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VSE in the News

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Photo of the Week

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Mason engineering student, Jeff Bynum, works in Professor David Latanzi's 3-D printer lab, in the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering.


LITE Seminar - From Ideas to Ventures [Tue Dec 2, 1pm]

Title: From Ideas to Ventures
Speaker: Suresh Shenoy, IMC, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Location: Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 4801, Fairfax Campus

Biography: Mr. Shenoy served as Chairman of the National Capital Region chapter of the American Red Cross and on the boards of Kevric Company, IMC Global Services, Fairfax County Information Technology Advisory Committee, Capital IIT Alumni Association and Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining IMC, Mr. Shenoy was a partner at Maridyne International, an international marketing company and joint venture with Marubeni Corporation of Japan. After selling Maridyne, Mr. Shenoy owned and operated Northeast Investment Castings. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty in the School of Engineering at George Mason University. Mr. Shenoy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Abstract: Starting a new venture is an exciting and challenging experience at the same time. Aspiring entrepreneurs will need thorough planning, discipline, and a keen ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment. Mr. Shenoy will provide an overview of the key steps needed to successfully plan, launch, and run a new venture. Some of these key elements include developing an understanding of the industry and the competitive environment, evaluating the feasibility of your idea, assessing market forces, and the importance of developing an effective business plan.


Bioengineering Seminar - Discrete Droplets for Chemical Analyses [Thu Dec 4, 12pm]

Title: Discrete Droplets for Chemical Analyses: Reagent Delivery and Mass Spectrometry
Speaker: Kaveh Jorabchi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University

Date: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Krasnow Institute, Room 3507

Biography: Professor Jorabchi received his BS in chemistry from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran and his PhD in chemistry from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He completed a post-doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to working as an industrial R&D scientist at Syagen Technology Inc. He has been an assistant professor of chemistry at Georgetown University since 2011. Prof. Jorabchi’s work has focused on molecular mass spectrometry for trace analysis in a variety of applications from explosive detection and security analysis to bio-analytical measurements.

Abstract:  Discrete droplets (e.g. water droplets in oil) provide an isolated environment for chemical, biochemical, and biological investigations. Small volumes of micro-droplets dramatically reduce the use of solvents, reagents, and precious materials, such as enzymes. Moreover, discrete droplets can be used to encapsulate single cells, providing a new experimental window to cellular processes at a single-cell level. To enable these studies, our work is focused on analytical methods for controlling the chemical composition of the droplets, and mass spectrometric methods for analysis of discrete droplet contents. In this presentation, we will discuss our new reagent delivery method based on partial injection of reagent droplets into a reactant droplet, providing a means for small volume injection using large droplets. Partial injections as low as 0.003% of the reagent droplet are achieved with this method, enabling pL volume injections using nL droplets. We will also discuss a pneumatically assisted single-droplet electrospray developed for the mass spectrometric analysis of droplets as small as 50um in diameter.


INTO Mason Multidisciplinary Colloquium [Dec 1-4]

You are invited to attend the INTO Mason Multidisciplinary Colloquium for the Graduate International Pathway.  Students will make presentations.

Monday, December 1: JC Gold Room, 10:30-1pm
Topics:  Business, Nutrition, Public Policy, Education, Sports

Tuesday, December 2: Merten Hall, Room 1202, 12:30-2:30pm
Topics:  Science, Technology, Engineering

Wednesday, December 3: JC Gold Room, 10:30-1pm
Topics:  Arts Management, Education

Thursday, December 4: JC Gold Room, 12:30-2:30pm
Topics:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Public Policy, Education


2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Celebration [Mon Apr 20, 5pm]

The 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Celebration will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, from 5-8 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Global Center.  Hosted jointly by VSE Undergraduate Student Services and the office of Corporate Development, the evening features poster presentations of Design, Research and Scholarly Work by undergraduate students. 

More information on this event will be distributed in early 2015.


John Miller Receives Funding from South Dakota State Univ. & Dept. of Justice

John Miller of the Statistics Department received $96K from South Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Justice for his project, “The Value of Evidence.”


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