List of Announcements (details below):


VSE in the News

[Starting this week, I will include in my announcements a list of news stories about VSE that have been posted at, or that have appeared in other venues.  For this first list, I have gone back about three weeks.]

At Mason News (

At the Volgenau website (

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


John Shortle elected President of the INFORMS Simulation Society

John Shortle of the Systems Engineering & Operations Research Department has been elected as the next President of the INFORMS Simulation Society, the primary society for the simulation area (


Amazon Cloud Computing Conference in DC (June 24-25)


From the above website:

Join us for one of the largest public sector cloud events on the East Coast. This complimentary, two and a half-day event targets government, education, and nonprofit leaders and technical professionals seeking an introduction to the AWS Cloud, advanced guidance on architecture and engineering, opportunities to share and exchange ideas, and partners looking to build business relationships. See a snapshot of the sessions we will cover here:

The AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium will feature customer presentations, case studies and technical sessions led by subject matter experts and AWS engineers. You can customize your learning experience by choosing from multiple tracks. Take advantage of our sessions focused on new AWS services or dive deep into services you may already use. Learn about popular cloud use cases and understand best practices for security, big data, data center consolidation, open data and more. With over 40 sessions, you will have an opportunity to tackle your current cloud challenges and uncover ways to ramp up quickly.

Seating is limited so reserve your free seat today. 


Funding Opportunity:  Research Initiation Initiative (NSF/CISE)


Deadline:  September 24, 2014

With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first two years in an academic position after the PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any institution or agency, including from the CAREER program or any other award post-PhD. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Post-doctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years.


Funding Opportunity:  Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Privacy (NSF/Intel)

NSF/Intel Partnership on Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Privacy (CPS-Security)


Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (optional):  July 29, 2014

Required for participation in the Ideas Lab workshop to be held August 12-16, 2014. Not required for full proposals that were not developed through the Ideas Lab.

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 28, 2014

The national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable function of critical infrastructure. An already-large and rapidly growing part of this infrastructure is being advanced through the integration of information and communication technologies (ICT), leading to cyber-physical systems (CPS). Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today. CPS technology will transform the way people interact with engineered systems -- just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New smart CPS will drive innovation and competition in sectors such as food and agriculture, energy, different modes of transportation including air and automobiles, building design and automation, healthcare and medical implants, and advanced manufacturing.

Cyber-physical systems are subject to threats stemming from increasing reliance on computer and communication technologies. Cybersecurity threats exploit the increased complexity and connectivity of critical infrastructure systems, placing the Nation’s security, economy, public safety, and health at risk.

The goal of this partnership between NSF and Intel is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that ensure the security of current and emerging cyber-physical systems, taking into consideration the unique challenges present in this environment relative to other domains with cybersecurity concerns. These challenges arise from the non-reversible nature of the interactions of CPS with the physical world; the scale of deployment; the federated nature of several infrastructures; the deep embedding and long projected lifetimes of CPS components; the interaction of CPS with users at different scales, degrees of control, and expertise levels; the economic and policy constraints under which such systems must often operate; and sensing and collection of information related to a large spectrum of everyday human activities. Historically, reliance on subtle assumptions at interface boundaries between hardware components, between hardware and software components, and between software components, as well as between a system and its operators and maintainers, has been a source of vulnerability and can be especially troublesome in these critical systems. …


Funding Opportunity:  ADVANCE [Women in Science & Eng.] (NSF)


Deadline:  September 22, 2014

The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE also has as its goal to contribute to and inform the general knowledge base on gender equity in the academic STEM disciplines.

There are three tracks with distinct purposes. The Institutional Transformation (IT) track is meant to produce large-scale comprehensive change and serve as a locus for research on gender equity and institutional transformation for academic STEM. The Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT Catalyst) track is meant either to conduct self-assessment or to implement unique strategies – either adapted from those found effective in the IT track or ones designed to be responsive to the unique environments of eligible institutions – and evaluate their effectiveness. The Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks (PLAN) track is meant to provide a larger scale environment for adapting, implementing and creating knowledge about the effectiveness of a particular strategy for change within a context of networked adaptation and learning. PLAN is focused on adaptation/implementation and learning either in particular STEM disciplines (PLAN D) or across institutions of higher education (PLAN IHE).

ADVANCE projects support institutional transformation in STEM. STEM includes but is not limited to Arctic and Antarctic sciences, biological sciences, computer and information sciences, engineering, geosciences, mathematics, physical sciences, the learning sciences, and social, behavioral and economic sciences. Institutional Transformation and IT Catalyst awards are expected to include all STEM disciplines at the institution submitting the proposal. PLAN awards may include all of STEM or a subset or one discipline.

The following types of institutions are strongly encouraged to apply to the ADVANCE program: For All Project Types: Community colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions, Alaska Native Institutions, Predominantly Black Institutions and Non-tribal, Native American Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. It is anticipated that there may be significant differences in the issues facing faculty in these institutions, compared to faculty in other types of institutions, which will warrant development of unique strategies and/or adaptation of proven strategies in a unique way to achieve ADVANCE Program goals.

ADVANCE projects are viewed as team research and, as such, the team of principal investigators is expected to be multidisciplinary and representative of the theoretical, methodological and contextual expertise necessary to conceptualize, implement, and evaluate a successful project.


Rao Mulpuri Receives Funding from NSF

Rao Mulpuri of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $10K from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Funding for Student Participation at the 20th International Conference on Ion Implantation Technology, Portland, Oregon.”


John Shortle Receives Funding from U. Maryland and FAA

John Shortle of the Systems Engineering & Operations Research Department and the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research received $119K from the University of Maryland and the Federal Aviation Administration for his project, “Fast-time simulation and sensitivity analysis for event sequence diagrams in the Integrated Safety Assessment Model.”


Aditya Johri Receives Funding from NSF

Aditya Johri of the Applied Information Technology Department received $428K from National Science Foundation for his project, “TILES: Trajectories of Informal Learning among Engineering Students.”


Aditya Johri Receives Funding from NSF

Aditya Johri of the Applied Information Technology Department received $372K from National Science Foundation for his project, “Collaborative Research: Deep Insights Anytime, Anywhere (DIA2).”

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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