List of Announcements (details below):


VSE in the News

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

At the Volgenau website (

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


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.


GMU-AFCEA Symposium: May 20-21


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]. ]


Federal Cybersecurity Research & Development Strategic Plan:  Seeking Input

In response to the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (, 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: To be considered, submissions must be received no later than June 19, 2015, to [log in to unmask].


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. 

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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
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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).

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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.”


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 the  Sid 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).”


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