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MSPM: In the Know, August 30, 2016


Top 3 for 30 Aug

1- Fall Course Reminders. The fall semester began yesterday, 29 August. The courses will appear on Blackboard once the faculty make them available to students. In some instances this will not occur until the first lecture. Review the Blackboard Collaborate schedule on the blog if you are registered for the online section of a course. Textbook information is also on the blog, see textbooks for Fall 2016. Specific questions about a certain course? Contact the professor for details. The last day to add a course via GWeb is Sunday, 11 September. If you plan to add a course, make the decision early to avoid missed lectures and/or assignments.

2-MSPM Professors and alumnus, selected as speakers for PMI® Global Congress 2016. Professors Young Kwak and Julia Keleher, and MSPM Alumnus, William Davis (’14)  were selected as presenters for the PMI® Global Congress 2016—North America! The Global Congress will take place at the San Diego Convention Center from 24-27 September 2016 in San Diego, California. Congratulations to our esteemed faculty and alumnus!

William Davis (’14) is presenting his own estimation technique, Statistical PERT, which is a technique he created to compliment the work done by MSPM Professors Cioffi and Khamooshi who developed the Unified Scheduling Method.  Read more about William’s presentation. Drs. Kwak and Keleher will be presenting “Managing Risk and Implementing Strategy: The Importance of Leadership and Management Skills.”  Their topic will tackle how project management methodology supported the deployment of an innovative risk assessment tool. More information about their presentation including the schedule is posted here.

3-Atlas Research hiring Analysts, due 31 August. Internship Opportunity with United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), due 4 September. More resources available on the blog. Check out Career Week 2016, GWSB Job Search Strategy Workshop and   2016 Career Management Program Prospanica DC.


Career Week 2016


Career Week 2016 is almost here! Activities are open to both graduate and undergraduate students and all programming is designed at prepare students for their careers and connecting them with alumni and employers.

Career Week is September 12 – 16, 2016.

Activities include:

• Functional Panels & Receptions – Consulting, Finance, Accounting & Marketing
• Executive-in-Residence Program
• World Bank Meet & Greet
• Wall Street 101 (Part I & II)
• International Student Job Search Round Tables
• LinkedIn Clinic
• Professional Head Shots

For more information go to GWorkSB > Events > Workshops




You’ll learn to craft a winning strategy for your job search. We’ll work on your plan ABC and your target company list, as well as your pitch and networking strategy. This is part of a series of modules and your participation enhances your chances of having a competitive resume and compelling story for recruiters.* A GWorkSB-approved resume and your complete plan ABC are required to attend this small group session.

Please note that if you RSVP for this session, you are making a commitment to attend. There are limited slots available so you must cancel 24 hours in advance if you can’t make it.

Sep 14, 2016, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Duques Hall Suite 560 – In Person
For GWSB Graduate Specialized Master students only.
Register via GWorkSB> Events > Workshops

2016 Career Management Program, Prospanica DC

Please join Prospanica DC, formerly NSHMBA for their upcoming 2016 Career Management Program.  This annual event will cater to diverse professionals and students in the Washington DC area providing a prime opportunity for their sponsors and universities to recruit top candidates.  Programming will include a career fair, workshops and resume critiques/mock interview clinic.

Friday, September 9, 2016
GWU Marvin Center Continental Ballroom
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Advanced registration is required. Please register here.

MSPM: In the KNOW, August 23, 2016

Top 3 for 23 Aug

1- The incoming class participated in orientation on campus on Friday, 19 August and Saturday, 20 August 2016. We welcome our new MSPM students to the program. This is an exciting time of the year to join the program as we are now on our 20th year! Visit the GW PMA Facebook page for pictures from the bridge game. The program would like to thank the following MSPM Ambassadors for helping us run the orientation flawlessly:

Current Students: Rahul Rathod, Krishna Tummala and Phebean Williams.

MSPM Alumni: Wilbert Davis (’16), William Davis (’14), Michael Ortiz (’14), Elizabeth Rouse (’16), Graham Sloan (’16) and Chad Wendolek (’16).

2- The Office of the Registrar provides all registration deadlines and refund schedule for students to be aware of. If you are not yet registered for classes, please register now via GWeb. Be reminded that restrictions on most MSPM courses had been removed effective Fall 2016. This resulted to higher number of students registering for MSPM courses. Need help with registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via and include your GWid.

3- The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) is inviting presenters to their annual meeting next year. If interested, submit your abstract by 31 August through this link:

Cost Analysis Positions with Department of Homeland Security

The job announcements viewable by links below will be open until Monday, August 8th.  The Cost Analysis Division at DHS is responsible for providing objective
cost estimates and analyses that enable DHS acquisition and resource
decision making.  The Division reports to the Department’s Chief Financial
Officer and regularly interact and advise the Deputy Under Secretary
for Management, Component Acquisition Executives and Component
Financial Officers.

In this position, selected candidates will be responsible for
developing Independent Cost Estimates and Assessments for DHS’s major
acquisitions, reviewing program office LCCEs, conducting affordability
analysis, establishing and implementing policy and tool sets to
further cost estimating and advising the Homeland Security Acquisition
Institute (HSAI) on career field certification, training, and
education for the cost estimating and analysis community.  This is a
unique opportunity to join a team that is actively building the DHS
cost analysis function of the future.
GS13 Opening for Current or Former Fed with Status:

GS13 Opening for all others:

GS14 Opening for Current or Former Fed with Status:

GS14 Opening for all others:

Congratulations Sandra Mejia Villegas, Outstanding Young Professional Awardee, AACE International

MSPM student, Sandra Mejia Villegas is receiving the 2016 AACE International Outstanding Young Professional Award.  This Award was established through the Young Professionals Committee in 2011 to honor the younger generation of professionals in the cost and management field and who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Sandra joined the MS in Project Management Program at the George Washington University in Spring 2015 while working as a Cost Analyst at ConocoPhillips. She currently serves as  the co-chair of the Women in Project Controls Committee (2015-present) and is actively participating in the AACE’s Mentoring Program.

The AACE International is a non-profit association serving the total cost management community since 1956 by providing resources its members and stakeholders need to enhance their performance. The AACE international is the technical authority for program/project cost and schedule management.


MSPM in the KNOW: June 14, 2016

Top 3 for 14 Jun

1- Summer Session II

Summer session II begins 5 July 2016 (Tuesday due to holiday on Monday, 4 July). Review drop deadlines including refund schedule via the registrar’s website to avoid penalty.


Call for Presentation Proposals for 26 September GW DIT PPMO Symposium,  Due 24 June. The GW Division of IT Project and Portfolio Management Office is accepting presentation proposals for their second Project Management Symposium to be held Monday, 26 September. Proposals are due 24 June. Visit for more details on submission. Contact with any questions.

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon, 22 June. The June 2016 PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon features Salah Elleighty speaking on “The 3 Key Ingredients to Enabling Organizational Agility.” Event is free and is held at GWSB, Duques Hall, room 453 on Wednesday, 22 June, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Register today.

3 – Resources

Jobs. The GW MSPM program receives interest from employers looking to hire our students and graduates. The jobs listed below are from direct solicitations of the program/school/university.

Graduate Talent, Colgate-Palmolive (Africa)

Research Manager, Global Integrity

Operations Associate, Global Integrity

Community Relations Coordinator, SmartChef (Summer Job)

Grants. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition for 2017-18 is open for current graduate students and graduate student alumni! (You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible.) The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed Academic Study, Research ProjectsEnglish Teaching Assistant Programs or specialized programs such as the Fulbright Clinton and/or Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.