October 30 - November 5, 2017


October 30, 2017

Faculty News
Media Mentions:
Agence France-Presse quoted Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) in the October 28 article “Bizarre ‘attacks’ drama rolls on between US, Cuba.’’


After receiving an invitation from the National Academy of Inventors to write a paper on the use of the U. S. patent system in engineering education, Dr. Charles Garris (MAE) joined forces with his son, Charles Garris III, to co-author “The United States Patent System and Engineering Education: An Alliance for Innovation.” Dr. Garris’ son is an alumnus of MAE/SEAS and is the vice president of engineering at CMD Corporation. Together, the two were able to provide both the academic and industrial perspective on the topic. The paper’s citation is: C. A. Garris, Jr. and C.A. Garris III. “The United States Patent System and Engineering Education: An Alliance for Innovation,” Technology & Innovation, Vol. 19, No. 2, September 2017, pp. 509-524(16).


Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE) and his colleagues from Texas A&M and Northwestern University have published the following journal article: A. Talebpour, H.S. Mahmassani, and S. H. Hamdar (2017). “Effect of information availability on stability of traffic flow: Percolation theory approach,” Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, DOI: 10.1016/j.trb.2017.09.005.


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE) presented at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Capital Section (NCA) Transportation Committee Meeting on October 24. The title of his talk was “Impact on Traffic Flow Performance from Connected and Automated Vehicles.”


Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) gave an invited talk titled “Adaptive Plasma for Cancer Therapy: Physics, Mechanism and Applications” at the 59th American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting. The meeting was held October 23-27 in Milwaukee, WI.
Dr. Keidar’s talk and his research are highlighted in this APS press release.


Dr. Kelly Scanlon (senior research scientist, EMSE Environmental and Energy Management Institute) presented “Life Cycle Assessment: A Tool for Protecting Defense Assets” at the 20th Annual Systems Engineering Conference, held October 24-27 in Springfield, VA.


Student News
CEE doctoral student Claire Silverstein presented her work, titled “Microscopic Traffic Modeling of Collisions with the Incorporation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles,” at the 2017 Meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The meeting was held October 22-25 in Houston, TX, and Claire presented at Session WB50: Autonomous Systems Optimization I. Claire is advised by Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE).


Other News

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Left to right: David Ray (Raytheon), Christine Darden,

Dean David Dolling, Abdullah Almojel, Thomas Bostock,

and Richard Ivey


On Friday evening, Dean David Dolling inducted four alumni and a SEAS faculty member into the GW Engineering Hall of Fame. Congratulations to our 2017 inductees: Dr. Abdullah Almojel (D.Sc. ’97), Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Thomas Bostick (Ph.D. ’16), Dr. Christine Mann Darden (D.Sc. ’83), Dr. Rachelle Heller (CS faculty), and Mr. Richard Ivey (MEA ’89). Dean Dolling also presented the 2017 Distinguished Industry Partner Award to Raytheon.


Two proposals submitted by the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions to the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) were accepted for presentation at its national conference, which 3500 professionals attend. The two proposals are: “Developing Competencies in Mental Health Issues within Academic Advising Setting” and “Improving International Student Experiences Using Focus Group Data.”


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
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


Alumni News
AL.com featured SEAS alumnus and former NASA Director Mike Griffin (MS ’98) in the October 29 article “Trump taps Mike Griffin for key defense position.’’


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. The remaining workshop on November 10 will cover 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. The remaining workshops will cover these topics:

  • 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
EEMI Workshop: "Carbon Dioxide Removal/Negative Emissions Workshop"
Keynote Speaker: James Hanson, Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Program, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Monday, October 30
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
SEH, B1270


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.


BME Seminar: “Photoacoustic Tomography: Omniscale Imaging from Organelles to Patients by Ultrasonically Beating Optical Diffusion”
Speaker: Dr. Lihong Wang, California Institute of Technology
Wednesday, November 8
1:00 - 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220


ECE Seminar: “Deduplication-aware Architecture and System for Edge Computing”
Speaker: 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.


Webinar: Orientation to the New Venture Competition
Wednesday, November 1 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Register
Thursday, November 9 | 5:30 – 6:30 pm | Register
Were you unable to make it to our earlier orientation workshops? Do you still want to learn about how you can compete in this year's big 10th Annual GW New Venture Competition? Join us for an online session and hear how you can compete for over $300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes!


Innovation Center Panel: “Ask a Working Mom: An Industry-wide Panel on Work/Life Balance”
Wednesday, November 1
6:30 – 7:30 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall, M06
Come listen to women from various professions—ranging from consulting to engineering to communications and beyond—share their stories and answer questions about managing a work/life balance.



  • Annamaria Konya Tannon, Serial Entrepreneur
  • Marla Shavin, Communications Specialist
  • Erica Wortham, Cultural Anthropologist
  • Daniella Ballou Aares, Partner, Dalberg; Former Advisor to the Obama Administration
  • Amy Millman, Springboard Enterprises; Founder, VC Advisory


Workshop: Where Do I Start?
Thursday, November 2
5:30 – 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall, M06
Do you have a great business idea but are feeling unsure of how to execute that idea? Do you want guidance from entrepreneurial experts on how to move your business forward? Join us for a great workshop on how you can take your startup idea to the next level and learn about all the great resources right at your fingertips here at GW.


Springboard Dolphin Tank
Thursday, November 2
6:30 – 8:30 pm
GW Mount Vernon Campus, Eckles Library Auditorium
Dolphin Tanks aren't about sharks, piranhas, dragons, or competing for the best idea; they're about channeling the expertise of the people in the room. The Dolphin Tank is an interactive discussion led by an expert panel that focuses on one thing: “How can we help?” Join the GW community for an evening of fun pitches and networking!


SEAS Innovation Challenge Information Session
Tuesday, November 7
4:00 – 5:00 pm
The GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall, M06
Students who are interested in participating in the SEAS Innovation Challenge but have questions and want to know more about it should join this information session. In the 2017-2018 Challenge, students will use technology to develop and demonstrate the most innovative solution to identified current needs in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria.


100 Mentor Match-up
Tuesday, November 7
6:00 – 9:00 pm
1957 E Street, City View Room
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
SMPA Cyber Panel: “Covering Cyber: How to Improve Reporting and Policy on Cyber Issues”
Tuesday, October 31
9:00 – 10:30 am
Jack Morton Auditorium, MPA Building
Join this panel conversation about what the press and policymakers are saying and doing about cyber issues, what’s getting ignored and what needs to be prioritized. The panel will feature former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden, Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger, and Lawfare Managing Editor Susan Hennessey.


Research Events
NIH Loan Repayment Programs Information Session
Tuesday, October 31
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Marvin Center, 405
The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) repay up to $35,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. At this session, a representative from the NIH Division of Loan Repayments will present the program and answer your questions.