The 6th Annual GW Business Plan Competition finals were held yesterday. 113 entries were submitted in the first round and eventually ten teams made it to the finals. Six of these ten teams were either entirely SEAS faculty and students or included SEAS students. I am happy to report that we did very well (please see below). Congratulations to these teams, their mentors  and to everyone who participated. Thank you, David Dolling

BitGrid* , with team members Volker Sorger (asst professor in ECE), Charles Taylor SEAS BS ’15 and Justin Hyde CCAS BA ’15 and mentored by Wendolyn Holland won 3 prizes. They were:

  1. 2nd place overall ($15,000 prize)

  2. Blank Rome’s Best Undergraduate Prize ($10,000)

  3. A “We-Work”, 6 month membership in an incubator (worth $12,000)

Small Spacecraft Micropropulsion**, with team members Michael Keidar (professor in MAE), Samudra Haque SEAS PhD ’14,  George Teel SEAS MS ’14,  and Cameron Parvini  SEAS BS ’14  and mentored by Dr. Randy Graves (SEAS National Advisory Council immediate past chair) won 4th place overall (prize of $5000).

Pedal Forward ***, with team members Jeffrey Birenbaum SEAS BS ’14, Chris Deschenes GWSB BBA ’12, Elizabeth Hubler SEAS BS ’14 and Matthew Wilkins SEAS MS ’14 and mentored by Kerri Murphy won two prizes.

  1. GWupstart’s Best For-Profit Social Venture  (prize of $7500)

  2. Capital One Bank’s Best Sustainable Technology Prize (prize of $5000)


*BitGrid offers software solutions for distributed generation management to build a smarter grid and a more efficient country

**Small Spacecraft Propulsion provides low power and low mass electric propulsion solutions for small satellites

*** PedalForward’s mission is to create sustainable solutions to ill health and poverty through the manufacture, sale and use of bamboo bicycles


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Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

The Marvin Center – Grand Ballroom
800 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Myles Is Out of the Office Until 4/21

Hey everyone! And by everyone, I mean majors in MAE, CEE, EMSE, and APSC, but hey to all of my engineers. Anyway, I will be out of the office all of next week and will return to the office Monday, April 21st. Upon my return, I will respond to your e-mails and voice messages at my earliest convenience.

Do you have general questions? Try asking our well-trained front desk staff. They are a great place to start. Trust me, you’re in good hands. If the question is too specific or complicated for them, then they will refer you to me. Also, when in doubt, Hetal will be around for general questions.

Enjoy the wonderful spring weather, and I will see you when I return to the office!


Health Career Fair

Priority registration for GW’s Second Annual Health Professions Fair ends tomorrow!The fair will be held April 8th from 4pm to 7pm in the Smith Center. You can come for a few minutes between classes or linger for a while…whatever works for you. Meet and network with representatives from over 80 programs including medical, physician assistant, nursing, post-baccalaureate, and more. REGISTER to get a name-tag and a seat at the breakout sessions (one about medicine and one about nursing)!

Wondering what you could possibly learn at a fair that you can’t learn from a website? Here are some ideas.

Wondering if it’s worth it to go? Consider this feedback from a past participant.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for program updates leading up to the event.

Dinner with SEAS Alum Sean P. Walsh

dinner with alumni

Network with the GW alumni community through the Dinner with Alumni program.  While the alumni hosts who volunteer their time and experience represent a range of industries and interests, there are several upcoming dinners that undergraduates in the School of Engineering & Applied Science might find particularly interesting:

Saturday, April 5 | 5pm
Dinner with Sean P. Walsh
Engineering, Government, Military
A retired member of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Walsh has more than thirty years of engineering experience.

This is your opportunity to share a meal with GW alumni and fellow students!  Our alumni hosts represent a range of industries and interests, including law, finance, consulting, information technology, medicine, engineering, event planning, journalism, and more! Sign up to meet members from our alumni community, discuss career interests, gain professional advice, and share the GW experience.

Dinners will be held during October and November, and spots are limited—RSVP TODAY before the application closes! Check back frequently, as new dinners will be added throughout the fall.

Gain from their experience.  Benefit from their influence.