September 16-22, 2019


September 18, 2019

Faculty News

Dr. Howie Huang

Dr. Howie Huang (ECE) has received a $100,000 research grant from Raytheon to support ongoing machine learning research for signal processing in cognitive radios. This year the project has produced one technical paper, co-authored with his Ph.D. student Ahsen Uppal and undergraduate students Michael Hegarty and William Haftel. The paper will be presented in November at the 53rd Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers. This new grant brings the total support that Dr. Huang’s team has received from Raytheon to $450,000 over four consecutive years.


Conferences & Presentations:


Other News:
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET evaluation team is here at SEAS for an on-site visit through Tuesday, September 17. Six engineering programs in five SEAS departments are seeking reaccreditation in the 2019-2020 cycle: biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and systems engineering. The computer science program in SEAS will seek reaccreditation in the 2022-2023 cycle by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.


SEAS Events Re-cap

Students enjoying breakfast and the talks at the Women in STEM Breakfast

Current SEAS graduate students, alumni, and faculty gathered at the Elliott School on September 4 for the school’s 4th Annual Women in STEM Breakfast. During the breakfast, Dr. Rachelle Heller (CS, and SEAS Center for Women in Engineering director) hosted a conversation and question-and-answer session with Dean John Lach about how SEAS is evolving to empower women even more. The breakfast was sponsored by the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions and the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering, which thank all who attended.


Upcoming SEAS Events
GW Innovation Center Workshop: “Design Think Your Project”
Workshop Lead: Dr. Erica Wortham, Co-director, GW Innovation Center
Tuesday, September 17 and Tuesday, November 5
6:00 – 7:30 pm
GWIC, Tompkins Hall M06
Design Think Your Project covers the basics of human centered design, a collaborative problem solving method that prioritizes people’s lived experiences. Bringing users into the discovery phase and design of your project fosters more innovative solutions. Starting with understandings gathered through empathy, the workshop introduces hands-on techniques, such as rapid prototyping, and emphasizes how to creatively reframe problems.


2nd Annual SEAS Welcome for Women in Engineering
Tuesday, September 17
6:30 – 7:45 pm
SEH, Lower Level
RSVP to Ms. Sandra Little
The SEAS Welcome for Women in Engineering provides first and second year female students with a clear understanding of the vibrant and supportive community of women available to them throughout their matriculation. Dean Lach, SEAS Center for Women in Engineering Director Shelly Heller, and SEAS alumnae, faculty, staff, and student leaders will welcome the students. Light refreshments will be served. All SEAS faculty are invited to attend.


ECE Talk: “Phase Transition for Nanophotonics”
Speaker: Dr. Gururaj Naik, Rice University
Wednesday, September 18
2:00 pm
SEH, 2000


ECE Talk: “Variation of GPU Power in Supercomputing Systems”
Speaker: Dr. Shinobu Miwa, University of Electro-Communications, Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan
Thursday, September 19
2:00 pm (Refreshments will be provided)
SEH, 2000


CS Colloquium: “End-to-end Verifiable E-voting”
Speaker: Dr. Bimal Roy, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Monday, September 23
3:00 – 4:30 pm
SEH, B1220


EEMI: Department of Energy Clean Energy Talk
Tuesday, September 24
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
GW’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) is sponsoring a Department of Energy Clean Energy Talk. These “talks” feature experts designing advanced technology, advocating for a clean energy future, and changing the way we think about energy systems. Lunch will be provided. Participation is free, and registration is encouraged. Visit our registration page to learn more about the speakers.


SEH WoW Talk
Wednesday, October 2
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220
All are invited to the SEH WoW TALK (What's our Work) Seminar Series. These short talks (15 minutes each) are designed to introduce faculty and students to current and exciting research projects undertaken in labs in the SEH; to initiate discussion, collaborate, and share expertise; and to promote research performed in the SEH and at GW. Presenters for the October 2 talk include: Aylin Caliskan (CS): “Human-like Bias in Machine Intelligence;” Stephen Hsu (MAE): “Surface Engineering: Multiscale, Multifunctional Surfaces;” and Francys Subiaul (Anthropology): “Where Do Good Ideas Come From?”


Save the Date: SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Friday, October 25
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
SEH, First Floor and B1 Level
Apply (The deadline to apply is this Friday, September 20)
SEAS has moved its annual Student R&D Showcase from February to October. Please visit the SEAS Student R&D Showcase web page to find deadlines and the event schedule, prize information, and AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program grants information. Showcase participants can nominate themselves for an AccelerateGW I-Corps Grant on the R&D Showcase Application site.


Human Resources News

Marion Flythe-Inman

In this month's HR Corner, SEAS HR Manager Marion Flythe-Inman welcomes GW's new vice president and chief people officer Dana Bradley, and she shares new information on:

  • historical sick time data collection,
  • SkillSurvey Reference Checks, and
  • new job opportunities at SEAS.

The HR Corner is a new web page for SEAS staff that contains HR-related news, information, and events. Marion encourages staff to visit the page to find information on GW's new time off and leave guide, events and trainings, SEAS employment opportunities, and much more.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
ANA Avatar XPrize: The $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE is a four-year global competition focused on the development of an Avatar System that will transport a human’s sense, actions, and presence to a remote location in real time, leading to a more connected world. Avatars may have the potential to take on many different forms and be used in numerous scenarios, such as providing care, assisting with disaster relief, or providing multipurpose utility. The winning team will integrate multiple emerging technologies to develop a physical, non-autonomous Avatar System with which an operator can see, hear, and interact within a remote environment in a manner that feels as if they are truly there.


NEW DATE/TIME/LOCATION: Dolphin Tank—GW: “A Feedback-Friendly Pitch Session for Women Entrepreneurs”
Monday, September 23
5:15 – 7:45 pm
The Elliott School, Room 212
Dolphin Tank® programs are helpful feedback-driven pitch sessions for entrepreneurs and (students with ideas!) to receive constructive insights from knowledgeable professionals. 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. It's all about “How can we help?” The objective is to provide connections and advice to enable entrepreneurs to overcome their challenges and capitalize on their opportunities.


Make-A-Thing Open Studio @ GW Innovation Center
Fridays throughout the semester
1:00 – 6:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, M06
The studio is open to the GW community. Please email the GW Innovation Center if you are interested in participating in the studio.


Thursday, September 19
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 108
Do you have an idea? A problem that needs solving? Follow your innovative itch to the GW PITCH-A-PALOOZA. Join the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and your classmates to hear and vote for your favorite ideas. Did we mention we have pizza? There’s that too.


SEED SPOT Bootcamp
Saturday, September 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Gelman Library, Rooms 301-302
Registration link not yet available
This one-day Launch Camp provides entrepreneurs and individuals who are considering starting a venture a safe space to explore and launch their idea. Throughout the program, you will have access to mentors, content experts, SEED SPOT’s curriculum, and a network of supporters.


External Events
OVPR Trainings and Events:
Pre-Award Integrated Systems Workshop
Tuesday, September 17
9:00 – 10:30 am
Rome Hall, Room B104
View more details | Register to attend


Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp
Tuesday, September 17
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 311
View more details | Register to attend


GW Postdoc Appreciation Day
Thursday, September 19
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1167
View more details


Post-Award Grant Management Boot Camp
Thursday, September 19
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 311
View more details | Register to attend


Info Session: NSF Graduate Research Funding Program
Friday, September 20
12:00 – 1:30 pm
SEH, Room B1220
View more details | Register to attend


Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop: “PRIM&R Webinar Screening: Compassion in Science: The Benefits of Caring and the IACUC's Role”
Thursday, September 26
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Marvin Center, Room 311


Tachyon III Accelerator: Tachyon is an accelerator for startups utilizing blockchain and Web 3.0 technologies. Tachyon III is a full-time, on-location program bringing 8-12 teams together in New York City from November 2019 through February 2020. Teams will be provided funding, office space, one on one mentorship, and programming around business and blockchain specific issues, culminating in an investor day and post-program fundraising support. There is an investment of $150,000 per team. Applications for Tachyon III close at midnight Eastern time on September 16. Please email Tachyon with any questions.


Dissertation Defenses
Student’s Name: Boqun Dong
Title: “Generation and Enhancement of Surface Acoustic Waves on Highly Doped P-type GaAs and its Photoelectric Applications”
Advisor: Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE)
Friday, September 20
2:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, 5845