List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Photo of the Week
  * Shams Bahabib selected as Mason Employee of the Month
  * Graduate Research Fellowship Program in STEM Fields
  * “Crowdfunding Propels Scientific Research”: Washington Post
  * Funding Opportunity: STEM + Computing Partnerships (NSF)
  * Max Albanese Receives Funding from NCIIA


*VSE in the News*

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

At the Volgenau website (

  * What the Drone Sees – Developing Accurate Reliable Data for Robotic
    Bridge and Tunnel Inspection
  * Alumnus Uses Interest in Robotics to Help Older Adults
  * Engineers Week Photo Challenge
  * The Year in Review | 2014

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


*Photo of the Week*

Ken Ball, Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering (far right) and S. David 
Wu, Provost, George Mason University thank Kevin Reynolds (middle), 
President, Cardinal Bank; at the 23rd annual Cardinal Bank and George 
Mason University Greater Washington Economic Conference.


*Shams Bahabib selected as Mason Employee of the Month*

Mason’s Employee of the Month Selection Committee has selected of Shams 
Bahabib, Undergraduate Student Services, Office of the Associate Dean, 
Volgenau School of Engineering as Employee of the Month for February 2015.

Shams will be formally presented with this award by President Cabrera in 
his office, 5th Floor of Merten Hall, 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3. 
Co-workers and friends are all encouraged to attend the ceremony.


*Graduate Research Fellowship Program in STEM Fields*

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has a Graduate Research 
Fellowship (GRF) program that supports doctoral students engaged in 
research in the forensic sciences and other topics of relevance to 
criminal justice, per NIJ's mission.

The Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering and 
Mathematics (GRF-STEM) track is open to doctoral students in any of the 
following disciplines:
Life Sciences.
Materials Research.
Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering.
Mathematical Sciences.
Successful GRF-STEM applicants must demonstrate how their proposed 
dissertation research advances basic criminal justice knowledge, 
practice or policy in the United States.

Each fellowship potentially provides up to three years of support over a 
five-year period, pending the demonstration of satisfactory progress 
toward the doctoral degree and the availability of funds. For each year 
of support, NIJ provides an allowance of $35,000 to cover salary/stipend 
and related costs, and up to $15,000 to cover the student’s tuition and 
fees, research expenses and related costs.

Students are NOT required to hold U.S. Citizenship or residency to be 
awarded this fellowship.International students and non-U.S. Citizens are 
eligible provided they meet other eligibility requirements and 

For more 


*“Crowdfunding Propels Scientific Research”: Washington Post*


This article appeared in the /Washington Post/ on January 18. Excerpts:

“In a video presentation on David Eagleman’s Kickstarter fundraising Web 
page, the 43-year-old neuroscience professor removes his shirt. There’s 
a legitimate reason: He’s showing off a prototype of a high-tech vest 
that he thinks will help us expand human perception beyond the limits of 
our five senses.

“Eagleman, who runs the perception lab at the Baylor College of Medicine 
in Houston, is part of an emerging generation of scientists who are 
leveraging the world of crowdfunding, social media and TED talks to 
promote and raise money for research that might otherwise never see the 
light of day.

“This kind of public engagement traditionally has been frowned upon in 
academia. … As scientists have faced growing competition for a shrinking 
pot of government research funds in recent years, however, that attitude 
is changing.

“Science historian David Kaiser says the trend is being driven by a 
flip-flop in how science research is funded in the United States. In the 
1960s, the government supported two-thirds of the country’s research and 
development. These days its share is closer to one-third — with 
companies, philanthropic organizations and other private sources paying 
for the rest. …”


*Funding Opportunity: STEM + Computing Partnerships (NSF)*

Sponsor:Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF

The STEM+C Partnerships program seeks to significantly enhance the 
learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics 
(STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers, through research 
on, and development of, courses, curriculum, course materials, 
pedagogies, instructional strategies, or models that innovatively 
integrate computing into one or more STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM 
content into the teaching and learning of computing. In addition, STEM+C 
seeks to build capacity in K-12 computing education with foundational 
research and focused teacher preparation. Projects in the STEM+C 
Partnerships program should build on research in STEM education and 
prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and 
empirical justification for proposed projects.


Program URL:


*Max Albanese Receives Funding from NCIIA*

Max Albanese of the Applied Information Technology Department received 
$18K 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