September 22-28, 2014


September 22, 2014

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

In a September 18 segment about staying safe on campus, WTTG-Fox 5 "News at 5" featured the GW PAL (Personal Alarm Locator) app that Jared Alexander (CS lecturer) began developing as a master's student in an independent study course directed byProf. Tim Wood (CS). ( Video)


Patrick Kelly (CS lecturer and senior research associate, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute) is a contributing author of the recently published Official (ISC)2 Guide to the HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioners (HCISPP) Common Body of Knowledge . The book was released in the Apple iBook Store on September 10 and will be available via Amazon beginning September 22. The work is a compilation of a handful of authors and was edited by Steven Hernandez.

Prof. Zhenyu Li (BME) , graduate student Allan Guan (BME), and their collaborator, Dr. Kenneth Phillips at FDA/CDRH, have published the following article: " The Effect of Fluorescent Labels on Protein Sorption in Polymer Hydrogels ," Journal of Fluorescence, DOI: 10.1007/s10895-014-1450-8, September 2014.

Profs. Thomas Mazzuchi and Shahram Sarkani (EMSE) and their doctoral student, J. D. Moreland, have published the following article: J. D. Moreland Jr, S. Sarkani, and T. A. Mazzuchi. "Service-oriented architecture (SOA) instantiation within a hard real-time, deterministic combat system environment," Systems Engineering, Vol. 17, Issue 3, 2014, pp. 264–277.

Prof. Joost Santos (EMSE) has published a paper with collaborators from University of Waterloo (Canada) and De La Salle University (Philippines): J. R. Santos, L. C. Herrera, K. D. S. Yu, S. A. Pagsuyoin, and R. G. Tan. "State of the Art in Risk Analysis of Workforce Criticality Influencing Disaster Preparedness for Interdependent Systems," Risk Analysis, 34(6): 1056-1068.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) and her doctoral student, Cheng Tang, will attend the Fourth International Workshop on Climate Informatics (CI 2014), to be held September 25-26 in Boulder CO. Cheng will present a talk and a poster on their joint work, "Detecting Extreme Events from Climate Time-Series via Topic Modeling." Prof. Monteleoni co-founded this workshop with a climate scientist in 2011, in order to spawn collaborations in climate informatics, which is the intersection of climate science and data science. She is the principal investigator of a multi-year National Science Foundation grant to support the workshop, and she serves on the workshop's steering committee. The first workshop was held at the New York Academy of Sciences; the subsequent workshops have been hosted at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

On September 10, Prof. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) gave an invited talk in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. The title of his talk was "Encapsulated Microbubbles: From echocardiography to noninvasive blood pressure monitoring and targeted drug delivery."

Student News

Master's student Elizabeth Hubler, advised by Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE), won 2nd place in the best poster presentation competition at the National Science Foundation Workshop on the Fluid Dynamics of Living Systems, held September 15-16 in Arlington, VA. Her poster, titled "Evaluation of Synthetic Self-Oscillating Models of the Vocal Folds," was co-authored by E. P. Hubler, A. B. Hancock, K. S. Weiland, A. G. Apostoli, B. D. Erath, and M. W. Plesniak. The workshop featured four poster entries from GW, as well as posters from Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Harvard University, MIT, UCLA, UVA, and others.

Doctoral student Samantha Marquart, advised by Prof. Zoe Szajnfarber (EMSE), has been appointed to serve on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Space Transportation advisory board, COMSTAC. COMSTAC was established in 1984 to provide information, advice, and recommendations to the FAA Administrator on critical matters concerning the U.S. commercial space transportation industry.

Other News

Call for Proposals: The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GWIBE) Interdisciplinary Research Fund is accepting proposals from GW faculty members interested in biomedical engineering research support. The application deadline is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 1. The competition is primarily for junior faculty to help them establish an active research program. Each award can be up to $20,000. 

EMSE doctoral graduate Earl Crane has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University.

Graduate Admissions: From September 7 to 12, staff member Anthony Spatola traveled to Bogota, Colombia and to Mexico City to speak with prospective students at two education fairs and to visit with Education USA and Fulbright representatives in Mexico about the graduate programs at GW and SEAS. GW will participate in the Slim Scholars program again in 2015; SEAS currently has two Slim Scholars in the EMSE department.

On September 17 and 18, respectively, the office hosted an online information session and attended the VCU graduate fair. On September 22, SEAS Careers will host a resume and cover letter workshop in preparation for the September 23 GW Career and Internship Fair, and it will host its first International Coffee Hour in Tompkins Hall on September 25.

Guest Vignette

Fig: CSG paradigm jointly controls and optimizes usage of the cloud's network and computing resources.

Today's approaches to cloud computing nearly always treat the cloud's networking and computational resources as being separable concerns, especially with respect to control and optimization. Among commercial service providers, treating network and server strata as separate concerns is the result of prevailing business models, in which the network is under the control of Internet service providers, while servers are controlled by providers of content or computing cycles. Previous studies have shown that this bifurcation can seriously degrade the cloud's performance and cost-effectiveness, as well as its ability to maintain mission effectiveness following attacks or failures.

We propose Cross-Stratum Gaming (CSG) architecture to overcome these impediments through game-theoretic joint optimization and control of both network and server resources. The goal of CSG is to bridge the gap between traditionally separate control of cloud network and server strata, for purposes of improved performance, cost effectiveness, and resilience against attack. CSG provides a new, game-theoretic optimization layer that erases the aforementioned cloud bifurcations to facilitate more-efficient responses to attacks and failures in cloud networks or servers, while also enabling potentially major reductions in cloud infrastructure cost. It is shown that substantial reductions in cloud infrastructure cost (as much as 50%), and/or improvements in performance, could accrue from even simple forms of joint optimization and control. In this project GW joins forces with Advanced Communications Science and Princeton University. The techniques developed will be demonstrated using testbeds from two DARPA-funded projects: CORONET and MRC ACCORD. It will open the door for more-extensive investigations and programs in advanced networking and joint optimization, potentially in actual Government clouds. (Provided courtesy of Prof. Tian Lan, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

SEAS Events

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

MAE Seminar: Genre and Structure: "Framing and Organizing Scientific Writing"
Speaker: Edward Helfers, GW University Writing Program
Wednesday, October 1
2:30 pm [Note the new time for this seminar]
2020 K Street NW, Room 24

MAE Seminar: "Predictive Modeling Of Failure In Ductile Materials"
Speaker: Dr. Krishnaswamy Ravi-Chandar, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin
Friday, October 10
11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "Spectral Methods in Motion"
Speaker: Dr. David Kopriva, Professor of Mathematics, Florida State University
Thursday, October 16
3:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "Molecular Engineering of Microbubble Shells"
Speaker: Dr. Mark Borden, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Bioengineering, University of Colorado, Boulder
Thursday, October 30
3:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

Upcoming Career Events

General Dynamics/Electric Boat Information and Resume Review Sessions
All sessions will be held in the Dean's Conference Room, 107 Tompkins Hall

Monday, September 22: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, September 23: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, September 24: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

All SEAS students are welcome to attend! Registration is not required; students may walk in to the sessions. U.S. citizenship is required for employment. Visit General Dynamics/Electric Boat at the GW Career & Internship Fair, too.

GW Career & Internship Fair
Tuesday, September 23
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Smith Center
More than 100 organizations are registered to attend!

Questions? Contact Emmy Rashid, SEAS Career Services director, at 202-994-7892 or

Entrepreneurship News & Events

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

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 .

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