National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council meets regularly with the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Its members provide advice and resources to help enhance the educational programs and opportunities available to GW Engineering students.


Barbara Fleming

Barbara Fleming

Chair, GW Engineering National Advisory Council

Barbara 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. Barbara 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.


Anirudh Kulkarni


Anirudh Kulkarni

Vice Chair, GW Engineering National Advisory Council

Anirudh Kulkarni is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of CVP, a 650-person strategic business and technology consultancy focused on healthcare, national security, and the U.S. public sector. A serial entrepreneur, Anirudh has more than thirty years of experience in business and technology consulting, strategy development, change management, and advanced technology strategy. His specialties include digital transformation, customer relationship management, operations and IT alignment strategies, organizational transformation, and operations research. His industry expertise lies in healthcare, media, and the public sector. Anirudh was previously a founder and Managing Director for Strategic Services at Answerthink (NASDAQ:HCKT), a private equity-backed Fortune 500 consulting and systems integration firm that went public in 1998. Prior to Answerthink, he led the commercial Media and Publishing consulting practice at SRA International. He was also the founder of Anthem Decision Support Systems, a software product company specializing in decision support and analytical tools for sales and marketing in the consumer products industry. In addition to the NAC, Anirudh serves on the Boards of the Professional Services Council, Food For Others, and the Northern Virginia Science Center. He is also an investor in multiple ventures and enjoys working with entrepreneurs to operationalize their vision. Anirudh received a BS in operations research and computational science (with honors), with concentrations in statistics and economics, and an MS in operations research and management science, both from The George Washington University.


Current NAC Members

  • W. Scott Amey, MS ’75; Chairman of the Board, Amyx, Inc. (Retired)
  • Kevin Brown, MS '88 - Executive Vice President, Global Operations, & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Dell Technologies
  • Gennaro "Gene" Colabatistto, MS ’96; President/CEO; General Aerospace Company 
  • Terry Collins, D.Sc. ’76; Retired Chairman, CEO and President, Argon ST
  • Anthony Cristillo, GWSB MS '03 - Partner at Guidehouse
  • Barbara Fleming, CCAS BS ’81, SEAS MS ’85; Former Senior Cyber Security Policy Advisor, Department of Defense (Retired)
  • Michael Fleming, MS ’82; Of Counsel, Irell & Manella LLP (Retired)
  • Randy A. Graves, D.Sc. ’78; President, Graves Technologies, Inc.
  • Aran Hegarty, MS ’97, Founder, Thin Calculus, LLC 
  • Mo Hosseini, BS ’81, MS ’83; Division President and Chief Executive Officer of Clark Civil, Clark Construction Group, LLC
  • Richard Ivey, MEA '89; WW VP R&D at BD Diagnostics (Retired)
  • Matthew Knouse, BA ’09, MS ’11; Program Lead, Third Party Engagements, Google, Inc.
  • Anirudh Kulkarni, BS ’86, MS ’88; Managing Principal & CEO, Customer Value Partners, Inc.
  • Andrew Lacher, BS ’86, MS ’90; Chief Technologist for Future Airspace Operations, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Simon Lee, MS ’05; President, DecisionPoint Corporation
  • Nick Paleologos, BS ’69; Vice Chairman, Miller & Long Co., Inc.
  • Brian Schmanske, DSc ’03; Owner and President, Jupiter View Strategic Advisors LLC
  • Sonia Schmitt, CCAS BS '94, SEAS MS '95 & DSc '02; Strategic Enterprise Capture Executive, SAIC
  • Mandisa Turner, BS ’00; Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Bionic
  • Christopher Wiernicki, MS ’83, Chairman, President, & CEO; American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Tenisha “Ava” Williams, BS '13- CEO at Solution Consulting 

Past NAC Members

  • Will Alexander, BS ’04, MBA ‘06; Chief Operations Officer, SUSTAINABUILT
  • Manjit Bakshi, BS ’64; Portfolio Manager & Director, Quantitative Equity Research, Loomis, Sayles & Company
  • Gary Baldwin, MS ’92; Co-Founder/Principal, Medical Access Partners, LLC
  • Gary Bard, MS ’63
  • Rick Barry, former Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) Department
  • Gurminder Bedi, BS ’69; Retired Vice President, North American Truck, Ford Motor Company
  • John Chino, D.Sc. ’86; Consultant, Conscience
  • Gregory Colevas, BS ’85; Division President, Mid-Atlantic Region,  Clark Construction
  • Nolan Danchik, BS ’64, MS ’68
  • Elizabeth D'Andrea, DSc ’06; Retired Program Manager, Office of Naval Research
  • Thomas Doherty, BS ’89, Managing Director: Asset-Backed Finance, Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Ray Everett, Esq., JD ’97; Chief Compliance & Data Privacy Officer, Topcon Healthcare
  • Carolyn Fritz, MS ’89; Chairman of the Board, DMC Biotechnologies
  • Gulu Gambhir, MS ’92, DSc ’98; Director, Professional Services Aerospace & Satellite; Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Jon B. Halpern, NS '79; President, Jon B. Halpern and Associates, LLC
  • John Holmblad, MS ’80, Graduate Certificate ’02, Founder and CEO, Acadia Secure Network
  • Mark V. Hughes, III, BA'69, MS'77; Retired President, SAIC (Retired)
  • Douglas Humphrey, Friend
  • Naeem Hussain, MS ’99; Chief Operating Officer at CirrusLabs
  • Dr. David C. Karlgaard, DSc'74; Director, Amyx, Inc. (Retired)
  • Kevin Kelly, MS ’97; CEO,Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Shaun Kim, MS ’70
  • Allyn Kilsheimer, BS ’63
  • Sassan Kimiavi, D.Sc.- BS '85, MS '87, DSC '98; CEO, ALTA Development, LLC
  • Ashok Kumar Jha, MS '92, CEO; ADNET Systems, Inc
  • Dov Levy, MS ’83; Co-founder and Principal of The Eldov Group, LLC
  • Elma Levy, Friend, Co-founder and Principal of The Eldov Group, LLC
  • Ronald Luman, DSc '98; Senior Advisor, Applied Physics Laboratory, John Hopkins Univ.
  • Patrick Marolda, MS ’86; Chief Operating Officer, Rolls-Royce. Defence Division (Retired) 
  • Jim McDowell, MEA ’73
  • Mo Hosseini, BS ’81, MS ’83; Division President and Chief Executive Officer of Clark Civil, Clark Construction Group, LLC
  • Asghar Mostafa, BS ’81, MS ’82; President and CEO, Rubriq Corporation
  • Mark Mykityshyn, Ph.D., Friend, Executive Chairman and CEO, Tangible Security, Inc.
  • Heather Nicholas, MS ’98
  • John O’Brien, MEA ’78
  • Cagatay Ozdogru, MS ’91; Group CEO; Esas Holding
  • Richard Reich, MS ’76, Retired Executive, Phillips Lifeline Systems
  • Elias Shams, MS ’96; Former VP of Business Strategy;
  • Howard Lee Tischler, MS'80; CEO, EverSafe 
  • Rachel Usdan, BS ’03, MS ’07; Co-Founder & Director of Operations; Peace For DC
  • L. William Varner, BS ’73; Board of Director Member, Novetta
  • Indrajeet Viswanathan, MS ’12; Director of Energy Management & Sustainability, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Louis Wagman, BS ’64; Fellow; Lead New Jersey
  • David Wang, BS ’51
  • Charles Watt, MEA ’73, D.Sc. ’86; Director, Watt Family Innovation Center
  • Mr. Bradley Whittington, Friend; Vice President of Engineering; Dynetics, Inc.


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