October 22-28, 2018


October 22, 2018

Faculty News
Media Mentions:
Dr. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) was interviewed in the October 17 Gray TV segment “Consumer advocate calls for wider cell phone access during disasters.’’


NBC4-Washington quoted Dr. Poori Vora (CS) in the October 18 article “In Wake of Russian Meddling, Critics Say Maryland's Online Ballot System Is Potential Target.’’


Conferences & Presentations:
On October 15, Dr. Sameh Badie (CEE) gave a presentation to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Concrete Bridges, AASHTO T-10 Committee. The goal of the presentation was to make changes to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications based on the outcomes of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s 12-96 project sponsored by the National Academies of Science.


On October 18, Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) gave the Boeing Distinguished Colloquium at the University of Washington. Her talk was titled “A Tale of Three Codes—How the sausage is made in computational research.” She also presented the Reproducibility and Open Science Seminar at the eScience Institute the next day, with the talk “Reproducible workflow on a public cloud for computational fluid dynamics.”


On October 16, Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) presented the following paper at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making Conference, held in Montreal, Canada: D. A. Broniatowski and V. F. Reyna. “Causal Gist Predicts Spread of Tweets about Vaccination.”


Dr. Tianshu Li (CEE) was invited to Penn Institute for Computational Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he gave the seminar “Complex roles of surface in heterogeneous ice nucleation: chemistry, geometry and confinement” on October 12.


Student News
EMSE graduate student Zhenglin Wei, advised by Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE), presented the following talk at the at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making Conference, held October 13-17 in Montreal, Canada: L. Fraenkel, Z. Wei, B. Nowell, C. Ramsey, K. Michaud, T. Neogi, and D. A. Broniatowski. “Classifying Adverse Events from the Patient’s Point of View: A Trajectory Mapping Study.”


Other News
The GW Engineering Hall of Fame ceremony, held October 11, was featured in the GW Today article “SEAS Inducts Five into GW Engineering Hall of Fame.”


Upcoming SEAS Events
CEE Seminar: “Computational Nanoscience: Predicting the Shapes of Nanocrystals Grown in Solution”
Speaker: Dr. Kristen Fichthorn, Pennsylvania State University
Monday, October 22
2:30 – 3:30 pm
SEH, B1220


CS Colloquium: “Robot Planning and Autonomous Driving”
Speaker: Dr. Dinesh Manocha, University of Maryland
Wednesday, October 24
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, B1270


CS/EMSE Seminar: “Towards Personalized Antidepressant Recommendations with Prediction-Constrained Topic Models”
Speaker: Dr. Finale Doshi-Velez, Harvard University
Thursday, October 25
12:00 pm
SEH, 2000


MAE Seminar: “Material Characterization of Nanostructured Ferretic Alloy through Atomistic Modeling”
Speaker: Dr. Huijuan (Jane) Zhao, Clemson University
Thursday, October 25
2:00 - 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


SEAS Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture and Dean's Reception at Colonials Weekend 2018
Saturday, October 27
2:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, Lower Level Commons
SEAS will host Mischel Kwon (SEAS ’04), founder and CEO of MKACyber, to deliver its annual Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture. Her presentation, “Cybersecurity - Today's Attacks and Defenses,” will review the current attacks and defenses that companies, the government, and average citizens face in the digital world. Afterwards, please join SEAS Interim Dean Rumana Riffat and fellow SEAS alumni, students, parents and friends for a networking reception.


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Transforming Science through Cyberinfrastructure”
Speaker: Dr. Manish Parashar, National Science Foundation
Monday, October 29
4:00 pm (Reception follows)
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Unified Mechanics Theory: F=m a ((1-ϕ(s ̇ ))”
Speaker: Dr. Cemal Basaran, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Thursday, November 1
2:00 - 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


GW BME DAY 2018: “Innovations in Biomedical Engineering”

Monday, November 5
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1 Level
Registration required
The GW Department of Biomedical Engineering is proud to host the 3rd Annual GW BME DAY: Innovations in Biomedical Engineering. The event will showcase faculty and student research projects, highlight the collaborative nature of the biomedical engineering field, and raise awareness of biomedical engineering at GW and in the Washington, DC region. The day will consist of student poster sessions, a moderated panel discussion on how to land a job within the biomedical engineering field, and selected talks from our faculty and invited guest speakers.



CVP Speaker Series @ GW: “Innovation INC: The Business of Innovation”
Wednesday, November 7
4:00 – 6:00 pm (Panel begins at 4:00; refreshments follow panel at 5:00)
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
No longer a “concept,” innovation is now the lifeblood of organizations, impacting technology, culture, clients, operations, and the bottom line. Regardless of vertical sector or business model, innovation is driving growth, is at the core of change, and is critical to success. But how does the business of innovation happen and how can it deliver a Return on Investment? Join the discussion with our panel of innovation leaders to find out how.

  • Nagesh Rao, Director of Business Technology Solutions for the Small Business Administration
  • Andrea Norris, Director, Center for Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer at the National Institutes of Health
  • Phaedra Chrousos, Chief Innovation Officer of the Libra Group
  • Annamaria Konya Tannon, Entrepreneur, Chief Evangelist, and Executive Director of the GW Innovation Center
  • Moderator: Anirudh Kulkarni, CEO of CVP


MAE Seminar: “Growth and Remodeling Soft Tissue Mechanics in Pregnancy”
Speaker: Dr. Kristin Myers, Columbia University
Thursday November 15
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: "Model Predictive Control for Helicopter Ship Landing Operations"
Speaker: Dr. Cornel Sultan, Virginia Tech
Friday, November 16
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, 2000


MAE Seminar:“Controlling cracks in granular materials”
Speaker: Dr. Sujit Datta, Princeton University
Thursday, November 29
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Career Events
Fourth Annual GW STEM Symposium: “The Future of Technology – Where Are We Headed . . . Trends and Predictions”
Monday, October 22
6:00 – 9:00 pm
SEH, B-1 Level
The Symposium-facilitated panel and breakout sessions will address trends in artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, biotech, energy, the environment, cyber security, robotics and much, much more. Companies and organizations represented at the event include: CAE, MITRE, Raytheon, M.C. Dean, FDA, EPA, and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.


Radify Labs Online Conference: Careers in Tech
Sunday-Tuesday, November 4-6
The conference will include speakers from YouTube, WeWork, and Twitter. In addition, students will be able to sign-up for virtual coffee chats with mentors from the world’s top tech firms and submit their resumes for exclusive job and internship opportunities. Students who sign up via this link, will receive a free ticket to the conference.


SEAS Computing Facility Workshops
Remaining Arduino and Raspberry Pi Workshops

  • Saturday, November 3: Introduction to Arduino
  • Saturday, November 10: Arduino/Raspberry Pi Project Lab


SEAS CF will host free interactive workshops on Arduinos and Raspberry Pis, which are inexpensive platforms for electronics and programming projects. Each workshop will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the SEH Studio Labs (SEH 1300/1400/1450).


At the Introduction to Raspberry Pi and Introduction to Arduino workshops, attendees will learn about the basics of these technologies and how to get started. Attendees will also create some introductory projects involving sensors and LEDs, and they will gain experience with basic programming in Python (for Raspberry Pi) and C/C++ (for Arduino), as well as simple circuits.


Then, at the Raspberry Pi/Arduino Project Lab, the equipment will be available along with self-guided project instructions to put the skills into use. Staff will be available to help. Potential projects to choose from include programmable cars, a Raspberry Pi Pong game, an Arduino paper piano, a weather station with a Twitter bot, and a security system with a camera and motion detection. The introduction tutorials will also be available in self-guided form for any attendees who couldn't make it to an introduction workshop or just want to learn at their own pace.


Experience specifically with Python, C/C++, or circuits is not required for either. All equipment will be provided. Group work is encouraged. You may register for any or all of the three workshops. Please email [email protected] with any questions.


Introduction to MATLAB Workshops

Remaining workshop:

  • Thursday, October 25: Linear Equation & ODE Solving


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. The workshops will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in Tompkins 406. Please email [email protected] with any questions.


MATLAB and SolidWorks Tutoring

  • Tuesdays: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 8:00 – 10:00 pm


MATLAB and SolidWorks tutoring will be offered throughout the fall semester in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS Senior Keily Gleason.


Engineering Software installation on personal computers: Most engineering programs installed in the SEAS Computing Labs—including MATLAB, SolidWorks, and others—are available for install on students' personal computers. For a complete list of applications, please visit the SEAS Computing Facility website.


GW News & Events
Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund: Sustainable GW announces the 2019 round of the Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund competition. This program makes up to $85,000 available for multi-disciplinary faculty research. Visit Sustainability at GW for application details. Please send any questions to Sustainable GW Research Director Robert Orttung.


iOS Security Presentation—In-Person
Tuesday, October 23
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Bring your iPhone or iPad and join us at Lehman Auditorium. Brian Markham, AVP of Information Security and Compliance Services, will be presenting how to secure your iOS device. This event is open to all faculty, staff, and students.


Post-Award Management Training Series: “Effectively Document, Submit, Review and Approve Expenditures”
Thursday, October 25
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 403


GWNIC Vacuum Technology Workshop
Thursday, October 25
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
SEH, B1270
Course topics, schedule and registration


OPSEC Webinar
Friday, October 26
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration required
Re-evaluate your day-to-day operations and processes to prevent sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. This event is open to faculty and staff.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
NSF 2026 Idea Machine: This is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The deadline to enter is October 26.


Workshop: Where Do I Start?
Thursday, October 25
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, M06
Do you have a business or social enterprise idea, but don't know where to start? Are you interested in getting feedback on your idea and getting guidance on how to move your idea forward? Join us for an interactive discussion on how you can get your startup idea going!


Colonial Lounge @ GW Innovation Center
Friday, October 26
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, M06 + Backyard
Meet the Innovation Student Fellows and learn about local and global social impact projects and how to get involved. Live music, snacks, and refreshments – join us!


Alumni Entrepreneurship Panel
Saturday, October 27
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Duques Hall, Room 151
Join us during Colonials Weekend for a panel event that will feature several extraordinary GW alumni entrepreneurs. Hear their accounts of their journeys from student life in Foggy Bottom to success in the cut-throat business world.


Immigration Legal Clinic for GW Student Entrepreneurs (as part of the International Student Office “All-Access Event”)
Friday, November 2
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
GW Marvin Center, Room 309
International students who wish to start a business here in the U.S. are welcome to join us for a lecture on all the processes to move your business forward. Students will also be able to schedule a one-on-one with a lawyer onsite during this event to discuss options catered to your situation and join in on other activities planned by the GW International Student Office.


Webinar: Where Do I Start?
Tuesday, November 6
5:30 – 7:00 pm
WebEx Room: webex.gwu.edu/join/jbautista
Do you have a business or social enterprise idea, but don't know where to start? Are you interested in getting feedback on your idea and getting guidance on how to move your idea forward? Join us for an interactive discussion on how you can get your startup idea going!


SEED SPOT Weekend Bootcamp
Friday, November 2 – Sunday, November 4
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (time may vary according to schedule)
GW Gelman Library, Room 219
This three-day Launch Camp provides entrepreneurs and individuals who are exploring starting a venture a safe space to explore and launch their ideas. Throughout the program, participants will have access to mentors, content experts, SEED SPOT’s curriculum, and a network of supporters.