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Welcome to the Spring 2011 EMSE Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring 2011 issue of the George Washington University's Environmental and Energy Management program newsletter. There are several up coming events and we encourage you to visit our Events page. If you would like to submit your resume to our Environmental Professionals page please Contact Us.

Iryna Payosova – Editor

E&EM Program Assists U.S. Congress with Renewable Energy Legislation

.U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords has been a fan of research work undertaken by E&EM doctoral candidate Ariel Castillo.  During 2010, Ariel served as one of the early advisors to Congresswoman Giffords and her staff as she devised the Department of Defense Energy Security Act, which she introduced on May 12th, 2010...

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E&EM Graduate Student Assists with NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Annual Meeting

.Moses Adoko, a graduate student in the Environmental and Energy Management Program who works in the NASA Office of the Chief Engineer, assisted with the 2010 annual meeting of the NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team, which took place in Washington, D.C. from May 17-19, 2010 at the Hilton Embassy Row Hotel...

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Graduate Students Pass Research Milestones

.Two EMSE graduate students working on important environmental research projects recently passed major milestones in their graduate work. Giovanna Monti Monti, an E&EM professional Degree student from Italy, successfully defended her Professional Degree project, and Stephen Fortier, a doctoral candidate focusing on chemical security, successfully defended his doctoral proposal...

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EEM Program Conducts Session at CEQ GreenGov Conference

.The Environmental and Energy Management program organized and conducted an important session at the October 5-7, 2011 Symposium that was held on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus...

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Christyl Johnson Defends Doctoral Research Proposal

.On December 8, 2010, doctoral candidate Christyl C. Johnson successfully defended her research proposal on her topic “Environmental Life Cycle Criteria for Making Decisions about Green Versus Toxic Propellant Selections.” As related in another article in this newsletter, Christyl recently was named Deputy Director for Science and Technology at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Christyl previously served as the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, and before that was a NASA Assistant Associate Administrator in the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Deniz Ozkan Successfully Defends Doctoral Dissertation

.Dr. Deniz Ozkan successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in mid-2010. The title of Deniz’ research project was “Financial Analysis and Cost Optimization of Offshore Wind Energy Under Uncertainly and in Deregulated Power Markets.” Serving on her Examining Committee were academic advisor Dr. Michael Duffey (EMSE ), Dr. Charles Garris (MAE),Dr. Kevin Rackstraw, Principal with Rackstraw Consulting LLC, an internationally recognized wind energy consulting firm), Dr. Enrique Campos-Nanez (EMSE) and Dr. Jonathan Deason (EMSE)...

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Joint Energy Engineering Certificate Program Approved

.A new Energy Engineering Certificate Program has been approved by the University Administration, beginning with the Fall 2010 semester. The new program, a joint venture between the EMSE Environmental and Energy Management concentration and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is designed to provide state-of-the art energy management and engineering postgraduate education for those not wishing to pursue a full graduate degree...

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Doctoral Student Christyl Johnson Named Deputy Director of NASA Goddard

.Doctoral Student Christyl Johnson has been named the new Deputy Director for Science and Technology at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Christyl’s previous position was Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy, in the White House. In her new position, she will manage the extensive research and development activities of the Goddard Space Flight Center. She also will be responsible for formulating the Center's future science and technology goals and leading an integrated program of investments aligned to meet those goals...

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EEM Doctoral Student Installs Solar Panels on Home

.Practicing what he preaches, EEM doctoral candidate Ariel Castillo completed a solar installation on his home in 2010. Ariel, who is conducting research on solar power under a grant from the Solar Institute, said that his installation included 18 230 watt SunModules and 18 micro inverters...

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EEM Graduate Elected AACE President

.Michael R. Nosbisch, who graduated from the Environmental and Energy Management program in 2001 with a Master of Engineering Management degree, was elected in 2010 as President of of Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. Mike presently is Vice President, Earned Value Management at SM&A, a leading aerospace and defense industry consulting firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California...

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GW Posts List of University Sustainabily Experts

.As part of GW’s ongoing effort to enhance its campus, the Nation's capital and the world at large through sustainability education and action, the University’s media affairs office recently posted a listing of GW Environment and Sustainability experts that are available for contact by the popular media...

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Ariel Castillo Completes Solar Institute-Funded Research Project

.In December 2010, final deliverables for the Solar Institute-funded research project entitled "Determination of Solar Energy Transition Potential of Department of Defense Facilities and Non-Tactical Vehicles," were accepted by Solar Institute Director Ken Zweibel, who called the results "admirable," from the project’s Principal Investigator, E&EM Professor Jonathan Deason...

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