October 23-29, 2017


October 23, 2017

Faculty News
Awards & Honors:
AIP Publishing has selected Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) as the winner of the 2017 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics. The annual award is presented in collaboration with the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics to recognize outstanding plasma physics research by a Physics of Plasmas author. Dr. Keidar was selected for his article “ Cold atmospheric plasma in cancer therapy,” Physics of Plasmas, 20, 057101 (2013). The paper was co-authored with Alex Shashurin, Olga Volotskova, Mary Ann Stepp, Priya Srinivasan, Anthony Sandler and Barry Trink.


Media Mentions:
Last week’s SEAS newsletter reported that Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) was interviewed by AP and appeared on NBC News regarding the sonic boom attacks on Americans in Cuba. Dr. Sarkar also was quoted in the New York Times article “Dangerous Sound? What Americans Heard in Cuba Attacks,” the Telegraph article “Is this the sound of US diplomats under ‘sonic attack’ in Cuba?” and the CNN article “New audio adds to mystery of attacks on US diplomats.’’


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. M. Ashraf Imam (MAE, research professor) attended the Materials Science & Technology 2017 conference, held October 8-12 in Pittsburgh, PA. There, he chaired the session “Titanium Powder Metallurgy.”


On September 28, Dr. David Nagel (ECE, research professor) presented a seminar at both the Energy Institute of the University of Texas and at National Instruments. The title of the talks was “Low Energy Nuclear Reactions: Status and Prospects for Science and Business.”


riffat and team

Dr. Rumana Riffat (CEE) and her research group participated in the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Conference and Exhibition, WEFTEC 2017, held September 30 – October 4, in Chicago, IL. They presented the following papers:

  1. “Potential of high-rate contact-stabilizaton for maximizing carbon redirection and capture compared to plug flow A-stage systems,” presented by Arifur Rahman, Ph.D;
  2. “Impact of recuperative thickening on anaerobic digestion of thermally hydrolysed sludge,” presented by Baoqiang Li, Ph.D. student;
  3. “Fundamental study on dewatering characteristics of wastewater sludge from different treatment processes,” presented by Mahmudul Hasan, Ph.D. student; and
  4. “The role of physics in the hydrolysis step of mesophilic anaerobic digestion with THP,” presented byElizabeth Manning, M.S. student.


Other News:
On October 12, the White House announced that President Trump intends to nominate SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) Research Professor Alex Beehler as the next Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. Because the U.S. Army has a larger direct impact on environmental and energy matters than any other organization in the world, Dr. Beehler, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, will hold one of the most important environmental and energy positions in the U.S. In his two years with the EEMI, Dr. Beehler has been a key component of the Institute's active research, symposia and professional education programs.


Student News
ECE doctoral student Ali Jamali will present a paper that he co-wrote with his advisor Dr. Edward Della Torre (ECE) at the 62nd Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Material, which will be held November 6-10 in Pittsburgh, PA. The paper is titled “Properties of a Uniaxial Media Model.”


Other News
Forbes quoted EMSE alumna Christyl Johnson (Ph.D. ‘12) in the October 18 article “NASA's Dr. Christyl Johnson Shares Her Career Path And Advice For Advancing Women In STEM.’’


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).


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.

  • 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


Software Carpentry Workshops
SEAS CF in partnership with the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation is offering four two-day software carpentry workshops this academic year. The first workshop will run November 3-4 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days in Gelman 201 (STEMworks). The remaining workshops will be announced at a later date.

Who is this for?
Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who want to become more productive with lab skills for scientific computing. The workshop is free to any GW-affiliated participant.
What is it?
Two days of hands-on learning on how to:

  • automate repetitive tasks (Unix shell)
  • track and share your code and writing (git and GitHub)
  • use programming language that is especially powerful for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis (R)

Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises in the workshops. Participants are encouraged both to help one another and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system; they also should have admin privileges on this computer. The computer needs to be a “real” laptop—not a Chromebook, tablet, etc.


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
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 Seminar: “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 Seminar: “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 Seminar: “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


EEMI Event: “Explore the power of serious games and climate risk”
Thursday, November 2
4:30 - 7:00 pm
SEH, 1300
Bring a friend and join us in a serious game exploring the global risk of climate change. Experts from Smart Game Systems will lead you through the process of game design and operation and demonstrate how it affects learning and behavior. Seating is limited. This event is hosted by GW's Environmental and Energy Management Institute Climate Focus.


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.


ECE Seminar: “Deduplication-aware Architecture and System for Edge Computing”
Dr. Yu Hua, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China)
Wednesday, November 8
2:30 - 3:30 pm
SEH, B1270


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


2017 Pitch George Competition Information Session
Wednesday, October 25
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Duques Hal, 453
Learn more
One of GW’s top pitch competitions is coming up! See how you can compete this year. Bring all your questions to the info session.


100 Mentor Match-up
Tuesday, November 7
1957 E Street, City View Room
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
Calling all aspiring GW entrepreneurs! Attend the 100 Mentor Match-up to connect with other entrepreneurs, business professionals, and industry experts. Who knows? You might find your next mentor or even your next business collaborator.


GW & External Events
ASCE National Capital Section Transportation Committee October Meeting: “Impact on Traffic Flow Performance from Connected and Automated Vehicles”
Speaker: Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE)
Tuesday, October 24
11:45 am – 1:15 pm (lecture starts at noon)
Virginia Science & Technology Campus, Exploration Hall, Room 121
Pizza will be served at the event. To reserve your spot, please register via email.


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
RSVP and more information