September 19-25, 2016


September 19, 2016

Faculty News


Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) recently published the following paper: D. A. Broniatowski and J. Moses (2016). “Measuring Flexibility, Descriptive Complexity, and Rework Potential in Generic System Architectures,” Systems Engineering, 19(3), 207–221.

Associate Dean Can Korman (ECE) and his co-authors have published the following paper: C. A. Brantner, M. Rasche, K. E. Burcham, J. Klingfus, J. Fridmann, J. E. Sanabia, C. E. Korman, and A. Popratiloff. “A Reverse Engineering Approach for Imaging Neuronal Architecture – Large-Area, High-Resolution SEM Imaging,” MicroscopyToday, September 2016. doi:10.1017/28 S1551929516000730.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) gave a talk as an invited panelist at the 2016 CDC National Immunization Conference, held in Atlanta, GA. His panel session was titled “Featured Session: Social Media and the Internet--Their Influence on Understanding and Acceptance of Public Health Recommendations.”

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) is an invited participant and presenter at the Dagstuhl Seminar on Foundations of Unsupervised Learning, which will take place September 18-23 in Wadern, Germany. Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik GmbH(English: Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Center for Informatics) is one of the world's leading research centers in informatics. It has been hosting invitation-only Dagstuhl Seminars and Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops since the center's founding in 1990.

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) also will attend the Sixth International Workshop on Climate Informatics on September 22 and 23. The workshop will be held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO. Prof. Monteleoni co-founded the workshop in 2011 and currently serves on the workshop's steering committee and as sole PI of the workshop's NSF grant. In 2015, she co-founded the Climate Informatics Hackathon co-located with the workshop; the second Climate Informatics Hackathon will also be held during this week.

The 2016 Nano@GW conference, held September 8 and 9, explored and discussed research on nanoscale light sources to include lasers and LEDs of the tiniest dimensions. World-renown specialists in the field—including Prof Ming Wu (UCB, keynote speaker), Prof. Vladimir Shalaev (Purdue University), Ritesh Agarwal (University of Pennsylvania), and Jacob Kurgin (Johns Hopkins University—followed the call for papers, and industry representatives such as Dr. Li (IBM Watson) and Peter Heim (Thorlaps CTO) also were present. Three program managers from national funding agencies also attended: Josh Conway (DARPA), Michael Gerhold (ARO), and Prof. Mona Zaghloul (NSF). The conference was organized by Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE), Prof. Ma (Peking University), and Prof. Oulton (Imperial College London), and the Army Research Office (ARO), the optics company Thorlaps, and SEAS sponsored it. The Optical Society of America co-hosted it. Following the meeting, Prof. Sorger led a tour of the SEH that included the clean room and the imaging suite.

Student News

BME undergraduate Jordan Williams was invited to serve as a panelist on the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Jazz Issue Forum, held September 15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center here in Washington, DC. Each panelist represented a different U.S. city, and Jordan, who is a pianist and composer, was asked to represent his home town, Philadelphia. Jordan was the only student selected to sit on the panel.

Other News

GW Benefits Briefing at SEAS
Tuesday, September 27
1:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220
GW's Human Resources Division and the School of Engineering and Applied Science will host a special briefing session for SEAS faculty and staff to learn more about the benefits changes for 2017. The session is intended to help employees make informed decisions regarding their health benefits in light of changes to the health benefits plans and based on their individual and family needs. An overview of the benefits changes is now available online, and a comprehensive guide will be posted on the benefits website in late September. The university will also offer benefits fairs, forums, and opportunities for one-on-one advising during the open enrollment period, which begins October 3 and runs through October 21. Please direct questions you may have about the briefing to Mr. Aria Varasteh.

The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute and the European Energy Center will offer three remaining professional short courses:

Renewable Energy Management & Finance
Thursday and Friday, October 27-28
Taught by: Michael Ware & Scott Sklar

Environmental Management Beyond Compliance (Implementing an ISO 14001 System)
Monday and Tuesday, November 14-15
Taught by: Joe Cascio

Distributed Generation and Storage
Thursday and Friday, December 8-9
Taught by: Scott Sklar

Circular Economy
Thursday and Friday, March 16-17, 2017
Taught by: Roger Feldman and Ed Pinero

Multi-Aspect Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics
Dates TBA
Taught by: Scott Sklar

SEAS Events

BME Seminar: “Novel Cardiac Microimpedance Measurement Strategies”
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Pollard, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama Birmingham
Monday, September 19
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, 2000B

Workshop: Integrated Photonics Design with INTERCONNECT
Monday, September 19
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
For more information, and to register, please contact: [email protected]

MAE and SEAS Computing Facility Workshop: 2016 GW Software Carpentry Workshop: Teaching Basic Lab Skills for Research Computing
Friday and Saturday, September 23–24
9: 00 am – 4:00 pm
411 Tompkins Hall
This workshop is for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who want to become more productive with lab skills for scientific computing. Space is limited to 40 seats, and we expect a waiting list. For more information about the Software Carpentry program, please visit or contact Prof. Lorena Barba.

ECE Seminar: “Opto-Analytical Spectroscopy, Imaging, and Sensing (OASIS)”
Speaker: Dr. Wei-Chuan Shih, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston
Friday, September 30
1:00 - 2:00 pm
SEH, 2000B

BME Seminar: “New Roles for Molecular Imaging in Precision Medicine”
Speaker: Dr. Harrison Barrett, Regents Professor of Radiology, University of Arizona
Tuesday, October 11
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

BME Seminar: “Haptics: The Technology of Touch”
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, November 28
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Career Services Events

IBM Diversity Panel/Networking Event
Tuesday, September 27
7:00 – 9:00 pm
SEH, B1220
This event is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Join us for refreshments and networking at the SEH “green wall” space immediately following the event. Please contact Emmy Rashid, SEAS Career Services director, at [email protected] or 4-7892 if you have questions.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Overview & Alumni Panel
Friday, September 30
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Lerner Hall, 301
RSVP: GWork > Events > Career Learning Programs > Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Overview & Alumni Panel
The overview session (3:30 – 4:30 pm) will cover the PMF process and application timeline. Students will learn about the PMF Program, Recent Graduates and Internship programs, and how best to navigate landing these opportunities. The panel session (4:30 – 5:30 pm) will include advice and perspectives offered by PMF alumni.

Entrepreneurship News & Events

The Division of IT and the School of Engineering and Applied Science are proud to announce that GW was chosen as one of only five schools to participate in Modo Labs' The Great Appathon. This October students will be given the opportunity to create an app that will enhance GW in some way. Participants will be granted access to the no-code Modo Campus Engagement platform, where they will create their apps. Any student from the university is welcome to participate. Absolutely no technical skills are required.
$4,500 in prizes will be awarded at each university—$3,000 to 1st place and $1,500 to 2nd place. $10,000 will be awarded to the national winner. Registration ends September 23. Students can register at: appathon-2016/apply/ .

Social Entrepreneurship with Tom Raffa
Wednesday, September 21
5:00 – 7:00 pm
1957 E St NW, Suite 214
Join the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship & Social Impact 360 for a great talk on social entrepreneurship featuring guest speaker, Thomas J. Raffa.

Introduction to I-Corps @ GWU
Thursday, September 22 - Thursday, October 6
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Marvin Center

We are now accepting applications for the "Introduction to I-Corps @GWU" workshop in the DC metro area. Preference will be given to teams with two or more members, an Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) and a Principal Investigator (PI). An Industry Mentor (IM) is recommended but not required.

Where Do I Start? Workshop with Lex McCusker
Wednesday, September 28
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Funger Hall, Room 103
This workshop is designed for the aspiring entrepreneur who has an idea for a new venture but does not know where to start. If you have an idea for a product or a service that you believe could have a big impact in the “real world” and you think that a new entrepreneurial venture, a startup, might be the best way to move it from being just an idea into a successful implementation, then this workshop is for you.

External Events

American Physiological Society-Washington Area Chapter Annual Conference
Friday, September 23
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1 Level
Registration (Meeting registration is free with dmvCAPS membership!)
The meeting will cover a spectrum of research topics related to physiology, medicine, and biomedical engineering, and will feature talks by invited speakers, a poster session, and talks from selected abstracts. More details are available online.