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List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Photo of the Week
  * Brown Bag Series: A Day in the Life of a Cyber-warrier (Feb. 5, 1:30 pm)
  * Pitch IT Competition Sponsored by Pragmatics
  * SBIR/STTR Training Program
  * Graduate Student Research Program: Dept. of Energy
  * Funding Opportunity:Airport Cooperative Research Program (TRB)
  * Funding Opportunity:Preparation for Extreme Weather Events (TRB)
  * Funding Opportunity:Increasing College Opportunity Through Improved
    Mathematics Success (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Faculty Research Awards (Google)
  * Funding Opportunity:Transparent Computing (DARPA) [amendment]
  * Funding Opportunity:Professional Formation of Engineers (NSF)
  * Ken Hintz Receives Patent
  * Sushil Jajodia Receives Funding from U.S. Dept. of the Navy


*VSE in the News*

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

Beyond Mason:

  * Washington Business Journal
    Volgenau alumnus Paul Singh

At the Mason News Desk (http://newsdesk.gmu.edu):

  * Deborah Goodings to Lead NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical, and
    Manufacturing Innovation
  * Mason Professors Kick Up Teaching Techniques With NSF Grant
    article features Jill Nelson of the Electrical & Computer
    Engineering Department)

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

  * Faculty in the News - Kathleen Wage
  * Deborah Goodings to Lead NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical, and
    Manufacturing Innovation
    is a version of the Mason News article above)
  * Mason Professors Kick Up Teaching Techniques With NSF Grant
    is a version of the Mason News article above)

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*

Engineering students traveled to Guatemala over winter break to help 
repair medical equipment in a rural hospital.


*Brown Bag Series: A Day in the Life of a Cyber-warrier (Feb. 5, 1:30 pm)*

Location:Research Hall 163

Presented by Cyber Warrior Academy

This technical session will showcase the ample career opportunities 
available for computer science and engineering undergraduates in the US 
law enforcement, defense and intelligence community. In this session you 
will learn about the insatiable need for cyber-security talent within 
the US government and defense contractors and how you can develop the 
skills to participate in this high growth area that virtually guarantees 
internships and employment. You will get visibility into the high impact 
and mission critical work performed by these institutions in the an area 
of applied computer science called "offensive cyber-security" that 
involves skills like Binary Analysis, Reverse Engineering, Vulnerability 
Discovery and Exploit Development.


*Pitch IT Competition Sponsored by Pragmatics*


Pragmatics Pitch IT 2015 is the second edition of LITE’s business idea 
competition. The 2015 edition is named after our generous corporate 
sponsor, Pragmatics, a Northern Virginia-based company delivering 
innovative technology solutions to a large number of government clients.

The Pragmatics Pitch IT 2015 is open to all teams with at least one 
Mason student. The presenter _must_ be a Mason student. Participants 
will compete for grants totaling $2,000. Students will present their 
business idea to a panel of judges including faculty, entrepreneurs, and 
other business experts. Participants will have the opportunity to get 
funding, receive valuable feedback, and enhance their ability to present 
and market their ideas to early stage investors (i.e., angel investors, 
family and friends).

The second Pitch IT competition will take place on Friday, April 10, 
2015, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm in Research Hall 163, on the Fairfax Campus 
of George Mason University.

Registration is required to participate. Please complete a return the 
registration form no later than 11:59 pm EDT on March 22, 2015.


*SBIR/STTR Training Program*

CIT's Federal Funding Assistance Program supports Virginia based small 
technology firms, university researchers, post-docs and graduate 
students in their efforts to learn about, understand, and apply for 
federal SBIR and STTR funding.A suite of workshops and webinars (live 
and recorded) are available to assist with the important steps of 
learning how to plan for and write proposals.A mentoring support program 
and other assistance is also available to potential applicants.

To learn more about CIT's support for Virginia based SBIR/STTR applicants:
or contact Robert Brooke, Director, Federal Funding Programs at the 
Center for Innovative Technology, 703-689-3080 or [log in to unmask]

The next webinar is scheduled for February 27 from 1-2:30pm.


*Graduate Student Research Program: Dept. of Energy*

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to 
announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) 
program is now accepting applications for the 2015 
solicitation.Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday April 14, 2015.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. 
graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a 
DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist 
for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing 
graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically 
important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified 
graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are 
conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of 
importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is 
expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while 
providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available 
at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, 
incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated 
with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory 
during the award period.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility 
requirements and access to the online application system, can be found 
at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.


*Funding Opportunity:Airport Cooperative Research Program (TRB)*

URL: http://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=3842

Sponsor:Transportation Research Board


The objectives of this research are to develop guidance and resources 
for using GIS for land use compatibility planning in the vicinity of 
airports, including, but not be limited to:

 1. A guidebook of evidence-based best practices featuring, at a minimum: …
 2. Training materials (e.g., webcast, brochures) summarizing the best
    practices provided in the guidebook.
 3. Sample outreach materials to foster ongoing stakeholder
    collaboration through the use of GIS to enhance land use
    compatibility around airports.


*Funding Opportunity:Preparation for Extreme Weather Events (TRB)*

Title: Guidelines to Incorporate the Costs and Benefits of Adaptation 
Measures in Preparation for Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change

Sponsor:Transportation Research Board

The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway 
Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to 
provide guidance that enables transportation decision-makers to 
integrate analysis of the costs and benefits of adaptation measures in 
preparation for extreme weather events and climate change.


Program URL: 


*Funding Opportunity:Increasing College Opportunity Through Improved 
Mathematics Success (NSF)*

Title:Dear Colleague Letter: Increasing College Opportunity Through 
Improved Mathematics Success in the First Two Years of College
Sponsor:Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF

Students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and 
mathematics (STEM) and STEM-related careers have challenges moving ahead 
unless they have successful experiences in mathematics in their first 
one or two years of college. The Directorate for Education and Human 
Resources (EHR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pursuing a 
multi-faceted approach to funding efforts to help us understand and 
improve learning in mathematics to support college success. This Dear 
Colleague Letter (DCL) highlights funding opportunities for innovative, 
early-stage work to improve success in mathematics in the first two 
years of college. This includes studies on ways to improve the learning 
of the content of developmental mathematics, independent of setting, and 
design and development work on interventions and tools, including 
technology-enhanced learning approaches.


Program URL: 

Proposers may request supplemental funding to existing awards, 
Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) funding, or 
funding for conferences.


*Funding Opportunity:Faculty Research Awards (Google)*

Title:Faculty Research Awards
Sponsor:Google Research

Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted 
gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time 
faculty members at top universities around the world.

Deadline(s):04/15/2015, 10/15/2015

Program URL: 

The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge 
research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. 
Applicants are asked to categorize their proposals into one of the 
following broad research areas of interest to Google: Economics and 
market algorithms; Education innovation; Geo/maps; Human-computer 
interaction; Information retrieval, extraction, and organization; 
Machine learning and data mining; Machine perception; Machine 
translation; Mobile; Natural language processing; Networking; Policy and 
standards; Privacy; Security; Social networks; Software Engineering; 
Speech; Structured data and database management; and Systems (hardware 
and software).

Research Awards generally support basic expenses for one student for one 
year, so budgets are frequently reduced to this level of support. If two 
universities are involved, the awards may support one student at each 
school. Most awards are in the $40,000-$70,000 range. The maximum amount 
a PI can request is $150,000.


*Funding Opportunity:Transparent Computing (DARPA) [amendment]*

Title:DARPA-BAA-15-15: Transparent Computing (TC)[amendment]
Sponsor:Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of 
understanding complex distributed computing environments towards 
exposing and stopping advanced cyber adversaries (also referred to as 
Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs).The Transparent Computing (TC) 
program aims to make currently opaque computing systems transparent by 
providing high-fidelity visibility into component interactions during 
system operation across all layers of software abstraction, while 
imposing minimal performance overhead.


Program URL: 


*Funding Opportunity:Professional Formation of Engineers (NSF)*

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15539/nsf15539.htm

Deadline:April 30, 2015

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year 
initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and 
support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st 
Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal 
and informal processes and value systems by which people become 
engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing 
engineers to sustain and grow the profession. The engineering profession 
must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic 
workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all.

Engineering faculty possess both deep technical expertise in their 
engineering discipline and the primary responsibility for the process of 
professional formation of future engineers. As such, engineering faculty 
are in a unique position to help address critical challenges in 
engineering formation. The Professional Formation of Engineers: Research 
Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program enables 
engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading 
educational reform efforts on their campus to initiate collaborations 
with colleagues in the social and/or learning sciences to address 
difficult, boundary-spanning problems in the professional formation of 

Estimated Number of Awards: 20
Anticipated Funding Amount: $150,000


*Ken Hintz Receives Patent*

Ken Hintz of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department has been 
awarded a patent:
Patent No.:US 8,939,367 B2
Date of Patent:January 27, 2015
Title:Cavity Axis Orientation Measurement Device


*Sushil Jajodia Receives Funding from U.S. Dept. of the Navy*

Sushil Jajodia of the Center for Secure Information Systems received 
$1.2M from the U.S. Department of the Navy for his project, “ASSERT: 
Automated Security System Event Response Techniques.”


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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Phone: (703) 993-1505
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