March 7-13, 2011


March 7, 2011

Faculty News


Associate Dean Martha Pardavi-Horvath (ECE) received an International Travel Award from the American Physical Society. During the summer she will host and collaborate with Prof. Galina Makeeva of Russia on non-linear effects in magnetic nanostructures at THz frequencies. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Prof. Pardavi-Horvath will host a Fulbright scholar, Prof. Karmak Bagisbayev from Kazakhstan, who is going to study the applied science courses offered to SEAS graduate students.


Prof. Joseph Barbera (EMSE) co-authored a paper with Drs. Anthony Macintyre and Bruno Petineaux of the GW Medical Center. The paper, "Survival Interval in Earthquake Entrapments: Research Findings Reinforced during the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Response," was published in the Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Electronic publication of the paper was moved up two weeks by the publisher to assist New Zealand authorities in decision-making as they manage search and rescue after the February 22 earthquake centered near Christchurch, New Zealand.  A summarized version of the article publicized by the New Zealand Science Media Centre has been widely accessed by local reporters and government policy advisors in the wake of the earthquake.

Prof. James Lee (MAE) and Dr. Xianqiao Wang recently published the following papers: Xianqiao Wang and James Lee, "Atomistic Simulation of MgO Nanowires Subject to Electromagnetic Wave," Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 18: 085010, 2010; and Xianqiao Wang and James Lee, "Effects of Electric Fields on Nanocrack Propagation," International Journal of Fracture, online.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Kennerly Digges (CEE) has been invited by Japan HEM-Net (Helicopter Emergency Medical Network) to conduct a workshop in Tokyo on March 31. The workshop aims to assist HEM-Net in improving the rescue and treatment of motor vehicle crash victims through the use of the URGENCY algorithm. Initially developed at GW, the algorithm uses the data gathered by the vehicle during a crash to predict the risk of injuries that require immediate response. Automatic Crash Notification Systems that inform 911 operators of the location of a crash and the risk of time critical injuries are considered by CDC to be the best opportunity for reducing highway deaths.

On February 16, Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) gave an invited talk, "PGAS Programming: From Manycores to ExaFLOPS Systems," to the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Technical Forum. He also served as the general chair for the International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS 2011), held from February 7-10 in Paris, France.  NTMS is sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing and IEEE.

Student News

MAE doctoral candidate James Chen published the following paper: "Atomistic Field Theory of Nano Energy Harvesting," Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, 8, 722-728, 2011.

Other News

Doctoral graduate Christian Salmon (EMSE) published the following joint paper with his research committee, Profs. Vahid Motevalli, John Harrald and Johan Rene van Dorp: Christian M. Salmon, Vahid Motevalli, John Harrald, Johan Rene van Dorp (2010). "Quantifying Metrics of External Airport Risk Exposure in Vicinity of Public Use, Nontowered Airports," Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Volume 2184, pp. 31-40, DOI 10.3141/2184-04, Online Date: Friday, December 17, 2010.

Guest Vignette

Prof. Michael Keidar and his Micropropulsion and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MpNL) are active in the experimental and theoretical study of plasmas for various applications. Current research areas include advanced propulsion for low-power microsatellites, cold plasma jets for biomedical application, plasma nanotechnology, and hypersonics.

MpNL employs plasmas to create new micro-propulsion devices called micro-vacuum arc thrusters, which provide small forces that can be used to correct or sustain satellites in their orbits.  The primary benefit of this type of device is that it can operate for very long periods of time without any degradation of performance.

Another of MpNL's projects involves the biomedical use of a new kind of plasma - cold plasma. The results of this project on cold plasma interaction with living tissue, published recently in Applied Physics Letters, could lead to advances in nano-surgery. Their findings suggest that cold plasma can kill an individual cell without damaging the neighboring cells, which is helpful in treating skin cancer. They can also manipulate a large number of cells and change their properties without damaging them, as well as change cell migration velocity. This might prove helpful in slowing down wound healing in order to lessen the formation of scar tissue in younger patients or possibly to speed up the healing process in older patients. 

MpNL has ongoing collaborative studies with colleagues at GW, other universities, and government laboratories. (Provided courtesy of Prof. Michael Keidar of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Upcoming Events

SEAS has teamed up with the National Gallery of Art to offer a two-part lecture series on engineering, science, and art. Beneath the Surface: The Intersection of Science, Engineering and Art explores how engineers and scientists are helping art conservators better study paintings. This lecture series has grown out of National Science Foundation-sponsored research that Prof. Murray Loew, his doctoral student Damon Conover, and a team of scientists and art conservators at the National Gallery of Art are doing. Their project uses image spectroscopy to digitally peel back the layers of art on masterpieces and look under the surface layer to learn more about them. More information about the research is available here.

Conservation Science: Studying Paintings to Help Conservators
Tuesday, March 8
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
National Gallery of Art, West Building Auditorium

Dr. Rene de la Rie, chief scientist, National Gallery of Art (moderator)
Dr. Jay Krueger, senior modern paintings conservator, National Gallery of Art
Dr. Suzanne Lomax, organic chemist, National Gallery of Art
Dr. John Delaney, senior imaging scientist, National Gallery of Art 
Imaging Masterpieces: How Multiple Modalities Can be Used to Virtually Dissect Paintings

Tuesday, March 22
6:00 - 7:00 pm (Reception follows at 7:00)
103 Funger Hall

Dr. David Dolling, dean of the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science (moderator)
Dr. Murray Loew, professor of electrical engineering, GW School of Engineering and Applied Science
Dr. John Delaney, senior imaging scientist, National Gallery of Art
To RSVP for these events, email Rene Datcher.

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar: "Stabilization of Reduced Order Models of Legged Locomotion"
John Schmitt, Oregon State University
Tuesday, March 8
3:00 pm
Dean's Conference Room, 107 Tompkins Hall
More info . . .

USDOT National Engineers Day
Wednesday, March 9
9:00 am
Lisner Auditorium

Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute Seminar: "Investigating Cybersecurity Threats: Exploring National Security and Law Enforcement Perspectives"
Dr. Frederic Lemieux, GW College of Professional Studies
Wednesday, March 9
12:00 noon
302 Marvin Center
RSVP to: Jessica Pulsifer at [email protected]

CEE Colloquium: "Atomic - Scale Modeling for 21st Century Energy Challenges"
Jeffrey C. Grossman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Friday, March 11
11:00 am - 12:00 pm (refreshments at 10:30 am)
Dean's Conference Room, 107 Tompkins Hall
More info . . .

MAE Seminar: "Computational Turbulence Research: Opportunities & Challenges in Engineering, Science, & the New Cyberinfrastructure"
Huidan (Whitney) Yu, The Johns Hopkins University
Friday, March 11
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall
More info . . .

MAE/GWIBE Seminar Series: Engineering Feedback Control Systems in Microbes
Dr. Mary J. Dunlop, University of Vermont
Thursday, April 14
1:00 - 2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall
More info . . .

Entrepreneurship Events

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$50K BizPlanComp: Workshop - Dollars and Sense or How to Do Financial Planning for a Business Plan
Wednesday, March 9
6:00 - 7:00 pm
254 Duques
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Entrepreneur Office Hours in MCCS
Friday, March 11
1:00 - 2:00 pm
104 MCCS
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Entrepreneur Center @NVTC: The Power of Angel Investing - Due Diligence Workshop
Wednesday, March 16
Virginia S&T Campus, Exploration Hall, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn, VA
Details and registration at:

$50K BizPlanComp: Deadline for Submission of Formal Business Plans
Monday, March 21
Submit your entries to:

Special Event: The Role of IP in Academia and in Science-Based Businesses
Tuesday, March 22
12:00 - 1:00 pm
117 Ross Hall
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SEAS Seminar on Entrepreneurship: "Marketing: How to Find Your Customers"
Wednesday, March 23
6:00 - 8:30 pm
103 Funger Hall

Entrepreneur Office Hours in Old Main
Friday, March 25
1:00 - 2:00 pm
202 Old Main
1922 F St NW
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First Annual Start-up Career Expo
Thursday, March 31
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Grand Ballroom
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Academic Success Events - March:
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Monday, March 7
4:00 -5:30 pm 
405 Marvin Center

Job Search Strategies for Graduate Students
Tuesday, March 22
4:00-5:30 pm                             
309 Marvin Center

Dissertation Defenses

Name of Student Defending: Elham Sahraei
Title of Dissertation: "Protection of Rear Seat Occupants in Frontal Crashes, Assessment Methodology and Injury Metrics"
Department: CEE
Advisor: Prof. Azim Eskandarian
Wednesday, March 9
12:45 pm

533 Duques Hall