March 6-12, 2017


March 06, 2017

Faculty News

Awards & Honors:

The Region 1 members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) have inducted Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) as an Honorary Member of the Institute’s Engineer of the Year Honor Society. Prof. Keidar previously was elected the 2017 National AIAA Engineer of the Year, 2017 Region 1 Engineer of the Year, and the 2016 National Capital Section Engineer of the Year. He was elected for his unique technical contributions to the fundamentals and applications of electric propulsion, particularly micro-propulsion for small satellites.

Media Mentions:

Research by Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) was mentioned in “Solving the faculty diversity problem,” the March feature article in ASBMBToday, the member magazine of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Prof. Broniatowski’s collaborator, Dr. Kenneth Gibbs of NIH, was interviewed for the article.

Prof. Carl Landwehr (lead research scientist, Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute) was quoted in the February 26 Chronicle of Higher Education article “Cybersecurity, Rising: Working to meet a national shortage of computer-safety personnel, colleges find customers and complications.”


Profs. Igor Efimov (BME) and Matt Kay (BME), doctoral student Christopher Gloschat, and their co-authors have published the following article: H. Fang, K. J. Yu, C. Gloschat, Z. Yang, E. Song, C.-H. Chiang, J. Zhao, S. M. Won, S. Xu, M. Trumpis, Y. Zhong, S. W. Han, Y. Xue, D. Xu, S. W. Choi, G. Cauwenberghs, M. Kay, Y. Huang, J. Viventi, I. R. Efimov and J. A. Rogers. “Capacitively coupled arrays of multiplexed flexible silicon transistors for long-term cardiac electrophysiology,” Nature Biomedical Engineering. (Published online March 1, 2017) DOI: 10.1038/s41551-017-0038. This new technology presents a major advance in flexible bioelectronics, because it allows long term implantation of high resolution flexible conformal electronic devices. Sensors and signal conditioning electronics is protected by micron thick glass, which is flexible but durable, allowing up to 70 years of function inside biological organism. This technology will significantly advance the diagnostic and therapeutic implantable devices.

ECE Profs. Tian LanHowie Huang, and Suresh Subramaniam and recently graduated doctoral students Yu Xiang and Juzi Zhao have published a manuscript titled “Elastic Reliability Optimization Through Peer-to-Peer Checkpointing in Cloud Computing” in the IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, 2017. Their paper proposes a novel method for providing elastic reliability optimization in cloud computing. It improves resource utilization and presents an additional source of revenue to data center operators.

Profs. Volker Sorger (ECE) and Grace Zhang (MAE) have published a manuscript titled “Scattering and Absorption Control in Biocompatible Fibers towards Equalized Photobiomodulation.” The work investigates low-level light therapy in nanoengineered biocompatible optical fibers. In short, they use light to heal tissue, for example, after surgery. The full citation is: J. K. George, H. Seyed, D. D’Hemecourt, W. Zhu, G. Zhang and V. J. Sorger. “Scattering and Absorption Control in Biocompatible Fibers towards Equalized Photobiomodulation,” Biomedical Optics Express 8(3), 1589-1597 (2017).

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Howie Huang (ECE) and his doctoral student student Hang Liu presented their paper, “Graphene: Fine-Grained IO Management for Graph Computing,” at the USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST’17) last week. Analyzing big graph data is of great importance to a variety of areas, from social networks to cybersecurity to healthcare. Graphene is a new graph processing framework that incorporates graph data awareness in computer systems, combined with intelligent IO management on flash-based storage devices. FAST is the premier venue for presenting research in file and storage systems. This year it selected only 27 papers out of 116 submissions for an acceptance rate of 23%. FAST’17 attracted more than 450 researchers from academia and industry.

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) gave a talk on March 1 at the Georgetown MS Analytics Seminar. The title of her talk is “Climate Informatics: Recent Advances and Challenge Problems for Machine Learning in Climate Science.”


SEAS faculty are invited and encouraged to submit abstracts to the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Technology and Innovation Council’s Innovators’ Showcase, an R&D expo for the science and technology leadership within the intelligence community. Selected abstracts will be included in a full day of six-minute R&D program briefings to 100-200 government science and technology leaders. Faculty do not pay a fee to submit abstracts. Please visit the Innovators’ Showcase website for more information.

Student News

Pablo Frank Bolton, a doctoral student advised by Prof. Rahul Simha (CS), has been selected to receive a 2017 Phillip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award. He will receive the award on April 25, when the University holds its annual Faculty Honors Ceremony.

Other News

MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility will hold a series of workshops covering MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS programming through April 1. The workshops will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The remaining workshops are:


  • March 18: Figures & 3D Plotting
  • April 1: Linear Equation & ODE Solving

Register for the MATLAB workshops


  • March 11 : Special features
  • March 25: Assembly basics

Register for the SOLIDWORKS workshops

MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS tutoring also will be offered from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Tompkins 401. 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

BME Seminar: “Finding Bacteria: The Bad, The Good, and The Better”
Dr. MinJun Kim, Southern Methodist University
Monday, March 6
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

2nd Annual Women in Engineering Professional Development Event: Navigating Your Career
Thursday, March 9
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
This event brings together female engineering students and SEAS alumnae to discuss successfully navigating your career. Hear from our key note speaker, Paige Atkins (MS ’89), the associate administrator of the Office of Spectrum Management at the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); 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. Please register in GWork or your school-based system.

Traffic and Granular Flow Conference (TGF17)
Wednesday – Saturday, July 19-22
TGF17 will be hosted at GW and chaired by Prof. Samer Hamdar (CEE). The conference is interdisciplinary, and faculty from all SEAS departments may submit abstracts. The deadline for abstract submission is March 30. Authors of approved abstracts will have the opportunity to submit a manuscript that will be published as a book chapter by Elsevier. Selected manuscripts will be submitted to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, of which Prof. Hamdar is the special issue editor. All details of the conference can be found on the conference website.

Carreer Center Events

Spring 2017 SEAS Undergraduate Career Development
Walk-in hours (no appointment needed): Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
And by appointment
SEH, 1630

Entrepreneurship Events

Talk: “The Business of Good: How business can be a fulcrum for social change”
Wednesday, March 22
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Incubator, Tompkins Hall M06
Jason Haber, GW alumnus and a serial and social entrepreneur, will host a talk about his new book, The Business of Good. Hear him tell the story of how for-profit and nonprofit companies are changing the world and how you can, too.

Save the Date: Research Days 2017 Competition
Tuesday, April 4
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
GW’s Research Days Competition is open to all GW faculty, staff, and students. The competition is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

TCO 2017 Innovation Competition
Wednesday, April 12
1:00 – 5:30 pm
SEH, B1220
The GW Technology Commercialization Office 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. Registration for competition entries is now closed.

External Events

Discussion: “Driverless Cars: The Legal Landscape”
Tuesday, March 14
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
SMPA Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
More information and registration 
GW Law will host this day-long discussion, moderated by GW Law Associate Dean Alan Morrison. All SEAS students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference
Sunday-Wednesday, May 14-17
Gaylord National Convention Center, Washington, DC
The Student Leaders Conference brings together undergraduate nano and emerging technologies student group representatives from across the United States. It highlights undergraduate research and connects students with entrepreneurs, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and representatives of federal agencies funding research in emerging technologies. The conference is sponsored by TechConnect, in partnership with student groups from across the country. More information

Dissertation Defenses

Student Name: Khurram Khattak
Title: “Nanostructure Materials for Magnetic Refrigeration”
Advisor: Prof. Edward Della Torre (ECE)
Tuesday, March 7
12:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, 5845

Student Name: Yiwen Zhou
Title: “Study of the Dielectric Constant of Seawater at L-band Measurements and Applications”
Advisor: Prof. Roger Lang (ECE)
Friday, March 24
1:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, 2990

Student Name: Kara Garrott
Title: “Adapting Novel Techniques to Elevate Physiological Relevance to Study Heart Failure and Oxygenation in the Isolated Heart”
Advisor: Prof. Matthew Kay (BME)
Wednesday, March 29
1:00 pm
SEH, 2000B