Faculty

Shahram Sarkani

Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Director, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Online Programs

Background
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

Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Chair, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Background
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

John E Bischoff

Background
John Bischoff, D.Sc., works as an independent consultant and as Adjunct Professor of Engineering Management with the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has held executive positions in a number of start-up companies as well as at AOL/Time Warner and IBM. Dr. Bischoff holds a B.B.A. from Pace University, an M.B.A. in Finance from Long Island University, an M.S. in Telecommunications Management from the Polytechnic University of New York, and a D.Sc. in Engineering Management from George Washington University. He currently sits on the board of Seawolf Investments and the Loudoun County Fiscal Impact Committee.


Timothy D. Blackburn

Background
Tim Blackburn, Ph.D., P.E., is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the William States Lee College of Engineering (UNC-Charlotte) and also holds an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business (UNC-Chapel Hill). He received the Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer, and holds a Black Belt in Six Sigma. Currently, he is Professorial Lecturer in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at GW, and is the North America Lead for Technical Learning and Capability at Pfizer.

His affiliations (current or previous) include Tau Alpha Pi and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies for academic achievement, the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Pharma Engineering Roundtable, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), International Foundation Process Analytical Chemistry (IFPAC), and American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).


Paul L. Blessner

Background
Paul Blessner, Ph.D., has 30+ years of experience in manufacturing/test/quality/reliability engineering in the computer, aerospace and defense industries. His educational background includes Electrical Engineering (B.S., University of Nebraska); Business Administration (M.B.A., University of Colorado-Colorado Springs); Applied Statistics (M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology); and Systems Engineering (Ph.D., George Washington University).

As a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he has been actively engaged as a Six Sigma practitioner, trainer, leader and implementer. He has achieved certifications as a Quality Engineer, Reliability Engineer, and Quality Manager. Currently, he is Professorial Lecturer of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University.


Jason R. Dever

Background
Jason Dever, Ph.D., works as a Systems Engineer supporting the National Reconnaissance Office, responsible for developing an open IT framework such that software components can be shared across the government. In previous posts, Jason supported numerous positions across the systems engineering lifecycle, including requirements, design, development, deployment, and O&M.

Jason received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, master’s degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University, and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. His teaching interests are project management, systems engineering, and quality control.


Steven C. Doskey

Background
Steven Doskey, Ph.D., is Portfolio Manager and Senior Principal Researcher for the MITRE Corporation. Prior to joining MITRE, Dr. Doskey held senior positions in engineering, business, and finance at both large and small government consulting organizations. Dr. Doskey has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University, a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary, Mason School of Business, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. His research interests include systems engineering, risk analysis, requirements engineering, complex systems analysis, decision science, operations research, and financial and tax ecosystems behavior.


Timothy J. Eveleigh

Background
Timothy Eveleigh, D.Sc., is Adjunct Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional. Dr. Eveleigh has over 30 years of industry experience working on DoD and intelligence community IT acquisition challenges, R&D, enterprise architecting, and IT governance. He has had a 30 year parallel career as an Air Force Reserve Intelligence Officer and Developmental Engineer focused on targeting, imagery, and command and control integration programs.

Dr. Eveleigh holds the D.Sc. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University and a master’s in remote sensing/physical geography from the University of Delaware.


Pavel Fomin

Background
Pavel Fomin, Ph.D., is an Aerospace Engineer with the United States Air Force, where he is responsible for technology development, demonstration, and capability transition. Dr. Fomin holds a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. His interests include technology maturity and insertion, capability transition, and systems modeling.


Anna Franz

Background
Anna Franz, Ph.D., is Director of Planning and Project Management in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, where she has led major historic renovation projects, including the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building and the Patent Office Building and Courtyard Enclosure. Earlier she was Director, Division of Capital Project Management at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Franz received a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Philosophy from George Washington University, and she is a registered architect in Virginia.

Recent Awards:

  • The Architect’s Citation Award
  • General Services Administration Honor Award in Preservation and Conservation
  • Attorney General Special Commendation Award

Thomas H. Holzer

Background
Thomas Holzer, D.Sc., has been Adjunct Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., since 1999. He is the former Director, Engineering Management Office, Enterprise Operations Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

He has over 35 years of experience in lifecycle systems engineering, leading large-scale information technology programs, and process improvement initiatives. Dr. Holzer was responsible for the strategic evolution of the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence technical and operational infrastructure architectures; assuring the integrity of the systems engineering performed; and development of a proficient systems engineering workforce.

Dr. Holzer has D.Sc. and M.S. degrees in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


James D. Moreland

Background
James Moreland, Ph.D., currently serves as Deputy Director for Naval Warfare, Tactical Warfare Systems, in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. He previously served as Chief Engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.
Dr. Moreland earned the Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University; M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; M.S. in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech; and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certified in the Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering and Program Management career fields.

Recent Awards:

  • Four Meritorious Unit Awards
  • Navy Superior and Distinguished Civilian Service Awards
  • Numerous NAVSEA and NSWCDD awards
  • Multiple best technical paper awards from the American Society of Naval Engineers and INCOSE

Bill A. Olson

Background
Bill Olson, Ph.D., is the Leading Risk Manager for all special projects at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA. He is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional and Defense Acquisition Specialist.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronics from Chapman University, a master’s degree in Program Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and the Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University. Currently, he is Professorial Lecturer, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, George Washington University. He has extensive experience in systems engineering.

Bill Olson retired from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer after proudly completing 25 years of active duty service.


Robert A. Roncace

Background
Robert Roncace, D.Sc., received the Doctor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from George Washington University in 2006. From 1980 to 1994, he held a variety of positions as Mechanical Engineer and Systems Acquisition Program Manager in the U.S. Air Force. From 1996 through 2011 he was a Senior Engineer and Engineering Manager for The Boeing Company. He is currently employed as a Program Analyst with Avenge, Inc.

Since 2006 he has taught courses as Professorial Lecturer for the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at GW. His research interests are in systems reliability and probabilistic risk analysis.


Shahryar Sarkani

Background
Shahryar Sarkani, D.Sc., is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of software engineering focusing on architecture and design.

Dr. Sarkani earned the D.Sc. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University, an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of New Orleans, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University.


Steven M. F. Stuban

Background
Steven Stuban, Ph.D., P.E., is Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Facility Program Office. He is a Professional Engineer and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certified in the Program Management, Program Systems Engineer and Facilities Engineering career fields.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and both a master’s degree and a doctorate in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

Dr. Stuban is Adjunct Professor with GW and serves on a standing doctoral committee.


Bereket R. Tanju

Background
Bereket Tanju, Ph.D., is Director of Business Intelligence and Integration at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller. He has 27 years of experience in research and development, testing, and acquisition program management working for the Department of Defense.

His research interests are indoor navigation, tracking, and sensor fusion. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, master’s degrees from Pennsylvania State University (Industrial Engineering) and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (National Resource Strategy), and a Ph.D. from George Washington University (Systems Engineering). Dr. Tanju teaches graduate systems engineering courses at GW and advises doctoral candidates.


James S Wasek

Background
James Wasek, D.Sc., is Senior Enterprise Architect and Regional Director of Operations (Stafford/Quantico, VA) with Science & Technology Solutions, Inc. (eSTS). He provides technical, systems engineering and operational and systems architecture support for numerous U.S. Marine Corps Command and Control (C2) and Radar systems.

Dr. Wasek has significant expertise in the areas of systems engineering, enterprise architecture, test and evaluation, systems analysis, acquisitions, and program management.

Since 2006, Dr. Wasek has been Adjunct Professor with George Washington University, where he instructs graduate students in the disciplines of systems engineering, engineering management, and program management.


Christopher J. Willy

Background
Christopher Willy, D.Sc., received the Doctor of Science in Systems Engineering from George Washington University in 2008. From 1981 to 1999, he held a variety of positions as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy. Since 1999, he has been employed as a senior systems engineer by J. F. Taylor, Inc., Lexington Park, MD.

Since 2009, he has taught courses as a Professorial Lecturer for the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at GW. His research interests are in stochastic processes and systems engineering.