November 14-20, 2016


November 14, 2016

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

United Press International quoted Prof. Russell Hemley (CEE) in the November 9 article “How carbon gets absorbed deep underground.”

Chemical & Engineering News quoted Prof. David Nagel (ECE) in the November 7 article “Cold fusion died 25 years ago, but the research lives on.”


Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) and his former Ph.D. student Junfeng Wang have published the following journal paper: J. Wang, M. S. Miesch, and C. Liang. “Convection in Oblate Solar-Type Stars,” The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 830, paper 45.

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) and his co-authors recently published the following article: K. Liu, S. Sun, A. Majumdar, and V. J. Sorger. “Fundamental Scaling Laws in Nanophotonics,” Nature’s Scientific Reports, 6, 37419; DOI: 10.1038/srep37419 (2016). The article answers the long-standing question of whether scaling (shrinking) opto-electronic devices such as lasers, detectors, and modulators benefits these devices at the same level as scaling transistors does. Intel has been shrinking transistors over the last 50 years, and until now it was not clear whether scaling has the same benefits for photonics. The published results show that the performance of photonic devices scale non-monotonically, but that scaling can improve performance by several orders of magnitude compared to current technology. The results provide a detailed understanding of the limits of nanophotonics, which may help establish an opto-electronics roadmap, akin to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors.

Prof. Mona Zaghloul (ECE) and Hasan Goktas recently published a paper in the journal Radio Science. The citation is: H. Goktas and M. E. Zaghloul. “The Implementation of low-power and wide tuning range MEMS filters for communication applications,” Radio Science, October 2016. DOI: 10.1002/2015RS005893.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) recently presented his work at a number of venues: 1) a keynote talk delivered on October 3 at the University of Arizona School of Optical Sciences’ IONS-conference “From Engineer to Career,” 2) “Emerging Materials for Silicon-Photonics Hybrid Integration,” a tutorial presented on November 1 at the AIM Photonics Fall Meeting, held at MIT; and 3) “Orthogonal Physicals Enabled Nanophotonics,” a talk delivered on November 3 as part of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Distinguished Lecture Series. On October 18, Prof. Volker also gave an invited talk, titled “Physical Scaling Laws of Nanophotonics,” at the OSA Frontiers in Optics annual meeting, held in Rochester, NY. At the meeting, he also presided over the plasmonics session, served at the Board of Meetings, and coordinated the Technical Groups annual leadership meeting.

Other News

MATLAB workshops and tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility is holding a series of workshops covering MATLAB programming in Tompkins 405 from November 12 through December 10. Remaining events include:

  • November 19: MATLAB Programming Basics
  • December 3: Figures & 3D Plotting
  • December 10: Linear Equation & ODE Solving

Matlab tutoring also will be offered from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Tompkins 401. To schedule an appointment for MATLAB tutoring, please email [email protected]. The MATLAB workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad.

The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute and the European Energy Center will offer three remaining professional short courses:

Distributed Generation and Storage
Thursday and Friday, December 8-9
Taught by: Scott Sklar

Circular Economy
Thursday and Friday, March 16-17, 2017
Taught by: Roger Feldman and Ed Pinero

Multi-Aspect Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics
Dates TBA
Taught by: Scott Sklar

SEAS Events

5th Annual Engineer Mentor Fair
Monday, November 14
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
All SEAS undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend the fair. The fair will pair alumni professionals and students to discuss and network around engineering-related topics. The four 25-minute roundtable discussions will be followed by a student-alumni networking reception. Refreshments will be served.

MAE Seminar: “Bursting Bubbles and Bilayers”
Speaker: Dr. Steven Wrenn, Drexel University
Thursday, November 17
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

BME Seminar: “Haptics: The Technology of Touch”
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, November 28
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Workshop: Parallel Programming for the Intel Xeon Manycores
Tuesday, November 29
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
SEH, B1220
GW’s Institute of Massively Parallel Applications and Computing Technologies (IMPACT) and the GW Intel Parallel Computing Center (GW IPCC) are pleased to invite researchers to a one-day, hands-on workshop. Instructions will be provided by Colfax International in Cooperation with GW IPCC.

Career Center Events

GW's Government Career Fair 
Friday, November 18
1:15 – 3:00 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
Employers attending the career fair include NIH, FDA, NIST, NOAA, FERC and more. Please RSVP inGWORK in Events>Career Fairs.

Entrepreneurship Events

New Venture Competition Info Session and Where Do I Start? Workshop
Tuesday, November 15
5:30 – 7:00 pm
SEH, B1220
Do you want to learn more about how to compete in the 2017 New Venture Competition but you are not sure where to start on your business idea? If you have an idea for a product or a service that you believe could have a big impact in the “real world” and you think that a new entrepreneurial venture, a startup, might be the best way to move it from being just an idea into a successful implementation, then this workshop is for you!

Howard Hoffman Lecture
Speaker: Rob Ruyak, Booz Allen Hamilton
Thursday, November 17
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Duquès Hall, Room 255
The Howard Hoffman Lecture Series serves as a model for several of the successful university-wide forums for intellectual interchange that are now flourishing.

Pitch George Competition
Saturday, November 19
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Duquès Hall 6th Floor
The annual Pitch George Competition is one of the GW’s premier entrepreneurial initiatives organized by the GW Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE). The “elevator pitch” competition takes place each fall semester and allows young entrepreneurs (from high school to GW graduate students) to present their business ideas, get valuable feedback on the viability of their business concepts, and win startup capital.

Video Storytelling Workshop with Planet Forward
Thursday, December 1
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Media & Public Affairs Building, Room 525
Join GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Planet Forward and its experienced media team to learn more about incorporating storytelling into your video pitch!

Webinar: Orientation to the New Venture Competition
Tuesday, December 6
12:00 – 1:00 pm
GW runs the 5th largest student entrepreneurship competition in the country with annual prizes valued at over $250,000. Lex McCusker, director of Student Entrepreneurship Programs, will give an overview of the New Venture Competition, including timelines, submission requirements, and scoring criteria. He will also describe the broad array of services that are available to members of the GW community who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, both on campus and online. First round entries for this year's competition are due on January 25, 2017.

External Events

Cayuse Training for University Facilitating Fund Proposals 
Monday, November 14
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Marvin Center, Room 310
RSVP to: [email protected]
This session focuses on using Cayuse to submit a University Facilitating Fund (UFF) proposal.