List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * John Shortle elected President of the INFORMS Simulation Society
  * Amazon Cloud Computing Conference in DC (June 24-25)
  * Funding Opportunity:Research Initiation Initiative (NSF/CISE)
  * Funding Opportunity:Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Privacy
  * Funding Opportunity:ADVANCE [Women in Science & Eng.] (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Early Stage Innovations Solicitation (NASA)
  * Rao Mulpuri Receives Funding from NSF
  * John Shortle Receives Funding from U. Maryland and FAA
  * Aditya Johri Receives Funding from NSF
  * Aditya Johri Receives Funding from NSF


*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 (

  * Students Build Sustainable Outdoor Workstation
  * Mason Ranks High for Affordability, Innovative Programs
  * Making Computing More Environmentally Friendly

At the Volgenau website (

  * George Mason University Designated as a National Center of Academic
    Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and
  * Dr. Donald Gantz Honored
  * Bioengineering Undergraduate Research Yields Impressive
  * Mason Students to Compete at RoboCup in Brazil
  * AIT Professor Attends White House Science Fair
  * Faculty in the News
  * Dr. Andre Manitius Honored at Luncheon Event
  * New Survey Ranks VSE 12th Best Graduate Program Nationwide
  * Dr. Shanjiang Zhu Named 2014 Young Researcher of the Year by ITF

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


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
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Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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