Head of NAUTO, located in Palo Alto, CA, Mary is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and holds a masters' degree from The George Washington University.
Gene Colabatistto is group president of CAE’s Defence & Security Group. He has more than 25 years experience in the global defense industry, and has held leadership positions in both the military and the private sector. Before joining CAE, he was a senior vice president in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a leading provider of scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services. Mr. Colabatistto received his MS in electrical engineering from GW.
Barbara Fleming has more than 30 years of experience in Department of Defense (DoD) information technology. She recently retired as senior cybersecurity policy advisor for the DoD Chief Information Officer, where she helped shape the Department’s future direction in cyber defense. Earlier assignments with the Defense Information Systems Agency ranged from hands-on development of combat support systems to managing the acquisition of a large portfolio of cybersecurity capabilities. Ms. Fleming has a BS in applied mathematics and an MS in computer science from GW. She has been serving on the SEAS National Advisory Council since 2016 and was a member of the 2018 Women in Engineering Task Force that investigated best practices at top engineering schools.
Elma Levy is the co-founder and chair of the Board of Dovel Technologies. She established the corporate foundation and culture that enabled the company to develop from a two-person, at-home start-up to a mature company of $200M and 1300 FTEs. Ms. Levy had the vision to implement a strategy of growth through acquisition at the right time in the corporate life cycle and executed the steps to realize that vision. In her current position as chair of the board, Ms. Levy oversees and guides the organizational governance and strategic direction. She is a member of the SEAS National Advisory Council.
Catherine Mavriplis is a professor of mechanical engineering at University of Ottawa. Her specialty is numerical methods for aerodynamics simulations. Dr. Mavriplis also has held the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering since 2011, a program that aims to recruit, retain and advance women to leadership. She has been awarded the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award for Education.
Dr. Mavriplis holds a BS in mechanical engineering from McGill, and an MS and PhD in aeronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After a postdoctoral stay at Princeton, she became professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at GW. She also worked at the US National Science Foundation, NASA Langley, and University of Oklahoma before returning to Canada. Dr. Mavriplis has been president of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada and a councilor of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.
Vivian Pinn, MD, is retired from the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH). In her role as director of ORWH, she was in a unique position to help ensure that women's health issues and women are well represented in NIH research efforts. In many ways, her role was the culmination of a lifelong focus on medicine and advocacy for access to good health care for everyone. Prior to working at NIH, Dr. Pinn was professor and chair of the Department of Pathology at Howard University. She previously held teaching appointments at Tufts University and Harvard Medical School. At Tufts she was assistant dean for student affairs and an advocate for minority students.
Yucheng is a director of consulting services at CGI Inc. She graduated from the George Washington University with a Master of Science in Computer Graphics and Multimedia in 2000. Since then, Yucheng has worked in vast areas in the IT field and is skilled in software development, COTS implementation, cybersecurity, cloud migration and enterprise architecture. In her spare time, Yucheng is passionate about and happily engaged in advocating for women’s selection of STEM subjects and pursuance of STEM careers.
Dr. Mona Zaghloul is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is the director of GW’s Institute of MEMS and VLSI Technologies. She conducts research in: digital and analog design of VLSI circuits, VLSI systems applications, and the design and implementation of micro/nano-sensors using micro and nano technology. Examples of the devices on which her team works are: chemical gas sensors, biosensors, and RF-MEMS. Her research group works in collaboration with local and national laboratories and with industry.
Dr. Matthew Kay is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His laboratory studies cardiac electrical activity and mitochondrial function during normal and disease conditions. Work is primarily focused on understanding how hypoxia, ischemia, and heart failure alter myocardial energy supply and demand and identifying how that may motivate deadly arrhythmias.
Dr. Kim Roddis is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A registered professional engineer, Professor Roddis has experience in heavy industrial and general commercial building design, as well as in bridge design. She is a structural engineer with varied teaching and research interests that include: design, fabrication, and construction processes; structural applications of artificial intelligence and computer-aided design; web-enhanced teaching; fatigue and fracture in bridges; frame stability; and seismic steel connections.
Dr. Timothy Wood is a professor in the Department of Computer Science. Professor Wood's research studies how cloud computing platforms can be built from massive data centers containing thousands of servers and storage devices. He seeks to improve the performance, reliability, and energy efficiency of these large distributed systems by adding automation and intelligence at the operating system and virtualization layers.
Dr. Shahrokh Ahmadi is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are in low power and low noise microelectronics systems, sensors, and systems on chips. He is active in developing low power, and low noise VLSI devices such as ADCs, Sigma Delta converters, and active inductors. Professor Ahmadi is also active in applications of RFID and SAW sensors in automation and sensor networks.
Dr. Erica Gralla is a professor in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. She studies operations and supply chain management in disaster response and other urgent or uncertain environments. Her research seeks to combine the strengths of human intuition and mathematical models to create better decision-making approaches. Current projects include transportation planning models for aid delivery, innovative ways to collect and analyze data to support emergency response decision-making, strategies to support better decision-making in design and product development, and human intuition for managing uncertainty.
Dr. Megan Leftwich is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her Biologically Inspired Energy Laboratory investigates natural fluid dynamics phenomena and applies their findings to engineering problems. Current projects include the wake dynamics of vertical axis wind turbines in standard and complex configurations, the hydrodynamics of pinniped swimming (in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Zoo), and the fluid dynamics of human birth.
Jonathan Ragone is the director of undergraduate student services, advising, and records for SEAS. During his career, Jonathan has worked in both student and academic affairs, while holding a variety of positions as a residence hall director, assistant director for college housing, academic coordinator for the graduate program in public health, and associate director for undergraduate colleges.
Natalia is an international graduate student from Argentina, and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She conducts research on computational nanoplasmonics for biosensing applications. She is an advocate of open source software, a Python preacher, a feminist, and an advocate of gender equality.
Mojolaoluwa is a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental engineering. She received her B.S. degree in civil engineering from GW in 2017.
Bengisu ŞİŞİK is a PhD student from Turkey. She studies at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the George Washington University. Previously, she received her master’s degree from the same department with an Energy Engineering and Management graduate certificate in 2020. Her research focuses on additive manufacturing of thermoelectric materials. She is also a SEAS Graduate Ambassador and promotes graduate student community at the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
Alyssa Ilaria is an undergraduate studying computer science and plans to graduate with the Class of 2022. In addition to serving as an Internal Advisory Board Member for the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering, Alyssa is a member of the SEASSPAN freshmen mentoring program and Women in Computer Science (WiCS). Alyssa enjoys doing graphic design in her free time, and in the summer of 2019 she worked at Eli Lilly & Company doing web development for their clinical research database.
Thanks to Previous Board Members!
Paige Atkins recently retired as the associate administrator, Office of Spectrum Management (OSM), within the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). During her tenure at NTIA, she led spectrum management efforts for the executive branch agencies and manages engineering, frequency assignment and certification, national and international spectrum policy, and strategic planning functions. Ms. Atkins completed her MS in engineering management at GW.
Former biomedical engineering student Shirali Nigam was selected to serve a three-year term on the Education Committee of the National Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She was the only undergraduate student on the committee of 11 people. The Committee is charged with assessing and providing educational opportunities to enhance professional development, fostering educational best practices, and working with accreditation committees. Shirali also served as a student member on the internal advisory board for the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering.
Hetal Odobasic serves as a biomedical engineer with the Food and Drug Administration. She currently evaluates implantable electrophysiological devices through clinical trials and the total product life cycle of the devices. Her efforts include collaboration with the medical device industry, clinicians, and patients to ensure public health safety. Prior to joining FDA, Ms. Odobasic was a professional advisor at SEAS. She helped develop, implement, and manage student engagement and retention programs.