Newsletter

April 24-30, 2017

Faculty News

Research:
On April 20, the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program awarded a $50,000 team grant to Prof. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE). The grant gives his team access to the summer NSF I-Corps cohort. Prof. Shittu is the principal investigator on the grant, and his team includes Connor Roberts (EMSE) and Roger Miller (LMI Research Institute). The team’s grant proposal is titled “Internet of Things for Condition-Based Maintenance of Medical Assets.”

Media Mentions:
On April 17, Nature TechBlogs published a Q&A with Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) focusing on her lab’s practices of reproducible computational research. This topic is rising in science funders’ agendas; the National Science Foundation, for example, recently issued a “Dear Colleague Letter: Encouraging Reproducibility in Computing and Communications Research.”

Prof. Igor Efimov (BME) and post-doctoral scientist Sharon George appeared in The Atlantic documentary “ The Visa Uncertainty Holding Back Star Scientists .”

Publications:
Prof. Jonathan Deason (EMSE) has published a paper with recent doctoral graduate Mohammed Qaradaghi, presently with the World Bank Group. The citation for the paper is: M. Qaradaghi and J. P. Deason. “ Analysis of MCDM Methods Output Coherence in Oil and Gas Portfolio Prioritization ,” Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, Vol. 7, Issue 2 (April 2017), pp 1-24, doi:10.1007/s13202-017-0344-0.

Other News:
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On April 7, the GW Faculty Senate passed a unanimous Resolution of Appreciation for Prof. Charles Garris (MAE), for “. . . his 20 years of exemplary service as a member of the Faculty Senate—including 12 years as a member of the Executive Committee and three years as chair of the Executive Committee, as well as numerous years of chairing or serving as a member of various Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate . . .” President Steven Knapp presented the Resolution of Appreciation to Prof. Garris.

Dr. Stephen Kaisler (adjunct professor, CS) has been appointed co-editor of (a) special issue(s) on Big Data and Services Systems by IGI's International Journal of Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering . The journal is soliciting papers for issues to appear in late summer and fall 2017. Dr. Kaisler’s co-editor is Dr. William Money of The Citadel, formerly director of the Master of Science in information systems technology program in GW’s Business School.

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The National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute presented its Award of Excellence to CEE senior James LaFaso at the Annual Student Awards and Recognition celebration, held April 12 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tyson’s Corner, VA. Prof. Sameh Badie (CEE) nominated James.

Congratulations to SEAS students Aleksandra Klimas (BME) and Shuai Sun (ECE) for winning first and second places, respectively, in the Technology Commercialization Office's 2017 Innovation Competition, held on April 12. The prize money will be used to advance development of their inventions.

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First Place: Aleksandra Klimas (BME), won the $10,000 First Place prize in life science for “OptoDyCE: an All-Optical High-Throughput Platform for Personalized Medicine and Drug.” Aleksandra is advised by Prof. Emilia Entcheva (BME).

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Second Place: Shuai Sun (ECE) won the $5,000 Second Place prize in physical science for “Hybrid Photonic-Plasmonic Interconnect (HyPPI): Tracing Moore's Law in a Clear Way.” Shuai is advised by Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE).

SEAS Events ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Resource Management for Energy-Constrained Computing Systems”
Speaker: Dr. H.J. Siegel, Colorado State University
Wednesday, April 26
1:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

BME Seminar: “Teaching Social Skills with Social Robots”
Speaker: Dr. Brian Scassellati, Yale University
Monday, May 1
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Traffic and Granular Flow Conference (TGF17)
Wednesday – Saturday, July 19-22
TGF17 will be hosted at GW and chaired by Prof. Samer Hamdar (CEE). The conference is interdisciplinary, and faculty from all SEAS departments may submit abstracts. The deadline for abstract submission is March 30. Authors of approved abstracts will have the opportunity to submit a manuscript that will be published as a book chapter by Elsevier. Selected manuscripts will be submitted to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, of which Prof. Hamdar is the special issue editor. All details of the conference can be found on the conference website.

Career Center Events Spring 2017 SEAS Undergraduate Career Development
Walk-in hours (no appointment needed): Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
And by appointment
SEH, 1630

Other Events Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference
Sunday-Wednesday, May 14-17
Gaylord National Convention Center, Washington, DC
The Student Leaders Conference brings together undergraduate nano and emerging technologies student group representatives from across the United States. It highlights undergraduate research and connects students with entrepreneurs, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and representatives of federal agencies funding research in emerging technologies. The conference is sponsored by TechConnect, in partnership with student groups from across the country. More information