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In Brief
VSE in the News
Upcoming Events
Research News

In Brief

Tonight, the Volgenau School is sponsoring livestreaming event at the Washington Post headquarters. The event, “Transformers: Defense” will be headlined by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. The Chairman will discuss key threats facing America now and, in the future, and how the U.S. military is preparing for them. Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Dr. Steven H. Walker will be on hand to assess how the United States and other nations are reducing their reliance on the traditional machinery of war fighting and adapting military strategy to next-generation technology. David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist will moderate the discussion.

We’re excited about the opportunity to get our messages and our people in front of security experts, top technology thinkers, policymakers and key influencers in the area. Several faculty and administrators will be attending the event in person, but you can join the discussion through Twitter or watch via the live stream.

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VSE in the News
News stories about VSE that have been posted:

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·         Dedication of engineering lab honors the late John Toups, a civil engineer and entrepreneur.<> Friends, family, faculty, and students gathered November 19 to honor the legacy of John Toups<>, at the dedication of the John Toups Instructional Laboratory.

·         A new fish in the sea: Engineers create swimming robotic fish<>. Three Mason Engineering seniors have created a robotic fish that can navigate water through wireless commands.

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Computer engineering student Blazej Horyza and two other seniors created this robotic fish, which is about four feet long and weighs 17 pounds, for their senior design project. Eventually, marine biologists and environmentalists will use robotic fish to track aquatic life and monitor the conditions of the ocean, rivers, and lakes. Photo by Evan Cantwell

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

December 7 – 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 meets weekly.

December 7 – CEIE Senior Dinner, 5:00 pm. Johnson Center, Georges, Fairfax Campus, The HUB, Meeting Room 3 and 4, Fairfax Campus.

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Research News

Robert Elder and Alexander Levis receive $155,000 from the US Army for “Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA): Strategic Outcomes.”

Daniel Barbara received $302,376 from DTRA for “Parsing and Role Labeling in Combination Effort.”

Massimiliano Albanese received $32,104 from AFRL for “Configuration Security.”

Sushil Jajodia and Massimiliano Albanese received $50,006 from Army Research Lab for “Statement of Work for ARL BAA W911NF-14-R-0001 TaksOrder3, Cyber Security Applied Research and Experimentation Partner.”

Angelos Stavrou received $86,924 from DARPA for “Enhanced Cyber Defense by Leveraging Involuntary Analog Emissions.”

Martha Bushong
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