September 21-27, 2015


September 21, 2015

Faculty News


Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) has received a two-year, $230,000 NSF award for his proposal “Architecture Support for Advancing PGAS (ASAP).” “PGAS” stands for the “Partitioned Global Address Space.” Prof. El-Ghazawi is one of the people who coined the term, which is widely used today by researchers, industry, and government. The project will explore innovations on the hardware/software boundaries, using hardware to assist PGAS compilers in generating efficient code that can result in scalable high performance applications.

Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) is the PI on a three-year NSF grant titled “Collaborative Research: Exploring Cold Atmospheric Plasma Physics.” Cold atmospheric microplasma is a new and fascinating type of plasma that has tremendous potential in medicine and nanotechnology, but the science community’s understanding of the atmospheric microplasmas and the nature of the plasma interaction with biological matter is currently very limited. In this project, Prof. Keidar’s team will advance knowledge of atmospheric plasmas relevant for medical applications by developing and implementing of a wide range of new diagnostic methodologies and tools. Prof. Keidar is working in collaboration with researchers from Princeton University on this grant. GW’s portion of the grant is $220,000, and Princeton’s is $75,000.

Prof. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) and two colleagues from North Dakota State University’s School of Pharmacy have received a four-year, $1.2 million R-O1 grant from NIH for their proposal “Echogenic polymersomes for triggered contents release.” The three PIs will equally share the grant to explore use of polymer-based nanocarriers encapsulating gas bubbles for simultaneous ultrasound imaging and delivery of anticancer drugs selectively to prostate cancer tissues.


Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) has published the following article: C. Tang and C. Monteleoni. “Detecting Extreme Events from Climate Time-Series via Topic Modeling,” Machine Learning and Data Mining Approaches to Climate Science: Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Climate Informatics. Lakshmanan, V., Gilleland, E., McGovern, A., Tingley, M. (Eds.), Springer, Chap. 19, pp. 207–215, 2015.

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) has published the following journal article: S. Thekdi and J. Santos, 2015. “Supply Chain Vulnerability Analysis Using Scenario-Based Input-Output Modeling: Application to Port Operations,” Risk Analysis (DOI: 10.1111/risa.12473).

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) delivered a keynote address at the 17th IEEE International Conference for High-Performance Computing and Communications, held August 24-26 in Newark, NJ. The title of his keynote, “Exploiting Hierarchical Locality for Productive Extreme Computing,” addressed efficient management of billions of program execution threads in modern deeply hierarchical supercomputing architectures as we approach the exascale computing era.

In 2011, Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) co-founded the annual International Workshop on Climate Informatics with a climate scientist to spawn collaborations in climate informatics: the intersection of climate science and data science. She is now the PI of a multi-year NSF grant that supports the workshop and is on its steering committee. The fifth annual workshop (CI 2015) will be held September 24-26 in Boulder, CO, and will include a climate informatics hackathon, which Prof. Monteleoni worked to have added to the workshop. She will give an introduction talk at the hackathon, and three of her extended abstracts will be presented. All of her GW Ph.D. students will attend and will have poster spotlight presentations. Scott McQuade will present: 1) S. McQuade and C.Monteleoni. “Multi-task learning from a single task: can different forecast periods be used to improve each other?” and 2) T. DelSole, C. Monteleoni, S. McQuade, M. K. Tippett, K. Pegion, and J. Shukla. “Tracking seasonal prediction models.” Mahesh Mohan and Cheng Tang will present: M. Mohan, C. Tang, C. Monteleoni, T. DelSole, and B. Cash. “Seasonal prediction using unsupervised feature learning and regression.”


Alumni Weekend SEAS BBQ
Saturday, September 26
3:00 – 6:00 pm
837 22nd Street NW (lawn across from the SEH)
All SEAS faculty are invited to attend. Please register with Buthaina Shukri.

Workshop: “Ariadne’s Thread – Exploring the Maze”
Saturday, September 26
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, B1270
This is the second of a three-part series created by Dr. Annie Green and Cynthia Gayton, J.D., and supported in part by EMSE and GW’s College of Professional Studies to explore new methods and strategies to manage knowledge and innovation. The event is free, but RSVPs are required and space is limited to 50 participants. Light refreshments will be served. 

BME Seminar: “Programming and Reprogramming the Myocardium via Notch and Wnt Signaling”
Speaker: Prof. Stacey Rentschler, Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Washington University St. Louis
Monday, September 28
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, 2000B

Nano@GW2015 Workshop: “Frontiers in 2D-Nanotechnology: Synthesis through Applications”
Tuesday, September 29
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Contact Prof. Sorger for details.

MAE Seminar: “Increasing Energy Efficiency of Connected Cars”
Speaker: Prof. Ardalan Vahidi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
Friday, October 2
11:00 am
SEH, B1220

Workshop: “Theseus’ Paradox”
Saturday, October 24
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, B1270
This is the third of a three-part series created by Dr. Annie Green and Cynthia Gayton, J.D., and supported in part by EMSE and GW’s College of Professional Studies to explore new methods and strategies to manage knowledge and innovation. The event is free, but RSVPs are required and space is limited to 50 participants. Light refreshments will be served. 

ECE Colloquium: IEEE Magnetic Society's 2015 Distinguished Lecturer
Speaker: Prof. Russell Cowburn, Cambridge University
Tuesday, October 27
1:30 pm
SEH, 2000B

External Events

Symposium: “Open edX Universities Symposium”
Wednesday, November 11
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Milken School of Public Health, Room 100
The symposium will be structured around topics of general concern in online learning: web-enhanced learning and pedagogy; learning analytics; and inter-institutional collaboration. Please visit the symposium website to register and see the list of speakers and panelists, many of whom are top figures in the field. Anyone can attend, but space is limited. The registration fee is $75. This event is hosted by the GW Vice-Provost of Online Learning and Academic Innovation. 

Career Center Events

STEM-H Careers & Industry Insights from Employers
Monday, September 21
6:00 – 8:00 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium Lobby
Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics & Health (STEM-H) focused students are invited to engage with federal employers who are eager to tap into your specific skills and training. Join us for an evening of conversation, insights and advice directly from employers such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Drug Administration and U.S. Patent & Trade Office.
RSVP: Gwork > Workshops> STEM-H Careers & Industry Insights From Employers

Entrepreneurship Events

The DC I-Corps Fed Tech program will offer its graduate level class this fall on Saturdays, beginning September 19 and running through November 7. The class provides graduate-level business and engineering students with hands-on experience building successful businesses that commercialize cutting-edge technologies from federal labs like NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory. The course time is 11:00 am to 1:00 pm each Saturday. Please contact Bob Smith at or call 540-729-0131 for more information.

Life's a Pitch
Wednesday, September 23
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Duques Hall 453

Entrepreneur Workshop: International Students
Wednesday, September 30
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Marvin Center 405

GWERT 100 Mentor Match-up
Thursday, October 8
5:30 – 8:30 pm
1957 E Street, City View Room (7th Floor)