List of Announcements (details below):


In Brief

VSE in the News

Upcoming Events

Research Awards



In Brief — Getting the Word Out


These days it’s not easy to keep up with so many changes at the Volgenau School. We’re hiring new faculty, enrolling more students, opening new spaces, and growing research at an amazing pace. Everyone is busy, but sometimes outside opportunities give us the extra nudge to help us collect and share information about work and school. Two such opportunities for students are ramping up this fall — the 60-second video contest, and the 3MT®


The 3MT® is a research communication competition where PhD students present their doctoral research to a non-specialist audience using only one single visual aid—all in three minutes. The contest started at the University of Queensland and has grown to become an international phenomenon. During the last two years, many Volgenau students have participated and earned prizes. The Graduate Studies Office and I have coached the students on story-telling and presentation and we have leverage these presentations into feature articles and photos for our external audiences. It has been great fun and I’m looking forward to another outstanding series this year.


The second opportunity for all students, graduate and undergraduate, is one we call the 60-Second Video Contest. The inspiration for the contest came during an American Marketing Association conference Stephen Nash and I attended in 2017. We knew we wanted to use more video in the school’s communications but were stumped on how to make it feasible. As we attended workshops, we brainstormed and came up with the idea of a student contest. We will be having this contest again and, once again, awarding prizes during Engineer’s Week. I’m not expecting the competition to attract international attention, but Stephen and I are presenting our ideas and findings at the District Conference for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in February, so who knows?


Please be on the lookout for information about these competitions and encourage your students to sign-up, attend coaching sessions, and compete.


Martha Bushong, Director of Communications




VSE in the News 


News stories about VSE that have been posted:


Beyond Mason



On the Mason News Page (


On the Volgenau News Page (


·         Two alumni return to Mason as Winter Graduation speakers. Alumnus Brian Blake is one of two George Mason University alumni who will be the featured speakers at the Winter Graduation ceremonies at EagleBank Arena on Dec. 20.


·         Civil engineering student rides a wave of research to protect shorelines. Civil engineering senior Tyler Miesse works with Celso Ferreira, associate professor in civil, environmental, and infrastructure engineering, on research that focuses on how vegetation in coastal marshes can protect communities from waves and flooding.


·         Behzad Esmaeili’s research team receives American Society of Civil Engineering's best paper award. Esmaeili’s research team received the 2018 Best Paper Award for a journal article they published in the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering titled “Measuring the Impacts of Safety Knowledge on Construction Workers’ Attentional Allocation and Hazard Detection Using Remote Eye-Tracking Technology.


Photo of the Week

George welcomes fall to the Fairfax Campus.


Fairfax Campus


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




Up-coming Events


Whether you're looking for a specific event or browsing, our calendar lets you know what’s happening at the school. 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.


November 9 – CASBBI, 1:00 pm. ENGR 4705. The Center for Adaptive Systems for Brain-Body Interactions (CASBBI), led by Siddhartha Sikdar (bioengineering), Jim Thompson (psychology), and Lynn Gerber (health administration and policy), has been selected for base funding by a team led by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President S. David Wu. This group will meet weekly and present seminars.


November 12–16 ­– Global Engineering Dean’s Council Peace Engineering, Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information.


November 13 – LIS/DA meeting, 12:30 pm. Research Hall 91, Fairfax Campus

Discuss and share modeling issues and research findings.


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Research News


Duminda Wijesekera was awarded $145,651 from the Federal Railroad Administration for “Technical Support for DOT Positive Train Control Program.”


Kamaljeet Sanghera was awarded $3,000 for “Go Virginia NVTTP Mason”


Martha Bushong

Director of Communication & External Affairs Volgenau School of Engineering

4400 University Drive, MS 5C8

Fairfax, Virginia  22030



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