The Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering; Discussion with students and professors

An interdisciplinary, problem-solving department


"The biggest challenges of our day – climate change, public health, infrastructure, innovation, privacy and connectivity – have systems at their root. Our faculty, students, and alumni are on the front lines developing solutions."

Professor Szajnfarber

Department Chair


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Prospective students

Prospective Students

Developing skills for impact: We are one of the oldest and largest programs of our kind in the United States, offering undergraduate and graduate programs that combine engineering, management, business analytics and technology. We give you the skills necessary to deploy technology for impact.


Faculty and Research

The world is our lab: Faculty and students in the department work with partners throughout GW, across DC, and around the globe to conduct research that covers a wide array of sectors and topics. Meet our faculty and learn about our focus research areas.




Aleksey Tsukanov, Agriculture Minister Roman Leshchenko, SEAS Dean John Lach, Joe Cascio and Jonathan Deason, co-directors EEMI, and Mark Pollins, visiting scholar, EEMI

Ukraine seeks solutions to drought with EEMI experts

The day after Ukraine’s president met with President Biden, the country’s agriculture minister came to GW to meet with Environmental and Energy Management Institute experts to explore working together to mitigate the impact of climate change on the country’s agricultural sector.





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For fall 2022, we will continue to require all students, faculty and staff on our campuses to be fully up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines, i.e. fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible.

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EMSE undergraduate team wins IEEE Best Paper Award at SE Symposium

EMSE students Four EMSE undergraduate students won a Best Paper Award for their Senior Design Project at the IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium, held at the University of Virginia, on April 29, 2022. They developed a multi-criteria decision analysis tool for capital planning and prioritization of WMATA facilities and assets. The EMSE student team competed with other US universities and bagged the Best Paper Award in the Optimization, Simulation, and Decision Analysis Track.

Professor John Helveston's Op-Ed on the US Solar Industry Featured in The Hill

John Helveston The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III report sets some rather ambitious goals for avoiding the worst consequences of climate change, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by the end of the decade. Read the full article.

Resilience study co-authored by Dr. Santos was cited by President Biden

Joost Santosrunway resilience study for PDX Airport co-authored by Prof. Joost Santos was recently cited by President Biden in his speech aired by KGW-NBC8, Portland, Oregon.