October 2-15, 2017


October 2, 2017

Faculty News
Research & Grants:
Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) has received a U.S. Department of Energy, Phase II SBIR grant for the project “Software for the Predictive Synthesis of Nanoparticles in Plasmas.” The project focuses on the development of a plasma-based technique for the synthesis of novel 2D layered materials. Dr. Keidar’s team is working with the company TechX, which is developing a new simulation platform for the plasma synthesis process. The total award of this two-year grant is $750,000; the GW portion is $200,000.


Dr. Ken Chong (MAE) has published the following journal paper: K. Chong and S. Zhu. “Innovative technologies in manufacturing, mechanics and smart civil infrastructure,” International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials, pp. 1-18, September 2017.


Dr. Russell Hemley (CEE) and his colleagues at Georgetown University have published a paper as part of a new collaboration between GW and Georgetown University in extreme biophysics: J. M. Rodgers, R. J. Hemley, and T. Ichiye. “ Quasiharmonic analysis of protein energy landscapes from pressure-temperature molecular dynamics simulations,” The Journal of Chemical Physics 147, 125103 (2017). Dr. Hemley’s co-authors are Jocelyn Rodgers and Toshiko Ichiye, postdoctoral fellow and professor of chemistry, respectively, at Georgetown.


Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE), his doctoral student Zhitong Chen, and their collaborators have published the following paper: Z. Chen, S. Zhang, I. Levchenko, I. I. Beilis and M. Keidar. “In vitro Demonstration of Cancer Inhibiting Properties from Stratified Self-Organized Plasma-Liquid Interface,” Scientific Reports, Vol. 7, 12163, 2017.


Student News
Jonathan Kolbeck (MAE doctoral candidate) was interviewed for the October 2 GW Hatchet article “Plan to launch first GW-made satellite gets off the ground.” Jonathan wrote the original proposal for the project with his advisor, Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE), and is a project manager for GW’s CubeSat project. The article describes the project and the team’s effort to launch the satellite over Costa Rica in 2019.


Other News
Congratulations to SEAS alumnus Chris Wiernicki (MS ’83), who was named the Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Person of the Year on September 21.


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
More information

Solar Photovoltaics
November 2-3
More information

Environmental Management Systems
November 6-7
More information

Renewable Energy Market Trends and Finance
December 11-12
More information

Distributed Generation and Energy Storage
December 13-14
More information


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 13: Programming basics II
  • 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


Note: SEAS CF is hosting a separate Solidworks event on Wednesday, October 4 in SEH, B1220. Join us and learn to unlock the full potential of Solidworks and the resources available in SEAS.

  • 1:00 – 2:45 pm: Solidworks tools beyond CAD (High level overview of simulation, PDM, electrical, technical, communications, visualization and more)
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm: The different license types and resources for students, faculty and researchers (Student downloads, My Solidworks, and certification exams)

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


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
MAE Seminar: “Challenges and Opportunities in High-Order Finite Element Simulations of Fluid Mechanics”
Speaker: Dr. Brian Helenbrook, Clarkson University
Thursday, October 5
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: "The Anatomy of a 2030's UUV: An Internally Biomimetic Soft-bodied UUV Propulsion System”
Speaker: Dr. Simon Freeman, Naval Research Lab
Thursday, October 12
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


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 26
2:00 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
VentureWell Programs:
Faculty Grants: VentureWell is seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems critical to their success. VentureWell provides grants of up to $30,000 to help fund and support faculty with innovative ideas to create new (or transform existing) courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market. Applications are due November 8.


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


Webinar: Where Do I Start?
Wednesday, October 4
WebEx Room
Do you have a business idea but are feeling unsure of how to move forward? We can help guide you! Join us for a great webinar on how you can take your startup idea to the next level.


Dolphin Tank – GW
Wednesday, October 4 | Ames B101, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW | Register
Wednesday, October 18 | Duques Hall, 453 | Register
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.


3-Day Startup
Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15
GW Mount Vernon Campus, West Hall
Application Deadline: Sunday, October 1
3-Day Startup is a 72-hour, learning-by-doing campus program that teaches entrepreneurial skills in an extreme hands-on environment. The program is FREE but everyone must apply in order to participate. 3DS is open to faculty, staff, alumni, and graduate and undergraduate students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.


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.


Research Events
Cayuse Electronic Proposal Routing Training
Wednesday, October 11
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Rice Hall, Suite 601
More information


Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp
Tuesday, October 24
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Marvin Center, Room 31
RSVP and more information