November 9-15, 2015


November 09, 2015

Faculty News


Prof. Ashraf Imam (MAE) and his co-authors have published the following article: V. Duz, V. Moxson, M. Matviychuk, and M. A. Imam. “Pressing and Sintering of Titanium Powders,” ASM Handbook, Vol. 7, 2015.

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) has published the following article: M. Keidar, A. Shashurin, S. Delaire, X. Fang, and I. I. Beilis. “Inverse heat flux in double layer thermal metamaterial,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Vol. 48.

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) has published the following journal article: K. B. Aviso, D. Amalin, M. A. B. Promentilla, J. R. Santos, K. D. S. Yu, and R. R. Tan. “ Risk assessment of the economic impacts of climate change on the implementation of mandatory biodiesel blending programs: A fuzzy inoperability input–output modeling (IIM) approach ,” Biomass and Bioenergy, Vol. 83.

Conferences & Presentations:

On October 30, Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) gave a seminar titled “Enhanced Light-Matter-Interaction Devices and Concepts for Advanced Opto-Electronics and IOT” at the Center for Revolutionary Metamaterials and Photonics at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. On November 2, he visited his collaborator, Prof. C. J. Lee, at Korea University and gave a colloquium on his research, titled “Orthogonal Physics Enabled Nanophotonics.” While in South Korea, he also visited the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Seoul, where he gave the seminar “Orthogonal Physics Enabled Nanophotonics: IOT, Optical Information Processing & Datacomm,” which covered his latest research work on optoelectronics, and IOT devices.

Prof. Emeritus Robert Waters (EMSE) was chair of the session “Growth Theory and Models” at the International Atlantic Society Conference, held October 10 in Boston, MA. He also presented “Boulding’s evolutionary model applied: Printing press and high by-pass turbofan jet engine.” His objective was to show the potential insight from a qualitative model in understanding complex developments.

Other News:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) recently visited and two universities in China: Shanghai University and Jiangnan University. At Shanghai University, Prof. Chong visited Prof. Tong-Yi Zhang, the founding dean of the Shanghai Materials Genome Institute, the first in China involved in the designing of materials. He also gave a seminar on multi-scale mechanics at the Institute of Mechanics on October. 22. At Jiangnan University, he visited the dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Prof. L-X Lu. The areas of excellence in the school include light industry mechanical engineering, packaging, and food technology.

Other News

SEAS Student R&D Showcase: the application and abstract deadline to participate in the showcase has been extended to Monday, November 16. The showcase is open to all SEAS undergraduate and graduate students, and $38,000 in prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Graduate Student Theoretical Research
  • Graduate Student Experimental Research
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Entrepreneurship

Talk to your research advisor and apply.

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

  • Good: Complex passwords
  • Better: Long passwords (10 characters or more)
  • Best: Long and complex passwords

Use long complex passwords and never share them with anyone. Strong passwords include special characters, numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters; exclude similar or consecutive letters or numbers; and do not use dictionary words. Example: tH1$m^ybEStR0nG!

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: “Relating Ensemble Neural Computations to Behavioral Outcomes”
Speaker: Dr. Debajit Saha, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University in St. Louis
Monday, November 9
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH 2000B

CS Colloquium: “A Novel Threat Analysis and Risk Mitigation Approach to Prevent Cyber Intrusions”
Speaker: Dr. Shuangbao (Paul) Wang, University of Maryland University College
Friday, November 13
3:30 pm
Tompkins Hall 303

MAE Seminar: “Reliable Operations with Collision Avoidance in Unmanned Vehicles”
Speaker: Amit Sanyal, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University
Thursday, November 19
11:00 am
SEH 2000B

External Events:

Symposium: “Open edX Universities Symposium”
Wednesday, November 11
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Milken School of Public Health, Room 100
The symposium will be structured around topics of general concern in online learning: web-enhanced learning and pedagogy; learning analytics; and inter-institutional collaboration. Please visit the symposium website to register and see the list of speakers and panelists, many of whom are top figures in the field. Anyone can attend, but space is limited. The registration fee is $75, but we can now offer a 100% discount code for GW faculty and staff. 

Structural Engineers Association: “A Forum for Future Structural Engineers”
Speaker: Ron Klemencic, Chairman and CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Friday, November 20
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
SMPA, Jack Morton Auditorium
For more information, please contact

TEDx Youth Conference
Saturday, November 21
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Gala Hispanic Theatre, Columbia Heights
This conference is geared towards high school juniors and seniors and college freshman and sophomores. Prof. Megan Leftwich (MAE) is one of the featured speakers. GW undergraduates in SEAS and CCAS may want to attend. Tickets: $10

Entrepreneurship Events

Dolphin Tank at GW
Monday, November 16
6:00 – 9:00 pm
SEH, Room B1220