Shahram Sarkani holds the Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Rice University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Research Achievements. In over 500 technical publications and presentations, my research in systems engineering, systems analysis, and applied enterprise systems engineering has application to risk analysis, structural safety, and reliability. I have conducted sponsored research with such organizations as NASA, NIST, NSF, U.S. AID, and the U.S. Departments of Interior, Navy, and Transportation.
1. Founder and Director, GW/SEAS Laboratory for Infrastructure Safety and Reliability (1993–2007)
a. Won NSF grant to build 6 DOF, 3M x 3M earthquake simulator table, one of only a few in the U.S. at the time
b. Won numerous research awards from U.S. Navy to establish a structural fatigue testing laboratory
2. Patent No. US 6,219,988, 24 April 2001: “Wrapping System for Strengthening Structural Columns or Walls,” I. Mahfouz, S. Sarkani, and T. Rizk.
3. Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.
Supervision of Theses and Dissertations: Principal or Co-Principal Adviser for over 200 Ph.D. and D.Sc. dissertations, Doctor of Engineering praxes, Engineer professional degree projects, and Master of Science theses.
1. At GW: Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (1999–present); Professor of Civil Engineering (1994–99), Assoc Prof (1990–94), Asst Prof (1986–90), Visiting (1986–88)
2. At Rice U, Houston, Texas: Instructor of Civil Engineering (summer 1985)
3. At Louisiana State U, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Instructor of Civil Engineering (1982–83)
Service Achievements, University.
1. While Director of SEAS Online Programs (2016-present):
a. Designed new Doctor of Engineering in Cybersecurity Analytics Program
b. Designed and launched the new Master of Engineering in Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity Analytics in Spring 2021
c. Transitioned in 2018 the online SEAS Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
d. Designed and launched in 2016 the online SEAS Master of Engineering degree in Cybersecurity Policy & Compliance
e. Increase number of online students to over 1,100
f. Increase annual revenue to over $18M
2. While Faculty Adviser and Academic Director, EMSE Online and Off-Campus Programs (2001-present):
a. Establish in 2015 the Doctor of Engineering degree in Engineering Management
b. Established and oversee additional GW office locations for SEAS Online Programs in Southern VA, Southern CA, and Kingdom of Bahrain. Previously had office in Republic of China.
3. While SEAS Interim Associate Dean for Research (1997-2001):
a. Identified and coordinated formation of SEAS interdisciplinary Research Clusters to explore and establish new directions in areas of the faculty’s greatest strengths: (1) Biomedical Engineering, (2) Reliability and Risk Analysis, (3) Software Engineering, and (4) Telecommunications
b. Established and coordinated SEAS Research Advisory Committee to recommend new school research policy: (1) First school-wide teaching load policy; and (2) New research incentive policy, the Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP)
c. Guided School >40% increase in research funding from outside agencies, ~ $7.5M to ~ $11M
4. While Chair of Civil, Mechanical, and Environmental Engineering (1994-97):
a. Established curriculum in environmental engineering;
b. Successfully led department through complete 6-year reaccreditation by ABET.
Service Achievements, Outside:
1. Professional and Honor Society Memberships (past and present):
a. Sigma Xi (GW Chapter President, 1994–1995, Vice Pres, 1993–1994, Secretary, 1992–1993)
b. Chi Epsilon
c. Phi Kappa Phi
d. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
e. American Society for Engineering Education
f. International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability
g. International Conference of Building Officials
2. Technical Committee Affiliations (Past and Present):
a. Committee on Fatigue and Fracture Reliability, ASCE (Chair 1990–94)
b. Technical Administrative Committee of Structural Safety and Reliability, American Society of Civil Engineers
c. Probabilistic Methods Committee of Engineering Mechanics Division, ASCE
d. Education Committee, ASCE (National Capital Section)
1. Engineering Management J's Ted Eschenbach Best EMJ Journal Paper, 2010 (with Merritt and Mazzuchi)
2. Inducted into Civil & Environmental Engineering Hall of Distinction, Louisiana State U, 2010
3. Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE, 1999
4. Civil, Mechanical, and Environmental Engineering Dept Excellent Professor, GW, 1990–91
5. Autrey Fellowship for Outstanding Doctoral Student in Science or Engineering, Rice U, 1985–86
6. Louisiana State U Alumni Federation Distinguished Teaching Assistant, 1982