September 25 - October 1, 2017


September 25, 2017

Faculty News
Research & Grants:
Dr. Shelly Heller (CS) is the principal investigator (PI) on a one-year, $125,000 capacity building grant from the National Security Agency. The purpose of the grant is to research and implement an online course to prepare adjunct faculty in cybersecurity for the community colleges. The course is designed to focus on the climate, challenges, opportunities, and pedagogies for presenting cybersecurity content at the community colleges. The co-PIs on the grant are Dr. Lance Hoffman (CS) and Dr. Costis Toregas (CS).


Media Mentions:
“Melting and High P−T Transitions of Hydrogen up to 300 GPa,” a paper co-authored by Dr. Russell Hemley (CEE), was featured in the September 18 Physics article “Viewpoint: Hydrogen Hides Surprises at High Pressure.”


Dr. Feras Batarseh (adjunct faculty, CS) has published “Thoughts on the future of human knowledge and machine intelligence,” in the London School of Economics Business Review.


Dr. Grace Zhang (MAE), Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE), and their students have published the following paper: X. Fang, X. Cheng, Y. Zhang, L. G. Zhang, and M. Keidar. “Single-step synthesis of carbon encapsulated magnetic nanoparticles in arc plasma and potential biomedical applications,” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.09.015.


Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) and his former student, Dr. Bruno Kamdem, have published the following journal paper: B. Kamdem and E. Shittu. “Optimal commitment strategies for distributed generation systems under regulation and multiple uncertainties,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 80, December 2017, pp. 1597-1612.


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Howie Huang (ECE) and his doctoral student, Ahsen Uppal, presented two papers, “TriX: Triangle Counting at Extreme Scale” and “Scalable Stochastic Block Partition,” at the IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference. The conference was held September 12-14 in Boston, MA. For the novel graph processing techniques developed in these two projects, Dr. Huang’s research group also received the Finalist and Honorable Mention Awards at the DARPA Graph Challenge. The projects are sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Raytheon.


Other News:
Dr. Claire Monteleoni (CS) served in various capacities for the 7th International Workshop on Climate Informatics, held September 21-22 and hosted at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. Dr. Monteleoni served on the workshop steering committee, as the PI of the National Science Foundation grant that supports the workshop, and as a panelist on the future of climate informatics. The workshop was preceded by the Climate Informatics Hackathon on September 20. She co-founded the workshop with a climate scientist in 2011, and with collaborators she launched the first Climate Informatics Hackathon in 2015.


SEAS Computing Facility
SEAS Computing Facility (SEAS CF) will hold a series of workshops covering a range of topics throughout the fall semester:


MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS workshops and tutoring:
The workshops will be held on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Tompkins 405.


MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language used in various backgrounds of engineering, science, and economics. These workshops will cover the fundamentals of MATLAB programming.

  • October 13: Programming basics II
  • October 27: Figures & 3D plotting
  • November 10: Linear equation & ODE solving

Download MATLAB: students can download and install MATLAB on their personal computers


SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that enables engineers and architects to design, inspect, and manage engineering projects within an integrated graphical user interface. Through these workshops you will learn how to navigate the Soldiworks interface, create sketches, set up parametric relations, and create 3D models. You will create the different parts of a V6 internal combustion engine from scratch, assemble it, and see it come to life.

  • September 29: Introduction and sketching
  • October 20: Extrusion; work planes
  • November 3: Special features
  • November 17: Assembly

Download Solidworks: students can download and install Solidworks on their personal computers


MATLAB and Solidworks Tutoring:
Tutoring will be offered throughout the fall semester in Tompkins 401. To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The MATLAB and Solidworks workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad. Tutoring dates:

  • Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Fridays: 4:00 – 6:00 pm


Note: SEAS CF is hosting a separate Solidworks event on Wednesday, October 4 in SEH, B1220. Join us and learn to unlock the full potential of Solidworks and the resources available in SEAS.

  • 1:00 – 2:45 pm: Solidworks tools beyond CAD (High level overview of simulation, PDM, electrical, technical, communications, visualization and more)
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm: The different license types and resources for students, faculty and researchers (Student downloads, My Solidworks, and certification exams)

Download Solidworks: students can download and install Solidworks on their personal computers


Raspberry Pi Workshops:
The workshops will cover introductions, programing, and Internet of Things integration. No programming experience is required, and all work will be performed in groups. The necessary equipment will be provided by SEAS CF. All workshops will be held in Tompkins 201 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please email [email protected]with any questions or comments.

October 14: Workshop 1

  • Topics: Overview of the Raspberry Pi 3 starter kit; initial Raspberry Pi setup (patch, configure network); and programing to blink an LED

October 21: Workshop 2

  • Topics: More complex LED programming; push button, sensors, and camera module integration

October 28: Workshop 3

  • Topics: Introduction to Cayenne, Internet of Things; controlling triggers, LEDs, cameras, outputs, and actions without programming

November 4: Workshop 4

  • Topics: SenseHat and LCD introduction and project integration


Introduction to Linux Workshops:
The Linux workshops will be held on Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Tompkins Hall 411. They will be hosted by SEAS Computing Facility Systems Engineers Marco Suarez, Hadi Mohammadi, and Jason Hurlburt. Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments.

Session 1
Part 1: Friday, September 29
Part 2: Friday, October 6

Session 2
Part 1: Friday, October 20
Part 2: Friday, October 27

Part 1 topics include: Intro to Linux; intro to text editing; intro to system variables; intro to Linux commands; and intro to file systems and permissions

Part 2 topics include: Intro to modules; SSH and communicating with other machines; public/private key generation and .ssh/config; SFTP, SCP, and file transfer; and porting X11 sessions to your local machine


High Performance Computing Workshops:
These workshops will be offered in collaboration with the Colonial One HPC support team and will leverage Colonial One, GW's Central HPC cluster. They will be held in Tompkins 405 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm and will be hosted by the Colonial One HPC support team: SEAS CF (Marco Suarez, Jason Hurlburt, Zhen Ni); CCAS OTS (Glen MacLachlan); and DIT (Adam Wong).

Workshop pre-requisites: you must have a Colonial One account, familiarity with programming languages, and Linux fundamentals knowledge. If you are unfamiliar with Linux, please attend the Introduction to Linux workshops (listed above). Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments.

December 1: Workshop 1

  • Topics: Logging in; navigating the shell; modules, environment variables and .profile; how to submit job script; quotas; purges; and file transfer and management (scp, globus, and Lustre vs. NFS, including Lustre striping, inodes, and simple job submission script)

December 8: Workshop 2

  • Topics: Working with SLURM and checkpointing; SLURM topics include: sinfo, salloc, squeue, scancel, sbatch, sshare, sprio, srun; scripting submit files; how fair share works; and common job errors

December 15: Workshop 3

  • Topics: MPI; OpenMP; and Python package management



SEAS Events
CEE Colloquium: "Gas Hydrates as a Problem or Solution to Energy Production and Storage"
Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Koh, Center for Hydrate Research, Colorado School of Mines
Monday, September 25
3:00 - 4:00 pm
SEH, B1220


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “High-Capacity Optical Communications Using Multiplexing of Multiple Orbital-Angular-Momentum Beams”
Speaker: Dr. Alan Willner, University of Southern California
Wednesday, September 27
1:00 – 2:00 pm
SEH, B1220 (reception to follow immediately after)


MAE Seminar: “Macroscopic modeling of microinertia effects in particulate flows”
Speaker: Dr. Antony Beris, University of Delaware
Thursday, September 28
3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “Challenges and Opportunities in High-Order Finite Element Simulations of Fluid Mechanics”
Speaker: Dr. Brian Helenbrook, Clarkson University
Thursday, October 5
3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


BME Seminar: “High-resolution, High-speed 3D Imaging and Applications”
Speaker: Dr. Song Zhang, Purdue University
Wednesday, October 18
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
SEH, 2000


MAE Seminar: “Functional Imaging Using Atomic Force Microscopy: Measuring Nanoscale Electronic and Chemical Properties of Materials”
Speaker: Dr. Mohit Tuteja, NIST
Thursday, October 26
3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


GW BME DAY: "Innovations in Biomedical Engineering
Monday, November 6
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
SEH, B1 Level
RSVP required
The GW Department of Biomedical Engineering is proud to host GW BME DAY: Innovations in Biomedical Engineering. The event will showcase the department’s innovative projects and faculty research, highlight the collaborative nature of its work, and raise awareness of biomedical engineering at GW and in the Washington, D.C. region. It will include talks from invited guests who are at the forefront of biomedical engineering innovation, a moderated panel discussion of leaders in the medical device industry, and selected talks from department faculty.


MAE Seminar: “High-Order Computational Fluid Dynamics and Its Application to Thermal Fluids Flow Simulation”
Speaker: Dr. Meilin Yu, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Thursday, November 30
3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


MAE Seminar: “A Computational Bifluid–Solid Mechanics Framework Dealing with Capillarity and Wetting Issues: Towards Void Formation and Permeability Predictions in LCM Processes”
Speaker: Dr. Yujie Liu, Sun Yat-Sen University (China)
Thursday, December 14
3:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Career News & Events
IBM: Women in Technology Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 28
8:00 - 9:00 pm
SEH, B1220
Join women leaders from IBM's Public Service Sector Consulting Practice (Global Business Services) as they host a panel conversation to discuss their careers to-date, and what it is like working at IBM. Topics will also include women in technology and at IBM, work-life balance, corporate responsibility, and diversity. All who are interested in a career at IBM are welcome to attend. This event is sponsored by the GW chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).


If you have questions about any of the SEAS employer events listed above, please contact Emmy Rashid at [email protected] or (202) 994-7892.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
VentureWell Programs:
Faculty Grants: VentureWell is seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems critical to their success. VentureWell provides grants of up to $30,000 to help fund and support faculty with innovative ideas to create new (or transform existing) courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market. Applications are due November 8.


GW Idea Fest
Wednesday, September 27
5:30 – 7:30 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall M06
This event is open to all GW students from every corner of campus. Join us in a celebration of ideas; earn up to $1,000 in prizes; network; find a co-founder; team up with a designer; pitch ideas; meet our team; and carb up.


3-Day Startup
Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15
GW Mount Vernon Campus, West Hall
Application Deadline: Sunday, October 1
3-Day Startup is a 72-hour, learning-by-doing campus program that teaches entrepreneurial skills in an extreme hands-on environment. The program is FREE but everyone must apply in order to participate. 3DS is open to faculty, staff, alumni, and graduate and undergraduate students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.


NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17 and 18
INOVA Center for Personalized Health, Falls Church, VA
This 1.5-day course is ideal for those serious about writing a compelling SBIR/STTR for the National Institutes of Health, particularly those who are considering the January 2018 NIH SBIR/STTR deadline. The session includes an in-depth discussion on SBIR/STTR, with a section-by-section overview on how to plan and write a compelling proposal.


Research Events
Cayuse Electronic Proposal Routing Training
Wednesday, October 11
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Rice Hall, Suite 601
More information


Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp
Tuesday, October 24
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Marvin Center, Room 31
RSVP and more information