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].


NSF Workshop: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

Aditya Johri, chair of the Applied Information Technology Department, will be facilitating a workshop on “Proposal Strategies” for the NSF IUSE Solicitation on
    Tuesday, Sept. 16 (tomorrow)
    12:30-2:30 PM
    Room 4801, Nguyen Engineering Building

More information is available here:


Interested faculty should contact Aditya Johri at [log in to unmask] if they wish to attend.


Funding Opportunity: Gates Foundation (global health & development)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications to Grand Challenges Explorations, which has awarded over 1070 grants in over 58 countries to date.

Grand Challenges Explorations seeks innovative global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies.

Two-page proposals are being accepted online from September 4, 2014 until November 12, 2014 on the following topics:

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at:


Funding Opportunity: Pathways to Innovation Program (entrepreneurship in undergraduate education)

Give engineering students the technical skills, tools and attitudes they need to turn ideas into practical solutions that solve real problems.

The submission deadline for our Pathways to Innovation Program is October 10, 2014.

This program is designed to help institutional teams of faculty and leaders fully incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education. Read more and download the call for proposals at: 


Graduate Student Travel Fund: International Travel Grant

In addition to providing up to $450 in travel support for students presenting at professional conferences, the Associate Provost for Graduate Education is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of International Travel Grants (ITG). Awarded on a competitive basis, the ITG offers up to $3000 in travel support for students presenting the results of original research at international conferences.

Requirements for consideration include submission of a complete presentation abstract as well as the names and institutional affiliations of all co-authors (student must be primary author). In addition, requests for the ITG must be accompanied by a letter (no more than 250 words) from the student’s faculty/research advisor describing how conference participation will advance the student’s pursuit of his/her educational and professional goals. We also ask for endorsement by the department chair. Students who are not selected for an ITG may still apply for funding through our general GSTF fund.

General GSTF deadlines still apply. Please visit website for more information regarding our policies and procedures  

For more information and submission details regarding the ITG, please contact Akitta Robertson, [log in to unmask].


AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellowships. Policy fellowships provide mathematicians the unique opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal policy realm. Fellows share an interest and commitment to public service, a desire to learn about science and technology policy, and a willingness to apply their scientific and engineering backgrounds in new arenas.

Fellows serve in yearlong assignments in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the federal government in Washington. Candidates who demonstrate strong scientific and technical credentials, a commitment to public service, strong communication skills, problem-solving ability, good judgment, flexibility, and leadership qualities, are encouraged to apply.

For more than 40 years, scientists, social scientists, engineers, and health professionals have applied their knowledge and technical expertise to policymaking while developing valuable career-enhancing skills in the process. Join a network of more than 2,800 current and alumni fellows impacting policy, contributing to public service, and forging new careers.


FELLOWSHIP YEAR: September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016

To be considered for a fellowship via AAAS, applicants must:


QUESTIONS:  Email [log in to unmask] or call 202-326-6700


Yotam Gingold Receives Funding from NSF

Yotam Gingold of the Computer Science Department received $70K from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Improving the Quality and Editability of 2D and 3D Shapes via Crowdsourcing and Self-Crowdsourcing.”


Nathalia Peixoto Receives Funding from NSF

Nathalia Peixoto of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $100K from the National Science Foundation for her project, “Bioimpedance of stimulating electrodes for the safe placement of retinal implants.”


Brian Mark Receives Funding from NSF

Brian Mark of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $472K from the National Science Foundation for his project, “NeTS: Small: Spectrum Sensing and Resource Allocation for Cognitive Radio Networks.”

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