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

Explore our cutting-edge interdisciplinary educational and research programs


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.

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.


Trails: Trustworthy AI in Law and Society

GW to Co-Lead a New $20 million NSF AI 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) 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. David Broniatowski, an associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering at GW, is the lead principal investigator of TRAILS at GW.


The new institute is expected to transform the practice of AI by encouraging new innovations that foreground ethics, human rights, and input and feedback from communities whose voices have previously been marginalized. The NSF, in collaboration with government agencies and private sector leaders, has now invested close to half a billion dollars in the AI institutes ecosystem—an investment that expands a collaborative AI research network into almost every U.S. state.


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Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics

May 15, 2023

Dr. David A. Broniatowski serves as the Associate Director of the GW Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP). IDDP’s mission is to help the public, journalists, and policymakers understand digital media’s influence on public dialogue and opinion, and to develop sound solutions to disinformation and other ills that arise in these spaces.

With NSF Support, A Group of Tech and Policy Experts Teamed Up to Build More Trustworthy AI

May 5, 2023

Technical.ly highlights the team made up of the University of Maryland, George Washington University and more who are teaming up with the National Science Foundation to launch the NSF Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society.

GW Student Chosen for FASPE Ethics Fellowship

May 2, 2023

Leah Kaplan is one of 14 students chosen to join this groundbreaking program for design & technology students and early-career professionals.