November 7-13, 2016


November 07, 2016

Faculty News


On October 25, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 9476862 to Prof. Mona Zaghloul (ECE) and her former Ph.D. student Ritu PajPai for “Highly selective nanostructure sensors and methods of detecting target analytes.” The patent pertains to work she and Ritu are doing with the National Institute of Standards and Technology.


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his students recently published two papers: 1) O. Volotskova, L. Dubrovsky, M. Keidar and M. Bukrinsky. “HIV-1 Vpr abrogates the effect of TSG101 overexpression to support virus release,” PloS One, 11(10): e0165322, 2016. doi:10.1371/journal.pone. 0165322; and 2) X. Cheng, R. Kenan, A. Shashurin, D.Yan, J. H. Sherman, K. Bian, F. Murad, and M. Keidar. “Enhancing Cold Atmospheric Plasma Treatment of Cancer Cells by Static Magnetic Field,” Bioelectromagnetics, 2016, Oct 17. doi: 10.1002/bem.22014.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) gave a plenary talk on November 2 at the Complex Adaptive Systems conference in Los Angeles, CA. His talk was titled “Two Synergistic Strategies for Coping with Complexity in Engineered Systems.” On November 4 he gave an invited talk, titled “Detecting Rationales for Vaccine Refusal,” at a DARPA-hosted Innovative Health “Get Together” at Georgetown University.

Prof. David Broniatowski’s (EMSE) research has been presented recently at several conferences. His work and the work of his student Michael Smith and several collaborators was presented at the American Public Health Association annual conference in Denver, CO, in a poster titled “Both Mirror and Complement: A Comparison of Social Media Data and Survey Data about Flu Vaccination.” (Authors: D. A. Broniatowski, M. Dredze, K. M. Hilyard, M. Dessecker, A. Jamison, M. Paul, M.C. Smith, and S.C. Quinn.) It also was featured in a panel discussion at the conference in a talk titled “Conveying the Gist about Vaccination: Implications for Effective Health Communication Messages.” His collaborator Sandra Quinn (University of Maryland) gave the talk. At the Infectious Disease Week conference in New Orleans, LA, his colleague Eili Klein presented their joint work on October 29 in a poster titled “Categorical risk perception drives variability in clinician antibiotic prescribing in the acute-care setting.” (Authors: E. Y. Klein, E. Martinez, L. May, M. Saheed, V. F. Reyna, and D. A. Broniatowski.)

Prof. Shelly Heller (CS) gave a talk on November 3 titled “GW scholarship for service community service” at the annual meeting of the Centers for Academic Excellence Cybersecurity fall meeting in Kansas City, MO.

Other News

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) has been appointed associate editor for The ReScience Journal, an innovative peer-reviewed journal that publishes replications of computational studies promoting open-source software implementations and reproducible research.

Student News

CS junior Michael Gasparovic received a mention in the October 30 Washingtonian article “The Residents in DC’s Nerdiest Group House Want to Shake Up Washington’s Oldest Trade.”









Members of the student organization Society of Women Engineers (SWE) attended the society's national conference, held October 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA. Six members (pictured left-to-right above: Priya SeetharamanKate FergussonShea MetzgarAbigail ShriverJessica Cetnar, and Priyanka Koti) networked and spoke with engineering professionals during the career fair and panels at the conference.

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

Interested students can register for the workshops at: ILVTX7TOVxFv5SO92. 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 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

For more information, please contact Josiah Bircham or visit activities/372-upcoming- course-schedule-USA .

SEAS Events

CS Colloquium: “On Verifying Elections”
Panel Participants: Prof. Carsten Schürmann, IT University of Copenhagen; Prof. Poorvi Vora (CS)
Monday, November 7
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Live stream:
This panel will address two approaches to election verification: Prof. Schürmann will talk about risk-limiting audits, and Prof. Vora about cryptographic end-to-end-verifiable voting systems. The panel is targeted to a broad audience.

ASCE-National Capital Section Transportation Committee Meeting: “Bridging the Gap between Social and Transportation Networks: An Integrated Evacuation Decision Making Model”
Speaker: SEAS Prof. Samer Hamdar (CEE)
Tuesday, November 8
12:30 - 1:30 pm
SEH, B1220
Registration and a networking pizza reception from 12:00 to 12:30 precede the talk.

CEE Seminar: “The Use of Precast Components in the Construction of Large Bridge and Highway Projects”
Speaker: Damian Ruppert, PE, Senior Project Manager, Skanska USA
Thursday, November 10
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Rome Hall (Academic Center), Room 459

BME Day: The Future of Biomedical Engineering
Friday, November 11
9:00 am—5:00 pm
The BME department will host BME Day to showcase its research projects, highlight the collaborative nature of its work, and raise awareness of biomedical engineering at GW and in the Washington, DC region. BME Day will include a student poster session, a moderated panel discussion of leaders in the medical device industry, and selected talks from the BME faculty and invited guest speakers.

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.

Entrepreurship Events

Hackital: 36-hour Hackathon
Friday - Sunday, November 11-13
Impact Hub DC
419 7th Street, NW
The DC tech scene is quickly growing. The Hackital Team came together with a shared vision of an open event that allows designers and developers to focus on pushing trends of products from mobile apps to virtual reality. Registrations have ended, but if you are still interested in attending, get on the waitlist! Hackital is free to attend.

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 jbautista 
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

Value through Partnerships: Research & Education Opportunities with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Tuesday, November 8
10:30 – 11:30 am
Marvin Center, Room 403
RSVP to:
This session provides an overview of the funding and collaboration opportunities that ORAU makes available to member universities. More information

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