Dean's Welcome

The Virginia Science & Technology Campus (VSTC) is proud to serve as the George Washington University’s dynamic hub for discovery and innovation.

At VSTC, we are advancing the frontiers of knowledge in cross-disciplinary STEM-based disciplines, including biological and health sciences, big data and data analytics, high-performance computing, energy science and technology and infrastructure safety engineering.

Our School of Nursing—one of the nation’s best—is preparing compassionate health care practitioners who will improve the well-being of their communities while advancing research and leadership that promises to transform health care locally, nationally and globally.

Our researchers are innovative thinkers tackling some of the most pressing challenges facing our community and our planet. One interdisciplinary team has built a cutting-edge model aimed at understanding how earthquakes affect nuclear reactors. Such knowledge could help prevent the recurrence of disasters like that in Fukushima, Japan, in 2011.

Closer to home, our Teachers in Industry Project is bridging the gap between academic preparation in area schools and the workforce needs of regional businesses.

We have forged partnerships with industry, government and the community, and we are supporting regional opportunities, as evidenced by our investment in big data and data analytics and our attention to computational biology, personalized medicine, cybersecurity and other growing fields.

We are also engaged in leading-edge delivery of education to non-traditional learners in the 21st century. We will pioneer new programs and utilize state-of-the-art technology to provide the best possible learning experience.

Our university, known for academic excellence, has a long-term commitment to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since opening the campus in 1991, we have been an integral part of the educational, intellectual and cultural vitality of the region. GW has a total estimated economic impact of $530 million on the Commonwealth.

We are active on area leadership and economic development boards. We open our doors each year to more than 6,000 visitors for the Dean’s Speaker Series, for art exhibitions and for special activities. Through our annual Science, Technology, Engineering Day, a partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools, more than a thousand high school students have taken part in hands-on workshops with GW faculty since the program’s inception.

Our vision for VSTC is to continue building a dynamic intellectual and social environment, benefiting our students, researchers, faculty and staff, as well as our partners, the community and more than 50,000 GW alumni living in Virginia. We will support the region’s economic development, address the intricate challenges that face our nation and the world and enrich the quality of life in the region.

We invite you to join us on that journey.

Ali Eskandarian
Virginia Science and Technology Campus &
College of Professional Studies

Dr. Ali Eskandarian

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