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VSE in the News

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Photo of the Week

Left to right: Mason student Caitlin Johnson, Guatemalan engineer Juan Manuel Moreno Sandoval, Marquette student Becca Avena, Mason student Mohamed Ali, David Kovacs from Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, and student Shanyce Rovon Stewart from Rochester Institute of Technology all worked at Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala in partnership with Engineering World Health.


LITE Seminar (Tue Feb 24, 1pm)

Title: How to Market your Business Idea
Date:  Tuesday, February 24th, 1 pm
Location: Room 4801
Speaker:  Jeff Fissel, KZO Innovations


Having a solid business idea is a good start, but, in order to be successful, entrepreneurs must be able to effectively market their new products or services. In a world where people are constantly bombarded with new ideas, inventions, and a myriad of new products and services, this skill is critical to stand out from the crowd and convince people to buy into you and from you. Mr. Fissel will provide an overview of the most effective strategies and practices to successfully market your business and achieve long-term success.


Jeff Fissel co-founded KZO Innovations, Inc. in 2007 and serves as its Vice President of Solutions.  Mr. Fissel plays a key role in select strategic accounts and corporate development activities at KZO Innovations.  He helped the team take their video content management software to market and build the customer base to include companies like PNC bank, Audi/VW, Michelin, and Comcast.  He is an expert with interactive streaming media technologies and was a member of the development team for the KZO technology.  KZO Innovations successfully raised venture capital and was sold to a 1.4 Billion dollar private equity fund in 2013.  Prior to KZO Innovations, he founded KZO Webcasting and over five years produced hundreds of global webcasts ranging from events in the White House to film festivals in Hollywood.  Mr. Fissel has a B.S. in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security and Network Administration from George Mason University.


Bioengineering Seminar (Thu Feb 26, 1:30pm)

When: Thursday – February 26th, 2015 @ 1:30 -2:30 PM
Location: ENGR 3507
Speaker: Jamal Zweit, Ph.D., D.Sc., Professor of Radiology, and Director of Center for Molecular Imaging, Virginia Commonwealth University
Title: Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnology in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics


Dr. Zweit is a professor of Radiology, and affiliate professor of Radiation Oncology, Molecular Pathology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry at VCU. He is the Director of the Center for Molecular Imaging and a senior member of the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. He leads an inter-disciplinary and inter-collaborative molecular imaging research program that emphasizes multi-modality approaches to study biochemical and biological pathways in vivo. Professor Zweit’s research interests include the development of paradigms for molecular imaging, targeted therapeutics and nanotechnology strategies for preclinical and clinical translational research. His current research interests include radiopharmaceutical developments, Multi-modal probes, nanotechnology platforms, Tumor microenvironment, hybrid molecular imaging, and theranostic anti-cancer agents.

He is internationally recognized for his work in molecular imaging of cancer drug development, and conducted the “world’s first” Molecular PET Imaging clinical trial of Anti-angiogenic therapy in cancer patients (Journal National Cancer Institute 2002).

He serves on the review body of a number of funding organizations, both in Europe and North America. He has supervised more than 25 MSc, MD and PhD theses. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles, over 250 conference abstracts, and several review articles and book chapters, as well as a few patents.


Molecular Imaging is concerned with the study of underlying biological pathways associated with disease processes and the working of therapies within the intact in vivo environment.  Molecular nanotechnology deals with the applications of nano-materials in cell biology, drug delivery, targeted therapy and diagnostics. Combining molecular imaging with nanotechnology offers a powerful platform to specifically image and study multifunctional pathways associated with cancer biology and therapeutics. The Center for Molecular Imaging (CMI) at VCU, is a state-of-the-art multi-modality research facility, with expertise in molecular imaging Science (PET/SPECT/CT; MRI/MRS, Optical and Photoaccoustic imaging). The imaging technologies are underpinned by developments of targeted agents, including multi-modal hybrid nano-probes. Within the context of cancer biology and therapy, the combination of molecular imaging and nanotechnology offers real time investigations of tumor progression, the role of tumor micro-environment, and the interrogation of therapeutic interventions, all within the intact tumor and normal tissue environments. This presentation will highlight CMI research in these areas; which include i) image-guided chemotherapy, ii) radio-nanoparticle imaging and therapy; iii) dual-modal PET/MR imaging; iv) tumor associated microenvironment and v) image-guided normal tissue radioprotection. These research platforms highlight the use of combined technologies to enhance research in cancer biology and therapy within intact live subjects.


Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Designed to train the next generation of supercomputer users, the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) is scheduled for its third year in the Chicago area from August 2-14, 2015.

Application deadline:  April 3, 2015.

Program Curriculum:
Renowned scientists, HPC experts, and leaders will serve as lecturers and will guide hands-on laboratory sessions. The core curriculum will address:

Eligibility and Application:
Doctoral students, postdocs, and computational scientists interested in attending ATPESC can review eligibility and application details on the event website.

The program is free; domestic airfare, meals, and lodging are provided.


Funding Opportunity: Cyber Security Research & Innovation Contest (State Department)

The U.S. Consulate General Chennai proposes to fund a Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Contest for young programmers and students of Information Technology (Age limit: 20-35 years only). The preliminary round of the contest will be conducted in six cities across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, culminating in a grand finale in Chennai. While building general awareness about opportunities and challenges in the field of cybersecurity, this program will build interest in research and innovation in this field among young talents in India. Though thousands of students graduate with degrees in Information Technology across South India, only a small minority specialize in cybersecurity. The proposed program will help popularize research and training in Indian institutions and complement U.S.-India bilateral cooperation on cybersecurity.

Deadline(s):      03/17/2015
Program URL:


The Department of State Public Affairs Section anticipates awarding a grant ranging from $15,000 - $20,000, subject to the availability of funding.  The awardee is encouraged to seek and find additional funding for this project, subject to approval by the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai and U.S. Embassy New Delhi. 


Funding Opportunity:  BIGDATA (NSF)

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)

Deadline:  May 20, 2015

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, geosciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering, that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science.  The solicitation invites two types of proposals: "Foundations" (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and "Innovative Applications" (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application. [...]

In addition to approaches such as search, query processing, and analysis, visualization techniques will also become critical across many stages of big data use--to obtain an initial assessment of data as well as through subsequent stages of scientific discovery. Research on visualization techniques and models will be necessary for serving not only the experts, who are collecting the data, but also those who are users of the data, including "cross-over" scientists who may be working with big data and analytics for the first time, and those using the data for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches related to all of these areas of study.


Funding Opportunity:  Advanced Software Engineering Technologies (Air Force)

Title:  RFP --AMENDMENT-- Advanced Software Engineering Technologies for the Software Producibility Initiative

Sponsor:  Department of the Air Force

 The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking white papers for Advanced Software Engineering TechnologieS (ASETS) as part of the Software Producibility Initiative (SWPI). SWPI is an ongoing program with the overallgoal of improving the Department of Defense?s (DoD's) ability to design, build, test, and sustain software-intensive systems that are large-scale, high complexity, highly reliable, and operate in relevant military environments, whichmeet mission critical requirements, safety critical requirements as well as exhibit predictable behavior. Within SWPI, the ASETS BAA focuses on discovering andadapting cutting-edge ideas in computer science, mathematics, and information science to the production of military software. ASETS seeks to improve the producibility of software-intensive systems that directly support the Warfighter and operate in the most demanding military environments. …

Deadline(s):      11/02/2015, 09/30/2016
Program URL:


William Roeting Receives Funding from Parsons Govt. Systems Corp. & Dept. of Defense

William Roeting of the C4I Center received $125K from Parsons Government Systems Corp. and the Department of Defense for his project, “Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) - Integrated Automated Intelligence Workflow.”


Jan Allbeck Receives Funding from Entertainment Software Association

Jan Allbeck of the Computer Science Department received $20K from the Entertainment Software Association for her project, “ESA Anti-Piracy Game.” 

Stephen G. Nash
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Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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