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

,         Mason Korea Information Session (Tue May 2, 1pm)

,         INTO/Mason Poster Symposium (Fri May 5, 11:30-2:30)

,         Results of Pitch IT 2017

,         Funding Opportunity: Research Initiation Initiative (NSF/CISE)

,         Jill Nelson Receives Toups Teaching Medal

,         John Shortle Receives Funding from U Maryland & FAA

,         Sushil Jajodia Receives Funding from  General Dynamics Information Technology


This Week at the Volgenau School

A team of Bioengineering seniors has created a prosthetic arm so a local girl can play the violin.

Isabella Nicola is a fifth-grader at Island Creek Elementary in Fairfax County.  She was born without a left hand, but she wanted to play the violin.  Her teacher - a Mason alum - contacted Mason and spoke to Susan Brionez in Volgenau¨s Student Services office.  The path next let to Laurence Bray, who is teaching the Bioengineering senior project class, and through her to a team led by professors Vasiliki Ikonomidou and Wil Joiner.

And on Thursday, after months of work, multiple prototypes, extensive research, and guidance from one of Mason¨s music professors, Isabella and the students unveiled the results to the world.

It¨s a magical story.  And it was moving to watch Isabella try on her new arm, pick up her violin, and start to play.  But don¨t just take my word for it.  Check out the videos from NBC<> and ABC<>, the story from the Washington Post<>, or one of the many other stories mentioned below under ^VSE in the News. ̄

Let¨s all congratulate the students for such fine work: Abdelrahman Gouda, Mona Elkholy, Ella Novoselsky, Racha Salha, and Yasser Alhindi.


VSE in the News

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

Beyond Mason

,         Coverage of Mason bioengineering students making a 3-D printed hand for a violinist: NBC4<>, WUSA*9<>, ABC7<>, KHOU<> (Houston), KATU<> (Oregon), KENV<> (Nevada), WTOP<> radio.  Additional coverage: Associated Press (video): Mason bioengineers debut prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violin player.<> Also Associated Press<> (non-video), People Magazine<>, the Washington Post<>, US News & World Report<>, Fox 5 <> (with video), the Richmond Times-Dispatch<>, the Daily Mail<> (UK), the San Francisco Chronicle<> and many other outlets including in Borneo<>.  Also a feature story in the Washington Post<>.

,         Shepherdstown Chronicle: Students volunteer during spring break through Mason-Shepherd University collaborative project <>

,         Voz Populi<Voz%20Populi%20(Voice%20of%20the%20People)> (Voice of the People) published a piece on Giorgio Ascoli¨s project NeuroMorpho.Org.

On the Mason news site (

,         Two Mason students earn Goldwater Scholarships<>. Bioengineering student Zachary Baker is one of two students at Mason to earn a Goldwater Scholarship.

On the Volgenau site (

,         Governor welcomes students at Richmond reception<>. Students from the BS Information Technology and BS Cyber Security Engineering programs attended a reception at the Virginia Executive Mansion in Richmond.

,         Volgenau professor addresses user privacy in bitcoin transactions through new cyber tool, TumbleBit<>.  Foteini Baldimtsi and researchers at Boston University and North Carolina State University have been working to improve privacy via an online payment hub.

,         Students showcase their best work at the Undergraduate Research Celebration<>.

,         Students presented their mentored projects for exhibition before the entire Mason community. (This article includes a list of winners and presentations).

,         Volgenau alumni welcome spring at the Bull Run Winery<>. Volgenau School of Engineering alumni and friends gathered at the Winery at Bull Run on April to enjoy a beautiful spring day.

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


Sophomore Zachary Baker is one of Mason¨s two students to earn the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. (Photo by Creative Services.)


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.

May 18, 8:00 a.m. - Emerging Security Challenges Workshop
May 18, 2:00 p.m. - Degree Celebration & Department Receptions
May 24, 9:00 a.m. - GMU - AFCEA Symposium

For information on getting your event posted via 25Live, please visit<>.


Mason Korea Information Session (Tue May 2, 1pm)

If you are interested in teaching at the Mason Korea campus, a special information session will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at 1:00 in the Johnson Center, Room E. The session is designed to introduce faculty to the possibility of teaching at GMU-Korea in Songdo. Faculty who have previously taught at the campus will be on hand to discuss their experience and slides will be presented. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Marcy Glover ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).


INTO/Mason Poster Symposium (Fri May 5, 11:30-2:30)

[This is from an invitation that I received. SGN]

You are invited to INTO Mason's International Graduate Student Multidisciplinary Colloquium on Friday, May 5th from 11:30am to 2:30pm in Dewberry Hall South. Our international graduate pathway students are enrolled in our EAP 507/508: Graduate Communication across the Disciplines courses. They have been working hard all semester on discipline-specific research projects and will be sharing their works-in-progress in a professional poster presentation format. We thought you would be interested attending since so many of our students are exploring concepts and ideas they have been learning in your unit's courses this semester.

The following are the Engineering students who will be presenting:

Civil and Infrastructure:

,         Ruqaya Al-Ameri

,         Prachi Bansi Bodke

Data Analytics:

,         An Hsuan Chiang

,         Vu Dao

,         Jin Lin Guan

,         Gang Huang

,         Ying Ke

,         Yang Liu

,         Siqi Xiong

,         Ekaagar Singh Hara

,         Nan Jiang

,         Juwei Zhao

Computer Science:

,         Jaecheon Jeong

,         Chufan Yu

,         Jaemyeong Eo

Electrical Engineering:

,         Botian Song

,         Haotian Zhai

Statistical Science:

,         Runa A

,         Jiawen Jian

,         Qian Shen

Systems Engineering:

,         Dong Seop Lee


,         Zhen Li

,         Vineetha Potu

,         Phattara Prathoommaung

,         Zoheb Muzammil Mohammed


Results of Pitch IT 2017

[This was sent to me by Max Albanese, co-director of the Lab for IT Entrepreneurship.]

The 4th edition of Pitch IT was held on April 22. We had a record number of presentations (11), selected out of a pool of about 20 teams who expressed interest in participating.

This year¨s judges were:

,         Sean Mallon, Associate Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, George Mason University

,         Hina Mehta, Associate Director, Office of Technology Transfer, George Mason University

,         Andre Manitius, Chair, Department of Information Sciences and Technology, George Mason University

,         Tomasz Arciszewski, Professor Emeritus, George Mason University

,         Marcel Barbulescu, President & Chief Operating Officer, AudioNow

The winners are

First Place:  $1,000
Knee Motion Sensor: Tony Petro, Taban Yazdani, Salima Sekandari, and Anas Alharbi
Short Description: A device to actively monitor the forces exerted on the knees and provide athletes real-time situational awareness in order to prevent ACL injuries.

Second Place:  $500
HknOw: Wesley Pierce, Priya Pelluru, Ali Elsawaf, and Joshua Messner
Short Description: A mobile app with an accessory to test for lead in drinking water and report the results to the user's smartphone.

Third Place: $300
CrimeTeller: Sang Jun Park and Sang-Hyuck Park
Short Description: An application to visualize crime data at the street level and help users safely navigate cities.

Audience Award:  $200
Magic Utility Maintenance:
Mohamed Khattab, Rebekah Orozco, Adnan Khan, and Fahad Alqahtani
Short Description: A machine learning technology to predict failures of water distribution systems and help water utility companies perform preventive maintenance.


Funding Opportunity: Research Initiation Initiative (NSF/CISE)

Opportunity Title:  Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)
Sponsor:  Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF
Deadline Date:  09-Aug-2017
Program URL:
Synopsis:  With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. Grants, contracts, or gifts from private companies or foundations; state, local, or tribal governments; or universities do not count against this eligibility rule.


Jill Nelson Receives Toups Teaching Medal

Jill Nelson of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department has been selected to receive the inaugural Toups Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Teaching.  This award1 is presented to a faculty member whose teaching inspires and stimulates students in the finest tradition of higher education.  The medal will be awarded at the Commencement ceremony on May 20, 2017.


John Shortle Receives Funding from U Maryland & FAA

John Shortle of the Systems Engineering & Operations Research Department received $135K from the University of Maryland and the Federal Aviation Administration for his project, ^Barrier Analysis of Event Tree Models for Aviation Safety. ̄


Sushil Jajodia Receives Funding from  General Dynamics Information Technology

Sushil Jajodia of the Center for Secure Information Systems received $50K from General Dynamics Information Technology for his project, ^Collaborative Research: I/UCRC Program Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation - Membership Agreement. ̄


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