List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Photo of the Week
  * Mason 2017 Summer Research Fellowship Program for Graduate Students
  * C2MW: Spring 2017 Classroom to Maker’s Week at Mason
  * LATTICE 2017: Targeting Early-Career Women PhD Engineers
  * Funding Opportunity:Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Sci. & Eng.
    Research (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation
  * Funding Opportunity:Student Design Competition for Sustainability (EPA)
  * Funding Opportunity:Strategic Technologies (DARPA)
  * Funding Opportunity:NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology,
    Engineering, & Math.
  * Funding Opportunity:Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure
  * Funding Opportunity:Energy-Efficient Computing … (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Cyber-Physical Systems (NSF)
  * Bob Elder Receives Funding from Johns Hopkins Univ. & NAVSEA


*VSE in the News*

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

Beyond Mason

  * Campus Technology: Trade publication says Mason ranks No. 2 on list
    of schools with most data analytics programs with 31.

On the News at Mason page (

  * Attacking tumors from the inside <>.
    Nitin Agrawal received a $300,000 grant from the National Science
    Foundation to develop an anti-cancer therapy in which researchers
    will induce the body to grow more T-cells.

On the Volgenau site (

  * Celebrate Technology event returns January 25, 2017
    <>. Mason students and alumni
    are invited to attend "Celebrate Technology" on January 25, 2017.
  * Mason faculty to participate in Appalachia Advancing project
    <>. Michael Hieb was part of a
    national group of thought leaders convened at Shepherd University’s
    Center for Regional Innovation to discuss the Appalachia Advancing
  * Mechanical Engineering department to seek ABET accreditation
    <>. Department Chair Oscar
    Barton shares thoughts on accreditation of Mechanical Engineering
    bachelor’s program.

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*


Dr. Laurence Bray (second from right) and engineering students in the 
GMU-Inova Applied Neuroscience class work with faculty and clinicians in 
both didactic and simulated clinical environment on the Inova Fairfax 
Medical Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell.


*Mason 2017 Summer Research Fellowship Program for Graduate Students*

Questions: Akitta Robertson, [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>or 703.993.8912
Deadline:Friday, January 20, 2017

Summer Research Fellowships provide financial support to graduate 
students during the summer term, allowing students to devote significant 
time to their dissertation or thesis research. The intent of the award 
is to foster greater professional productivity and to assist in timely 
degree completion.

Summer Research Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. 
Applicants must submit materials to the Office of the Provost by Friday, 
January 20, 2017 (see Application Process). Recipients will be notified 
by Friday, February 24, 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

  * Applicants must be doctoral or master’s students enrolled full-time
    during both fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
  * Applicants may not currently hold a fellowship that offers funding
    through the summer.
  * Applicants may not hold an assistantship or accept outside
    employment during the award period.
  * Doctoral students must have completed course requirements, passed
    all required written and oral exams, and be registered for
    dissertation credit in the spring 2017 semester.
  * Master’s students must provide written verification of thesis
    proposal acceptance by thesis chair/committee no later than May 6,
    2017 (last day of classes).


  * Fellowship amount: $7,000 for doctoral students; $5,000 for master’s
  * Term of award: Summer 2017 (May 25 – August 24).
  * Enrollment in summer coursework beyond dissertation or thesis
    credits must be approved in advance by the Associate Provost for
    Graduate Education.
  * Student must submit a summary of the work produced at the conclusion
    of the summer.
  * Student’s thesis or dissertation chair must be willing to provide a
    written evaluation of student’s work at the conclusion of the fellowship


*C2MW: Spring 2017 Classroom to Maker’s Week at Mason*


[This message was sent to me by Viviana Maggioni of the CEIE 
Department.Faculty are encouraged to nominate students to this program.]

We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2017 Classroom to 
Maker’sWeek (C2MW).

Through this program, students will receive expert assistance, be 
eligible for microgrants to fund development, receive materials and 
supplies, and gain access to specialized equipment to realize their 
entrepreneurial ideas.

Students can get accepted two different ways.

Have an idea? If you think this idea can benefit someone else, find a 
market, or fill a gap in existing offerings, then take the next step! 
We’ll pair you with talented students, faculty, and professionals to 
help realize this idea. Apply to C2MW for an entrepreneurial idea here.

Want to share your skills? We want to pair talented students, faculty, 
and professionals with folks that have a great idea already. We need 
complementary skill sets from business, science, engineering, 
humanities, art, policy, law, health and education. Tell us what you 
bring to a potential team by applying to C2MW for your expertise here 

The program is only offered in the Spring semester. For more 
information, please feel free to contact us at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


*LATTICE 2017: Targeting Early-Career Women PhD Engineers*

Questions: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Deadline: January 13, 2017 (11:59pm Pacific Time)

LATTICE: Launching Academics on the Tenure Track: an Intentional 
Community in Engineering is a national program, funded by the National 
Science Foundation (HRD-1500310), to advance faculty diversity in 
engineering. It includes a professional development intervention and a 
research study to understand why the intervention works. LATTICE seeks 
to positively impact early-career women in Electrical Engineering and 
Computer Science (EECS) and early-career underrepresented minority women 
across all fields of Engineering who are interested in faculty 
careers.LATTICE participants will gain a stronger sense of career 
self-efficacy and a stronger sense of belonging through a combination of 
symposia, peer mentoring networks, and other support structures over a 
two-year period. The long-term goal of LATTICE is to diversify the 
national engineering faculty population.

LATTICE is now recruiting applicants for our 2017 national LATTICE 
symposium, to be held May 18-21, 2017 outside of Seattle, WA. 2017 
LATTICE participants will be early career women Ph.D. engineers from 
electrical engineering and computer science who are interested in or are 
pursuing faculty careers. Early career includes postdoctoral 
researchers, assistant professors, assistant research professors, and 
other pre-tenure level engineering positions.


*Funding Opportunity:Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Sci. & Eng. 
Research (NSF)*

Opportunity Title:Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and 
Engineering Research(CESER)
Sponsor:Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and 
Program URL:

Synopsis:The overall goal of the Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging 
Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program is to foster the 
development of innovative cyberinfrastructure (CI) technologies and new 
means of leveraging existing CI resources to catalyze emerging areas of 
potentially transformative science and engineering research, including 
NSF priority areas, national strategic initiatives, and international 
collaborative research.


*Funding Opportunity:Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (NSF)*

Opportunity Title:Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SSE, 
SSI, S2I2)
Sponsor:Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and 
Deadline Dates:07-Mar-2017, 19-Sep-2017, 07-Mar-2017
Program URL:

Synopsis:Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) is a 
bold and long-term investment that maintains a sustained focus on 
realizing the Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and 
Engineering, which envisions a highly reusable and interoperable 
cyberinfrastructure architecture that integrates large-scale computing, 
high-speed networks, massive data archives, instruments and major 
facilities, observatories, experiments, and embedded sensors and 
actuators, across the nation and the world, to help make great strides 
towards revolutionizing virtually every science and engineering 
discipline. The SI2 program focuses on supporting robust, reliable and 
sustainable software that will support and advance sustained scientific 
innovation and discovery. Thus, proposals are strongly encouraged to 
describe their approach to quality software development through a 
defined software engineering process that includes software testing, the 
appropriate use of analysis tools and capabilities such as those made 
available through the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP,, and collaborations with resources 
such as Software Carpentry ( and the 
Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC,, in order to gain access to expertise where 
needed, such as in software design and engineering, as well as in 


*Funding Opportunity:Student Design Competition for Sustainability (EPA)*

[There are several similar opportunities under this program.I mention 
what I considered to be the two most relevant ones here.]

Opportunity Title: P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for 
Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet - Built 
Sponsor:Environmental Protection Agency
Sponsor Number:EPA-G2017-P3-Q2
Deadline Date:03-Feb-2017
Program URL :

Opportunity Title:P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for 
Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet - Water
Sponsor:Environmental Protection Agency
Sponsor Number:EPA-G2017-P3-Q4
Deadline Date:03-Feb-2017
Program URL :

Synopsis:The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its 
People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program, is seeking 
applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to 
real world challenges involving sustainability. The P3 competition 
highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative 
projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award Program was developed 
to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals 
of improved quality of life, economic prosperity and protection of the 
planet - people, prosperity, and the planet - the three pillars of 
sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to 
the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of 


*Funding Opportunity:Strategic Technologies (DARPA)*

Sponsor:Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Sponsor Number:DARPA-BAA-16-18
Deadline Date:21-Mar-2017
Program URL:

Synopsis:DARPA is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies 
that offer the potential for significant capability improvement across 
the Strategic Technology Office focus areas. This includes technology 
development related to Battle Management, Command and Control (BMC2), 
Communications and Networks, Electronic Warfare, Intelligence, 
Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Position, Navigation, and Timing 
(PNT), Maritime, and Foundational Strategic Technologies and Systems. 
Proposed research should investigate approaches that enable 
revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. DARPA 
anticipates funding a limited number of proposals under this BAA. 
Specifically excluded are existing mature solutions and research that 
results in evolutionary improvements to existing technologies.


*Funding Opportunity:NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, 
Engineering, & Math.*

Opportunity Title:NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, 
and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Sponsor:Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF
Deadline Date:29-Mar-2017
Program URL:

Synopsis:A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and 
mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining 
the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy. The National 
Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, 
Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a 
high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program 
and for the increased success of low-income academically talented 
students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, 
baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, 
and mathematics (STEM). Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot 
increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards 
to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to 
advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective 
evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support 
recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, 
academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program 
encourages collaborations among different types of partners: 
Partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of 
STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science 
researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and 
local business and industry, if appropriate.


*Funding Opportunity:Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure 

Sponsor:Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and 
Deadline Date:01-Mar-2017
Program URL:

Synopsis:Advancements in data-driven scientific research depend on 
trustworthy and reliable cyberinfrastructure. Researchers rely on a 
variety of networked technologies and software tools to achieve their 
scientific goals. These may include local or remote instruments, 
wireless sensors, software programs, operating systems, database 
servers, high-performance computing, large-scale storage, and other 
critical infrastructure connected by high-speed networking. This 
complex, distributed, interconnected global cyberinfrastructure 
ecosystem presents unique cybersecurity challenges. NSF-funded 
scientific instruments, sensors and equipment are specialized, 
highly-visible assets that present attractive targets for both 
unintentional errors and malicious activity; untrustworthy software or a 
loss of integrity of the data collected by a scientific instrument may 
mean corrupt, skewed or incomplete results. Furthermore, often 
data-driven research, e.g., in the medical field or in the social 
sciences, requires access to private information, and exposure of such 
data may cause financial, reputational and/or other damage. Therefore, 
an increasing area of focus for NSF is the development and deployment of 
hardware and software technologies and techniques to protect research 
cyberinfrastructure across every stage of the scientific workflow.


*Funding Opportunity:Energy-Efficient Computing … (NSF)*

Opportunity Title: Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to 
Architectures (E2CDA)
Sponsor: Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and 
Deadline Date:07-Mar-2017
Program URL:

Synopsis:There is a consensus across the many industries touched by our 
ubiquitous computing infrastructure that future performance improvements 
across the board are now severely limited by the amount of energy it 
takes to manipulate, store, and critically, transport data. While the 
limits and tradeoffs for this performance-energy crisis vary across the 
full range of application platforms, they have all reached a point at 
which evolutionary approaches to addressing this challenge are no longer 
adequate. Truly disruptive breakthroughs are now required, and not just 
from any one segment of the technology stack. Rather, due to the 
complexity of the challenges, revolutionary new approaches are needed at 
each level in the hierarchy. Furthermore, simultaneous co-optimization 
across all levels is essential for the creation of new, sustainable 
computing platforms. These simultaneous technical and organizational 
challenges have never been as complex or as critically important as they 
are now. The urgency of solving the multi-disciplinary technical 
challenges will require new methods of collaboration and organization 
among researchers. Therefore, a comprehensive and collaborative approach 
must be undertaken to maximize the potential for successfully 
identifying and implementing revolutionary solutions to break through 
the bottleneck of energy-constrained computational performance. 
Programmers, system architects, circuit designers, chip processing 
engineers, material scientists, and computational chemists must all 
explore these new paths together to co-design an optimal solution path. 
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research 
Corporation (SRC) recognize this need, and agree to embark on a new 
collaborative research program to support compelling research that is of 
paramount importance to industry, academia and society at large. This 
partnership will specifically support new research to minimize the 
energy impacts of processing, storing, and moving data within future 
computing systems, and will be synergistic with other research 
activities that address other aspects of this overarching 
energy-constrained computing performance challenge.


*Funding Opportunity:Cyber-Physical Systems (NSF)***

Sponsor: Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and 
Deadline Date:06-Mar-2017
Program URL:

Synopsis: The goal of the CPS program is to develop the core system 
science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems that people 
can use or interact with and depend upon. Some of these may require 
high-confidence or provable behaviors. The program aims to foster a 
research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS 
and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering 
practice. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and 
application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting 
fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the 
integration of cyber and physical elements across all application 
sectors. To expedite and accelerate the realization of cyber-physical 
systems in a wide range of applications, the CPS program also supports 
the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components 
based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the 
principles via prototypes and testbeds. The sponsor has also seen a 
convergence of CPS technologies and research thrusts that underpin Smart 
&amp; Connected Communities (S&CC) and the Internet of Things (IoT). 
These domains offer new and exciting challenges for foundational 
research and provide opportunities for maturation at multiple time horizons.


*Bob Elder Receives Funding from Johns Hopkins Univ. & NAVSEA*

Bob Elder of the C4I & Cyber Center received $100K from The Johns 
Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory and NAVSEA for his 
project, “National C3 (NC3) Architecture Modernization.”


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
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