October 16-22, 2017


October 16, 2017

Faculty News
Awards & Honors:
Congratulations to Dr. Tian Lan (ECE) and Dr. Guru Venkatamarani (ECE), the 2017 winners of the Hegarty Award for Faculty Innovation. This $10,000 award was created by SEAS alumnus Aran Hegarty (MS ’97) and his wife, Fritz, to recognize and reward a faculty member (or members) for innovation. Drs. Lan and Venkataramani invented the first Intelligence‐driven Solution for Rapid Cyber Defense (Rapid‐ID) and have demonstrated that for software systems at scale, Rapid‐ID can swiftly generate threat intelligence and optimize counter‐actions at a speed that is at least three orders of magnitude faster than the state‐of‐the‐art. This revolutionary solution has attracted interest from several companies and government labs. Three patents have been filed or are currently under submission.


Research & Grants:
LMI Research Institute (LRI) has awarded Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) a one-year, $60,000 grant for his project “Combining Machine Learning with Expert Elicitation for Condition-based Maintenance of IoT-Monitored Biomedical Assets.” This is follow-on funding to continue the development of a solution platform based on the use of IoT to create business efficiencies in parts replacement and robust condition-based maintenance and to enhance worker productivity in certain functional areas. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber (EMSE) and Dr. Tom Mazzuchi (EMSE). This is the fourth consecutive GW project funded by LRI with Dr. Shittu as principal investigator.


Media Mentions:
Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) was interviewed recently on the sound that has caused health problems for Americans in Cuba. He appeared on NBC affiliates and was quoted in the Associated Press article “Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks."


Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE), his former student Emily Porter, and Dr. Winnie Daamen (TU Delft) have published the following paper: E. Porter, S. H. Hamdar, and W. Daamen. “Pedestrian dynamics at transit stations: an integrated pedestrian flow modeling approach,” Transportmetric A: Transport Science, pp. 1-16 (October 2017). Ms. Porter is currently a doctoral student at UC Berkeley.


Dr. Claire Monteleoni (CS) and Dr. Scott McQuade (adjunct faculty, CS) have published a book chapter: S. McQuade and C. Monteleoni. “Spatiotemporal Global Climate Model Tracking,” in Petascale Analytics: Large-Scale Machine Learning in the Earth Sciences, Srivastava, Nemani, Steinhaeuser (Eds.), Chapman & Hall/CRC. Dr. McQuade received his Ph.D. from GW in 2016, and currently teaches machine learning in the CS department.


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) will be the second featured speaker for the VA Tech “Destination Areas Global Speaker Series,” during a two-day visit on October 26 and 27. She will speak at three events: “Teaching in STEM Disciplines: Open Source Methods,” “What Savvy Open Scholars Know and Do,” and “Gender and Diversity in Engineering.”


On October 11, Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) presented a talk to the National Academies of Science’s Workshop on Culture, Language, and Behavior Session: Cultural, Linguistic, and Behavioral Research and the Triangulation of Data in support of the ongoing Decadal Survey on Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security. The title of his talk was “Surveys, Laboratory Experiments, and Social Media: Better Together.”


Dr. Igor Efimov (BME) recently presented lectures as an invited speaker at the following meetings and symposium:

  1. “Novel cardiac technology: flexible bioelectronics, microfluidics, and organotypic culture,” International Symposium Physics Meets Medicine: The Heart of Active Matter (Göttingen, Germany), September 6
  2. “Activation and repolarization restitution properties: what are the vulnerable parameters?”, The Second Annual Signals Summit: The Forgotten Art of Electrophysiology (Boston, MA), September 8
  3. “Pacemaker Activity and Conduction in the AV Node” and “Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Cardiac Fibrillation,”Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society 2017 Scientific Session (Yokohama, Japan), September 16-17
  4. “High-definition bioelectronics and human biology,”Biomed 21 Symposium, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Moscow, Russia), September 21
  5. “Soft electronics: future of bionics,” Center for Strategic Initiatives (Moscow, Russia), September 22
  6. “Wavelength restitution and ventricular fibrillation,” Leducq Foundation RHYTHM Network annual meeting (Bordeaux, France), October 2.


On September 20, Dr. Michael Plesniak (MAE) presented a seminar titled “Pulsatile Fluid Mechanics with Biomedical Applications” in the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada). He subsequently delivered an invited keynote lecture titled “Pulsatile Flows in Biomedical Applications” at the 5th International Conference and Exhibition in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, held October 2-4 in Las Vegas, NV.


Dr. Kelly Scanlon (Environmental and Energy Management Institute, senior research scientist) presented at the annual life cycle assessment conference, LCA XVII, held October 3-5 in Portsmouth, NH. A platform presentation and two posters highlighted results of recent efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense to evaluate safer alternatives and associated reductions in costs and impacts to human health and the environment. In addition, the Federal LCA Commons was recognized for their collective efforts to build LCA models and tools. Dr. Scanlon leads the DoD’s participation in the Commons initiative.


Other News:
Dr. Rachael Jonassen (Greenhouse Gas Management Program, director) has agreed to serve on the Scientific Committee of the CPLC International Research Conference on Carbon Pricing. The conference informs carbon pricing policy development and use of carbon pricing in businesses. This committee will provide overall guidance and advice to the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, which sponsors the conference.



On September 27, Dr. Kim Roddis (CEE) led a group of CEE sophomores attending Washington D.C.’s 2017 SteelDay. Students toured the DC Water Headquarters, an innovative steel office project under construction. They listened to presentations by the architect, engineer, contractor, and fabricator on the job, and they learned about the unique challenges faced by the project team. SteelDay is an annual event sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and hosted across the country by its members and partners.


OSA (The Optical Society) has promoted Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) to division chair for photonics and opto-electronics. He will begin this position on January 1, 2018.


Other News
Former EMSE adjunct faculty member Dr. Walter Goetz, who taught for 37 years at SEAS, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on October 6 and honored with full Military Honors due to his service as an Officer in the U.S. Army. Dr. Goetz’ other professional achievements included eight years with aerospace companies and an award for his role in the first successful moon landing. While teaching at SEAS, he also worked 37 years for the FDA in the center for Medical Devices and Radiological Health.


This semester GW’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) will offer several on-campus, two-day professional short courses in renewable energy and sustainability. EEMI runs the courses in partnership with the European Energy Center. The courses qualify participants to take the exam for the internationally recognized Galileo Master Certificate (GMC).


Innovations in Taxes: Using Carbon Pricing To Grow Economic Value
October 16-17
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Solar Photovoltaics
November 2-3
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Environmental Management Systems
November 6-7
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Renewable Energy Market Trends and Finance
December 11-12
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Distributed Generation and Energy Storage
December 13-14
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SEAS Computing Facility
SEAS Computing Facility (SEAS CF) will hold a series of workshops covering a range of topics throughout the fall semester:


MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring:
The workshops will be held on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Tompkins 405.


MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language used in various backgrounds of engineering, science, and economics. These workshops will cover the fundamentals of MATLAB programming.

  • October 27: Figures & 3D plotting
  • November 10: Linear equation & ODE solving

Download MATLAB: students can download and install MATLAB on their personal computers


SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that enables engineers and architects to design, inspect, and manage engineering projects within an integrated graphical user interface. Through these workshops you will learn how to navigate the Soldiworks interface, create sketches, set up parametric relations, and create 3D models. You will create the different parts of a V6 internal combustion engine from scratch, assemble it, and see it come to life.

  • October 20: Extrusion; work planes
  • November 3: Special features
  • November 17: Assembly

Download Solidworks: students can download and install Solidworks on their personal computers


MATLAB and Solidworks Tutoring:
Tutoring will be offered throughout the fall semester in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The MATLAB and Solidworks workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad. Tutoring dates:

  • Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Fridays: 4:00 – 6:00 pm


Raspberry Pi Workshops:
The workshops will cover introductions, programing, and Internet of Things integration. No programming experience is required, and all work will be performed in groups. The necessary equipment will be provided by SEAS CF. All workshops will be held in Tompkins 201 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please email [email protected]with any questions or comments.

October 14: Workshop 1

  • Topics: Overview of the Raspberry Pi 3 starter kit; initial Raspberry Pi setup (patch, configure network); and programing to blink an LED

October 21: Workshop 2

  • Topics: More complex LED programming; push button, sensors, and camera module integration

October 28: Workshop 3

  • Topics: Introduction to Cayenne, Internet of Things; controlling triggers, LEDs, cameras, outputs, and actions without programming

November 4: Workshop 4

  • Topics: SenseHat and LCD introduction and project integration


Introduction to Linux Workshops:
The Linux workshops will be held on Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Tompkins Hall 411. They will be hosted by SEAS Computing Facility Systems Engineers Marco Suarez, Hadi Mohammadi, and Jason Hurlburt. Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments.

Part 1: Friday, October 20
Part 2: Friday, October 27

Part 1 topics include: Intro to Linux; intro to text editing; intro to system variables; intro to Linux commands; and intro to file systems and permissions

Part 2 topics include: Intro to modules; SSH and communicating with other machines; public/private key generation and .ssh/config; SFTP, SCP, and file transfer; and porting X11 sessions to your local machine


High Performance Computing Workshops:
These workshops will be offered in collaboration with the Colonial One HPC support team and will leverage Colonial One, GW's Central HPC cluster. They will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm and will be hosted by the Colonial One HPC support team: SEAS CF (Marco Suarez, Jason Hurlburt, Zhen Ni); CCAS OTS (Glen MacLachlan); and DIT (Adam Wong).

Workshop pre-requisites: you must have a Colonial One account, familiarity with programming languages, and Linux fundamentals knowledge. If you are unfamiliar with Linux, please attend the Introduction to Linux workshops (listed above). Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments.

December 1: Workshop 1

  • Topics: Logging in; navigating the shell; modules, environment variables and .profile; how to submit job script; quotas; purges; and file transfer and management (scp, globus, and Lustre vs. NFS, including Lustre striping, inodes, and simple job submission script)

December 8: Workshop 2

  • Topics: Working with SLURM and checkpointing; SLURM topics include: sinfo, salloc, squeue, scancel, sbatch, sshare, sprio, srun; scripting submit files; how fair share works; and common job errors

December 15: Workshop 3

  • Topics: MPI; OpenMP; and Python package management


SEAS Events
BME Seminar: “High-resolution, High-speed 3D Imaging and Applications”
Speaker: Dr. Song Zhang, Purdue University
Wednesday, October 18
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
SEH, 2000


MAE Seminar: “Functional Imaging Using Atomic Force Microscopy: Measuring Nanoscale Electronic and Chemical Properties of Materials”
Speaker: Dr. Mohit Tuteja, NIST
Thursday, October 19
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


CEE Seminar: “Polychlorinated biphenyls in the urban water cycle – historic or current sources?”
Speaker: Dr. Birthe Veno Kjellerup, University of Maryland at College Park
Monday, October 23
2:30 - 3:30 pm
SEH, B1270


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Functionalized Hybrid Nanomagnets: New Materials for Innovations in Energy Storage and Medical Theranostics”
Speaker: Dr. Michael Farle, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) & Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Russia)
Tuesday, October 24
1:00 - 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Future Large-Scale Predictive Analytics: Opportunities and Challenges”
Speaker: Dr. Jun (Luke) Huan, National Science Foundation
Tuesday, October 24
2:30 - 3:30 pm
SEH, B1220


CS Lecture: “Blockchain and Smart Contracts: The Concept, Architecture, Services, and Applications”
Speaker: Dr. Sead Muftic, CEO, BIX® System Corporation
Wednesday, October 25
7:10 - 8:40 pm
SEH, B1220
This is a special topic lecture for the course CSCI 6548: E­Commerce Security. The lecture is open to GW students, faculty, and staff. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Dr. Hurriyet Ok by October 24.


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Saving Energy in Information Processing and Communications with Optics”
Speaker: Dr. David Miller, Stanford University
Wednesday, November 1
1:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Entropy Stability and Finite Element Methods: Simulating Fluid Flows without Blow-Up”
Speaker: Dr. David Williams, Pennsylvania State University
Thursday, November 2
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


GW BME DAY: "Innovations in Biomedical Engineering
Monday, November 6
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
SEH, B1 Level
RSVP required
The GW Department of Biomedical Engineering is proud to host GW BME DAY: Innovations in Biomedical Engineering. The event will showcase the department’s innovative projects and faculty research, highlight the collaborative nature of its work, and raise awareness of biomedical engineering at GW and in the Washington, D.C. region. It will include talks from invited guests who are at the forefront of biomedical engineering innovation, a moderated panel discussion of leaders in the medical device industry, and selected talks from department faculty.


MAE Seminar: “Development of Bio-inspired Platforms for Study of Fish Locomotion”
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Zhu, University of Virginia
Thursday, November 16
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “High-Order Computational Fluid Dynamics and Its Application to Thermal Fluids Flow Simulation”
Speaker: Dr. Meilin Yu, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Thursday, November 30
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “A Computational Bifluid–Solid Mechanics Framework Dealing with Capillarity and Wetting Issues: Towards Void Formation and Permeability Predictions in LCM Processes”
Speaker: Dr. Yujie Liu, Sun Yat-Sen University (China)
Thursday, December 14
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Entrepreneurship News & Events
Featured Mentor-In-Residence of the Month: Elma Levy
Sign up to meet with Elma Levy for office hours
Ms. Levy, a member of the SEAS National Advisory Council, is the co-founder of Dovel Technologies, a technology company that builds and supports IT systems for the federal government. She is the chair of the board and oversees the organization from a Board governance level. Prior to her career as an entrepreneur and business owner, Ms. Levy had a successful career in nursing. She served as a clinical RN in the Netherlands, Israel, and the U.S., and worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner providing medical care and wellness counseling to patients in an ambulatory setting.


Innovators & Investors: The AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program at GW provides entrepreneurial training and up to $3,000 in seed funding to aid researchers in taking their technology to market. GW faculty, staff, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduates in science and technology disciplines may apply. The program is hosted by GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the first class session begins on November 3.


Program Highlights:

  • Learn Lean Startup approach to tech commercialization
  • Explore market potential of new technologies
  • Improve quality and focus of research
  • Earn up to $3,000 for customer discovery and prototyping


NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17 and 18
INOVA Center for Personalized Health, Falls Church, VA
This 1.5-day course is ideal for those serious about writing a compelling SBIR/STTR for the National Institutes of Health, particularly those who are considering the January 2018 NIH SBIR/STTR deadline. The session includes an in-depth discussion on SBIR/STTR, with a section-by-section overview on how to plan and write a compelling proposal.


Dolphin Tank – GW
Wednesday, October 18
Duques Hall, 453
Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank programs are helpful, feedback-driven, pitch sessions for entrepreneurs to receive constructive insights from knowledgeable professionals. Join the GW community for an afternoon of pitches and networking.


DC I-Corps Information Session
Thursday, October 19
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Funger Hall, 320
Get up to $50,000 and FREE lean start up training to commercialize cutting-edge research or inventions! Join us for the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps informational session, and learn more about this lean startup boot camp for university and federal lab inventors and students.


GW Alumni Founders Panel
Saturday, October 21
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
GW Innovation Center (725 23rd St. NW, Room M06)
As part of Colonials Weekend, the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a panel discussion of five amazing alumni start founders who will talk about their journey from idea to market. Don't miss out on hearing about how you can start your business after graduating from GW!


Panelists include:

  • Warren Brown, CEO, CakeLove
  • Keesha Crosby, founder and CEO, Tri-Guard Risk Solutions LTD
  • Ximena Hartsock, co-founder and president, Phone2Action
  • Patrick Sheridan, co-founder and managing director, Modus Create Inc.
  • Amber Wason, co-founder and CRO, Riide


GW Events
Student Solar Charging Station & GW Sustainability Celebration
Friday, October 20
12:00 pm
Kogan Plaza (Rain Location: Marvin Center, 302)
Get ChargedUp and join the Office of Sustainability for a landmark event celebrating GW's positive impact on the planet! Be the first to plug into a student-designed solar charging station on Kogan Plaza. The winning design for the solar charging station was submitted by Team Marisol, comprised largely of SEAS students.


DIT Showcase: Fourth Annual Business Intelligence and Data Governance Showcase
Wednesday, October 25
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, B1167
Attend the fourth annual Business Intelligence (BI) Showcase, featuring analytics and data governance capabilities that can help enhance and improve your work at GW. Demonstrations include: the Dean's Dashboard, the Residence Hall Availability and Rates Dashboard, and Graph Visualizations and Search-Based Analytics.


DIT Panel: Women in Cybersecurity
Wednesday, October 25
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
1957 E Street, NW (City View Room and State Room, Seventh Floor)
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Learn from professionals about what it's like to work in the cybersecurity field. Hear about career path options and what resources are available to get involved in cybersecurity now. Stay after the program for a question and answer session.


Research Events
Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp
Tuesday, October 24
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Marvin Center, Room 31
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