March 5-11, 2018


March 05, 2018

Faculty News
Dr. Russell Hemley (CEE), Dr. Muhtar Ahart (research scientist, CEE), and colleagues have published the following paper: A. Basu, M. Ahart, N. Holtgrewe, C. Lin, and R. J. Hemley. “Pressure-induced transformations of multiferroic relaxor PbFe0.5Nb0.5O3,” Journal of Applied Physics, February 2018.


Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE), with his former graduate student George Teel, and colleagues recently published the following paper: I. Levchenko, S. Xu, G. Teel, D. Mariotti, M. L. R. Walker, and M. Keidar. “Recent progress and perspectives of space electric propulsion systems based on smart nanomaterials,” Nature Communications, February 2018.


Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) has published the following editorial: N. Li, K. Han, V. Sorger, and D. Sadana. “Nanoscale Light Sources for Optical Interconnects,” Journal of Lasers, Optics & Photonics, 2017, Vol. 4:3.


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) attended the IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, held February 19-22 in Washington D.C.


Dr. Igor Efimov (BME) has been invited to visit the University of Auckland, New Zealand March 10-25, supported by the University of Auckland Distinguished Visitor Award. The visit is related to the work of Transatlantic network of excellence RHYTHM supported by $6 million from the Leducq Foundation, where he serves as the North American coordinator. GW and the University of Auckland are two of six participants of this network. During the visit, Dr. Efimov will work on collaborative research projects and deliver three lectures:


  • University of Auckland Symposium: “Ventricular fibrillation is predicted by human cardiac 3D wavelength volume”
  • University of Auckland Hospital: “First in human trial of low energy atrial multistage electrotherapy”
  • Biomedical science and physiology departments seminar: "Optical mapping of atrial physiology: from mouse to man.”


The Annual Symposium of the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Stewardship Science Academic Programs (SSAP) took place February 21-22 in North Bethesda, MD. The Capital/DOE Alliance Center (CDAC), the longest running materials science Center of Excellence in the program, now headquartered at GW and directed by Dr. Russell Hemley (CCE), was prominently featured. Fourteen graduate students from 12 CDAC partner universities presented posters. CDAC graduate students received three of the top 10 Best Poster awards out of a total of nearly 200 posters presented by graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at the symposium.


Dr. Tianshu Li (CEE) gave the invited talk “Molecular Studies of the Mechanisms of Gas Hydrate Formation” at the Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrate Systems, held February 25 – March 2 in Galveston, TX.


Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE) and his research team have published a seminal paper on the use of machine learning in the design of next generation photonic interconnects with applications to high-performance computing. The paper, titled “Extending the Performance and Power-Efficiency of Photonic Interconnects with Machine Learning,” was presented at the 24th IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture, held February 24-28 in Vienna, Austria. It is the premier and flagship conference for the IEEE Computer Society, and the research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) recently gave two invited talks: 1) “Towards atto-joule and THz modulation in nanophotonics” and “Attojoule Modulators for Neuromorphic Computing.” He delivered the first talk, which included details from his collaboration with Korea University and John's Hopkins University, at the SPIE Photonic West Conference, held February 1 in San Francisco, CA. He presented the second talk at the AFOSR Annual MURI review meeting, which was held February 7 at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Sorger also gave a talk on March 2 at the NSF/Semiconductor Research Corporation review meeting, which was held at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus. The title of his talk was “Nanophotonic Neuromorphic Computing.”


Other News:
On February 22–23, Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) took part in the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine’s second meeting of the Study Committee on Reproducibility and Replicability in Science. The meeting included two public sessions that brought distinguished invited speakers to address reproducibility in the fields of economics, biomedical sciences, and psychology, among others. These will be available on video from the committee’s website.


Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) was interviewed and spotlighted in the March-April 2018 issue of the IEEE Industry Applications Magazine.


Dr. Kim Roddis (CEE) was one of 13 representatives of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) who comprised the February 19-24 ASEE Delegation to Cuba. The delegation was developed in cooperation with the Cuban Ministry of Superior Education, and it offered a unique opportunity to meet directly with Cuban counterparts as the delegation learned about the challenges and advances of engineering education in Cuba.


On February 27, Dr. Poorvi Vora (CS) testified on election cybersecurity bills HB 767, 1331, 1278, and 1658 at a public hearing of the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee. She also submitted more detailed written testimony on each bill. Dr. Vora provided the testimony in response to a request by Delegate Alonzo Washington, chair of the Election Law Subcommittee.


Student News
EMSE graduate student Shuqi Dong has been selected for the highly competitive Climate Corps Fellowship of the Environmental Defense Fund. Shuqi will spend her summer at Volvo Group North America, where she will focus on developing a model and tools to engage employees and promote behaviors that drive long-term energy savings at Volvo’s manufacturing facilities in MD, VA, and PA. Shuqi received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from SEAS and currently is pursuing her master’s degree in environmental and energy management.


EMSE doctoral student Kelly Rickard has been selected for the 2018 Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award. The Amsterdam awards were created to honor graduate students who have made an outstanding contribution to GW teaching and to recognize the important contribution that graduate students make to the educational process at GW. Kelly is advised by Dr. Rene van Dorp (EMSE), and she is conducting her dissertation research on enhancing emergency department patient throughput by leveraging observed human operators’ discretion in workforce composition and scheduling.


SEAS Computing Facility
Software Carpentry Workshops
SEAS CF, in partnership with the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, is offering four two-day software carpentry workshops this academic year. The third workshop will run March 8-9 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in Gelman 201 (STEMworks). The final workshop will be announced at a later date.

Who is this for?
The workshop is intended for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who want to become more productive with lab skills for scientific computing. The workshop is free to any GW-affiliated participant.

What is it?
The workshop provides two days of hands-on learning to:

  • automate repetitive tasks (Unix shell)
  • track and share your code and writing (git and GitHub)
  • use programming language that is especially powerful for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis (R)

Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises in the workshops. Participants are encouraged both to help one another and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system; they also should have admin privileges on the computer. The computer needs to be a “real” laptop—not a Chromebook, tablet, etc.



Introduction to Linux Workshop:
This semester's Linux workshops will be held on Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Tompkins Hall 411. They will be hosted by SEAS Computing Facility Systems Engineers Marco Suarez, Hadi Mohammadi, and Jason Hurlburt. Please email with any questions or comments about the workshops.


MATLAB and Solidworks tutoring will be offered throughout the spring semester in Tompkins 401 on the following days:

  • Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Fridays: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email The MATLAB and Solidworks workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad.


SEAS Events
ECE Seminar: “From Gestures to Behavior: Understanding Human Behavior from Multimodal Signals”
Speaker: Dr. Tanaya Guha, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India
Monday, March 5
10:45 – 11:45 am
SEH, B1270


ECE Seminar: “Magnetic Structures with Tunable Properties for Optomechanical and Biomedical Applications"
Speaker: Dr. Hatem Elbidweihy, U.S. Naval Academy
Tuesday, March 6
1:30 pm
SEH, B1270


ECE Seminar: “From Devices to Systems: New MEMS-Components for Next Generation RF Platforms”
Speaker: Dr. Cristian Cassella, Northeastern University
Thursday, March 8
10:45 – 11:45 am
Marvin Center, 402


MAE Seminar: “Medical Devices at the Nanoscale: Using Structural DNA Nanotechnology for Nanobiosensing and Microrobot Self-Assembly”
Speaker: Rebecca Taylor, Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, March 8
2:00 - 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


ECE Seminar: “Chip-Scale Platforms for Long-Wavelength Nanophotonics: Frequency Combs, Spectrometers, and Beyond”
Speaker: Dr. David Burghoff, MIT
Friday, March 9
10:45 - 11:45 am
Marvin Center, 413


GW COMPASS March Career Workshop: “Networking at Conferences”
Thursday, March 15
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1270
Join your fellow graduate students in STEM at this helpful workshop where you can learn all about networking at conferences! Members of the GWPA will lead this workshop and provide their insights into how to form new relationships and meaningful connections at conferences. This event will be followed by an informal networking social hour at Circa.
Learn more


GW COMPASS Path to Academic Careers Workshop: “Teaching and Research Statements”
Speakers: Dr. Arzhang Angoshtari (CEE) and Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE)
Tuesday, March 20
4:00 – 6:00 pm
SEH, B1220
Faculty will cover topics such as: the different types of available academic positions for PhDs, how to write a teaching and research statement and cover letter, the process of faculty interviews/“dos and don’ts”, negotiating salaries, and more. Please come with any additional questions for Q&A! Masters students are also welcome.


3rd Annual GW Women in Engineering Event: “Navigating Your Career Professional Development”
Tuesday, March 27
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom
This event brings together female engineering students and SEAS alumnae to discuss navigating one’s career successfully. Hear from our key note speaker Christyl Johnson, Ph.D ’12, deputy center director for technology and research investments at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; engage in round table discussions; share lessons learned; and network with fellow classmates, alumnae, and SEAS faculty. This event is open to both undergraduate and graduate female SEAS students.
Registration for students
Registration and information for all other participants


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Startup Career and Internship Fair
Wednesday, March 7
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
Meet with some of the hottest startups in the DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) area for potential career and internship opportunities! This great event is open to everyone in the DMV community looking to work with a DC startup. Don't miss out on the additional opportunity of attending the guest panel featuring some of the most prominent startup executives in the area.


How to Pitch Your Startup to an Investor
Wednesday, March 7
5:30 - 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center (Tompkins Hall, M06)
Pitching your business idea can be tough. Guest speaker, GW alum, and newest New Venture Competition sponsor, Antwayne Ford, will give an “enlightened” discussion on what the do’s and don’t’s are for a concise investor pitch, as well as best practices for how to nail your presentation!


George Hacks: Medical Hackathon
Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25
Registration open now
George Hacks is a new student-led, 24-hour innovation competition at GW that is open to students from for all majors and is breaking from traditional hackathons meant for computer science majors. Pitches will address needs for patients battling cancer, medical and social innovation solutions for the aging community, and more! 100 participants will participate in teams of four that will compete for prizes! Please email to receive registration information, to apply to be part of the student organization next year, or to volunteer for our inaugural event in March. For additional information, visit the website. This event is sponsored by SEAS and GW's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


2018 GW New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 19
5:30 - 9:00 pm
MPA Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
The top nine GW student entrepreneurial teams will take the stage at one of the largest competitions in the nation to vie for more than $300,000 in funding and support. What big idea will come from GW next? Attend the 10th anniversary finals on April 19 to see who will take the top prize!


External Events
Dinner with Alumni Program: Dinner with Dr. Randy Graves, D.Sc. ’78
Wednesday, March 21
Register for an opportunity to have dinner with a SEAS alum! Dr. Graves worked for NASA for 26 years, has been CEO or chairman of the board of several startup companies, and has been a member of the National Advisory Council at SEAS for 20 years. This dinner is open to juniors, seniors, and masters students.