October 19-25, 2015

Newsletter

October 19, 2015

Faculty News

Publications:

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) and her Ph.D. students, Christopher Cooper and Natalia Clementi, published the article “Probing protein orientation near charged nanosurfaces for simulation-assisted biosensor design,” in the online September 30 issue of The Journal of Chemical Physics (Vol.143, Issue 12). DOI: 10.1063/1.4931113

Prof. Kie Eom (ECE) has published the following encyclopedia article: K. B. Eom, “Radar Target Recognition,” Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Published Online: 15 Sep. 2015, DOI: 10.1002/047134608X.W1129.pub2.

Prof. Erica Gralla (EMSE) has published the following journal article: E. Gralla, J. Goentzel, and C. Fine, “Problem Formulation and Solution Mechanisms: A Behavioral Study of Humanitarian Transportation Planning.” Production and Operations Management. (DOI: 10.1111/poms.12496). Available online.

Leading Issues in Information Warfare and Security,” Vol. 2, authored by Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE) has been published by the publisher academic bookshop. Prof. Ryan notes the blurb, which reads: “Almost every day sees new reports of information systems that have been hacked, broken into, compromised, and sometimes even destroyed. The prevalence of such stories reveals an overwhelming weakness in the security of the systems we increasingly rely on for everything: shopping, banking, health services, education, and even voting. That these problems persist even as the world rushes headlong into the Internet-of-Things and cloud based everything underscores the importance of understanding the current and potential aspects of information warfare, also known as cyberwarfare. Having passed through into the third generation of information warfare, we now must consider what the fourth generation might look like. Where we are now is not unlike trench warfare, only in cyberspace. Where we go next will emerge in an international landscape that is considering the implications of current capabilities on notions of just warfare, sovereignty, and individual freedoms. The papers in this book have been selected to provide the reader with a broad appreciation for the challenges that accompany the evolution of the use of information, information technologies, and connectedness in all things. The papers are important contributions, representing 8 different countries or regions that create a truly global thought presentation.”

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Jin-Hee Cho (adjunct faculty, CS) was an invited speaker at the 2015 ICF International CyberSci Summit Workshop on Resilience: Survival and Recovery in an Age of Cyber Weapons , held October 14-15 in Fairfax, VA. Her talk was titled “Effect of Personality Traits on Trust and Risk to Phishing Vulnerability: Modeling and Analysis.”

Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) served as the general chair for the 9th Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) Conference, held here at the SEH on September 16-18. PGAS2015 was technically sponsored by the IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing. The conference provides a forum for researchers and professionals in parallel programming to exchange the latest developments and ideas in the field, with emphasis on the future Exascale computing. Attendees and speakers represented academia, government, and industry. They included Rice University, UC-Berkeley, Ohio State University, Tokyo University, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, NSA, DoE, NSF, IBM, Intel, Cray, and Advanced Micro Devices, among other institutions. Dean David Dolling delivered the GW welcoming remarks in the opening session. Prof. El-Ghazawi is one of the two researchers who coined the term “PGAS” and was one of the main authors of a well-known PGAS language known as Unified Parallel C (UPC). He recently started a collaborative research project with the Cray Supercomputing Company on Chapel, another PGAS language led by Cray scientists.

Prof. Leila Farhadi (CEE) gave an invited talk at the USDA Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville , MD on Thursday, October 15. Her topic was “Uncertainty Quatification in Land Surface Hydrological Modeling.”
On October 9, Prof. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE) gave an invited tutorial titled, “Cost-Performance Metrics for Thermoelectric Devices,” at the School for Thermoelectrics hosted by the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). Researchers and students from across Germany attended the tutorial.

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.

Student News

Research conducted in Prof. Lorena Barba’s (MAE) group was featured in an interview of her doctoral student Christopher Cooper on the corporate blog of NVIDIA Corp., “Parallel for All.” The October 6 article is titled “ Open, Reproducible Computational Chemistry with Python and CUDA .”

SEAS News

MAE Seminar: “Nanomaterials for Energy and Flexible Electronics”
Presenter: Liangbing "Bing" Hu, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
Thursday, October 22
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Workshop: “Theseus’ Paradox”
Saturday, October 24
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, B1270
RSVP
This is the third of a three-part series created by Dr. Annie Green and Cynthia Gayton, J.D., and supported in part by EMSE and GW’s College of Professional Studies to explore new methods and strategies to manage knowledge and innovation. The event is free, but RSVPs are required and space is limited to 50 participants. Light refreshments will be served.

ECE Colloquium: IEEE Magnetic Society's 2015 Distinguished Lecturer
Speaker: Prof. Russell Cowburn, Cambridge University
Tuesday, October 27
1:30 pm
SEH, 2000B

Executive-in-Residence: Discussion with Dr. Ernst Volgenau
Wednesday, October 28
3:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Register: go.gwu.edu/volgenau
Dr. Volgenau is the chairman, founder, and former CEO of SRA International and the author of Geeks, Mush Heads and the IT Revolution. A book signing and reception will follow the discussion. Free books will be available.

Engineer Mentor Fair
Thursday, October 29
6:30 – 9:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Registration is now open for SEAS undergraduate and graduate students to attend the 4th Annual Engineer Mentor Fair. Registration is required.

Other News

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 dueNovember 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 can be up to $20,000. Proposals are due November 30, 2015. More information and application guidelines

SEAS Events

ECE Colloquium: IEEE Magnetic Society's 2015 Distinguished Lecturer
Speaker: Prof. Russell Cowburn, Cambridge University
Tuesday, October 27
1:30 pm
SEH, 2000B

Executive-in-Residence: Discussion with Dr. Ernst Volgenau
Wednesday, October 28
3:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Register: go.gwu.edu/volgenau
Dr. Volgenau is the chairman, founder, and former CEO of SRA International and the author of Geeks, Mush Heads and the IT Revolution. A book signing and reception will follow the discussion. Free books will be available.

Engineer Mentor Fair
Thursday, October 29
6:30 – 9:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Registration is now open for SEAS undergraduate and graduate students to attend the 4th Annual Engineer Mentor Fair. Registration is required.

External Events

Boston Scientific Resume Book Opportunity:
The Center for Career Services is collecting resumes of stellar students interested in full-time employment and internship opportunities with Boston Scientific. These are exclusive #OnlyAtGW opportunities to get your resume in front of hiring managers from these companies outside of the normal online application process. Select students will be contacted for consideration for multiple opportunities in Boston Scientific's St. Paul, MN, Marlborough, MA, and Valencia, CA, offices. Open to juniors and seniors and all majors; however, the following majors are preferred: Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Finance, Accounting, and Information Systems.

To participate in the resume book:
> Log in to Gwork > Go to Documents > Add New and upload a cover letter and resume AS ONE DOCUMENT. The cover letter should highlight why you are interested in a career/internship with Boston Scientific. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.
> Go to Documents > Opt-In Resume Book
> Click Select Books (next to document you wish to use)
> Check the box for "Careers/Internships at Boston Scientific"
> Submit
Click on the resume book title to view more information about this resume book opportunity.
If you would like assistance with creating a professional resume, you may stop by during Center for Career Services drop-in hours. Drop-ins (no appointment necessary) are held in Colonial Crossroads, Marvin Center 5th Floor, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You may also schedule an appointment with your Career Coach via your GWork home page.
DEADLINE to submit: Sunday, November 1, 2015, by 11:59 p.m.

GW Technology Commercialization Office 2015 Innovation Competition
Wednesday, November 4
1:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
RSVP
The GW Technology Commercialization Office is showcasing promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. This event provides a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs, and members of the venture community. Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $25,000 in prizes for the development of a prototype or proof-of-concept! All are welcome to attend. Registration for competition entries is now closed.

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. This event is hosted by the GW Vice-Provost of Online Learning and Academic Innovation.

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 seamwymg@gmail.com.

Entrepreneurship Events

Entrepreneur Workshop: Where Do I Start?
Wednesday, October 21
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Duquès Hall, Room 453
RSVP