List of Announcements (details below):


VSE in the News

Here is a list of news stories about VSE that have been posted:

At the Volgenau website (

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


Photo of the Week

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The Volgenau School Robo-elves invaded the Neural Engineering Lab to make holiday snowflakes in one of the lab hoods and add holiday cheer to the school’s homepage slider image.  The Provost dropped by the lab to oversee the experimental set-up.


Updates to VSE Website

We have added a new feature to the homepage that highlights some of the School’s areas of expertise. Now, when you scroll across the words at the bottom of the slider image, tabs open to explain and provide detail about each area. By clicking the headline in the tab you can read more stories and see more pictures.


Mason Summer Research Fellowships for Graduate Students

Summer Research Fellowships provide financial support to graduate students during the summer term, allowing students to devote significant time to their dissertation or thesis research. The intent of the award is to foster greater professional productivity and to assist in timely degree completion.

Summer Research Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must submit materials to the Office of the Provost by Friday, January 23, 2015 (see Application Process). Recipients will be notified by Monday, March 2, 2015.

Eligibility Criteria


Application Process

Applicants must submit the following materials directly to Akitta Robertson ([log in to unmask]) by 5 pm,  Friday, January 23, 2015:

1. Strict Guidelines for Narrative

2. Letter of recommendation

Questions?  Contact Akitta Robertson at [log in to unmask] or 703-993-8912.


Funding Opportunity: Sigma Xi grants to undergraduate or graduate students

Sigma Xi has extended the hand of companionship to more than 30,000 young researchers through the Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) Program. Sigma Xi grants are often the first research support an undergraduate or graduate student may receive.

Deadlines:      03/15/2015, 10/15/2015

Objectives: Research grants may be used to support scientific investigation in any field.

Eligibility:  Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply. Membership in Sigma Xi is not required to apply, although applicants who are dues paying members or whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi are more likely to be fully funded if their application is highly rated.

Funding:  The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research.


Burak Tanyu Receives Funding from Univ. of Texas at Austin and U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Burak Tanyu of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering received $102K from the University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Department of Transportation for his project, “Defining the Boundary Conditions for Composite Behavior of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) Structures.”



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