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Because of the winter break, the next installment of News of the Week will be on Monday, January 9, 2017.


VSE in the News

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

Beyond Mason

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Photo of the Week


Students Adam Johnson, Kevin Bryant, Case Hassak, and Jason Schwarzwalder, from Engr 107, show off their completed hydraulics project. The idea is to fill “vessels” (i.e., cups) on various “planes” with a set quantity of water in a set sequence. There are also more complex events - including injecting some food coloring, mixing it with the water, and dumping the mixture into a third container.


Funding Opportunity:  High-End Instrumentation (NIH)

Opportunity Title:  High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10)
Sponsor:  Office of Research Infrastructure Programs/NIH/DHHS
Deadline Date:  31-May-2017
Program URL:

Synopsis:  Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) invites applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems that cost at least $600,001. The maximum award is $2,000,000. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers. This FOA will use the NIH S10 Biomedical Research Support Shared Instrumentation Grants award mechanism.


Funding Opportunity:  Airport Cooperative Research Program … (TRB)

Opportunity Title:  Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) - Improving AEDT Modeling for Aircraft Noise Reflection and Diffraction from Terrain and Manmade Structures
Sponsor:  Transportation Research Board
Sponsor Number:  ACRP 02-79 [RFP]
Deadline Date:  03-Feb-2017
Program URL:

Synopsis:  The Transportation Research Board's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop, evaluate, and recommend method(s) to account for aircraft noise reflection and diffraction due to terrain and manmade structures for incorporation in AEDT.  The method(s) should account for ground and airborne aircraft operations. Recommended method(s) must be non-proprietary and based on open-source software.

Stephen G. Nash
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Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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