List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Photo of the Week
  * GRAND and Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (Wed 4 Mar, 3 pm)
  * Funding Opportunity:NIH Summer Research Experience for Students
  * Funding Opportunity:Young Faculty Award (DARPA)
  * Funding Opportunity:Rapid Response to Earth System Events (NASA)
  * Funding Opportunity:Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Broadening Participation in Engineering (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Team-Based Design in Bioengineering Education (NIH)
  * Funding Opportunity:Bioengineering Research Partnerships (NIH)
  * Funding Opportunity:Environmental Literacy: Extreme Weather (NOAA)


*VSE in the News*

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

Beyond Mason:

    Taking down flames: Former GMU wrestler helped invent a
    sound-blasting fire extinguisher.
    @GeorgeMasonU wrestler helped invent a fire extinguisher that blasts
    flames with sound

At the Mason News Desk (

  * Engineers Week Keeps Building

At the Volgenau website (

  * Yotam Gingold receives NSF CAREER Award

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*

View of the Atrium during Student Organization Fair on Feb. 26, 2015.


*GRAND and Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (Wed 4 Mar, 3 pm)*

/Title:/Research at IISc and the Indo-US Center of Excellence for 
Sustainable Design
/Date:/Wednesday, March 4th, 3 pm
/Location:/Room 4201
/Speaker:/Amaresh Chakrabarti, Professor Centre for Product Design and 
Manufacturing Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

/Abstract /

Design Research investigates phenomena associated with designing so as 
to develop knowledge with which to inform and improve research, 
education and practice of design. Centre for Product Design and 
Manufacturing at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is has a strong 
focus on design research, its areas spanning from design theory and 
methodology,design synthesis and creativity, human factors, aesthetics, 
safety, sustainability, design for manufacturing, digital human 
modelling, product informatics, geometric modelling, CAD/CAE, Robotics, 
and so on. IISc has been recently awarded a Indo-US Joint Center of 
Excellence (CoE) in Design of Sustainable Products, Services and 
Manufacturing Systems, with partners from Centre for Study of Science, 
Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad 
(IIMA), National Innovation Foundation India (NIF), University of 
California Berkeley, Syracuse University and Washington State 
University. The talk will outline some of the research from IISc into 
design, and the main objectives and deliverables of the CoE.


Amaresh Chakrabarti is a professor of Engineering Design at the Centre 
for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science 
(IISc), Bangalore. He has BE in Mechanical Engineering from Univ. of 
Calcutta (now IIEST Shibpur), India, ME in Mechanical Design from IISc, 
and PhD in Engineering Design from University of Cambridge, UK. After 
PhD, he led for 10 years the Design Synthesis team at the EPSRC Centre 
for Excellence Engineering Design Centre at University of Cambridge, 
before joining IISc. His interests are in design synthesis & creativity, 
eco-design & sustainability, and product informatics. He authored/edited 
10 books, over 250 peer-reviewed articles, and has 6 patents 
granted/pending. He co-authored DRM, a methodology used widely as a 
framework for doing engineering design research. He is an Associate 
Editor, AI EDAM (Cambridge University Press), Area Editor, Research in 
Engg Design (Springer), Regional Editor, J for Remanufacturing 
(Springer), and Advisory Editor for nine International Journals incl. J 
of Engg Design (Taylor & Francis), Clean Technologies and Environmental 
Policy (Springer), and Int J of Design Creativity and Innovation (Taylor 
& Francis). Professor Chakrabarti has been on the Advisory Board of 
Design Society, UK, where he is currently a member of its Board of 
Management, member of the CII National Committee on Design, India, and 
member of the Jury for India Design Mark, India Design Council. He 
founded IDeASLab – the first laboratory in India for research into 
design creativity, sustainability and innovation. He is Programme chair 
for International Conferences on Research into Design (ICoRD), 22nd CIRP 
Design Conference (CIRP Design 2012) and vice-Chair for AI in Design 
(AID) and Design Computing and Cognition (DCC) Conferences. He is an 
Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers, the peer 
society under the UK Royal Charter in engineering design. 11 of his 
papers won top paper awards in various international conferences.


*Funding Opportunity:NIH Summer Research Experience for Students*

Title:NIH Summer Research Experience Programs (R25)
Sponsor:National Institutes of Health/DHHS

SYNOPSIS:The sponsors invite applications to provide a high quality 
research experience for high school and college students and for science 
teachers during the summer academic break.The NIH expects that such 
programs will: help attract young students to careers in science; 
provide opportunities for college students to gain valuable research 
experience to help prepare them for graduate school; and enhance the 
skills of science teachers and enable them to more effectively 
communicate the nature of the scientific process to their students.The 
programs would also contribute to enhancing overall science 
literacy.Summer Research Programs that expand and complement existing 
summer educational and training programs are encouraged.This FOA will 
utilize the R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

Deadline(s):04/02/2015, 05/21/2015
Program URL:

The deadline for receipt of standard applications is April 2, 2015, by 
5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.The deadline for receipt of 
AIDS-related applications is May 21, 2015by 5:00 PM local time of 
applicant organization.


*Funding Opportunity:Young Faculty Award (DARPA)*

This Research Announcement (RA) solicits ground-breaking 
single-investigator proposals from junior faculty for research and 
development in the areas of Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, 
Medicine, Biology, Information and Social Sciences of interest to 
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Microsystems Technology Office 
(MTO), and Biological Technology Office (BTO). See the full 
DARPA-RA-15-32 document for details.(The full solicitation lists topic 
areas that are of interest to DARPA.)

Participation is limited to untenured Assistant or Associate Professors 
within 5 years of appointment to a tenure-track position at a U.S. 
institution of higher education or equivalent at a non-profit science 
and technology research institution.

Deadline:April 13, 2015


*Funding Opportunity:Rapid Response to Earth System Events (NASA)*

Title:ROSES 2015: Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science
Sponsor:National Aeronautics & Space Administration

This program element solicits proposals that advance the goals and 
objectives of NASA?s Earth Science Division by conducting unique 
research to investigate 1) unforeseen or unpredictable Earth system 
events and opportunities that require rapid response, and 2) novel new 
ideas of potential high merit and relevance for ESD science that have 
not otherwise been solicited by NASA in the past three years.

Program URL:{647E25AB-46C5-44D1-C4D3-C33521853238}&path=open 

There are rolling submissions through March 31, 2016.

OBJECTIVES:Rapid Response to Earth System Events – This subelement is 
focused on research proposals having great urgency for action involving 
quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic extreme events, 
disasters, and/or similar unanticipated or unpredictable events. 
Examples are major fires, volcanic eruptions, 100-year floods, episodes 
of severe and large-scale environmental pollution, harmful algal blooms, 
coral bleaching events, and other events causing large-scale and rapid 
environmental change. …


*Funding Opportunity:Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (NSF)*

Sponsor:Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and 

The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future LearningTechnologies program 
is to integrate opportunities offered by emergingtechnologies with 
advances in what is known about how people learn toadvance three 
interconnected thrusts: Innovation: inventing andimproving 
next-generation genres (types) of learning technologies,identifying new 
means of using technology for fostering and assessinglearning, and 
proposing new ways of integrating learning technologieswith each other 
and into learning environments to foster and assesslearning; Advancing 
understanding of how people learn intechnology-rich learning 
environments: enhancing understanding of howpeople learn and how to 
better foster and assess learning, especiallyin technology-rich learning 
environments that offer new opportunitiesfor learning and through data 
collection and computational modeling oflearners and groups of learners 
that can be done only in suchenvironments; and Promoting broad use and 
transferability of newgenres: extracting lessons from experiences with 
these technologiesthat can inform design and use of new genres across 
disciplines,populations, and learning environments; advancing 
understanding of howto foster learning through effective use these new 
technologies andthe environments they are integrated into.

Deadline(s):03/27/2015, 05/11/2015, 07/31/2015, 12/07/2015, 12/18/2015, 
Program URL:


Deadlines are as follows:
Full Proposal Target Date:March 27, 2015 -- Capacity-Building Projects;
Letter of Intent Deadline: May 11, 2015 -- Integration Projects only;
Full Proposal Deadline:July 13, 2015-- Integration Projects;
Full Proposal Target Date:July 31, 2015 -- Capacity-Building Projects;
Full Proposal Target Date:December 7, 2015 -- Capacity-Building Projects;
Full Proposal Deadline: December 18, 2015-- Exploration Projects;
Full Proposal Deadline:January 18, 2016-- Development and Implementation.


*Funding Opportunity:Broadening Participation in Engineering (NSF)*

Sponsor:Directorate for Engineering/NSF

The Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Program is a 
Directorate-wide activity to support the development of a diverse and 
well-prepared workforce of engineering graduates, particularly those 
with advanced degrees. The BPE Program supports projects to engage and 
develop diverse teams that can offer unique perspectives and insights to 
challenges in engineering research and education.

Program URL:


*Funding Opportunity:Team-Based Design in Bioengineering Education (NIH)*

Title:Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)
Sponsor:National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering/NIH/DHHS

SYNOPSIS:The sponsors invite applications from institutions that propose 
to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses in 
undergraduate Biomedical Engineering departments or programs. This FOA 
targets undergraduate students at the senior level but may also include 
junior undergraduates and first-year graduate students. Courses that 
address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, 
multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary training and clinical immersion are 
especially encouraged.This FOA will use the NIH Research Education (R25) 
grant mechanism.

Deadline(s):04/13/2015, 05/13/2015
Program URL:

Deadline Note:Optional letters of intents may be submitted thirty days 
before the application due date.The deadline for receipt of full 
applications is May 13 annually.This FOA will expire on May 14, 2015.


*Funding Opportunity:Bioengineering Research Partnerships (NIH)*

Title:Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) R01
Sponsor:National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering/NIH/DHHS

SYNOPSIS:National Institutes of Health (NIH) participating Institutes 
and Centers invite bioengineering applications that will accelerate the 
development and adoption of promising tools and technologies that can 
address important biomedical research problems. The objectives are to 
establish these tools and technologies as robust, well-characterized 
solutions that fulfill an unmet need and are capable of enhancing our 
understanding of life science processes or the practice of medicine. 
Awards will focus on supporting multidisciplinary teams that apply an 
integrative, quantitative bioengineering approach to developing these 
technologies and engage biomedical researchers or clinicians throughout 
the project. The goal of the program is to support projects that can 
realize meaningful solutions within 5-10 years.This FOA will use the NIH 
Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

Deadline(s):05/20/2015, 09/07/2015, 09/18/2015, 01/07/2016
Program URL:

Deadline Note:The deadlines for receipt of standard R01 applications 
under this announcement are: May 20, 2015, and September 18, 2015), by 
5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.The deadlines for receipt 
of AIDS-related applications are: September 7, 2015, and January 7, 
2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.This FOA will 
expire on January 8, 2016.


*Funding Opportunity:Environmental Literacy: Extreme Weather (NOAA)*

NOAA’s Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications 
for projects designed to strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ 
environmental literacy to improve community resilience to extreme 
weather events and environmental changes.Successful projects will 
advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary 
for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an 
understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that 
are associated with a community’s location.Eligible applicants are 
limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including 
informal education institutions such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; 
K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local 
and Indian tribal governments in the United States.Proposed projects 
should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget 
requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.

Deadline:April 13, 2015

Informational Webinar

Two informational webinars with the program officers will occur on March 
9, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT and March 10, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm 
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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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