September 2-8, 2014


September 08, 2014

Faculty News


Prof. Erica Gralla (EMSE) has received a two-year, $147,150 National Science Foundation grant for her project "Collaborative Research: Observing, Analyzing, and Modeling Design Team Problem Decompositions in Facility Design." Working under the grant, she and her co-PI, Jeffrey Herrmann of the University of Maryland, will investigate how engineers decompose and solve facility design problems. They will observe teams of industrial engineers as they redesign a manufacturing facility, and then model their strategies to determine better problem decompositions and design processes.

Carl Landwehr, the lead research scientist for GW's Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute, has received a $49,056 award from the National Science Foundation for a workshop on creating a building code for medical device software security.

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) has received a three-year, $750,331 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, titled "Theory-Enabled Development of 2D Metal Dichalcogenides as Active Elements of On-Chip Silicon-Integrated Optical Communication," was solicited as part of Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF), which links to the President's Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). On this grant GW joins forces with Stanford University and University of California, Riverside.


Prof. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) has published the following paper: E. Shittu. "Energy Technological Change and Capacity under Uncertainty in Learning," IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 406 – 418, August 2014.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Leila Farhadi (CEE) has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the 6th International Workshop on Catchment Hydrological Modeling and Data Assimilation, which will be held September 8-12 at University of Texas Austin, September 8-12. The title of Prof. Farhadi's talk will be "Development of Data Assimilation Techniques for Hydrological Applications."

On September 4, Prof. Shelly Heller (CS) will give a paper presentation based on her Fulbright research at the 8th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education. The conference will be held in Vienna, Austria. The title of Prof. Heller's presentation will be "The Status of Slovenian Women in Science."

Prof. Zhenyu Li (BME) gave an invited talk titled "A Handheld Point-of-Care Medical Tricorder and Wearable Lab-on-a-Chip Systems Based on Novel Microfluidics" at the Sixth Annual Next Generation Dx Summit, held August 19-21 here in Washington, DC. This event has become the meeting place for major players in medical diagnostics to showcase advances in personalized medicine through a comprehensive program encompassing companion diagnostics, infectious disease, cancer molecular markers, point-of-care, inherited disorders, cell-free DNA and single-cell sequencing.

Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE) attended the 4th International Conference on Experimental Fluid Mechanics, held August 12-15 in Beijing, China. He was a member of the international scientific committee that organized the conference. Prof. Plesniak chaired the Friday invited keynote lecture session, which included a presentation by editor-in-chief of Experiments in Fluids, Prof. Cameron Tropea. Prof. Plesniak also made a presentation titled "In plastico investigation of flow rate & pressure phase shifts toward understanding of arterial secondary flow structure dynamics," co-authored with MAE Research Assistant Professor Kartik Bulusu.

Other News:

Prof. Megan Leftwich (MAE) attended the 4th International Conference on Experimental Fluid Mechanics, held August 12-15 in Beijing, China, where she presented the paper "The Phase-averaged wake of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine." The paper was co-authored with MAE student Colin Parker and MAE alumna Danielle Barsky (MS '14). For the paper and presentation, Prof. Leftwich was awarded the conference's Young Researcher Award.

On August 20, Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE) hosted five representatives from Pakistan's National University of Science and Technology (NUST) for a roundtable discussion on cyber security issues and cyber confidence building measures. The participants included three graduate students; their professor, Prof. Abdul Ghafoor; and Prof. Tughral Yamin, associate dean of the Center for International Peace and Stability (CIPS). Before coming to DC to talk to policy experts about how they view cyber issues, the group also spent a week at Sandia National Laboratories learning about technical methodologies for assessing threats and a week at the Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS) learning about cyber policy. As a result of the meeting, the group agreed to continue collaborating, particularly in cooperative research and educational efforts.

Other News

Hatem ElBidweihy, a recent Ph.D. graduate of Prof. Edward Della Torre (ECE) and GW's Institute for Magnetics Research (IMR), has been selected as a winner of the 2014 Chorafas Foundation Award for his doctoral research on coupled magnetic phenomena. The Swiss-based Chorafas Foundation gives scientific awards to doctoral students worldwide who are under 30 at the time of application and are doing outstanding dissertation research in selected fields of life sciences and/or sustainability. The goal of the award is to reward exceptional research performance and to encourage significant future contributions to practical, applied science fields. Dr. ElBidweihy is currently a tenure-track assistant professor at the United States Naval Academy.

On August 25, SEAS signed an MOU with the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to provide educational opportunities for SEC employees through the ECE Department. The program is scheduled to begin in 2015.

Deadline reminder: All graduate admissions applications for the Spring 2015 semester are due September 2.

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar: Speaker: Dr. Li (Liliane) Wang, Beijing University of Post & Telecommunications
Wednesday, September 3
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

GWIBE and GWIN Joint Seminar: "Fickle fibrocartilage and sorry surgery: the engineering challenge of tendon-to-bone repair"
Speaker: Dr. Guy M. Genin, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Department of Neurological Surgery, Washington University in St. Louis.
Thursday, September 4
11:00 am
640 Phillips Hall

BME Seminar: "Diffusion NMR Studies of Porous Media"
Speaker: Dr. William S. Price, Professor of Nanotechnology, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Thursday, September 4
2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "Recent progress in numerical prediction of cavitating flows with special emphasis on unsteady loads and on erosive collapse events"
Speaker: Steffen J. Schmidt, Head of Gas Dynamics Research Group at the Institute of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Technical University of Munich
Tuesday, September 9
2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: "On Designing High Throughput, Low Delay, and Low Complexity Mechanisms for Wireless Networks: A Multichannel Perspective"
Speaker: Dr. Bo Ji, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University
Friday, September 12
2:00 – 3:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

Clark Scholars Program Event: "From Design through Construction: The Science and Engineering Hall Explained"
Thursday, September 18
6:00 – 7:45 pm
1957 E Street Building, Room 113
Come hear a panel of engineers and architects discuss the challenges faced in the construction of GW's Science and Engineering Hall. Clark Construction Project Executive Mark Goodwin will moderate a discussion about the internal and external considerations the engineers and architects faced during the building's three-year construction. The program, which is open to the GW community, is for non-engineers and engineers alike and will include ample Q&A time. This event is sponsored by the Clark Scholars Program.

GW Alumni Weekend events—September 18-21: Students may attend the SEAS BBQ and the Hall and Oates concert during GW's Alumni Weekend. Seniors are especially encouraged to attend the SEAS BBQ and take the opportunity to network with alumni. The BBQ is listed among the AW2014 events on the Alumni Weekend registration page; it is not a separate event but part of the overall Alumni Weekend package. Registration is required.

MAE Seminar: "Roughness Effects on Wall-Bounded Turbulent Flows"
Speaker: Dr. Karen A. Flack, Mechanical Engineering Department, United States Naval Academy
Thursday, September 25
3:00 – 4:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

Entrepreneurship News & Events

2015 GW Business Plan Competition Kickoff: "10,000 Pennies for Your Thoughts!"
Thursday, September 4
5:00 – 7:00 pm
405 Marvin Center
RSVP required
This year's GW Business Plan Competition Kickoff event is a Rapid Pitch Challenge. Everyone in the audience will be encouraged to generate business ideas, form teams, and make a three-minute pitch to a panel of judges. Any and all ideas are welcome. The top 10 teams will be awarded cash prizes totaling $1,000. Questions? Email us at

Stories from College Entrepreneurs
Thursday, September 11
6:30 – 9:30 pm
1133 15th St NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

DC TechDay
Thursday, October 2
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
National Building Museum
Washington, DC

Volunteers Needed for DC I-Corps Fall Cohort
The DC I-Corps Node is a regional program that provides real world, hands-on training on how to successfully commercialize scientific and technical research from universities and national laboratories. All GW professors, research staff, and graduate students with potentially commercializable research are eligible to participate. Some funding is available to support participation in the program for GW researchers with invention disclosures submitted to the GW Office of Technology Transfer.

GW Career Week Events

Monday, September 8

11:00 am – 2:45 pm: Center for Career Services Info Table, Marvin Center 1st Floor
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: Open House: Meet Your Career Coach! Resource Room— Colonial Crossroads—Marvin Center 5th Floor
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Kick Off Event: Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater & Marvin Center Continental Ballroom

Tuesday, September 9

9:00 am – 12:00 noon: Lobby Greeting with Deloitte, Duques Hall Main Lobby
11:00 am – 2:45 pm: Center for Career Services Info Table, Marvin Center 1st Floor
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: Vets: Marketing Yourself for a Career After College, Marvin Center 307
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Dress for Success! A FutureU Special Event Cosponsored with Ann Taylor Loft & Men's Wearhouse, Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater
7:00 – 9:30 pm: Covering the Midterm Elections—Panel Discussion & SMPA Alumni Reception, Jack Morton Auditorium (Panel open to all)

Wednesday, September 10

11:00 am – 2:45 pm: Center for Career Services Info Table, Marvin Center 1st Floor
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: GW LinkedIn Virtual Networking Hour linkedin-virtual-networking- hours
5:00 – 6:00 pm: Ace the Interview—Get the Job!, Marvin Center 405
6:30 – 8:30 pm: Student & Alumni Speed Networking, Marvin Center 307; 402-404; 407

Thursday, September 11

11:00 am – 2:45 pm: Center for Career Services Info Table, Marvin Center 1st Floor
1:00 – 3:00 pm: On Campus Recruiting (OCR) & Site Visits Overview, Colonial Crossroads Resource Room— Marvin Center 5th Floor
2:00 – 4:00 pm: LinkedIn Lab/GWork, Colonial Crossroads Resource Room— Marvin Center 5th Floor
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Study Abroad Returnee Workshop, Marvin Center 402-404
5:00 – 6:00 pm: Effective Internship & Job Search Strategies, Marvin Center 405
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Student2Student: Interns' Inside Scoop Marvin Center Amphitheater

Friday, September 12

11:00 am – 2:45 pm: Center for Career Services Info Table, Marvin Center 1st Floor

External Events

2014 Solar Symposium: "Using Solar Energy to Generate Wealth in Lower Income Communities"
Tuesday, September 23
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium (SMPA Building)
805 21st Street NW
The GW Solar Institute will host the first national gathering of stakeholders dedicated to achieving solar energy affordability and accessibility for Americans with limited means .