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List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Photo of the Week
  * Sandia National Laboratories: Computing Research Summer Intern
    Program (Grad & Undergrad)
  * NSF: New Grant Proposal Guide
  * MITRE Launches $100K Challenge: Countering Unauthorized Drones
  * Funding Opportunity:Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity: Next Generation Intelligence Collection &
    Analyses (Air Force)
  * Funding Opportunity:Improved Networking through Embedded Processing
    & Sensing (Air Force)
  * ASEE Seeks Panelists for NDSEG Fellowships


*VSE in the News*

Here is a list of news stories about VSE that have been posted:

On the Volgenau website (http://volgenau.gmu.edu)

  * CEIE Students Lauren Alger and Lindsey Kellar Selected to Attend the
    Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC)
  * Keeping our Heads In the Cloud
    Reposting of an article in the fall issue of /Mason Spirit/
    magazine. The piece details the growth of cybersecurity research at
    the Volgenau School of Engineering.

If you have suggestions for other stories, please submit them to Martha 
Bushong, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


*Photo of the Week*


Mechanical engineering students and Assistant Professor Colin Reagle 
(center) prepare to tour labs in Bull Run Hall on the Science and 
Technology Campus. (Photo by Martha Bushong.)


*Sandia National Laboratories: Computing Research Summer Intern Program 
(Grad & Undergrad)*

The Center for Computing Research (CCR) at Sandia National Laboratories 
seeks multiple students to participate in collaborative research across 
a wide range of areas in computer science, applied mathematics, discrete 
mathematics, mathematical modeling, computational science and 
engineering, computational neuroscience and cognitive science (including 
cognitive and experimental psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics). 
Possible research areas include advanced computer architectures, systems 
software, programming languages and paradigms, networks, informatics and 
information sciences, combinatorial mathematics, discrete event 
simulation, scalable linear and nonlinear solvers, continuous and 
discrete optimization, uncertainty quantification, statistics, 
multiscale methods and mathematics, multiphysics modeling, 
visualization, visual cognition, meshing, cybersecurity, advanced 
modeling and simulation, human decision modeling, machine learning, 
brain inspired computing and assessing human performance. Students are 
also sought with interests in applying computational methods to 
scientific and engineering applications including shock physics, 
molecular dynamics, MHD, CFD, electrical systems, MEMS, and climate 
science. These student internships are for motivated and enthusiastic 
individuals with excellent communication skills and who have the desire 
to gain research experience in a highly collaborative research 
environment. Successful applicants will be exposed to a wide range of 
computational and/or cognitive research at Sandia and will have a strong 
project-based research experience working directly with Sandia staff 

To access the posting, go to http://www.sandia.gov, click on “Careers” 
then click on “View All Jobs” and search for the job opening number - 
651287 for graduate students and 651289 for undergraduates. Applications 
should include a CV and a cover letter describing the area that they 
would like to gain research experience.


*NSF: New Grant Proposal Guide*

The National Science Foundation has released a new edition of its Grant 
Proposal Guide (GPG):
The guide specifies the requirements for proposals to NSF, and proposals 
that do not meet the requirements GPG may be returned without being 
reviewed.This has been occurring more frequently in the last few years.

The following is from the announcement of the revision sent by NSF:

“As you start preparing your proposals for the February submission 
window (Deadline of Tuesday Feb 16, 2016), please, be aware that the new 
Grant Proposal Guide will take effect on Jan 25. Several important 
changes will take effect with this new change. I suggest you look over 
the overview of all changes listed at the beginning of the document.  
One important change I would like to draw your attention to in 
particular is section VI.D.2.c — the new requirement for Public Access 
to Copyrighted Material.  You may want to check with your SRO or legal 
office to understand what the implications are with respect to copyright 
agreements. Depending on the journals you plan to target for your 
publications, you may need to include in your budget the open-access 
publication fees, which can be quite high.”


*MITRE Launches $100K Challenge: Countering Unauthorized Drones*

[From an announcement I received from MITRE.]

The MITRE Corporation is offering innovators the chance to solve a 
national problem, gain recognition for their work, and win up to 

Every day, more and more commercial operators, government agencies, and 
hobbyists find new ways to use small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or 
drones. As the cost of these drones has gone down, the interest has gone 
up. As a result, we often see drones in the news and hear about how they 
are potentially threatening the safety of aircraft in the national 
airspace or landing in unauthorized locations—such as the White House lawn.

The potential for nefarious use of UAS technology has become a major 
concern for multiple federal agencies. To draw new ideas from a wide 
variety of innovators on how to address the issues, MITRE is hosting a 
Challenge. We’re looking for novel ways to detect suspicious small 
drones (under 5 lbs.) and interdict those that present a safety or 
security threat.

We are looking for a wide range of ideas, from those that are fully 
developed and ready to deploy to those that are in early development but 
show promise. And we want to hear from a wide range of 
participants—including individual entrepreneurs, students, and teams 
from small and large companies.

/Two-Phase Challenge/

Phase 1: By February 7, participants must submit white papers describing 
their approach to detecting and interdicting unauthorized UAS weighing 
less than 5 pounds in an urban environment.

Phase 2: The most promising entries will advance to the second phase, in 
which participants will demonstrate their solutions in a live flight 
assessment of their systems in a realistic operational environment. This 
will take place in early Fall 2016.

/Information Session: /We will be holding a webinar on December 2 to 
answer questions from anyone interested in participating in the 
Challenge. More details to come!

  * If you have questions, please send them to [log in to unmask]
  * For guidelines, background information, and an entry form, please
    visit http://www.mitre.org/research/mitre-challenge

Michael Balazs and Jonathan Rotner
Challenge Leads
The MITRE Corporation


*Funding Opportunity:Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (NSF)*

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505044&org=DMS

The ideas, tools, and language of mathematics and statistics play 
important roles in every area of science and engineering research 
supported by the National Science Foundation, and it is widely 
recognized that interactions between the mathematical sciences and other 
fields catalyze developments in both.The NSF Division of Mathematical 
Sciences wishes to foster the participation of more mathematical 
scientists, from every area of mathematics and statistics, in such 
important interdisciplinary work.In support of this goal, the 
Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII) activity provides 
funding to support the involvement of mathematical scientists in 
research areas where the mathematical sciences are not yet playing large 
roles. …

Areas of national high-priority scientific research in fiscal year 2016 
identified by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy include:

  * Advanced Manufacturing and Industries of the Future
  * Clean Energy
  * Earth Observations
  * Global Climate Change
  * Information Technology Research and Development
  * Innovation in Life Sciences, Biology, and Neuroscience
  * Research and Development for Informed Policy-Making and Management

The MSII activity will support research projects in these and other 
areas of national priority that are managed by NSF programs outside of 
DMS and that involve new collaborations among mathematical scientists 
and other scientists or engineers in the research.


*Funding Opportunity: Next Generation Intelligence Collection & Analyses 
(Air Force)*

Sponsor:Department of the Air Force
Sponsor Number:BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0006
Deadline Date:01-Nov-2016
Program URL : 

Synopsis: The Air Force Research Laboratory - Information Directorate 
(AFRL/RI) is soliciting white papers under this BAA for research, 
design, development, test, evaluation and experimentation of innovative 
technologies and techniques for Next Generation Intelligence Collection 
and Analyses. The objective of the BAA is to develop, demonstrate, and 
evaluate new sources and methods for collecting and analyzing 
intelligence data. This effort is expected to provide research and 
development activities to enhance warfighter mission capabilities and 
advance baseline performance beyond what is currently considered 
satisfactory. Under the proposed announcement, it is anticipated that 
intelligence collection and analysis technologies will be used in 
support of Strategic, Operational, and Tactical missions. These should 
include, but are not limited to, Signals Intelligence, Measurement & 
Signals Intelligence, and Electronic Intelligence techniques. …


*Funding Opportunity:Improved Networking through Embedded Processing & 
Sensing (Air Force)*

Sponsor:Department of the Air Force
Sponsor Number:BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0007
Deadline Date:01-Nov-2016
Program URL : 

Synopsis:The Air Force Research Laboratory - Information Directorate 
(AFRL/RI) is soliciting white papers under this BAA for research, 
design, development, test, evaluation and experimentation of innovative 
technologies and techniques for Improved Networking through Embedded 
Processing and Sensing.The objective of the BAA is to develop, 
demonstrate, and evaluate new sources and methods for improving network 
connectivity and stability through embedded processing and sensing. This 
effort is expected to provide research and development activities to 
enhance warfighter mission capabilities and advance baseline performance 
beyond what is currently considered satisfactory. Under the proposed 
effort, it is anticipated that improved network connectivity research 
and development will be conducted in support of Command & Control (C2) 
operations.Efforts under this program are expected to provide the DoD 
and mission partners with system network enhancements that provide the 
flexibility required to adapt to and operate in contested, congested, or 
intermittent environments. …


*ASEE Seeks Panelists for NDSEG Fellowships*

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in conjunction 
with the Department of Defense (DoD) is currently recruiting qualified 
candidates to serve on the National Defense Science and Engineering 
Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship's digital evaluation panel in early 2016.

Interested parties should have a background in at least one of NDSEG's 
15 supported STEM disciplines (please see below for a list of 
disciplines). If interested, potential panelists may register at 
http://panelists.asee.org.Please visit https://ndseg.asee.org/ for more 
information regarding the NDSEG Fellowship Program.

Panelists conduct a thorough evaluation of each assigned application by 
completing a rating rubric online for each section of the form. All 
applications must be read and rated during the online application 
evaluation by the program office's imposed deadline. Each year, the 
NDSEG evaluation panelists review and rank an average of 3,000 
applications for the graduate fellowship. After the panel, the ranking 
results are submitted to the program's sponsor, the DoD, who then 
selects the fellowship recipients. 180 awards are anticipated for the 
class of 2016.

Panelists are chosen from one of the following supported disciplines:

  * Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  * Biosciences
  * Chemical Engineering
  * Chemistry
  * Civil Engineering
  * Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  * Computer and Computational Sciences
  * Electrical Engineering
  * Geosciences
  * Materials Science and Engineering
  * Mathematics
  * Mechanical Engineering
  * Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  * Oceanography
  * Physics

All non-DoD (and non-government) reviewers will receive an honorarium, 
provided they fulfill their application evaluation duties. Based on the 
number of reviewers who accept invitations, each reviewer will be 
required to read, on average, 20-30 applications.

If you have any questions regarding panelist registration or NDSEG's 
promotional materials, please contact the NDSEG Program Office at 
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> or (202) 649-3831.


Stephen G. Nash
Senior Associate Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2500
Mailstop 5C8
Fairfax, VA 22030

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