End-of-Semester Congratulations

May 09, 2020

Dear SEAS Community,

We made it to the end of what has to be one of the most challenging semesters in GW’s 199 years. And we made it because of all of you – your commitment to excellence and your commitment to each other. As I’ve written several times over the past two months, our SEAS Community has proven itself to be resourceful, adaptable, and compassionate. I hope you all can take some time to reflect on your individual and our collective accomplishments over the past few months. I also encourage you to reach out and express your appreciation to at least one person in SEAS who has supported you during this semester’s challenges. Truly, this SEAS Community is something special!

Speaking of accomplishments, I’d like to highlight a few that I hope you all will celebrate with me.

First, I hope you saw the announcement about the GW teaching awards won by two members of SEAS. Prof. Jason Zara (Biomedical Engineering) won the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence, and Mahmudul Hasan (Civil and Environmental Engineering) won the Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award. Those of you who have had the pleasure of taking a course from or working with Prof. Zara or Mr. Hasan know that these awards are richly deserved. Congratulations Jason and Mahmudul!

I’d also like to acknowledge and express my sincere appreciation for the part-time and adjunct faculty in SEAS for their critical role in getting us through this semester. Most of these faculty have other jobs and responsibilities outside of GW, yet they had to address the same challenges as the rest of us to transition online mid-semester. They are dedicated to SEAS, our students, and education excellence, and their efforts are greatly appreciated!

Finally, a hearty congratulations to the Class of 2020! While your time here didn’t end the way you or any of us imagined, I hope you take pride in your tremendous accomplishment and fondly remember your years as a GW student. We hope you and your loved ones participate in the SEAS Virtual Commencement this Friday (undergraduates at 4pm, graduates at 6pm). While the faculty and staff are unable to celebrate you in person, I hope you know how proud we all are to count you as graduates of SEAS at GW. On behalf of the entire SEAS Community, I wish you the best in your future personal and professional endeavors. Congratulations, good luck, and I hope you and your loved ones will be able to return for our Bicentennial Commencement in May 2021!

I will continue to send updates in the weeks and months ahead on a variety of critical issues – safe campus and workplace return, instructional plans for the fall, student services, and other operational details. In the meantime, continue to be safe, to look out for each other, and to Raise High!

Warm regards, 

john lach
John Lach
Dean - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The George Washington University
(202) 994-6080
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