National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council meets regularly with the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Its members provide advice and resources to help enhance the educational programs and opportunities available to SEAS students.


Aran Hegarty, NAC ChairAran Hegarty

Mr. Aran Hegarty is the current chair of the SEAS National Advisory Council. 

Aran is the co-founder and president of Hegarty Research LLC.  Hegarty Research provides systems engineering and technical assistance services to the Department of Defense and intelligence community at the convergence of radio frequency and internet protocol.   Prior to starting Hegarty Research, Aran served in the United States Marine Corps specializing in ground electronic warfare and signals intelligence and then in industry working in wide variety of electrical and systems engineering disciplines.

Aran received his Master of Science degree from GW in 1997 and is active in a wide range of service activities at GW and at the University of Illinois, where he received his undergraduate degree.  He is a long-time member of the NAC and the founding chair of its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee.  He served as a judge for the SEAS Student R&D Showcase and recently served as the co-chair on the executive committee for the SEAS Campaign.  Aran serves as an elected University of Illinois Foundation Member and on the Illinois Alumni Association Board of Advisors, and he is the president-elect of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Alumni Board of Directors.

Gene Colabatistto, NAC Vice-ChairGene Colabatistto

Mr. Gennaro "Gene" Colabatistto is the current vice-chair of the SEAS National Advisory Council. 

Gene has more than 25 years of experience in the global defense industry and has held leadership positions in both the military and private sector.  Prior to his current role, he served as president of defense and security at CAE, a global leader in immersive, integrated training systems, he manages more than 2,500 employees in 30 countries.  

Previously, Gene held senior management positions at SAIC, Space Imaging, SPOT Image, and Veridian. Gene also served in the United States Marine Corps as representative for intelligence systems and satellite and airborne reconnaissance during Desert Storm.  His career has been dedicated to the innovative application of space, airborne, and intelligence technologies to issues related to national security.  Gene has been recognized by the Director of Central Intelligence, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, Secretary of the Navy, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps for “Significant Intelligence Successes” and Meritorious Service.  In 2015, he was recognized  by GovCon Exec as one the Top 100 most influential executives in Washington.

Gene is a 1996 alumnus of GW with a Master of Science in electrical engineering.  He received a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering and a Master of Science in systems management from University of Southern California.


NAC Members

  • W. Scott Amey, MS ’75; Chairman of the Board, Amyx, Inc.
  • Gennaro "Gene" Colabatistto, MS ’96; President/CEO; General Aerospace Company (NAC Vice-Chair)
  • Gregory Colevas, BS ’85; Division President, Mid-Atlantic Region,  Clark Construction
  • Terry Collins, D.Sc. ’76; Retired Chairman, CEO and President, Argon ST
  • Barbara Fleming, CCAS BS ’81, SEAS MS ’85; Former Senior Cyber Security Policy Advisor, Department of Defense
  • Michael Fleming, MS ’82; Of Counsel, Irell & Manella LLP (Retired)
  • Randy A. Graves, D.Sc. ’78; President, Graves Technologies, Inc.
  • Jon Halpern, BS ’79; President, Jon B. Halpern & Associates, LLC
  • Aran Hegarty, MS ’97, President, Hegarty Research LLC (NAC Chair)
  • Mo Hosseini, BS ’81, MS ’83; Division President and Chief Executive Officer of Clark Civil, Clark Construction Group, LLC
  • Mark V. Hughes, BA ‘69, MS ‘77, Retired Group President, Science Applications International Corp. SAIC.
  • Richard Ivey, MEA '89; Former WW VP R&D at BD Diagnostics
  • Ashok Jha, MS ’92; CEO, Adnet Systems, Inc.
  • David Karlgaard, D.Sc. ’74; Retired CEO, PEC Solutions
  • Kevin Kelly, MS ’97; Board Of Directors Member, BlueCat; Former CEO, LGS Innovations
  • Sassan Kimiavi, BS ’85, MS ’87, D.Sc. ’98; Founder and CEO, ALTA Development, LLC
  • Matthew Knouse, BA ’09, MS ’11; Global Manager, Open Source Intel Collection & Synthesis, Google Inc.
  • Anirudh Kulkarni, BS ’86, MS ’88; Managing Principal & CEO, Customer Value Partners, Inc.
  • Andrew Lacher, BS ’86, MS ’90; Director, Aerospace Systems Research Center, Noblis
  • Simon Lee, MS ’05; Chairman of the Board & Executive Vice President for Corporate Development, DecisionPoint Corporation
  • Ronald Luman, DSc '98; Chief of Staff, Applied Physics Laboratory, John Hopkins Univ.
  • Mark Mykityshyn, Ph.D., Friend, Executive Chairman and CEO, Tangible Security, Inc.
  • Nick Paleologos, BS ’69; Vice Chairman, Miller & Long Co., Inc.
  • Sonia Schmitt, CCAS BS '94, SEAS MS '95 & DSc '02; Capture Executive, Intelligence & Space,
    Raytheon Technologies (RTX)
  • Howard Tischler, MS ’80; CEO, Eversafe, Inc.
  • Mandisa Turner, BS ’00; Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Bionic
  • Indrajeet Viswanathan, MS ’12; Director of Energy Management & Sustainability, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Bradley Whittington, Friend, Director of Technology and Intelligence, Raytheon Company
  • Christopher Wiernicki, MS ’83, Chairman, President, & CEO; American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

NAC Emeritus Members

  • Will Alexander, BS ’04, MBA ‘06; Senior Associate, JM Zell and Partners
  • Manjit Bakshi, BS ’64
  • Gary Baldwin, MS ’92
  • Gary Bard, MS ’63
  • Rick Barry, former faculty
  • Gurminder Bedi, BS ’69; Retired Vice President, North American Truck, Ford Motor Company
  • John Chino, D.Sc. ’86
  • Nolan Danchik, BS ’64, MS ’68
  • Elizabeth D'Andrea, DSc ’06; Retired Program Manager, Office of Naval Research
  • Thomas Doherty, BS ’89, Managing Director: Asset-Backed Finance, Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Ray Everett, Esq., JD ’97
  • Carolyn Fritz, MS ’89
  • Gulu Gambhir, MS ’92, DSc ’98; Director, Professional Services Aerospace & Satellite; Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • John Holmblad, MS ’80, Graduate Certificate ’02, Founder and CEO, Acadia Secure Network
  • Douglas Humphrey, Friend
  • Naeem Hussain, MS ’99; Entrepreneur and Management Consultant, Agile Trailblazers, LLC,  Medzpeed Solutions & Elevertek LLC
  • Shaun Kim, MS ’70
  • Allyn Kilsheimer, BS ’63
  • Dov Levy, MS ’83; Co-founder and Principal of The Eldov Group, LLC
  • Elma Levy, Friend, Co-founder and Principal of The Eldov Group, LLC
  • Patrick Marolda, MS ’86; Chief Operating Officer, Rolls-Royce. Defence Division (Retired) 
  • Jim McDowell, MEA ’73
  • Asghar Mostafa, BS ’81, MS ’82; President and CEO, Rubriq Corporation
  • Heather Nicholas, MS ’98
  • John O’Brien, MEA ’78
  • Cagatay Ozdogru, MS ’91
  • Richard Reich, MS ’76, Retired Executive, Phillips Lifeline Systems
  • Elias Shams, MS ’96
  • Rachel Usdan, BS ’03, MS ’07
  • L. William Varner, BS ’73; Board of Director Member, Novetta
  • Louis Wagman, BS ’64
  • David Wang, BS ’51
  • Charles Watt, MEA ’73, D.Sc. ’86; Director, Watt Family Innovation Center