List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Three New Degree Programs Approved by SCHEV
  * DOE Graduate Student Research Program
  * Max Albanese Receives Funding from NCIIA


*VSE in the News*

Here is a list of news stories about VSE that have been posted at, or that have appeared in other venues in the 
last week.

Beyond Mason:

  * Missing The World Cup? There's Still RoboCup, The World Cup for
    /Fast Company/ reports on our robot soccer team competing at RoboCup
    in Brazil [our team made it to the round of 16; watch for a report
    on their experiences at the competition]
  * GMU Grad Finds Security Flaws in Gift Cards

At Mason News (

  * New Cyber Security Engineering Degree Takes Proactive Approach

At the Volgenau website (

  * Two New Undergraduate Majors Approved
  * New Cybersecurity Engineering Degree Takes Proactive Approach
    above for the related story at Mason News]

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


*Three New Degree Programs Approved by SCHEV*

The Volgenau School of Engineering has received approval for three new 
degree programs from the State Council of Higher Education for 
Virginia.The programs are:

  * B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  * B.S. in Cyber Security Engineering
  * Ph.D. in Bioengineering

All three programs will officially launch in January 2015.

A great many individuals contributed to the development and approval of 
these programs, but particular thanks go to Oscar Barton (Mechanical 
Engineering); Peggy Brouse (Cyber Security Engineering); and Peter 
Katona, Siddhartha Sikdar, and Joe Pancrazio (Bioengineering).


*DOE Graduate Student Research Program*

[Note:Applicants to this program must be U.S. citizens.If you have 
questions about the program, see the URL for the program or contact the 
program manager listed below.]

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 2014 
solicitation.Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday September 24, 2014.

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.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 100 awards in 2014, 
for project periods beginning anytime between January and September 2015.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility 
requirements and access to the online application system, can be found 

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping 
Ge, at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


*Max Albanese Receives Funding from NCIIA*

Max Albanese of the Applied Information Technology Department received 
$5K from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance for 
his project, "E-Mow: Biomass-Powered Robot Harvester."


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
Fax: (703) 993-1633