Nawras Taffal, Candidate, Vice President of Arlington

Master’s Student, Public Administration (full-time student)

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

Brief biography and candidate statement about why you would be qualified for this position:

My name is Nawras Taffal. I am a proud graduate student at George Mason University pursing my Master of Public Administration. I am also a leader with a strong engineering and public administration background, and executive skills that when be put to use can make things happen. I have passion for success and believe strongly in honesty, integrity, hard work, commitment to work and core principles. I’m a strong leader, a talented engineer, a problem solver who cast himself with a strong interpersonal skills.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), a Certification in Management & Executive Negotiation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is currently pursuing a degree in Master of Public Administration at George Mason University (GMU).

I was recently elected to serve as the next President of George Mason University MPA Leadership Council for the year 2017-2018. My current GPA at George Mason University is 3.67. I am a proud successor who has gained multiple awards from many professional organizations and educational institutions, and in the past I have successfully completed five (5) engineering internships while was a full time engineering student during my undergraduate years between 2007 and 2011.Currently I work full time as a Project Manager at Structural Technologies, and I am also the Founder President and CEO of Young Engineers of America (YEA). I bring about 7 years of professional experience in engineering, public administration, and executive management. I am also the current director at the National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and a membership champion at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

With all the acquired experience, I would like to give back to George Mason University and serve GAPSA as a Vice President representing the Arlington campus. I am a committed person who believe in success, critical thinking and team work. If accepted to be the Vice President of Arlington Campus, I will be make sure to bring the Graduate students voice to the board and make sure their voice is heard. I will plan on attending meetings with the Director of Graduate Student Life, representatives from University Life, and the Chair of Arlington campus Assembly on a regular basis to share ideas and discuss challenges facing graduate students. I will be appointing talented, motivated and smart members to Arlington campus’ Assemblies in conjunction with the other Association members. In addition, I will serve as liaison from Arlington campus’ assembly to the Association and represent the views of that campus to the Association. And last but not least, I will be responsible to attend regular meetings with the Executive Committee and share ideas and discuss challenges facing graduate students.

Nawras Taffal, CMIT, AM.ASCE


Will you be able to meet the time commitments and expectations of the position? Describe your availability for Fall 2017, as well as other on-going time commitments (e.g., classes, work, organizational involvement).

  • I have a flexible full time job as a project manager in an engineering firm, which most of the time I work from home during the day.
  • I do volunteer my time for couple hours on weekends with Young Engineers of America, and mange operations and follow up with the executive board.
  • I will be spending couple hours every month during the evening to attend executive board meetings with the American Concrete Institute as I am currently serving the association as a Director.
  • I will be serving as a President of the MPA Leadership Campus at GMU which will require me to put up one event per semester. This may take about one or two days of arrangement throughout the whole semester.
  • I will be a full time studying during the fall semester. In which I will be doing study abroad in the month of August for one week (8/11 to 8/13), and after that will be attending two class in person at Arlington Campus during the normal fall semester time. One class will be on Wednesday 7:20 PM to 10:00 PM and the other on Thursday 7:20 PM to 10:00 PM.
  • Given my current holding positions and schedule, I am highly confident and committed to give the time necessary to serve GAPSA as Vice President of Arlington Campus.

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