Shahram Sarkani, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor and Director of SEAS and EMSE Online and Off-Campus Programs

Tel: (888) 694-9627
Fax: (888) 969-4851


Areas of Interest

Externally-Funded Research

Since the early 1980’s, Professor Shahram Sarkani has conducted sponsored research with such organizations as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Navy, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 1993 he founded the GW Center for Structural Dynamics Research, later renamed the Laboratory for Infrastructure Safety and Reliability, and directed its operations for 14 years, through 2007.


Professor Shahram Sarkani has engaged in engineering research, technology development, and engineering education since 1980. As author of numerous technical publications, he remains engaged with important ongoing research in the field of systems engineering with applications to the reliability of civil infrastructure.

Professor Sarkani joined the GW faculty in 1986, where his administrative appointments include chair of the Civil, Mechanical, and Environmental Engineering Department (1994-1997); Interim Associate Dean for Research and Development for the School of Engineering and Applied Science (1997-2001); Director of EMSE Online and Off-Campus Programs (since 2001); and Director of SEAS Online and Off-Campus Programs (since 2016). In his current roles, Professor Sarkani designs and administers online and off-campus programs for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Today these online and off-campus programs offer classes in cities around the U.S. and overseas, and enroll over 1,000 graduate students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, Cybersecurity Policy and Compliance, and Electrical Engineering.