SEAS Newsletter

November 13-19, 2017

 

Faculty News
Research:
Dr. Tianshu Li (CEE) was quoted in Chemical & Engineering News in the November 8 article “Ice forms from disordered seeds, modeling study shows.’’

 

The November issue of Modern Steel Construction noted past contributions of Dr. Kim Roddis (CEE) to automation and standardization of shop repair procedures for structural steel bridges as part of the AASHTO/AISC Steel Bridge Collaboration (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials / American Institute of Steel Construction). Dr. Roddis notes that this is the second time in three months that Modern Steel Construction has mentioned research work by SEAS faculty. In September, it referenced work on steel bridge shear studs by Dr. Sameh Badie (CEE).

 

Conferences & Presentations:
On November 4, students and collaborators ofDr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) and Dr. Robert Pless (CS) presented the following talks at the American Medical Informatics Association Conference workshop on social media mining for health applications:

 

  1. Y. Lama, D. Hu, S. C. Quinn, A. Jamison, and D. A. Broniatowski (2017.) “Characterizing HPV Vaccine Discourse on Reddit,” Proceedings of the 2nd Social Media Mining for Health Applications Workshop & Shared Task. Presented by Yuki Lama (UMD) and Dian Hu (EMSE)
  2. R. Pless, R. Begtrup, L. Alkulaib, S. Counts, J. Harnett, J-L Manning, H. Xuan, and D. A. Broniatowski (2017). “Recognizing Images of Eating Disorders in Social Media,” Proceedings of the 2nd Social Media Mining for Health Applications Workshop & Shared Task. Presented by Justine-Louise Manning (CS)
  3. M.C. Smith, M. Dredze, S. C. Quinn, and D. A. Broniatowski (2017). “Monitoring Real-time Spatial Public Health Discussions in the Context of Vaccine Hesitancy.” Presented by Michael Smith (EMSE)

 

Dian Hu and Michael Smith are advised by Dr. Broniatowski. Lulwah Alkulaib, Samsara Counts, James Harnett, Justine-Louise Manning, and Hong Xuan are advised by Dr. Pless. Rebecca Begtrup is a faculty member in GW’s departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and is on staff at Children's National Medical Center.

 

Dr. Rachael Jonassen (director, EMSE Greenhouse Gas Management Program), together with colleagues Dr. Wil Buns and Dr. Simon Nicholson from America University, convened a workshop on geoengineering on October 30. The workshop focused on negative emission technologies using carbon dioxide removal, which are proposed by the IPCC as the only known technologies to achieve the 2ºC climate change goal of the Paris Accord. Other participants from the Environmental and Energy Management Institute included:Mr. Joe Cascio, Dr. Jonathan Deason, Mr. Ryan Gabel, andMs. Marija Stefanovic. With support from Mr. Seth Barna, the event was also live-streamed to more than 100 participants worldwide.

 

On November 9, Dr. Claire Monteleoni (CS) gave an invited talk hosted by the TAU team, a machine learning research group between INRIA, CNRS, and Université Paris-Sud, in Orsay, France. Her talk was titled “Machine Learning Algorithms for Climate Informatics, Sustainability, and Social Good.”

 

On November 1, Dr. Kelly Scanlon (senior research scientist, Environmental and Energy Management Institute) hosted the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command for a discussion about pollution prevention programs with the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Chemical and Material Risk Management Program. The meeting highlighted basic and applied pollution prevention research efforts, including programs in toxic metal reduction, airborne lead reduction, and cleaning and degreasing alternatives.

 

Other News:
Working under a project funded by the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Sameh Badie (CEE) and his research team have constructed a 36-foot long composite beam in the SEH’s high bay testing facility. The composite beam is made of a two-foot deep steel beam connected to a system of four-foot wide precast deck panels. Ultra-high performance concrete is used to connect the precast deck panels with the steel beam. Currently, the composite beam is undergoing four million cycles of cyclic load. It will then be tested for strength. More information and a video clip are available on the SEAS and CEE websites.

 

SEAS will host the 4th annual GW-KU Research Symposium in the SEH on November 13-14. The symposium will include welcome remarks by Dean David Dolling and Dr. Jin Taek Chung (KU), a series of individual research presentations by SEAS and KU faculty members, and a dinner. Participating SEAS faculty members include: Dr. Igor Efimov (BME), Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE), Dr. Ashraf Imam (MAE), Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE), Dr. Can Korman (ECE), Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE), Dr. Zhenyu Li (BME), Dr. Murray Loew (BME), Dr. Claire Monteleoni (CS), Dr. Michael Plesniak (MAE), Dr. Rumana Riffat (CEE), Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE), and Dr. Tim Wood (CS).

 

On November 1, Dr. Kelly Scanlon (senior research scientist, Environmental and Energy Management Institute) hosted the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command for a discussion about pollution prevention programs with the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Chemical and Material Risk Management Program. The meeting highlighted basic and applied pollution prevention research efforts, including programs in toxic metal reduction, airborne lead reduction, and cleaning and degreasing alternatives.

 

Student News
MAE doctoral student Mitra Aliabouzar was awarded an ASSIST travel grant to attend the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program at the Society of Women in Engineering Annual Conference (WE17), held October 26-28 in Austin, TX. Mitra is advised by Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE).

 

Other News
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). The remaining courses are:

 

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

Distributed Generation and Energy Storage
December 13-14
More information

 

SEAS Computing Facility
MATLAB and Solidworks Tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility (SEAS CF) will continue to offer MATLAB and Solidworks tutoring throughout the fall semester in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email support@ticket.seas.gwu.edu. 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

 

SEAS CF is hosting a series of workshops covering a range of topics throughout the fall semester:

 

Solidworks Workshop:
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 Solidworks workshop will take place on November 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Tompkins 405. It will cover “Assembly.”
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Download Solidworks: students can download and install Solidworks on their personal computers

 

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 next workshop will run December 1-2 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)

 

Program
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.
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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 support@ticket.seas.gwu.edu with any questions or comments.
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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: “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

 

CS Lecture: “Credit Card Fraud: Fighting the Bad Guys with Data”
Speaker: Dr. Paul Melby, Senior Director of Data Science, Capital One
Wednesday, November 29
7:10 – 8:30 pm
SEH, B1270
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 November 28.

 

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

 

GW & External Events
GW COMPASS: Kickoff Event
Friday, November 17
5:00 – 7:00 pm
SEH, B1167
RSVP
Join GW COMPASS for our first big kickoff event! As a new graduate student organization focused on exploring career pathways in STEM, COMPASS aims to enhance the graduate student experience through a variety of networking engagements, outreach events, and mentee/mentor relationships. Come mingle with your fellow graduate students and learn how you can get involved. Warm up for the holiday season and relax before finals. Refreshments will be provided.