List of Announcements (details below):


ˇ         This Week at the Volgenau School

ˇ         VSE in the News

ˇ         Photo of the Week

ˇ         Upcoming Events at the Volgenau School

ˇ         Funding Opportunity: Electromagnetic Signaling in Biosystems (DARPA)

ˇ         NSF CAREER Program: New Solicitation

ˇ         David Lattanzi Chosen as ONR Summer Fellow




This Week at the Volgenau School


I’m looking forward to some managed chaos in the Atrium this week.


It’s Engineers Week.  So our students will be competing and socializing and in general creating a buzz of creativity and energy.


Monday at 1 there is the kick-off social, with our student organizations there to show off their activities.  Tuesday at 11 is the egg-drop competition, with cheers of glory or egg-yolk “tears” at the end of every attempt.


Then there are the events that are more mysterious, at least to me.  Wednesday at 1:30 there’s a transportation race, but no one gets to know the details until the day of the event.  Thursday at noon is Marble Madness, which somehow translates the challenges of water distribution into something with a tinge of craziness.


I’m not sure what to expect.  But it will be raucous and joyous and irresistible.



VSE in the News

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


Beyond Mason

ˇ         Cryptocoins News: Researchers from Mason, NC State and Boston U have created a way to make Bitcoin transactions harder to trace.

ˇ         Forbes: Detection system Deep3DBox, developed by Mason researchers, could be important in the development of autonomous vehicles.


On the Mason News page (

ˇ         State award is the 'pinnacle' for Mason professor. University Professor Danny Menasce, who earned an Outstanding Faculty Award from the state, also received Mason's Teaching Excellence Award in 2000 and the Volgenau School of Engineering's Outstanding Research Faculty Award in 2009.


On the Volgenau site (

ˇ         Driven to Serve: IST’s Class Act. Volgenau School of Engineering Information Sciences & Technology (IST) students use capstone projects with local non-profits and promote the Mason tradition of service. 

ˇ         Promoting career readiness for Volgenau students. Sean McGowan and University Career Services coach students on how job search techniques and strategies.

ˇ         Engineers Week 2017 highlights diversity. Wide variety of activities showcases trans-disciplinary work of engineers.


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Photo of the Week


Danny Menascé (pictured center) years was honored in Richmond on Thursday, Feb. 16, when he received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).




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

Feb. 20  - 24                            National Engineers Week (list of activities)

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

Feb. 23 – 1:00 p.m.                 Spring Faculty Meeting

Feb. 24 – 11:00 a.m.               System and Analysis Integration for Production & Logistics Systems

March 1 – 5:30 p.m.                Celebrate Technology Reception and Basketball Game


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Funding Opportunity: Electromagnetic Signaling in Biosystems (DARPA)


Opportunity Title:  RadioBio

Sponsor:  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Deadline Date:  07-Mar-2017 (optional letter-of-intent), 12-Apr-2017

Program URL:

Synopsis:  The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals that investigate electromagnetic signaling in biosystems. The RadioBio program aims to definitively establish whether purposeful signaling via electromagnetic waves between biological systems exists and, if it does, determine the mechanisms involved and the information being transferred. If electromagnetic communications between biosystems exist, then systematic study of the phenomenon may reveal new knowledge. New applications and capabilities in biology may result from this program, in addition to potential new strategies for dealing with communications in a cluttered electromagnetic environment. The RadioBio program will determine the validity of  electromagnetic biosignaling claims and, where evidence exists, learn how the structure and function of these natural “antennas” are capable of generating and receiving information in a noisy, cluttered electromagnetic environment.




NSF CAREER Program: New Solicitation




NSF has released an updated solicitation for its CAREER program.


Although I am not able to point out all the changes in the solicitation, here are two that may be of interest:

ˇ         The eligibility criteria have been broadened to include “tenure track equivalent” positions.  The meaning of this is specified in Section IV of the solicitation.

ˇ         The discussion of Education Activities has been revised to clarify that research and educational activities should be “integrated or synergistic”.  See Sections II.A and V.A of the solicitation.


If you are planning to submit a CAREER proposal, I recommend that you read the solicitation, and pay particular attention to Sections II, V, and VI.A.




David Lattanzi Chosen as ONR Summer Fellow


David Lattanzi of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering has been chosen as a 2017 Summer Fellow by the Office of Naval Research.  He will carry out his fellowship at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Carderock, MD.







Stephen G. Nash

Senior Associate Dean

Volgenau School of Engineering

George Mason University

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