testing the designs at the hospital, and Sofian and Konstantin have been building the prototypes for testing. Dr. Loew has been helping with design specifications and sizing. Dr. Loew reports separately that a number of BME labs in the SEH have donated their limited supplies of masks and other personal protective equipment to the GW Hospital. Sofian collected and delivered them.


The Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) is offering a three-week online professional education course, “Enterprise Resilience - Embracing Change in a Turbulent World.” This certificate course includes 10 hours of video and three webinars with the instructor. The course addresses black swan events including pandemics. EEMI is planning to run the course again, beginning in May.


Faculty News

Headshot of Howie Huang

Dr. Howie Huang (ECE) has received a $100,000 research grant from Booz Allen Hamilton for the project “High-Performance Graph Algorithms on Near-Memory Processing Architecture.” In this project, Dr. Huang’s GraphLab will design new memory architectures and techniques to improve the performance of irregular workloads where the memory access pattern is difficult to predict, such as in graph processing.



Dr. Paymen Dehghanian

Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) recently has published the following journal articles: 1) M. Nazemi. M. Moeini-Aghtaie, M. Fotuhi-Firuzabad, and P. Dehghanian. “Energy Storage Planning for Enhanced Resilience of Power Distribution Networks against Earthquakes,” IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 795-806, April 2020; and 2) F. Wang, B. Xiang, K. Li, X. Ge, H. Lu, J. Lai, and P. Dehghanian. “Smart Households’ Aggregated Capacity Forecasting for Load Aggregators under Incentive-based Demand Response Programs,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Vol. 56, No. 2, pp. 1086-1097, March/April 2020.


Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Paymen Dehghanian

Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) attended and served as the student program chair at the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Electric Safety Workshop, held March 2-5 in Reno, NV. On March 18, Dr. Dehghanian gave an invited seminar (via WebEx) to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University. Dr. Dehghanian presented the SmartGrid Lab's research findings through a presentation titled “What It Takes to Realize a Resilient National Power Grid.”

Dr. Suresh Subramaniam

Dr. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) was an invited speaker at the International Conference on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks, held March 25-27. The conference, originally scheduled to be held in Milan, Italy, was held online. The title of his talk was “Disaster recovery in optical networks.”


Student News


Shiyuan Wang receiving award


ECE doctoral student Shiyuan Wang, advised by Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE), was awarded the 2020 IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) Prevention through Design Student Engineering Initiative. He presented his poster, “On the Use of Artificial Intelligence for Electrical Safety,” during the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Electric Safety Workshop, which was held March 2-5 in Reno, NV.


SEAS Computing Facility
MATLAB Online Office Hours: SEAS CF will continue to hold MATLAB open office hours throughout the Spring semester, but they will be offered online. Office hours are: Sundays (12:00 – 4:00 pm), Tuesdays (6:00 – 10:00 pm), and Fridays (1:00 – 5:00 pm). Please email us to schedule a tutoring appointment. The workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS senior Emilie Lemieux. MATLAB and many other helpful programs are available to be downloaded onto any personal computer. For a complete list of applications, please visit the SEAS Computing Facility website.


Upcoming SEAS Events

Please note that all SEAS and GW in-person events are canceled through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.


External Events
Webinar: “Pandemics: Lessons Looking Back From 2050 - A discussion with Hazel Henderson and Mirian Vilela”
Thursday, April 2
1:15 – 2:15 pm EDT
Hazel Henderson and Fritjof Capra recently published the article “Pandemics: Lessons Looking Back From 2050.” Join Hazel, Mirian Vilela, and Edward Saltzberg as they explore the insights in the article and the lessons for moving forward toward a more sustainable global society. Hazel Henderson is the founder of Ethical Markets; Mirian Vilela is the executive director of Earth Charter International; and Edward Saltzberg is the executive director of Security and Sustainability Forum.


Dissertation Defenses
Note: All dissertation defenses will be held online.


Student: Yawei Wang
Dissertation Title: “Enhancing the Robustness and Reliability of Smart Grids Using Machine Learning Approaches”
Advisor: Dr. Xiuzhen “Susan” Cheng (CS); Presiding: Dr. Abdou Youssef (CS)
Monday, March 30
10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Student: Sultan Alamro
Title: “Optimal Dynamic Resource Provisioning to Meet QoS Requirements in Cloud”
Advisor: Dr. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE)
Monday, March 30
1:00 – 3:00 pm


Student: Yuxin Ren
Title: “System Support for Scalable Coordination in Multi-core Platforms”
Advisor: Dr. Gabriel Parmer (CS)
Wednesday, April 1
1:00 – 3:00 pm


Student: Rubab Amin
Title: “Novel Material-based Heterogeneous-integrated Electro-Optic Modulators in Silicon Photonics”
Advisor: Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE)
Thursday, April 9
12:00 – 2:00 pm


Human Resources News
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The HR Corner now includes information about a live-answer GW Information Line and about faculty and staff services that are impacted by COVID-19-related closures and changes on campus, including: HR service delivery; I-9 processing; mail and package updates; and GW parking garages.