September 16-22, 2013


September 16, 2013

Faculty News


Profs. Shahram Sarkani and Thomas Mazzuchi (EMSE) and their doctoral student published the following article in the September issue of IEEE Man, Systems, and Cybernetics: Systems: J. P. Sahlin, S. Sarkani, and T. A. Mazzuchi, “Enterprise consolidation for DoD using advanced TCA,” IEEE Man, Systems, and Cybernetics: Systems, Vol. 49, No. 5, 2013, pp. 1116-1129.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Zhenyu Li (ECE) gave an invited presentation, “On-Chip Optofluidic Spectroscopy for Biomedical Applications,” at the SPIE Optics + Photonics 2013 - Ultrafast Imaging and Spectroscopy Conference, held August 25-29, in San Diego, CA. Prof. Li also chaired the Nanoscale Devices and Imaging session.

Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE) attended the Eighth International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena (TSFP-8), held August 28-30 in Poitiers, France.  Prof. Plesniak is a member of the TSFP Advisory Committee.  He chaired Session 6D: Biofluid Dynamics, and presented a paper titled “Effects of perturbations induced by fractured stent on secondary flow structures in a curved artery model,” co-authored with post-doctoral scientist Kartik Bulusu and former MAE undergraduate student Christopher Popma.

Other News:

Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE) is an advisor to GW's DC Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE) has been invited to be a member of the International Scientific Committee for the 21st Fluid Mechanics Conference to be held at AGH-University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland from June 15-18, 2014.  The 21st Fluid Mechanics Conference is being organized under the auspices of Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Scientific Committee includes leading scientists from around the world.

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) has been appointed to serve as the SEAS faculty representative to the steering committee of the George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP).  This appointment, which was approved by Provost Steven Lerman and Garry Young (GWIPP director), will be for a one-year term, commencing in 2014.

Student News

Steven Lovegrove, Alonso Perez-Patron, and Prof. Gabriel Sibley (CS) published an article titled "Spline Fusion: continuous-time visual-inertial self-calibration with application to rolling shutter cameras" in the British Machine Vision Conference, 2013.  The conference was held September 9-13 in Bristol, UK.

ECE graduate student Yu Xiang, who is advised by Prof. Tian Lan, presented a paper titled "Self-adaptive, Deadline-aware Resource Control in Cloud Computing" at IEEE SASO (Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Conference) 2013, held September 9 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

Other News

The Institute for Biomedical Engineering is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the IBE Interdisciplinary Research Fund. This program awards up to $20,000 each for pilot projects leading to new extramural proposals.  The winner may apply for a renewal of another $20,000 at the conclusion of this award.  The deadline for response is 5:00 pm on Monday, October 7. 

Guest Vignette

The use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) is continually expanding in scope as the military increases its focus on remotely piloted or autonomous systems, placing more demand on the aircraft’s performance and capabilities.  These demands include bringing SUASs into operational environments cluttered with obstructions such as urban canyons, valleys, and beneath forest canopies, all of which present navigation hazards and communication difficulties.  Furthermore, these environments feature relatively large-scale turbulent wind speed fluctuations compared to the flight speed of the vehicle.  Wind gusts near the ground and delays in communication with the remote pilots have been identified as key factors in the loss of unmanned aircraft in military operations.

The goal of Prof. Adam Wickenheiser's (MAE) research is to address these concerns by developing a flight control system with built-in passive and active flexibility to mitigate these wind disturbances.  This work draws inspiration from avian wings, whose feathers act as flow sensors and control devices, are distributed over the entire wings' surface, and are robust to individual loss or failure.  In collaboration with the Air Force Research Lab at Eglin AFB, we are developing simulation tools and wind tunnel models for examining passive and active deformation in lifting surfaces, particularly with respect to their ability to respond to unsteady wind conditions.  This research addresses such issues as how the optimum balance between active and passive gust response can be struck, how the control effort should be distributed across the wing, and how the transducers should be designed to be integrated into the wing as part of a sensor/actuator network.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Adam Wickenheiser of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

SEAS Events

CS Colloquium: “A Year of Teaching and Coordinating MOOCs: A Positive View without Hyperbole”
Speaker: Dr. Dan Grossman, University of Washington
Tuesday, September 17
12:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

CEE Seminar: “Assimilation of Satellite Observations into Land Surface Models”
Speaker: Gabriëlle J.M. De Lannoy, Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Friday, September 20
10:30 am
Dean's Conference Room, Tompkins Hall

GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering Seminar: "The Fluid Dynamics of Human Birth"
Speaker: Prof. Megan Leftwich (MAE)
Tuesday, October 15
1:00 - 2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: “Mechanical Forces Drive (and Regulate?) Organogenesis”
Speaker: Larry A. Taber, Washington University
Thursday, November 7
11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: “Modeling Inelastic Behavior of Metals at Multiple Scales for Multiple Purposes”
Speaker, David L. McDowell, Georgia Institute of Technology
Monday, November 25
736 Phillips Hall

Career Center Events

Deloitte Information Session
Thursday, September 19
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Dean's Conference Room, Tompkins Hall
To RSVP, send an e-mail to with "Attend Deloitte Info Session" in the subject line

Siemens Information Session: Graduate Program
Wednesday, September 25
12:00 - 1:30 pm
538 Marvin Center
For more information and to RSVP, go to, click on "Events", then on "Information Sessions".

Siemens Information Session: General Information Session
Wednesday, September 25
12:00 - 1:15 pm
402 Marvin Center

SAIC Information Table
Wednesday, September 25
12:30 - 3:00 pm
Lobby, Tompkins Hall

Turner Construction Information Sessions
Wednesday, September 25: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 26: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Dean's Conference Room, Tompkins Hall
To RSVP, send an e-mail to with "Attend Turner Info Session" in the subject line

Siemens Information Table
Friday, September 27
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Tompkins Hall Lobby

Deloitte Office Hours
Thursday, October 17
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
(SEAS Location TBA)

Questions about the events above? Contact Emmy Rashid, SEAS Career Services director, at or (202) 994-7892

Entrepreneurship & Other Events

Entrepreneurial Session 1: “Finding the Killer Idea”
Wednesday, September 18
5:00 – 7:00 pm
652 Duques Hall

DC I-Corps, a new, NSF-supported program designed to foster, grow and nurture an innovation ecosystem in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is now accepting applications for its fall cohort, beginning on October 7. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up until that date. Apply here.

Teams with GW professors, post-docs, or graduate students AND GW-owned intellectual property may also be eligible for $5,000 commercialization grants. For more information on these grants, please contact Jim Chung.  I-Corps is a joint effort by GW, the University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech.

10th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning
The George Washington University
Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25
Information provided courtesy of Prof. Michael Stankosky