Shahram Sarkani

Director, EMSE Off-Campus Programs

Shahram Sarkani, Ph.D., P.E., is Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, and Faculty Adviser and Academic Director of EMSE Online Programs (since 2001), at The George Washington University. Professor Sarkani joined the GW faculty in 1986. His previous administrative appointments include chair of the Civil, Mechanical, and Environmental Engineering Department (1994-1997) and Interim Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering and Applied Science (1997-2001).

In over 200 technical publications and presentations, his research in systems engineering, systems analysis, and applied enterprise systems engineering has application to risk analysis, structural safety, and reliability. He has conducted sponsored research with such organizations as NASA, NIST, NSF, U.S. AID, and the U.S. Departments of Interior, Navy, and Transportation.

Recent Awards:

  • Engineering Management Journal’s Ted Eschenbach Best EMJ Journal Paper Award, 2010 (with Merritt & Mazzuchi)
  • Inducted into the Civil and Environmental Engineering Hall of Distinction, Louisiana State University, 2010
  • Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1999

Professor Sarkani holds the Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Rice University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.

Thomas A. Mazzuchi

Chair of the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, at GW

Thomas Mazzuchi, D.Sc., received a B.A. in Mathematics from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA; and an M.S. and a D.Sc., both in Operations Research from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Before taking on his current faculty and administrative appointments at GW, he served as Chair of the Department of Operations Research, and as Interim Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Dr. Mazzuchi has been engaged in consulting and research in the areas of reliability and risk analysis and systems engineering techniques for over 25 years. He served for two and a half years as a research mathematician at the international operations and process research laboratory of the Royal Dutch Shell Company. While at Shell, Dr. Mazzuchi was involved with reliability and risk analysis of large processing systems, maintenance optimization of off-shore platforms, and quality control procedures at large-scale chemical plants.

In his academic career, he has held research contracts in development of testing procedures for both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army, in spares provisioning modeling with the U. S. Postal Service, in mission assurance with NASA, and in maritime safety and risk assessment with the Port Authority of New Orleans, the Washington Office of Marine Safety, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the San Francisco Bay Area Transit Authority.

Recent Awards:

  • Elected Member: International Statistics Institute; Washington Academy of Sciences
  • Leo Schubert Award for Excellence in Teaching of Science in College, 1997

Bhagirath Narahari, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Student Affairs
Professor of Engineering and Applied Science

Professor Narahari teaches in the Department of Computer Science in The School of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, and his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. Since 1987, he has been on the faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University. From 1999 – 2002 he was the first Chair of the Department of Computer Science, and he has been active in undergraduate education with over a dozen years of experience in undergraduate advising, and curriculum development. He has taught a number of undergraduate courses in computer science.

His research interests are in the areas of Software Security, Architecture support for trustworthy computing, Embedded Systems, Computer Architecture, Compiler optimization, Pervasive computing, and Parallel Computing. Since Fall 1999, he has collaboratively formed and led e GWU research group in embedded systems and compilers. Prof. Narahari has published several refereed articles in various areas of embedded systems, security, architecture, parallel processing and computer systems. His current research focuses on compiler, operating system and hardware support for software security, with projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Prof. Narahari’s prior research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, AFOSR, Rome Air Force Labs, NASA, NSA and America Online (AOL), and included research in power-aware computing, embedded systems, optimizing compilers, software systems and specification, and pervasive computing. His research projects have included both fundamental research and software deliverables including an open source research compiler infrastructure for the Intel Itanium processor.

Reza Eftekari, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Eftekari is a Senior Technical Consultant providing Systems and Software Engineering, Statistical Data Analysis, and Information Technology and IT Security solutions to complex government programs with enterprise systems engineering thinking, resulting in critical impact. He has consulted to FAA, NOAA, Harris Corporation, MIT Lincoln Lab, and Aviation Management Associates in the areas of FAA Air Traffic Control Modernization and NOAA Enterprise Ground Requirements and Architecture Development.

Prior to this, Dr. Eftekari was an Executive Director at MITRE Corporation and had responsibility for oversight of a group of 450+ technical experts in strategic planning, lifecycle acquisition, systems engineering, and advanced technologies for various government agencies. During seven years of his tenure at MITRE, he was a Technical Director, responsible for all modernization program studies for terminal and en-route automation, communications, security, navigation, and surveillance work with FAA which was comprised of over 140 Staff Years of work with meaningful impact and growth. He was also the Technical Director of the Information Systems and Technology Division at MITRE with responsibility to manage technology areas such as networking and communication technologies; distributed simulation and software engineering; advanced database, data mining, language-related technologies; signal processing; and decision support technologies.

Dr. Eftekari holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Behnam Shariati, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Shariati has been working and teaching in the Information Technology and Security field for 20 years. He completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in Systems Engineering, with a concentration in Security, at the George Washington University. As head of a global technology firm, Dr. Shariati recommends best practices for security and supports the United Nations environment worldwide. He also has provided technology advisement to the private sector in the areas of Security Policy, Disaster Recovery Plans, and Compliancy to ensure that Cybersecurity best practices are utilized prior to product delivery. His areas of expertise include Security Risk Management, ISO 27000, FIPS 140-2, NIST’s Security Standards, Enterprise Security Architecture, Network Defense, Security Operations, Insider Threats, Active Defense, and Cybersecurity Training and Education.

Michele L. Myauo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

In addition to her professorship at GW, Michele Lynn-Moore Myauo, Ph.D., is the Director of Cybersecurity for the Microsoft World Wide Cybersecurity Practice leading Americas Services Delivery. At IBM, she was Service Area Manager for the Operations & Supply Chain Management Practice and Deputy Director of Enterprise Architecture. She has expertise in leading Cybersecurity, Systems Engineering, and IT Services Business execution across academia, industry, and government (local, state and federal) including U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, State, and the Intelligence Community.


Ali Obaidi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ali Obaidi, Ph.D., EMBA, is a principal Data Engineer at MITRE Corporation working on multiple federal agency projects that focus on Systems Engineering and Integration. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Leeds University in England and an Executive MBA from Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

Since 1996, Dr Obaidi taught as an adjunct professor at Leeds University, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, George Town University and the MITRE Institute. He taught classes on database systems, data modeling and architecture, Software and System Engineering, and Data Security and Privacy.