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List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Photo of the Week
  * GMU-AFCEA Symposium: May 20-21
  * Federal Cybersecurity Research & Development Strategic Plan:Seeking
    Input
  * Funding Opportunity:Trust in Autonomy for Human Machine Teaming (Air
    Force)
  * Tools for a Sustainable Transit Agency (Transportation Research Board)
  * Research Interests of the AFOSR (Air Force)
  * Jessica Lin Receives Funding from Semiconductor Research Corporation
  * Jonathan Gifford and Shanjiang Zhu Receive Funding from Booz Allen
    Hamilton and US Dept. of Transportation


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*VSE in the News*

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

At the Volgenau website (http://volgenau.gmu.edu/):

  * SEOR Students Win Awards at West Point
    <https://volgenau.gmu.edu/home/-/asset_publisher/HNSOWRmBcc5U/content/seor-students-win-awards-at-west-point?redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fvolgenau.gmu.edu%2Fhome%3Fp_p_id%3D101_INSTANCE_HNSOWRmBcc5U%26p_p_lifecycle%3D0%26p_p_state%3Dnormal%26p_p_mode%3Dview%26p_p_col_id%3Dcolumn-3%26p_p_col_count%3D1>:
    The System Engineering Senior Design students competed in the
    General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Conference, at the U.S.
    Military Academy at West Point, NY.
  * Outstanding Alumni Achievements Recognized at Celebration of
    Distinction
    <https://volgenau.gmu.edu/home/-/asset_publisher/HNSOWRmBcc5U/content/outstanding-alumni-achievements-recognized-at-celebration-of-distinction?redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fvolgenau.gmu.edu%2Fhome%3Fp_p_id%3D101_INSTANCE_HNSOWRmBcc5U%26p_p_lifecycle%3D0%26p_p_state%3Dnormal%26p_p_mode%3Dview%26p_p_col_id%3Dcolumn-3%26p_p_col_count%3D1>:Volgenau
    School alumnus Brian Chromey was one of sixteen exceptional alumni,
    one outstanding faculty member and one talented student who were
    honored on April 23 during the Celebration of Distinction.


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

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*Photo of the Week*



Talha Agcayazi, a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 
demonstrates his research about the augmentation of search and rescue 
with UAV.Photo by Evan Cantwell, Creative Services, George Mason University.

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*GMU-AFCEA Symposium: May 20-21*

URL: http://c4i.gmu.edu/?page_id=1949&preview=true

AFCEA and GMU are jointly sponsoring a conference with the goal of 
bringing academia, industry and government together to consider current 
critical issues in C4I technology and systems R&D. We believe this is in 
the US national interest and that of our international coalition 
partners. The conference will focus on a selected set of hot topics. Our 
agenda this year will be made up of invited speakers, so no call for 
papers will be issued. Our advisory committee has been chosen based on 
their involvement at the cutting edge and they promise to bring in an 
exciting group of speakers.

[This event is open to all GMU faculty, staff and students at no cost.To 
register as GMU contact Deb Schenaker, [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. ]

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*Federal Cybersecurity Research & Development Strategic Plan:Seeking Input*

In response to the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 
(https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1353), federal 
agencies are developing a Federal cybersecurity research and development 
strategic plan. The strategic plan will be used to guide and coordinate 
federally-funded cybersecurity research. On behalf of the agencies, the 
Cyber Security and Information Assurance Research and Development Senior 
Steering Group seeks public input on research objectives for the 
strategic plan.

Additional information and instructions for this Request for Information 
are posted at:https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-09697. To be 
considered, submissions must be received no later than June 19, 2015, to 
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

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*Funding Opportunity:Trust in Autonomy for Human Machine Teaming (Air 
Force)*

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) … has a need to understand the 
human-machine trust process within pilots, Intelligence, Surveillance, 
and Reconnaissance (ISR) operators and analysts, maintenance domains, 
and advanced human-robot teaming concepts.The Air Force has proposed 
human-machine teaming as a primary research thrust, yet to achieve this 
ambitious vision we need research on how to harness the socio-emotional 
elements of interpersonal team/trust dynamics and inject them into 
human-robot teams.These human-machine teaming dynamics can involve 
research studying the interplay of individual differences, machine 
characteristics, robot design, robot interaction patterns, human-machine 
interaction, and contextual facets of human-machine teaming.…

Program URL: 
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=81116dd91271243f04c5c56cc1343e73&tab=core&_cview=0 


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*Tools for a Sustainable Transit Agency (Transportation Research Board)*

The Transportation Research Board's Transit Cooperative Research Program 
(TCRP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop tools to 
address how environmental, economic, and social sustainability 
objectives can be established and implemented by transit agencies. The 
tools should help transit agencies formulate, plan, finance, and 
integrate agency-specific sustainability strategies that improve transit 
performance and the livability and vitality of their communities.

Deadline(s):07/14/2015
Program URL: 
http://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=3933

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*Research Interests of the AFOSR (Air Force)*

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research plans, coordinates, and 
executes the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) basic research 
program in response to technical guidance from AFRL and requirements of 
the Air Force. Additionally, the office fosters, supports, and conducts 
research within Air Force, university, and industry laboratories; and 
ensures transition of research results to support U.S. Air Force needs. 
The focus of AFOSR is on research areas that offer significant and 
comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping 
capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in two scientific 
Departments: Engineering and Information Science (RTA) and Physical and 
Biological Sciences (RTB).

Program URL: 
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d34562467cd2df32dd11499d42cba698&tab=core&_cview=0 


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*Jessica Lin Receives Funding from Semiconductor Research Corporation*

Jessica Lin of the Computer Science Department received $240K from 
Semiconductor Research Corporation for her project, “Scalable 
Multivariate Temporal Pattern Discovery.”

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*Jonathan Gifford and Shanjiang Zhu Receive Funding from Booz Allen 
Hamilton and US Dept. of Transportation*

Jonathan Gifford of the School of Policy, Government, and International 
Affairs and Shanjiang Zhu of theSid and Reva Dewberry Department of 
Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering received $8K from 
Booz Allen Hamilton and US Dept. of Transportation for their project, 
“Development of Framework and Educational Tool to Assess the Benefits 
and Costs of Highway Public-Private Partnerships (P3).”

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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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Phone: (703) 993-1505
Fax: (703) 993-1633
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