November 30 - December 6, 2015


November 30, 2015

Faculty News


The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent #9,176,250, “Estimation of depletion or injection induced reservoir stresses using time-lapse sonic data in cased holes,” to Prof. Ergun Simsek (ECE) and Dr. Bikash Sinha (Schlumberger-Doll Research Center, Cambridge, MA) on November 3.


Drs. Mohammadreza Ghahremani, Amir Aslani, Lawrence Bennett, and Edward Della Torre of ECE and GW’s Institute for Magnetics Research have conducted a comprehensive investigation of Heusler alloy magnetic properties, and the results of their research recently were published in the article “Magnetic states stabilization in Ni51Mn33.4In15.6 Heusler alloy,” Cogent Physics (2015), 2: 1109019.

Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE) has published the following paper: W. Zhu, B. Holmes, R.I. Glazer and L.G. Zhang. “3D Printed Nanocomposite Matrix for the Study of Breast Cancer Bone Metastasis,” Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, (2015), doi: 10.1016/j.nano.2015.09.010.

Conferences & Presentations:

EMSE Profs. David Broniatowski, Erica Gralla, and Zoe Szajnfarber participated in the NSF Circle of Design workshop, held November 14-17 in Clemson, SC. Prof. Szajnfarber also served as a facilitator in one of the sessions. The purpose of the workshop was to elicit priorities for NSF research from members of the engineering design community, and it covered a range of topics including research validation and verification, design education, and future research directions.

Prof. Rachael Jonassen (visiting scholar and part-time faculty, EMSE) co-authored a presentation titled “Sustainable Permafrost Observing in Support of a Permafrost Forecasting System” at the 2015 Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting, held November 17-19 in Seattle, WA. Her coauthors on this paper included: Dr. Dmitry Streletsky from GW’s Department of Geography; colleagues from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and the National Snow and Ice Data Center, both at the University of Colorado Boulder; and two colleagues from NOAA’s Climate Services Division of the National Weather Service.

On November 20, Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) gave an invited talk at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. His talk was titled “Transformative High-order Accurate Algorithms for Exascale Computing of Turbulent Flows in Wind and Hydrokinetic Power Plants.”

Prof. Chandru Mirchandani (adjunct faculty, EMSE) presented a paper titled “Cloud-Based Ground System for Telemetry Processing” at the 2015 Complex Adaptive Systems Conference, held November 4 in San Jose, CA.

On November 23, Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) gave an invited talk at North Carolina State University’s Department of Computer Science Theory Seminar. Her talk was titled “Climate Informatics: Algorithms, Advances, and Open Problems.”

Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE) was invited to serve as the member of Technical Program Committee at the 9th IEEE-NANOMED conference, held November 15-18 in Honolulu, HI. She also served as the symposium chair of “Nanobiomaterials and 3D Nano/microfabrication Techniques for Biomedical Application” and gave an invited talk titled “Integrating 3D Printing and Nanobiomaterials for Complex Tissue Regeneration” at the same conference. Separately, Prof. Zhang served as the chair of three sessions at the 2015 ASME IMECE conference, held November 13-19 in Houston, TX: 1) Clinical Applications of Bioengineering II; 2) General Biomedical and Biotechnology Applications I; and 3) General Biomedical and Biotechnology Applications II. Her Ph.D. students, Se-jun Lee and Margaret Nowicki, gave the following two presentations at the conference: 1) S. Lee, W. Zhu and L. Zhang. “Development of Novel 3D Printed Hydrogel Scaffold with Core-shell Nanoparticles for Nerve Regeneration,” and 2) M. Nowicki, N. Castro, M. Plesniak and L. Zhang. “3D Printing of Novel Gradient Osteochondral Scaffolds to Bridge the Gap between Cartilage and Bone.”

Other News:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) recently was awarded a certificate of appreciation plaque from the executive director of ASCE, in recognition of his “years of support shown to ASCE and for dedication and service to the Membership Application Review Committee.”

Student News

Student members of the GW Branch of the IEEE (Elias Andrew, Kyle Choy, Samuel Cowin, Karan Singh, Jessie Thompson, and John Tomczak) visited the Goddard Space Flight Center on November 20, for a tour of the facilities. The tour included a visit to the clean room where the James Webb Telescope is currently being constructed, and the information and testing facility where parts of the rocket that will carry the James Webb telescope are being space tested at extremely cold temperatures. The visit was a great educational experience for the students and an amazing way to see the groundbreaking projects that NASA is involved in.

Other News

Samuel Klein, a GW graduate who conducted research at GW’s Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute, published the article “The Data Is in the Details: Cross-Border Data Flows and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: How will the TPP impact cross-border data flows, the lifeblood of the modern Internet” in the November 23 issue of The Diplomat.

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GWIBE) announces the 2015-2016 call for proposals from faculty and undergraduates:

The GWIBE Undergraduate Research Fellowship was established to foster undergraduate research in biomedical engineering mentored by a faculty member. Each recipient receives a $5,000 stipend. Proposals are due November 30, 2015. More information and application guidelines

Faculty: The GWIBE Interdisciplinary Research Fund is designed to support pilot research that involves synergistic collaborations in science, engineering, and medicine. Each award may be up to $20,000. Proposals are due November 30, 2015. More information and application guidelines

Computing Facility News

MATLAB workshops and tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility is holding a series of workshops covering MATLAB programming in Tompkins 406 from November 14 through December 5:

  • November 14: Introduction & Linear Algebra
  • November 21: Figures, 3D Plotting, and Equation Solving
  • December 5: ODE Solving and SIMULINK

Interested students can register for the workshops at: . Matlab tutoring also will be offered from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Tompkins 401. To schedule an appointment for MATLAB tutoring, please email The MATLAB workshops and tutoring will be hosted by Farhad Goodarzi, former SEAS Ph.D. student.

SEAS Information Security: What you need to know

GW Policy mandates use of antivirus software. Symantec Endpoint Protection software is available for free to all GW students, staff and faculty. Download it at IT.GWU.EDU/software-business- apps .

Be the first line of defense. Keeping GW secure is a shared responsibility. For questions or support, please contact the SEAS Computing Facility at

SEAS Events:

BME Seminar: “Bio-inspired Microlenses and Microcameras for Biomedical Applications”
Speaker: Dr. Hongrui Jiang, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Monday, November 30
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH 2000B

IMPACT Seminar: “Memristors: Challenges and opportunities”
Speaker: Prof. Khaled Salama, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
Tuesday, December 1
SEH, 2000B
5:00 – 6:00 pm

12:00 pm Saturday, December 5 through 12:00 pm Sunday, December 6
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Free food and snacks will be provided
More information and a registration link are available online.

External Events:

JetBrains GW Meeting: Version Control Systems: GIT, Part I
Thursday, December 3
5:00 – 7:00 pm
SEH, Room 2000
This meeting will cover what the version control systems are in general and what GIT is, in particular. We are going to look at most known use-cases for VCS, from large companies to a single developer projects. The meeting includes a demonstration on how to use GIT in your everyday life (e.g., class, research, work, etc.), and will cover general topics regarding GIT, such as philosophy, branching, commits, remotes, etc. During the meeting, we will also show-case how GIT is integrated with Intellij Platform IDEs and why you should be using the power of the most intelligent IDEs and seamlessly incorporate VCS into you workflow. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

IEEE Membership Event
Wednesday, December 9
4:00 – 8:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
At the event you can find out more, join, apply to become a senior member, listen to talks by some of the program managers in U.S. Government funding organizations, and catch a glimpse of the future. This event is open to all SEAS faculty and students.

Dissertation Defenses:

Student Name: Kevin Dobson
Title: “A 100 MHz 6th Order Continuous Time Bandpass Sigma Delta Modulator with Active Inductor Resonators”
Advisor: Prof. Mona Zaghloul (ECE)
Monday, November 30
12:30 – 2:00 pm
SEH, 2000B