List of Announcements (details below):


In Brief

VSE in the News

Upcoming Events

Research Awards



In Case You Haven’t Heard…


It’s the week before Thanksgiving Break and just maybe you are thinking about turkey, gravy, holiday shopping, or making travel plans for the Winter Break. I know I am, but it’s hard to miss the big news of the week ­­– the long-awaited announcement of Amazon’s selection of Crystal City/Arlington for one of its HQ2 sites, its potential impact on our university, our school, students, and faculty.


If your inbox is flooded with email, it’s worth checking below the waterline and checking out the most recent emails from President Cabrera, Dean Ball, and The George.


These are exciting times. Tuesday’s announcement brings new meaning to our tagline…The Future of Engineering Is Here.




VSE in the News 

News stories about VSE that have been posted:


Beyond Mason


·         WJLA Channel 7:  Jeff Offutt, professor in the Department of Computer Science and one of our students was interviewed about Amazon and HQ2.


·         Inside Higher Ed: Mentions Mason’s plans for expansion in Arlington in response to Amazon’s announcement of HQ2 announcement.


·         The Chronicle of Higher Education: Amazon’s New Headquarters Is Coming to Northern Virginia. Here’s How Local Colleges Helped Make That Happen. Mentions future School of Computing, cybersecurity, and data science degrees.


On the Mason News Page (


·         Mason to launch new Institute for Digital InnovAtion and School of Computing to support Amazon HQ2. George Mason University is announcing a series of initiatives in support of Amazon’s decision to establish its new headquarters in Northern Virginia.


On the Volgenau News Page (


·         Researchers mine educational data to create college course-selection guidance.



George Mason University Arlington Campus, Virginia Square sign. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason UniversityPhoto of the Week

What Next? Looking for some changes in the neighborhood as the school plans expansion in Arlington.











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


November 17 – 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 19 – Information Based Sensor Management for ISR, 2:00 pm, ENGR 4705.



Management of systems of heterogeneous sensors for performing situation assessment leading to actionable situation awareness is a ubiquitous and increasingly complex problem. Of particular difficulty is the integration of cyber and social network data with conventional physics-based observations. Conventional optimization criteria are based on ad hoc measures consisting of weighted sums of non-commensurate criteria. This talk partitions the problem of sensor management into six orthogonal components and two information measures, situation information and sensor information. In combination with a mission value decomposition called goal lattice, the expected information value rate is used to manage sensors.



Ken Hintz has been an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University since 1987.  He designed and established the bachelor and masters in computer engineering degree programs at Mason.


November 20 – 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


Sushil Jajodia, Peggy Brouse, and James Jones receive $149,847 from the Office of Naval Research for “COTS Approach to Information Security.”


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