May 6-12, 2013

Newsletter

May 06, 2013

Faculty News

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Rachael Jonassen (EMSE part-time faculty)  co-authored a paper presented at the MODSIM World conference, held May 2 in Hampton Roads, VA.  The meeting focused on using modeling and simulation to solve complex problems.  Prof. Jonassen's talk was titled "Data Farming and Security Implications of Climate Change."  The paper describes a NATO modeling and simulation group (MSG-124) effort she leads that looks at how climate change will exacerbate challenges to humanitarian assistance in Africa.  MSG-124 will host a workshop on this topic in early June.

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS)  has been invited to the program committee of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) 2013, and will serve as an area chair. This is one of the top two conferences (worldwide) on machine learning.

Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE)  gave the following talk at the SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) conference, held on May 2 in Baltimore, MD: E. Simsek, "A Closed Form Expression for the Optical Conductivity of Graphene and Its Implementation in Tunable SPR Sensors," Smart Biomedical and Physiological Sensor Technology X (SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing).

Prof. Hoeteck Wee (CS)  gave an invited talk at the DIMACS (Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) Workshop on Current Trends in Cryptology, held April 29 - May 1 in New York City.  He presented "Attribute-Based Encryption for Circuits," which is joint work with Sergey Gorbunov and Vinod Vaikuntanathan at University of Toronto.

Other News:

On May 1,  Prof. Tim Wood (CS)  and his graduate student,  Jared Alexander , received a certificate and $5,000 award from GW’s Office of Safety and Security for their outstanding work on the development of a safety and security mobile application.  Prof. Wood and Jared began working with the Office of Safety and Security in the fall of 2012 to develop a mobile application that is intended to provide students with an additional means of contacting the university police department for help during an emergency.  Prof. Wood and Jared have completed prototypes, which are currently being tested.

Student News

Team members, left to right: Jess Greulich (junior MAE), Jay Maybank (junior ECE), Stephen Preston (freshman MAE), Ryan Mossbarger (junior MAE), Mike Goldstein (junior MAE), Molly Mercer (sophomore MAE), Tyler Miller (freshman MAE), Laura Wise (sophomore MAE), David Dibachi (junior MAE, student leader), Prof. Murray Snyder (MAE, faculty adviser).  Not shown: Dan Kloepfer (freshman MAE).

SEAS students competed in the recent Society of Automotive Engineers Mini-Baja competition at Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville, Tennessee.  In this competition, the SEAS students designed and built an off-road vehicle that competed with similar vehicles from over 100 other universities.  This was the first SEAS participation in this event since 2008.  The SEAS team successfully passed the demanding technical and brake inspection and drove their vehicle over the difficult 2.4-mile off-road course as part of the endurance competition.  While the SEAS team did not place in the top 10, they gained valuable experience and documented numerous lessons learned about this demanding competition, which will allow them to be much more competitive in future annual competitions. 

Other News

Ms. Brittany Wright (Office of Graduate Admissions)  has been appointed the liaison for NAFSA’s Association of International Educators, Region 8 International Enrollment Management (IEM) Knowledge Community.  This is a two-year, volunteer position in which she will serve as a liaison between the regional members and the IEM national team,  disseminate information of interest to members, and work closely with other Region 8 team members to help coordinate and facilitate IEM-themed workshops and presentations at the annual regional conference. 

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar:  “Multiscale Considerations in DNS Studies of Multiphase Flows”
Speaker: Dr. Gretar Tryggvason, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Monday, May 6
2:00 pm
771 Rome Hall

2013 Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony & Reception
Tuesday, May 14
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Marvin Center Continental Ballroom

Pelton Senior Design Competition & Senior-Alumni BBQ
Wednesday, May 15
5:00 – 9:00 pm

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Public viewing of student projects
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Pelton competition and awards ceremony
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Senior-Alumni BBQ

Marvin Center Grand Ballroom and 3rd Floor Terrace

Join us at the annual Pelton Senior Design Competition to learn about the innovative research and design of the Class of 2013, when teams representing each SEAS department vie for awards and cash prizes.  The competition and BBQ is open to SEAS seniors and their families, and to all other SEAS students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Registration is required.

Graduation Events

Thursday, May 16
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
5:00 pm
Charles E. Smith Center

Friday, May 17
School of Engineering and Applied Science Reception
4:30 pm
Marvin Center Ballrooms

School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration
7:30 pm
Charles E. Smith Center

Sunday, May 19
Processions step off at the National Mall
9:30 am
National Mall

University Commencement
10:00 am
National Mall, between 8th and 14th Streets