List of Announcements (details below):


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:

At Mason News (

At the Volgenau website (

If you have suggestions for other stories, please submit them to Martha Bushong, [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:

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 at:

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at [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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