Message from Dean Lach to SEAS Faculty and Staff

March 12, 2020

As you saw in President LeBlanc's message last night, the possibility of moving instruction online after Spring Break has become a reality. I know many of you have been working hard to prepare for this possibility, and I ask that everyone put your full efforts into achieving continuity of *high quality* instruction. I will be sending an email to all SEAS students later today to provide some high-level guidance, but I encourage you to reach out to your own students to explain how this will work for your courses, your labs, your research activities, your student organizations, etc. Clear and regular communication is critical in times such as this.

The SEAS ad-hoc committee for online education has been assembling, disseminating, and offering information, training materials, training sessions, and other support to help with this transition. Please be on the lookout for additional information from the committee. I'm sure many questions will come up, and I encourage you to reach out to your departmental committee representative or the relevant staff in the Dean's Office for guidance. Here is the committee membership:
Jason Zara, BME
Pedro Silva, CEE
Shelly Heller, CS
Shahrokh Ahmadi, ECE
Joost Santos, EMSE
Lorena Barba, MAE
Bhagi Narahari, Undergrad programs
Can Korman, Grad programs
Shahram Sarkani, Online programs
Raoul Gabiam, IT

President LeBlanc's message includes other information about operations, work schedules, telecommuting, meetings, etc., so please also read that guidance carefully. But the bottom line is that *safety is our top priority*. We must continue to pursue our mission, but in doing so we must exercise care and good judgement to protect ourselves, our families, and our SEAS community. If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor, or feel free to contact me directly.

Thanks to all of you for helping our SEAS community through this difficult time. I wish good health for you and your loved ones!

John Lach
Dean - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The George Washington University
(202) 994-6080
[email protected]