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Shahram Sarkani

Director, SEAS Online Programs


Shahram Sarkani, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, and Faculty Adviser and Academic Director of SEAS Online Programs (since 2001). 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 500 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.

Reginald Bailey, Ph.D., CSM

Professorial Lecturer in Engineering


Dr. Reginald Bailey has worked in the information technology industry for over 40 years. He has worked in large corporate organizations, as well as small entrepreneurial startups. He has led and managed development and sustainment of systems across varied domains including educational technology, cargo inspection, transformational satellite network communications, site automation and signal collection, cloud infrastructure frameworks and C4ISR. Dr. Bailey has held various roles of increasing responsibility over his career from software engineer to systems engineer to project leader and from engineering manager to department manager to site manager. He has taught graduate level engineering courses since 2016.

John L. Dargan, Ph.D.

Professional Lecturer in Engineering


John L. Dargan, Ph.D., is Director of the Operations and Requirements Analysis Division in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. He leads operations research, modeling, systems analysis, and simulation efforts in support of the DHS Components and the Joint Task Forces. He is the S&T Principal for the DHS Joint Requirements Council, for the Headquarters Coordination Group for Resource Planning Guidance development, and for the Strategy and Policy Executive Steering Committee.

Before accepting his current position, Dr. Dargan was a career United States Air Force officer assigned to various engineering, acquisition, and staff duties that culminated with his appointment as Chief, Investment Programs Division, USAF Headquarters Congressional Budget Liaison. In that role he was the principal interface to Congressional Appropriations and Budget Committees for programs including the F-22, Joint Strike Fighter, and Next-Generation Bomber.

Dr. Dargan earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

Recent Awards:

  • DHS Under Secretary’s Award for Science and Technology, 2016
  • DHS Under Secretary’s Award for Building Partnerships, 2014

John M. Fossaceca, Ph.D.

Professorial Lecturer in Engineering


Dr. Fossaceca currently serves as Associate Division Chief for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Information Sciences Division, where he supports research programs in AI & Machine Learning for Autonomous Systems. As Executive VP of Engineering, Dr. Fossaceca managed the team responsible for the modernization of the U.S. Army’s satellite-based Blue Force tracking system while at Comtech Telecommunications and served as VP of Engineering and Principal Investigator on Small Business Innovation Research programs for the U.S. Navy at 3e Technologies where his team developed some of the first secure WiFi technology accredited by the U.S. Government. Dr. Fossaceca also was also an Engineering Director at AT&T/Lucent/Bell Labs for Next Generation Telecommunications Systems working on several products including early VoIP telephony technology.

Dr. Fossaceca has conducted research and development in adaptive signal processing, machine learning, communications and cybersecurity. His present research interests are in online continuous machine learning in data-constrained environments, network intrusion detection, and the internet of battlefield things. Dr. Fossaceca is co-inventor on six patents related to wireless communications and signal detection, and he serves as a reviewer for several refereed journals. He teaches graduate courses in quantitative models, software engineering, and cybersecurity, and serves as Ph.D. research advisor for several students.

Dr. Fossaceca holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and Syracuse University, respectively; an M.B.A. from Virginia Tech; and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University.

Selected Publications:

  • MARK-ELM: Application of a novel Multiple Kernel Learning framework for improving the robustness of Network Intrusion Detection
    JM Fossaceca, TA Mazzuchi, S Sarkani
    Expert Systems with Applications 42 (8), 4062-4080
  • A semi-boosted nested model with sensitivity-based weighted binarization for multi-domain network intrusion detection
    JW Mikhail, JM Fossaceca, R Iammartino
    ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST) 10 (3), 1-27
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Future Army Applications
    JM Fossaceca, SH Young Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR IX. Vol. 10635.
    International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2018
  • Multiattribute Framework for Requirements Elicitation in Phased Array Radar Systems
    M Tompkins, R Iammartino, J Fossaceca
    IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
  • Evaluation of preconditions affecting symptomatic human error in general aviation and air carrier aviation accidents
    AJ Erjavac, R Iammartino, JM Fossaceca
    Reliability Engineering & System Safety 178, 156-163
  • Software obsolescence risk assessment approach using multicriteria decision‐making
    TF Bowlds, JM Fossaceca, R Iammartino
    Systems Engineering 21 (5), 455-465
  • Assessing the impact of requirements review on quality outcomes
    TE White, R Iammartino, JM Fossaceca
    Quality and Reliability Engineering International 34 (5), 882-893

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

Anna Noteboom

Professorial Lecturer in Engineering


Anna Noteboom has over 25 years of experience in information technology, systems engineering, information assurance and cybersecurity. She has served in a variety of roles including network and security operations, policy and planning, compliance, R&D, secure product development and in management roles ranging from project manager to senior executive level.

Noteboom has developed and implemented information assurance and cybersecurity programs for federal agencies as well as for private sector organizations. Her areas of research include supply chain security, risk associated with use of different software development approaches or combinations for product development and security for industrial control systems and SCADA systems.

Noteboom has been a faculty member of the department of Engineering Management and Systems engineering since 2011, teaching for the on-campus, off-campus and online programs. She earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HI; and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. Noteboom is nearing completion of a D.Eng. degree as well.

John P. Sahlin, Ph.D.

Professorial Lecturer in Engineering


Dr. Sahlin has been engaged in the implementation of and research in complex systems engineering for over 25 years. His primary focus is on cybersecurity and system design of multi-tenant systems architecture, such as Managed Service Provider and Cloud Computing architecture for commercial and public-sector clients. In addition to his ongoing duties as Professorial Lecturer in Engineering at GW, Dr. Sahlin serves as Director of Technology for Engility’s Defense and Security Group, where he is responsible for strategic planning, network design, systems engineering, and cybersecurity programs for DoD, DOJ, DHS, and other clients.

At Engility, Dr. Sahlin leads research efforts in support of the Defense Technical Information Center, Deputy Assistant of Defense for Systems Engineering, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency on numerous topics, including the implementation of cloud computing architectures for academic environments.

After completing his B.S. in Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, Dr. Sahlin earned an M.S. and Ph.D., both in Systems Engineering, from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Selected Publications:

  • Sahlin, J. P. and K. Lobera (2016). “Cloud Computing as a Catalyst for Change in STEM Education,” in Chao, L. (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes [Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference]
  • Sahlin, J. P. (Ed.). (2015). Social Media and the Transformation of Interaction in Society. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. ISBN13: 9781466685567
  • Sahlin, J. (2014). “Federal Government Application of the Cloud Computing Application Integration Model,” in Khosrow-Pour, M. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 3rd Ed. [Hershey, PA: IGI Global]
  • Sahlin, J. (2013). “Cloud Computing: Past, Present, and Future,” in X. Yang, & L. Liu (Eds.), Principles, Methodologies, and Service-Oriented Approaches for Cloud Computing [Hershey, PA: IGI Global]

George Trawick, Ph.D., CISSP; U.S. Army (ret)

Professorial Lecturer in Engineering


Dr. George Trawick is an information assurance and cybersecurity professional with over 20 years’ experience in the cyber field. His special interests are risk assessment, accreditations, cryptology, cyber policy and cybercrime, for which his hands-on, operational experience coupled with extensive teaching have prepared him. He currently serves as assistant professor of cybersecurity at the National Defense University, College of Information and Cyberspace.

Formerly he was Chief of Information Assurance at the U.S. Army Human Resource Command, where he gained proficiency ranging from design, implementation and maintenance of classified networks to analysis of risk and operations. In his role at HRC, Dr. Trawick oversaw the IA elements for more than 350 personnel mission applications, as well as for IA training and compliance for the organization.

In addition to his background in cyber risk and security, Dr. Trawick is a skilled military leader with experience leading both infantry and artillery platoons, as well as directing battery deployments.

Stuart Young, Ph.D.

Professorial Lecturer in Engineering


Dr. Stuart H. Young holds a B.S. (1991) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA; an M.S. (1996) in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA; and a Ph.D. (2016) in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Currently, he is the Chief of the Asset Control and Behavior Branch, the Collaborative Alliance Manager for the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) and the lead for the Intelligent Systems Center, all with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD. From 2006 to 2007, he was the Project Coordinator for Unmanned Systems and Countermine and Counter IED in the Program Manager–Future Combat Systems, Technology Office. He was with the U.S. Army Reserve as an Engineer Officer from 1991 to 2003. He holds four patents. His current research interests include the development of intelligent systems; autonomous behaviors for collaborating robotic teams operating in complex and urban environments; and in their experimental evaluation. He also serves as co-chair on the OSD Autonomy COI Test & Evaluation and Verification & Validation Working Group. Dr. Young is an Elected Member of the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society and the Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

Selected Publications:

  • Young, S.H., Mazzuchi, T.A. and Sarkani, S., 2016. A Framework for Predicting Future System Performance in Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicles. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems.
  • Gregory, J., Fink, J., Stump, E., Twigg, J., Rogers, J., Baran, D., Fung, N. and Young, S., 2016. Application of multi-robot systems to disaster-relief scenarios with limited communication. In Field and Service Robotics (pp. 639-653). Springer International Publishing.
  • Young, S. and Kott, A., 2016. A Survey of Research on Control of Teams of Small Robots in Military Operations. arXiv preprint arXiv:1606.01288.
  • Piekarski, B., Sadler, B., Young, S., Nothwang, W. & Rao, R. 2016, April. Research and Vision for Intelligent Systems for 2025 and Beyond. Small Wars Journal.


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