March 7-13, 2016


March 07, 2016

Faculty News

New Faculty:








Arzhang Angoshtari joined SEAS on March 1, as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and prior to joining SEAS, he was a postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical and computational mechanics, finite element exterior calculus, nonlinear elasticity, dynamical systems and chaos, and lattice theories of solids. He received the Georgia Tech Jean-Lou Chameau Research Excellence Award and the Iranian Society of Mechanical Engineers Award in Applied Mechanics for his M.S. thesis.


Prof. Jonathan Deason (EMSE) recently published the following article: W. Hartwig and J. P. Deason. “Permitting and Endangered Species,” The Military Engineer, Vol. 108, No. 700, March-April 2016, pp. 51-52.

Prof. Zhenyu Li (BME), his Ph.D. student Allan Guan, and their collaborators at FDA/CDRH have published the following paper: A. Guan, Y. Wang, K. Scott Phillips, and Z. Li. “A contact-lens-on-a-chip companion diagnostic tool for personalized medicine,” Lab on a Chip, 2016, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C6LC00034G.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Shelly Heller (CS) will give the March 11 keynote presentation, “Women in STEM: Looking Back, Looking Around, Moving FORWARD,” at the NSF Observance of National Women’s History Month.

The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) conducted its first short course in conjunction with the European Energy Centre on February 24-25. The course, titled “Financing of Renewable Energy Projects,” was held in GW’s Center for Professional Development. EEMI adjunct faculty members Scott Sklar, president of the Stella Group, and Michael Ware, managing director of Advance Capital Markets, were the principal instructors. Profs. Jonathan Deason and Joe Cascio (EMSE) organized and spoke at the event.

Other News

Nominate someone for the 2016 GW Engineering Hall of Fame. Since 2006, SEAS has honored distinguished SEAS alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who have contributed to engineering, technology, or management in a sustained and significant way during their careers. These are individuals who bring distinction to GW through their achievements and their contributions to their professions, the University, and society-at-large.  Last year's honorees included alumni from NASA, Office of Naval Research, CAE Inc., LGS Innovations, DLBA, Rolls Royce, and Johns Hopkins University. The deadline for consideration is Thursday, March 31.

Computing Facility News

SEAS Computing Facility Workshop: “Introduction to SolidWorks”
Final session: Saturday, March 12: Assemblies & Drawing
12:00 – 3:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, Room 406
Entry is free and open to all. Contact Farhad Goodarzi with questions.

SEAS Computing Facility Workshop: “Introduction to MATLAB and SIMULINK: The Language of Technical Computing”
Final session: Saturday, March 15: SIMULINK
12:00 – 3:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, Room 406
Entry is free and open to all. Contact Farhad Goodarzi with questions.

SEAS Events

BME Seminar: “Good Breaks: Circumventing Biological Barriers to Drug Delivery”
Speaker: Dr. Tyrone Porter, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
Monday, March 21
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

SEAS Career Services Event: Mapbox Information Session
Monday, March 7
Information Session: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Networking and Q&A: 5:00 pm and after
SEH Room 2000
Mapbox is a VC-funded, DC-based mapping platform whose building blocks make it possible to integrate location into any mobile or online application. From finding a coffee spot on Foursquare, to pinning a vacation on Pinterest, to geo-tagging notes in Evernote—they do the geo stuff, so developers can focus on building their app. Attend this Information session to learn about Mapbox and career opportunities! Free refreshments will be provided. RSVP required: please email Ms. Emmy Rashid at and include “Attend Mapbox Info Session” in the subject line.

IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecture: “Magnetics + Mechanics + Nanoscale = Electromagnetics Future”
Speaker: Dr. Greg Carman, UCLA
Wednesday, March 9
2:30 pm
SEH, B1220

Environmental and Energy Management Institute: Short courses in partnership with the European Energy Centre:
“Multi-Aspect Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics”
Thursday and Friday, March 17-18
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2020 K St., Room 21
Cost: $600

Entrepreneurship Events

Getting Your Legal House in Order (Peter Weissman)
Tuesday, March 8
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Duques Hall, Room 356
Guest speaker Peter Weissman, patent attorney and partner at Blank Rome LLP, GW Business Plan Competition sponsor, and GW Law alumnus, discusses common legal challenges faced by start-up companies from formation of the company to contractual and patent issues. From this talk you will learn why it is important to have a company, how to identify the key differences between the various company structures, how to avoid common contract issues, and what steps need to be taken to protect your team's valuable patents and trademarks.

Dissertation Defense

Student Name: Farshad Ahdi
Title: “Reliability and Capacity Planning in Hybrid Optical Networks”
Advisor: Prof. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE)
Wednesday March 9
12:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, Room 2000B

Student Name: Allan Guan
Title: “Microfluidic Tools for Contact Lens Regulatory Science and Personalized Ophthalmology”
Advisor: Prof. Zhenyu Li (BME)
Wednesday, March 9
12:30 – 2:30 pm
SEH, Room 5845
Zhenyu Li

Student Name: Usamah A. Algemili
Title: “Investigation of Reconfigurable Pipelined Architecture for on-the-fly Processing of Big Data Streams”
Advisor: Prof. Simon Berkovich (CS)
Friday March 10
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
SEH, Room 2000B

Student Name: Faisal Alsaby
Title: “Investigation and Development of Scalable Clustering Algorithm for Big Data Applications”
Advisor: Prof. Simon Berkovich (CS)
Friday March 11
11:00 am – 1:00 PM
SEH, Room 2000B

Student Name: Junfeng Wang
Title: “CHORUS Code for Stellar and Planetary Convection”
Advisor: Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE)
Tuesday, April 12
2:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, Room 2000B