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VSE in the News

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

At the Volgenau website (

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Photo of the Week

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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 qualifications.

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“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.

Deadline(s):      04/14/2015

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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