September 20-26, 2010


September 20, 2010

Faculty News

Books & Papers:

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE), together with Prof. Mary Ann Stepp (GW Medical School) and students Olga Volotskova and post-doc Alex Shashurin, published a paper in the inaugural issue of Plasma Medicine journal.  The citation is: O. Volotskova, A. Shashurin, M.A. Stepp, S. Pal-Ghosh and M. Keidar, "Plasma-controlled cell migration: localization of cold plasma-cell interaction region," Plasma Medicine, vol. 1, issue 1, pp. 83-93, 2010.

Conferences & Presentations:

On September 6, Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) delivered the keynote address at the FPGA World Conference, which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The conference was co-sponsored by ACM and industry.  The title of Prof. El-Ghazawi's speech was "Computing with FPGAs: Where does it stand and what is next?" 

Student News

CEE graduate students Rekha Hareendran and Nazia Salam are this year's winners of the Water Environment Federation's student paper competition (masters division) for their paper "A Study of Denitrification Kinetics of Methanol Utilizing Organisms at Wastewater Treatment Plants in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed." They will be awarded a certificate and $500, and will participate in the poster symposium at the annual conference WEFTEC in New Orleans in October.  The paper is based on their master's thesis research conducted with the supervision of Prof. Rumana Riffat (CEE).

Brenton Duffy, an MAE graduate student, has been selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship from the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI).  The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing courses in the satellite, aerospace and allied technologies.   Brenton will be invited to an SSPI reception later this fall here in Washington. 

Yaolin Liu, a doctoral student of Prof. Baoxia Mi (CEE), gave an oral presentation entitled "Combined Organic and Inorganic Fouling of Forward Osmosis Membranes" at the 25th Annual WateReuse Symposium, Washington, DC, September 12-15. 

Syed Azeem, an EMSE doctoral student, is featured in a video produced by Gates Millennium Scholars, a program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In this video, he speaks about being an engineer and an engineering student.

Christopher Howard, a CS doctoral student, has been awarded the ISSA-NoVA tuition scholarship for academic year 2010-2011.  The scholarship, made possible by a generous contribution of $5,000 from the Information Systems Security Association-Northern Virginia Chapter and a matching contribution by GW, is awarded each year to an outstanding graduate student in computer science whose work focuses on the area of computer security and information assurance. More information on the scholarship is available at

Other News

SEAS Entrepreneurs' Club: Join us for the first meeting of the Entrepreneurs' Club of SEAS.  The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 28 at 5:00 pm in the Tompkins Hall Lobby.  Come participate in discussions and a Q&A session with successful entrepreneurs Doug Humphrey and SEAS' own Randy Graves.  The session includes a pizza buffet.

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GWIBE) announces its call for proposals from GW faculty who are interested in biomedical engineering research support from GWIBE.  Proposals are due to Prof. James Hahn, 720B Academic Center, 202-994-5920, [email protected], by 5:00 pm, Friday, October 1.  Electronic submissions are required.  

Guest Vignette

Prof. Chunlei Liang joined SEAS last month and has been working to build momentum in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) research at GW and in international and domestic collaborations in CFD research. Within SEAS, Prof. Liang is collaborating with Prof. Charles Garris (MAE) on modeling supersonic crypto-flow pressure exchange, and he has started discussions with Prof. James Lee (MAE) on extending micropolar theory to model fluid mechanics problems.  

As for external collaborations, on August 11, Prof. Liang welcomed his first visitor to the MAE department, Chinese academician Prof. Wenquan Tao, a world-renowned CFD expert in enhanced heat transfer and also the president of Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University.  On September 14, he welcomed Prof. Max Platzer, an adjunct professor at the University of California Davis, who gave a seminar on aerohydronautical power engineering.  In June, prior to his arrival at GW, Prof. Liang began working in collaboration with University of Michigan professor Michael Bernitsason modeling a renewable ocean energy harvesting device named Vortex Induced Vibration Aquatic Clean Energy (VIVACE).  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Chunlei Liang of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)


Career Services Session: General Dynamics/Electric Boat 
Monday, September 20
Information Session: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Resume Review Session for NSBE, ASME & IEEE: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Dean's Conference Room, Tompkins Hall

Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Forum
Tuesday, September 21
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Marvin Center Amphitheater

Cybersecurity Seminar: The Future of Privacy and Cybersecurity
Prof. Jeffrey Rosen, GW Law School
Wednesday, September 22
12:00 pm
302 Marvin Center

SEAS Graduate Student Open House and Seminar 
Topic: Cybersecurity Challenges, presented by Prof. Poorvi Vora (CS)
Wednesday, September 22
4:00 pm
307 Marvin Center

MAE Meet & Greet
Friday, September 24
2:30 - 5:30 pm
739 Phillips Hall

CS Colloquium: Wonders of Wireless Interference in Multihop Wireless Networks
Prof. Peng-Jun Wan, Illinois Institute of Technology
Monday, October 4
4:00 pm
736 Phillips

ECE Colloquium: On Detecting Abnormalities in Digital Mammography
Waleed Yousef, Helwan University, Egypt
Wednesday, October 6
2:00 - 3:00 pm
640 Phillips

Cybersecurity Seminar: The Future of Privacy and Cybersecurity
Patricia MacTaggart, GW School of Public Health and Health Services
Wednesday, October 13
12:00 pm
302 Marvin Center

SEAS Graduate Student Open House and Seminar 
Topic: Cloud Computing, presented by Prof. Howie Huang (ECE)
Wednesday, October 13
4:00 pm
310 Marvin Center

GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering Seminar: Endothelialization of Drug Eluting Stents:  Will new designs overcome limitations?
Tuesday, October 19
1:00 - 2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

SEAS Entrepreneurship Seminar: "Student Startups: From Biz Plan to Inc 500"
Tuesday, October 26
6:00: Reception; 7:00: Panel Discussion
103 Funger Hall
Please join us for the first panel discussion in the 2010-2011 SEAS Entrepreneurship Seminar Series. Registration is required

ECE Colloquium: Electrical Power System Reliability and Economics: Applications and Challenges in the Emerging Energy Sector
Needal Deeb, Renergix, Fairfax, VA
Thursday, October 28
1:30 - 2:30 pm
640 Phillips

Dissertation Defenses

Name of Student Defending:  Rohan M. Amin
Title of Dissertation: "Detecting Targeted Malicious Email through Supervised Classification of Persistent Threat and Recipient Oriented Features”
Wednesday, September 22 at 10:30 am
1776 G Street, N.W. Conference Room 120