Engineering and... News: May 2023
Greetings GW Engineering Community!
We did it! We’ve successfully concluded another amazing academic year. Congratulations to all of our graduates, and a heartfelt good luck to those who have reached the end of their academic journeys at GW! The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s graduating
class of 2023 joins a distinguished body of alumni who are advancing the fields of engineering and computing and are changing communities around the world.
During the month of May we celebrated the accomplishments of our faculty, the hard work of our students, and the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders around the world.
Each year, the Faculty Honors Ceremony recognizes a group of talented GW faculty and graduate assistants who have shown extraordinary dedication to teaching, research, and university service. Through our faculty and graduate assistants, GW is educating students to be engaged citizens and leaders in their fields. On May 4th, five members of the GW Engineering community were selected to receive awards at the 2023 Faculty Honors Ceremony:
- Prof. Ekyndayo Shittu: Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Excellence in
- Prof. Kim Roddis: Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Service
- Prof. Gina Adam: Morton A. Bender Teaching Award
- Prof. Michael Keidar: George Washington University Inventor of the Year Award
- Samuel Farid: Phillip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
Congratulations to each of them on their well-deserved awards!
We celebrated other tremendous faculty accomplishments this month, including the awarding of the 5-year, $20 million NSF Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS), which will examine how we trust and mitigate the risks of AI in our world. The GW TRAILS lead is Prof. David Broniatowski, who is joined by several other GW Engineering faculty, as well as faculty from ESIA, Law, SMPA, and SPH. Prof. Taeyoung Lee is leading a new $7.5 million Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project, "Unified Large-Scale Theoretical and Computational Frameworks for Invariance and Composition of Open Hybrid Dynamical Systems." GW launched a chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and initiated 17 current GW Engineering faculty as inaugural members, including Prof. Michael Keidar and Prof. Mona Zaghloul, who are NAI Fellows.
Throughout commencement week, GW hosted a number of notable speakers that encouraged and inspired our students. During our school’s graduation celebration, GW Engineering students had the honor of hearing from guest speaker and alumnus Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick, PhD. A soldier and an engineer, Lt. Gen. Bostick provided the students with real world examples of the ways in which they can take what they’ve learned both in and outside of the classroom to improve communities everywhere. He challenged graduates to never stop learning, be resilient, build relationships, and do their best every step of the way.
Every May we celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) who enriched America and the rest of the world. We commemorate the instrumental role the AAPI community has played in the success of all communities. AAPI engineers and computer scientists have pioneered countless technological innovations that changed our world as we know it. Across GW social media and at our monthly student engagement booths, we highlighted engineers and computer scientists who demonstrated a deep dedication to the profession and overcame significant societal and professional challenges to accomplish impressive careers.
As we close out the month of May and head into the summer months, I want to encourage everyone to use this time to refocus, refresh, and reflect. Despite the challenges of another complex year, we continue to be a world-class engineering school made up of pioneering researchers, caring educators, dedicated staff, and remarkable students. Please note that this will be the last monthly Engineering And... News newsletter until we begin a new academic year in the fall. See you in August!
Developing Novel Frameworks for Open Hybrid Dynamical Systems
Congratulations to Professor Taeyoung Lee of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department for receiving an award from the Department of Defense (DoD) as part of the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Program! Professor Lee was among the 31 awards given for his project, “Unified Large-Scale Theoretical and Computational Frameworks for Invariance and Composition of Open Hybrid Dynamical Systems.”
May 31, 10-11am: Science and Technology Diplomacy
June 1-2: HashtagHigherEd US
June 6, 1-2pm: Election Security
June 7, 11am-12pm: International Archives Day!
June 15, 7-8pm: Information Technology Program Information Session
June 16, 12-1pm: Introduction to Lean Innovation
June 29, 10am-1:30pm: Public-Private Synergy in the Space Sector: Risks and Rewards
Dr. Subramaniam Awarded for Years of Research on Optical Networking
Congratulations to Professor Suresh Subramaniam on being awarded the 2022 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award by the Optical Networking Technical Committee (ONTC) of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc)! The Outstanding Technical Achievement Award is a prestigious, annual award for lifetime contributions to optical networking. Dr. Subramaniam received it for his “pioneering research in the design and optimization of optical networks, particularly on optical wavelength routing algorithms, survivability aspects, and performance modeling.”
Professor Venkataramani Serves IEEE Micro as Associate Editor
Congratulations to Professor Guru Prasadh Venkataramani on beginning his term as an associate editor on the IEEE Micro magazine Editorial Board! IEEE Micro is one of the longest-running magazines within the broader computer community and just celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Professor Venkataramani has been involved in the IEEE Micro community for over 15 years. He has previously been involved as a guest editor and author several times.
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Development of Electrospun Nanofibrous Air Filters for Controlling the Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2
From Autonomous Cars to Power Grids: Solving Critical System Predictability
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Future Technologies for AI and Computing
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Research to Create a More Sustainable Future
GW to Co-Lead New $20 million NSF Artificial Intelligence Institute
The George Washington University is co-leading a multi-institutional effort supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will develop new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies designed to promote trust and mitigate risks, while simultaneously empowering and educating the public.
The NSF Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS), announced May 4, unites specialists in AI and machine learning with systems engineers, social scientists, legal scholars, educators and public policy experts. The multidisciplinary team will work with impacted communities, private industry and the federal government to determine how to evaluate trust in AI, how to develop technical solutions and processes for AI that can be trusted and which policy models best create and sustain trust.
GW Student Chosen for FASPE Ethics Fellowship
Ph.D. Student Lingchen Kong Scores First Place at GSEA DC & 2023 New Venture Competition
Advancing Information Sciences Through Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
Leader, Mentor, Inspiration and Engineer
Leadership of ABS Chairman, President and CEO Recognized with Industry Award
Top 100 Women in Supply Chain
GW Launches National Academy of Inventors Chapter
Germany's Top Information Officer Discusses Cybersecurity and AI at GW
GW Distinguished Faculty Honored at 13th Annual Faculty Honors Ceremony
Each department within GW Engineering has staff to ensure its students, faculty, and academic programs are well supported. In the Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, one of these people is Doreen Walters-Edwards, but she is also so much more! Read here to learn more about May's Local Hero, Doreen Walters-Edwards:
Q: How long have you been working at GW and what is your position?
A: I have been working at GW for the past 16 years. My current position is Operations Manager in the CEE department.
Q: What led you to this career?
A: From my early twenties, my career has mostly been geared towards administrative and executive leadership, primarily because I love people and I love to serve. This field has helped me to master my skills in planning, organization, and implementation, which are applicable and needed in every career field. My years of leadership both on and off the job have sharpened my skills and empowered me to take on any job large or small.
Q: Why did you choose GW?
A: I think it is more like GW chose me. When I applied for a position in the School of Education back in 2007, I was sending out scores of applications all across the DMV. So when I received the call for an interview I did not even remember that I had applied to GW. I had gotten positive responses from several companies and received a few job offers. However, my interview at GW was over the top and for that reason, GW got my attention.
The dominant theme of GW's Commencement of 2023 sounded loud and clear: Graduates must use what they have learned to make the world a better place. Dean Lach spoke of this at the GW Engineering Graduation Celebration on May 19 and said, "This is an exciting time in your life. This is about a new chapter beginning. Now is the time to ask yourself - what will I contribute to the community? My request is that all of you help create equitable and inclusive communities that feel open to all."
GW Engineering Commencement speaker Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick stressed to graduates that over the course of doing so, you must follow one guiding question, "You are now a graduate of this great institution. There is no script, no playbook, no manual of the journey ahead; there is just one question: Did you do your best each step of the way?"
2023 Faculty Honors Ceremony
Through granting a variety of university-wide awards, the annual Faculty Honors Ceremony recognizes a diverse group of talented GW faculty and graduate assistant who have shown extraordinary dedication to teaching, research, and the university. Five GW Engineering community members received awards on May 4 at the 2023 Faculty Honors Ceremony. Please join us in congratulating graduate assistant Samuel Farid and Professors Ekundayo Shittu, Kim Roddis, Gina Adam, and Michael Keidar!
Each year GW's Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (OIE) supports participants in the GW Engineering R&D Showcase to grow their research projects by learning about commercialization. This year four entrants were selected to receive $1,000. Congratulations to Zhiyuan Chen, Vikas Soni, Anthony Aduwari, and Joshua Powers and Claire Allision! As part of the award, they will take a two-week GW National Science Foundation Regional I-Corps Short Course.
On May 10, the GW Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) gathered colleagues from the United Arab Emirates and various organizations for a meeting to address the pressing issue of climate change and the need for global action. EEMI presented the four initiatives they are currently working on to open a discussion around them to gain attendees' insights and experiences on the topics at hand and to seek sponsorship from them.
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