List of Announcements (details below):


·         This Week at the Volgenau School

·         VSE in the News

·         Photo of the Week

·         Upcoming Events at the Volgenau School

·         NSF Advance workshop at Mason (Fri Feb 10)

·         Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (Sat Mar 25)

·         Mason Well-being Conference (April 6-8)

·         Pitch IT 2017 (Sat Apr 22)

·         Library Opportunities: NY Times, Office Hours in VSE, Graduate Workshop

·         Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Pop Up Sessions

·         Funding Opportunity:  Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (NSF)

·         Dov Gordon Receives Funding from NRL

·         Mike Hieb, Jan Allbeck, Andrew Crooks, and Mark Pullen Receive Funding from DARPA

·         Bijan Jabbari is Issued a Patent




This Week at the Volgenau School


Later today there will be a meeting of the School’s Graduate Studies committee.  Sort of.


Not for the first time, we’ve also invited faculty and staff who oversee our various graduate programs.  Today’s meeting is part of a larger project for enhancing recruitment and retention at the graduate level.  If this project is going to be successful then it will require broad participation within the School.


There are a lot of activities that contribute to recruitment and retention. 


We need to communicate about our programs.  In brief, we need to answer two basic questions:  Why choose Mason?  Why choose this program? 


We need to recruit.  Part of this is internal, since many Mason graduate students are former undergraduates.  We also need to work with corporations and government agencies, since their employees become our students.  Recruitment for doctoral students is particularly challenging, since they come to us from around the world and have goals that may align with individual faculty members.


But this isn’t all.  We need to respond rapidly to inquiries, no matter how they arrive.  We need to have good processes for admissions.  We need to make competitive funding offers to doctoral students.  We need to understand and exploit all the relevant sources of data.  And on and on.


It’s a big project.  Today our goal is to make people aware of all the data sets that are available, and how to use them to get insight into their own programs. One step on a long journey.



VSE in the News

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


On the Volgenau site (

·         PhD students prep for Mason’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition. Volgenau School of Engineering entrants begin formal preparation for the inaugural Mason Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) competition sponsored by the provost’s office.

·         PITCH IT fourth edition slated for April 22. Pitch IT 2017 is the fourth edition of LITE’s business idea competition. The competition is open to all teams with at least one Mason student. Participants will compete for grants totaling $2,000.


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


Photo of the Week


First snow. Later this week is Groundhog Day, but today the statue of George Mason is covered in snow. Looks like some more weeks of winter may be ahead of us.




Upcoming Events at the Volgenau School


Whether you're looking for a specific event or browsing, our calendar lets you know what’s happening at Volgenau. Here is a sample of what’s coming in the next several weeks. For more information visit our calendar on the web. From this page you can share the event on social media, get updates, forward to friends, or save it to your own calendar.


Feb. 6 – 1:00 p.m. Simulation-Based Air Mission Plans Evaluation

Feb. 10 – 2:00 p.m. ECE Distinguished Speaker

Feb. 19 – 8:00 a.m. Engineering Youth Conference

Feb. 20 – National Engineers Week (various locations)

Feb. 23 – 1:00 p.m. Digital Forensics Symposium

March 1 – 5:30 p.m.    Celebrate Technology


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NSF Advance workshop at Mason (Fri Feb 10)


A team of faculty are interested in gathering feedback from our community in preparation for possible submission of a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. There will be a half-day workshop on Friday, February 10 from 9-noon in Merten Hall, Room 1201. The goal of the event, Enacting Equity: A Conversation for Change with NSF ADVANCE, is to understand the organizational barriers at Mason that limit the advancement and inclusion of diverse faculty and to create a working agenda in conjunction with an NSF grant proposal to eliminate these barriers. President Cabrera, Provost Wu, and VPR Crawford will be there, as we hear from experts from around the country on the goals, purposes, and opportunities for change with this grant program. Light refreshments will be served.


RSVP here:




Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (Sat Mar 25)


Deadline for abstracts:  February 10, 2017



Mason’s Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) invites students to participate in the 2017 Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Founders Hall at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus. This one-day event will showcase graduate student research across disciplines through posters, presentations—and new this year—a 3MT™ competition.


Eligibility: Applicants must be current graduate students at George Mason University. Team presentations must include at least one current Mason graduate student.


Contact Information


General Inquiry: [log in to unmask]

Christian Rafael Suero, GAPSA President: [log in to unmask]




Mason Well-being Conference (April 6-8)


Register for the 2017 Leading to Well-Being Conference (April 6th-8th), featuring keynote speakers Dr. David Rock and Arianna Huffington, to discover how well-being and leadership practices can empower your workplace to maximize success. The early-bird rate is available until Friday, March 3rd. Now in its eighth year—and widely regarded as the region’s top gathering on the intersection of leadership and well-being—this conference attracts the nation’s top experts in organizational leadership for deep and substantial learning. Learn more and register at




Pitch IT 2017 (Sat Apr 22)


LITE (the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship) is hosting Pitch IT 2017 o Saturday, April 22.


Pitch IT 2017 is the fourth edition of LITE’s business idea competition. The competition is open to all teams with at least one Mason student. Participants will compete for grants totaling $2,000. Students will present their business ideas to a panel of judges including faculty, entrepreneurs, and other business experts. Participants will have the opportunity to get funding, receive valuable feedback, and enhance their ability to present and market their ideas to early stage investors (i.e., angel investors, family and friends).


The fourth Pitch IT competition will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Research Hall 163, on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University. Registration is required to participate. Please complete a return the registration form no later than 11:59 pm EDT on April 9, 2017. Early submissions are highly encouraged. Additional information is available at




Library Opportunities: NY Times, Office Hours in VSE, Graduate Workshop


Access the New York Times online through the Mason Libraries: 


The Mason Libraries are now offering full access to to students, faculty, and staff. Content includes the International, Spanish, and Chinese editions; breaking news articles; blogs; videos; and interactive features.  Users are encouraged to download the NYTimes app for iPhone, iPad, or Android.


Interested? Create a NYTimes account here using your Mason credentials. Once registered, you can access directly from any location. Please register and encourage your students to do the same!  Questions?  Contact the IT & Engineering Librarian at [log in to unmask].


Librarian Office Hours at Nguyen Building: 


Beginning Monday, 1/30/17, Theresa Calcagno, the IT & Engineering Librarian will be holding office hours in the Nguyen building on

·         Mondays, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM   Room 3912

·         Thursdays, 3 – 5 PM     CEIE Department Office  Room 1300

No appointment is necessary.  If you can’t make these times, please contact Theresa ([log in to unmask]) to ask for help or make an appointment.


Workshop:  Graduate Guide to the Library: 


Friday, February 24, 11 AM , Fenwick Library Room 1014B  Are you a new Volgenau graduate student or a grad student who wants more information about the library?  Then this session is for you!   Join Theresa Calcagno, IT & Engineering Librarian for an overview of the resources and services that the Library offers to engineering, computer science, statistics and IT grad students.




Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Pop Up Sessions


The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) is offering pop-up sessions to professors who would like to bring entrepreneurship to their classes.  CIE faculty deliver three 45-minute in-class sessions.  For more information, contact David Miller ([log in to unmask]) or :osa Gring-Pemble ([log in to unmask]), both of the School of Business.




Funding Opportunity:  Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (NSF)


Sponsor:  Directorate for Engineering/NSF

Deadline Date:  15-Sep-2017

Program URL:


Synopsis:  The Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X) program supports fundamental research at the intersection of mind, machine and motor. A distinguishing characteristic of the program is an integrated treatment of human intent, perception, and behavior in interaction with embodied and intelligent engineered systems and as mediated by motor manipulation. M3X projects should advance the holistic analysis of cognition and of embodiment as present in both human and machine elements. This work will encompass not only how mind interacts with motor function in the manipulation of machines, but also how, in turn, machine response and function may shape and influence both mind and motor function.




Dov Gordon Receives Funding from NRL


Dov Gordon of the Computer Science Department received $157K from the Naval Research Laboratory for his project, “Applying Secure Multiparty Computation to the Secure Evaluation of Tor Network Statistics.”




Mike Hieb, Jan Allbeck, Andrew Crooks, and Mark Pullen Receive Funding from DARPA


Mike Hieb and Mark Pullen of the C4I & Cyber Center, Jan Allbeck of the Computer Science Department, and Andrew Crooks of the College of Science received $375K from DARPA for their project, “Megacities Command and Control Assessment Capability.”




Bijan Jabbari is Issued a Patent


Bijan Jabbari of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department was issued the following patent by the US PTO.


Title: Label switched packet transfer device

Inventors: Bijan Jabbari, Esmael Dinan, and Rajiv Papneja

Number: US 9,515,915 B2


Esmael Dinan received his PhD from the Volgenau School in 2001, and now has his own company called Ofinno Technologies.  Rajiv Papenja works for Huawei.




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