List of Announcements (details below):

My regular announcements will appear less frequently over the summer, and two of the features (VSE in the News, Photo of the Week) will come and go.   But there are other ways to keep information about the Volgenau School.

Attending a conference? Doing fieldwork somewhere far away? Social media is the quick, easy, and portable way to keep in touch with what’s happening here at the school.  Wherever you go, whatever you do this summer, use your smartphone or tablet share your stories and pictures on our social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Kathleen Wage Receives 2016 Harriett B. Rigas Award

Kathleen Wage has been selected to receive the 2016 Harriett B. Rigas Award from the IEEE Education Society. This award was developed by the Education Society in cooperation with the Hewlett-Packard Company, and it recognizes outstanding faculty women who have made significant contributions to electrical/computer engineering education through excellence in teaching, encouraging and supporting increased participation of women in electrical/computer engineering, demonstrated scholarship/research, development of educational technology which enhances student learning, and/or service to the engineering profession.

The proposed citation for her award is: “For championing active learning, developing an internationally recognized assessment instrument, and cultivating a sustainable and supportive environment for female engineering faculty.”

The presentation of this award is scheduled for the Frontiers in Education annual conference that will be held in Erie, Pennsylvania, October 12-15, 2016. A list of previous recipients may be found at


Mason’s Undergraduate Research Scholar Presentations (Aug 5, 2pm)

OSCAR is pleased to invite all students, staff, and faculty to attend the poster presentations of the summer cohort of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. The event will start at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Second Floor, West Lounge area on August 5, 2016. Food and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit or email [log in to unmask].  


Mason’s Honor Committee Seeking Additional Members

[I received this message from the Office of Academic Integrity.]

The Office of Academic Integrity is seeking to recruit members for the Mason Honor Committee.  Students both graduate and undergraduate are invited to join the Honor committee.  Additionally, Faculty members are also invited to serve as Faculty Representative members.  Faculty Representatives have full voting rights in cases, and would be ask to volunteer 2 hours a month to the committee (depending on the number of representatives we receive, it may be less than that).  They are seeking Faculty Representatives from all colleges so that they have a pool of content experts to review the various cases they see in their office, some of which require technical expertise in order to determine if a violation of the Honor Code took place.

The link for the application is below, but the details regarding required time for participation have changed.  The website is in the process of being updated, but the application will remain the same.

For further information, contact:
    LaShonda Anthony, Ph.D.
    Director, Academic Integrity
    George Mason University
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Funding Opportunity:  Focused Research Groups in Math. Sciences (NSF)

A new NSF program solicitation is now available:
   Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (FRGMS)
Please see
for details.

Proposal Deadline Date:  September 27, 2016 

Program synopsis:  The purpose of the Focused Research Group activity is to support collaborative groups employing innovative methods to solve specific, major research challenges in the mathematical sciences. A major challenge is an outstanding problem of significant importance that requires the focused and synergistic efforts of a collaborative group to solve, and whose solution will have wide impacts in the mathematical sciences and potentially in other areas. Groups may include, in addition to statisticians and mathematicians, researchers from other science and engineering disciplines appropriate for the proposed research. Risky projects are welcome. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome. Projects should be timely, limited in duration to up to three years, and substantial in their scope and impact for the mathematical sciences. Funded projects that show substantial progress in their first two years may be recommended for a creativity extension for up to an additional two years.


Siddhartha Sikdar Receives Funding from Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Siddhartha Sikdar of the Bioengineering Department received $80K from the Department of Veterans Affairs for his project, “ACCOF(Asymptomatic Cartoid Stenosis: Cognitive Function and Plaque Correlates).”


John Shortle Receives Funding from Logistics Mgmt. Inst. & NASA

John Shortle of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research and Systems Engineering & Operations Research Department received $49K from the Logistics Management Institute and NASA for his project, “Systems Analysis Benefits Metrics.”


Vasiliki Ikonomidou, Andre Manitius, Monty Hayes, & Jill Nelson Receive Funding from Micron Technology

Vasiliki Ikonomidou of the Bioengineering Department, and Andre Manitius, Monty Hayes, & Jill Nelson of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $140K from Micron Technology Inc. for their project, “MicronTechnology/AcousticDiagnostic.”


John Shortle Receives Funding from U. Maryland & FAA

John Shortle of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research and Systems Engineering & Operations Research Department received $79K from the University of Maryland and the Federal Aviation Administration for his project, “NEXTOR II: DO33: Wake Turbulence Research: Phase 4 - 2nd Year.”


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