May 21 - June 3, 2018


May 21, 2018

Faculty News
Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) and his doctoral students Mitra Aliabouzar, Jenna Osborn, and Nima Mobadersany attended the 10th International Cavitation Symposium, held May 14-16 in Baltimore, MD. They presented five talks on their research at the symposium:

  1. K.N. Kumar, A. Aliabouzar, and K. Sarkar. “Nucleation of bubbles in perfluoropentane droplets under ultrasonic excitation”
  2. A. Aliabouzar, K. N. Kumar, and K. Sarkar. “Effects of acoustic parameters and bulk fluid properties on acoustic droplet vaporization threshold of perfluoropentane droplets”
  3. J. Osborn, A. Aliabouzar, X. Zhou, R. Rao, L. G. Zhang, and K. Sarkar. “Ultrasound and lipid-coated microbubbles effect on proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in 3D printed tissue scaffold”
  4. N. Mobadersany and K. Sarkar. “Circular acoustic microstreaming flows due to pulsating contrast microbubbles near a membrane”
  5. N. Mobadersany and K. Sarkar. “Collapse and jet formation of an ultrasound contrast microbubble for sonoporation”


Other News:
Dr. Russell Hemley (CEE) has been invited to join the review board of the Radiation Effects and High Energy Density Science programs at Sandia National Laboratories. He took part in their annual review in Albuquerque, NM, May 15-17. The programs are exploring greater university engagement and interactions.


On April 27, Dr. Rahul Simha (CS) received an Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Award from the College of Information and Computing Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for “impassioned dedication to classroom teaching, educational training of faculty, and interdisciplinary curriculum development.” Each year, the college recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of its graduates. Dr. Simha received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1990.


Student News
SEAS congratulates our student winners of the 2018 Pelton Award for Outstanding Senior Design Project:


2018 Pelton First Place Team


First Place:
Konstantin Mitic, Paige Botie, Tania Singh, Trisha Talapatra, and Sarah Sopher
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Project Title: “Patient Transfer Sling and Hip Stabilization System”


2018 Pelton Second Place Team


Second Place:
Ali Ahmed, Aaron Kevin Patron, Zachary Switzer, Feng Xiang, and Jacari Matthews,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Title: “Vikasa - Solar Flower”


2018 Pelton Third Place Team


Third Place:
Joshua Sawyer, Lindsay Ryan, Elizabeth Harten, and Roma Patel
Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Project Title: “Evaluation of Traffic Mitigation Strategies for Pre-Hurricane Emergency Evacuation”


CS undergraduate Samsara Counts received an Honorable Mention for her project “The Diverse Cohort Selection Problem” in the 2018 National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Collegiate Awards. The NCWIT Collegiate Awards honor the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate women. The awards recognize technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact. (View Samsara’s project online.)


ECE graduate student Jordan Moore has been awarded a travel grant from the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) to attend the IEEE PES General Meeting 2018. The meeting will be held August 5-9, in Portland, OR. This event is the major annual event in power systems engineering. Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) nominated Jordan for the grant.


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has established the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) - Industry Applications Society (IAS) Joint Student Branch within the department. The student branch will create numerous opportunities for student members through the IEEE PES and IAS Societies. ECE graduate students Bo Wang, Shiyuan Wang, and Mohannad Alhazmi will lead the branch, and Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) will serve as the faculty advisor. IEEE IAS officials will visit the group on June 17 as part of an inauguration meeting.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
VentureWell Faculty Grants
VentureWell awards faculty grants to colleges and universities for the purpose of strengthening existing curricular programs and/or building new courses and programs in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Receive up to $30,000 by creating new, or transforming existing, courses and programs in sustainable technology or sustainable design to help students develop novel inventions and gain entrepreneurial skills to bring these inventions to market. Proposals are due May 23.


NSF I-Corps AccelerateGW Regional Introductory Course
The next offering of the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps AccelerateGW Regional Introductory Course will begin on June 25. This two-week workshop introduces participants to the key concepts and techniques of the Lean Startup method for exploring the commercial potential of new technologies, as used in the NSF I-Corps program. The course requires participants to attend two full-day, in-person sessions in Foggy Bottom and to conduct 20 customer interviews over the two weeks of the course. GW teams that are accepted are eligible for a $3,000 grant to cover expenses for doing customer discovery interviews through the AccelerateGW I-Corps Site program.


Course dates:
Opening Session: Monday, June 25 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Webinar: Friday, June 29 (12:00 – 1:00 pm)
Midpoint Review Session: Choice of 30-minute time slot on Friday, July 6 or Monday, July 9
Closing Session: Friday, July 13 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)


All early-stage technology innovators and entrepreneurs from GW are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the AccelerateGW web site or contact Lex McCusker.


GW Events
Post-Award Management Training Series: “Keys to a Successful Award Closeout”
Tuesday, May 22
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 308
Read more and register online