List of Announcements (details below):

CAREER Proposal Workshop (March 31, 2014)


Huzefa Rangwala and Amarda Shehu of the VSE Computer Science Department are the hosts for the NSF/CISE CAREER Workshop in 2014.   This is likely to be of interest to junior faculty who are considering submitting a proposal to this program, particularly if they plan to submit to programs in the CISE directorate. 

If you wish to participate, then you need to register. The registration opens today, and the deadline for registration is February 21.  For further information, see the above URL.  The workshop will be held in Arlington, VA.

Douglas Corner, Michael Hieb, and Mark Pullen win NATO Award

Douglas Corner, Michael Hieb, and Mark Pullen of the C4I Center were selected to receive the Science & Technology Organization (STO) 2013 Scientific Achievement Award from NATO.  The announcement states:

“This Award recognizes exceptional effort in significant STO activities, excellence and originality in the scientific and technical content therein, outstanding results in terms of military benefit and, since it was about a team award, quality and degree of collaboration.”

Danny Menascé is Finalist for SCHEV Faculty Award

Danny Menascé was a finalist for the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award from SCHEV.  The announcement letter states:

“Though your nomination was not ultimately selected by the Final Selection Committee as one of the 12 award recipients from across the Commonwealth, your accomplishments were so remarkable that your nomination was one of only 28 that made it to the final selection process – a process based on peer review scores.

“I hope that you will take pride in the fact that your institution chose to highlight your obvious talents as a faculty member and that your application stood out among this year’s 115 nominations. On behalf of the Final Selection Committee, I encourage you to resubmit your nomination in the future.”

Danny was the only Mason nominee to be chosen as a finalist.

2014 SAS Fellowship Opportunities for Ph.D. Students

[The following message was sent to me by Lyn Adkins: [log in to unmask], 919-531-2956.  If you have questions, please contact Lyn directly.]

We are contacting you about various fellowship opportunities where we are seeking PhD students to work at SAS Institute during the summer of 2014.

The SAS Fellow will work at SAS Corporate headquarters in Cary, North Carolina for 12 weeks during the summer of 2014, and will receive a salary and a stipend for living expenses during his/her employment.  The fellowship opportunities are open to doctoral candidates studying in the United States with at least 2 years of graduate studies completed by the end of the spring 2014 semester.

Interested PhD candidates will need to:

The student(s) selected as the SAS Fellow to fill these vacancies will be notified by March 1, 2014.

Please share the URL to our website at (Click on Fellowship Opportunities) with PhD students in your program.

We look forward to receiving applications from your students.

[I went to the web site, and learned that they are looking for fellows in the following disciplines:  Data Mining, Economics Technology, Operations Research, Revenue Management and Price Optimization, Statistics.]

Funding Opportunity: STEM-C Partnerships: Computing Education (NSF)


Deadline:  03/18/14

The STEM-C (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, including Computing) Partnerships program is a major research and development effort of two NSF Directorates, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), which supports innovative partnerships to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. STEM-C Partnerships combines and advances the efforts of both the former Math and Science Partnership (MSP) and the former Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) programs.

It is critical that our nation maintain a competent, competitive and creative STEM workforce, including teachers. Therefore, NSF aims to inspire and motivate the next generation of that workforce, while ensuring that it has the skills, competencies, and preparation to be successful. As we transition to a global, knowledge-based economy that is often driven by information technology and innovation, it is increasingly important that STEM workforce preparation includes a strong foundation in computing. Thus, the STEM-C Partnerships program addresses both the need for advances in K-12 STEM education generally, as well as the need to elevate the inclusion of computer science education.

Funding Opportunity: Scientific Data Management, Analysis & Visualization (DOE)

URL: [look for link on this page]

Deadlines: 01/24/14 for pre-application (required), 03/19/14 for full proposal (if invited)

Scientific Data Management, Analysis and Visualization at Extreme Scale
Department/Agency:   Department of Energy, Office of Science

Summary:  The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) in the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby invites applications for basic research that significantly advances management, analysis and visualization of data in disciplines supported by DOE in the context of emerging architectures for extreme scale computing platforms. The purpose of this announcement is to invite applications for basic computer science research on five major themes:
  1. Usability and user interface design;
  2. In situ methods for data management, analysis and visualization;
  3. Design of in situ workflows to support data management, processing, analysis and visualization;
  4. New approaches to scalable interactive visual analytic environments; and/or
  5. Proxy applications or workflows and/or simulations for data management, analysis and visualization software to support co-design of extreme scale systems.

Estimated Number of Awards:  10-15

Funding Opportunity: Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund – CRCF (CIT)

In this second of two FY2014 solicitations, CRCF offers six programs targeting Virginia's public and private colleges and universities, the private sector, nonprofit research institutions, and political subdivisions. Programs offered this round are: Commercialization, Eminent Researcher Recruitment, Facilities Enhancement Loan, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds, and STTR Matching Funds. Details on these programs, including eligibility requirements and submission caps, are provided in program-specific guidelines.


    01/31/14:  letter of intent
    02/21/14:  application deadline

CRCF award recipients from previous solicitations:

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Kathleen Wage Receives Funding from ONR

Kathleen Wage of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $6K from the Office of Naval Research for her project “Partial Underwriting for the 2013 IEEE Underwater Acoustic Signal Processing Workshop”.

Nathalia Peixoto, John Cressman, & Tim Sauer Receive Funding from NSF

Nathalia Peixoto of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, John Cressman of the Krasnow Institute, and Tim Sauer of the Mathematical Sciences Department received $360K from the National Science Foundation for their project “Identification and Control for Pattern Steering in Dynamical Networks”.

Kun Sun Receives Funding from University of Washington and US Dept. of the Army

Kun Sun of the Center for Secure Information Systems received $115K from the University of Washington and the U.S. Department of the Army for his project “Modeling and Analysis of Moving Target Defense Mechanisms in MANET”.

Shanjiang Zhu and Mohan Venigalla Receive Funding from SUNY and US DOT

Shanjiang Zhu and Mohan Venigalla of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering received $191K from the Research Foundation for the State University of New York and the U.S. Department of Transportation for their project “Transportation Informatics University Transportation Center (TransInfo UTC): Harnessing the Power of Big Data in Support of USDOT Strategic Goals”.

Rao Mulpuri Receives Funding from NSF

Rao Mulpuri of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $160K from the National Science Foundation for his project “A Novel GaN/AlGaN Nanostructure Room-Temperature Sensor for Security Applications”.

Damon McCoy Receives Funding from NSF

Damon McCoy of the Computer Science Department received $112K from the National Science Foundation for his project “Ideas Lab: Interdisciplinary Pathways towards a Secure Internet”.

Gheorge Tecuci, Mihai Boicu, and Dorin Marcu Receive Funding from Oculus Info

Gheorge Tecuci, Mihai Boicu, and Dorin Marcu of the Learning Agents Center received $250K from Oculus Info, Inc., for their project “nSpace2 TIACRITIS Service Integration”.

Ken Hintz is Issued a Patent

Ken Hintz of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department was issued the following patent by the US PTO.

Title: Cavity Detection
Inventors: Kenneth J. Hintz
Number: 8,599,061 B2
Issue date: December 3, 2013.

[This notice was included in my News announcement for 12/16/13, but was not included in the list of items at the top of the message.]

Stephen G. Nash
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Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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