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Points of Pride

SEAS WiE Points of Pride: Recent Accomplishments

The Women in SEAS are extremely active in research, education and outreach to the community. Here are a few of our recent accomplishments.



Prof. Anne-Laure Papa

Prof. Anne-Laure Papa, Biomedical Engineering, GW

In our series of interviews with GW SEAS faculty, WiE Board Member and graduate student Mojolaoluwa Ladipo-Obasa (aka Demi) interviewed Professor Anne-Laure Papa. Gain insights on Prof. Papa's background, inspiration, and cancer research here.











Clare Boothe Luce Program

Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars publishing their research

The Clare Boothe Luce Program awarded SEAS $300,000 in 2018 to support an undergraduate research program that enables undergraduate female SEAS students to pursue research with guidance from faculty mentors, hone their professional skills, and establish themselves as university leaders. Four sophomore scholars were selected in 2018 and four additional scholars were selected in April 2019. Meet our scholars.

Clark Engineering Scholars Program

Clark Scholars Program creates opportunities for our undergraduates

The Clark Engineering Scholars Program is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship program at SEAS, and more than 50 percent of current scholars are women. Through the program, our students participate in undergraduate research and study abroad, work with alumni mentors, have access to networking opportunities, and more.

Prof. Gina Adam and Prof. Aylin Caliskan

Meet our newest women faculty

Professor Gina Adam; Department of Electrical Engineering (L)
Professor Aylin Caliskan; Department of Computer Science (R)

SEAS has recruited female faculty members from top-notch engineering programs across the country. Recently recruited female faculty members studied at: MIT, Princeton, UC Santa Barbara, and University of Bourgogne, France. Meet our newest faculty members, Dr. Gina Adam and Dr. Aylin Caliskan.

Shirali Nigam

Shirali Nigam selected to serve on the BMES Education Committee

Biomedical engineering undergraduate Shirali Nigam has been selected to serve a three-year term on the Education Committee of the National Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She is 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 serves as a student member on the internal advisory board for the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering.

Dr. Megan Leftwich

Dr. Megan Leftwich conducts unique research with the National Zoo

Dr. Leftwich’s research has been featured in CNN's Great Big Story micro-documentary, “How Sea Lions Are Inspiring the Future of Underwater Transport.” It tells the story of the sea lion research that Dr. Leftwich and her research group are conducting.

Dr. Serena Aunon speaks from ISS

Dr. Serena Aunon-Chancellor speaks to students live from the International Space Station

SEAS hosted a live conversation with NASA astronaut and SEAS alumna Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor (BS ’97) last September, during her six-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Sporting her “space hair” and flying the SEAS flag during the 20-minute NASA downlink, Dr. Auñón-Chancellor answered questions about living and working aboard the ISS. Immediately following the downlink, SEAS hosted a follow-on discussion on the challenges of deep space exploration with SEAS alumnus and former astronaut, Dr. Charles Camarda (MS ’80), who was present for the event.

Dr. Zoe Szajnfarbber

Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber appointed to serve on a National Academies study committee 

Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber serves on the National Academies’ Study Committee on the Role of Inducement Prizes in the US Innovation System. “Inducement” prizes are designed to stimulate some activity, such as creating a desired technology or developing products with wide societal benefits. The expert committee will assemble and analyze evidence about the role of inducement prizes in the American innovation process. Dr. Szajnfarber’s term is from January 2019 through September 2020.