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GW Engineers Rising

GW Engineering is a tight-knit community of faculty and students in the heart of Washington, DC who know each other by name and work together to explore engineering solutions to societal grand challenges.


  • The White House awarded the PECASE to 2 faculty in 2019
  • 5 faculty have won NSF CAREER awards since 2014

Research Rising:

  • GW Engineering research expenditures grew 93% from FY15-19
  • NIH awarded 5 R01 and Director's New Innovator Award grants worth $8.6 million to GW Engineering faculty over two years

GW established a new Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) in 2014 and in four years:

  • BME faculty doubled
  • BME research expenditures quadrupled
  • BME undergraduate enrollment increased by 50%

New faculty, new facilities, new knowledge:

  • > 47% of the GW Engineering faculty has been newly hired in the last 10 years.
  • The 500,000 square-foot Science and Engineering Hall houses a three-story high bay, Class 100 nanofabrication clean room, and microscopy suite.
  • GW is one of 5 universities selected by the Knight Foundation to research technology’s impact on democracy. The $5 million award will establish the Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics.

Increasing enrollment, increased opportunities:

  • Total undergraduate enrollment has increased 70% in 10 years
  • Nearly 40% of our undergraduates are women. The national average is approximately 21%.
  • Scholarships: The Henry Luce Foundation awarded us a $300,000 Clare Boothe Luce Program Undergraduate Research grant to support 8 undergraduate women as they pursue research with faculty mentors.
  • The Clark Charitable Foundation awarded us $16 million to establish and develop the Clark Scholars Program. 30 students currently study as Clark Scholars and participate in research, study abroad, internships as part of the program.

Only at GW:

  • We conduct research at the National Zoo on the fluid dynamics of sea lion swimming. Profiled by the Smithsonian Institution, CNN, the New York Times, and others.
  • To help conserve some of the world’s great masterpieces, the National Gallery of Art works with a GW biomedical engineer to image works of art.
  • Environmental engineering faculty and students use one of the world’s largest wastewater treatment plants as a real-world laboratory to improve the water quality of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • Nearly 90% of our undergraduate students intern or co-op in the Washington, DC region