The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Fall 2000 (Volume 1, Number 3)
of E&EM graduate students, faculty members and alumni played active
roles in the 21st Annual American Society for Engineering Management Conference
that was held in Washington, D.C. during the period October 4-7, 2000.
The conference, which was co-sponsored by the George Washington University,
featured more than 150 speakers, including a number of top environmental
management figures from companies, government agencies and universities
from around the country.
of the most interesting presentations was provided by Lieutenant General
(ret) Vald Heiberg, former commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and a two-time graduate of GW. During his luncheon speech on October 5,
General Heiberg provided an insightful overview of several current controversies
involving the environmental management programs of the U.S. Departments
of Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition
to his experience as Chief of the Corps of Engineers, General Heiberg has
served as CEO of two major environmental engineering companies: JA Jones
Environmental Services and Rollins Field Services, Inc. He currently
is president of Heiberg Associates in Washington, D.C., where he is involved
in a number of major environmental projects.
Lewis D. Walker Principal with BAHR, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health, also played a major role at the conference, serving as the track coordinator for six sessions.
Henry, President of the LFR Group, an environmental consulting company
with offices in 18 cities across the United States, chaired a session at
the event. Mr. Henry is a retired U.S. Army Major General who formerly
was responsible for all procurement activities of the U.S. Department of
important GW-affiliated environmental figure playing a major role in the
conference was Dr. J. Winston Porter, President of the Waste Policy Institute
in Northern Virginia. Dr. Porter, who also is a former Assistant Administrator
of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, coordinated a track of six
sessions at the event.
Science Applications International Company (SAIC), one of the world’s largest
environmental and energy management consulting companies with more than
41,000 employees, was a co-sponsor of the conference. The CEO of
SAIC, J.R. (Bob) Beyster, addressed conference attendees with a story about
the evolution of the company over the past 30 years. Other top SAIC
officers participating in the conference included Mark Hughes, General
Manager of the Information Technology Sector (who served on the Executive
Advisory Board for the conference); Michael Daniels, Sector General Manager
(who provided a plenary session address); Dennis Perry, Vice President
(who coordinated a track of six sessions): and Vicki Spivey, Vice President
(who chaired a session at the event).
One of the highlights of the event was a plenary session address by the President and CEO of one of the world’s largest companies, John Sidgmore of MCI WorldCom. John spoke to us about the explosive growth of WorldCom and its family of related Internet companies, such as UUNET.
addition, the conference featured a remarkable array of additional top
corporate and governmental offices from Washington, D.C and around the
country. Senior officials making presentations at the conference
Kerrigan, co-founder of the E-technology Companies
Kahn, President and CEO, Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Also speaking at the event were Timothy Tong, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at GW, and EMSE Chairman Tom Mazzuchi.
Some of the E&EM-associated students and alumni, and EMSE faculty members who presented papers, chaired sessions, or otherwise assisted with the conference included Jerry Sherk, Eric Chukwu, Ed Hagarty, Cynthia Phillip, Vlad Kochura, Mark Goedde, Hui Huang, Hilton McDavid, Jack Harrald, Howard Eisner, Theresa Jefferson, Gideon Frieder, Richard Soland, and Shahram Sarkani. E&EM Lead Professor Jonathan Deason served as the Conference Program Chairman for the event and Professor Robert Waters served as General Chairmen. Published proceedings of the event, containing written versions of many of the more than 150 presentations made at the conference, are available from the American Society for Engineering Management.
Click this link to see other photos of conference speakers and events: More ASEM Conference Photos
Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor