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VSE in the News
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Beyond Mason

  *   The Baltimore Sun: Mason is mentioned as the test site for food delivery robots and where research on automation supervisors is taking place in an op-ed by Mason professor emeritus George Donohue (Volgenau).<>

On the Mason News page

  *   Gill, Offutt named Outstanding Faculty Award winners.<> Computer science professor Jeff Offutt is one of two Mason faculty members named as a winner of the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Awards by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

On the VSE News page

  *   Engineers Week<> concludes February at 2 p.m. Join Dean Ball for Awards in the Jajodia Auditorium. Find out who wins the Engineers Cup.

  *   Computer science professor wins National Science Foundation award for research on debugging software.<> Thomas LaToza, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, won a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his research proposal on debugging software problems.

  *   Engineers Week speaker to discuss developing the digital engineer.<> Technology expert Tommy Gardner talked about the importance of cybersecurity, quantum information systems, 3-D printing and manufacturing, and software programming Gardner was the featured speaker for Engineers Week.

Photo of the Week
[cid:[log in to unmask]]Associate Professor and Executive Director of STEM Outreach at the Volgenau School Kammy Sanghera (left) greets an attendee at the Engineering Youth Conference Sunday, February 17. The event presenters included experts with Mason Engineering, Amazon Web Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, The George Washington University, Cisco, Fairfax County Government Office, and Hack Club. Read more.<>

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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.

February 22 – CASBBI, 1 p.m., Krasnow Institute Room 229. 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. Pizza and coffee are provided.

February 22 – Engineers Week concludes at  2 p.m. in the Jajodia Auditorium. Attend the Awards Ceremony and see who wins the Cup and the 60-Second Video Contest.

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Research News
A summary of the month by Art Pyster, associate dean for research.

Overall another strong month for research, but uneven performance among the departments and centers:

1.  Expenditures for the 12 months ending January 2019 set a new record of $48.3 million, up from $25.3 million a year ago and $19.1 million two years ago. Much of the growth came from the C4I Center. Of the 12 other departments and centers, expenditures increased in five of them. Notably, IST more than doubled its expenditures, ME rose 66 percent, and ECE experienced an 18 percent increase.

2.  Awards are also at an all-time high of $74.4 million, driven by strong growth in the C4I Center, up from $33 million a year ago. Eight out of 12 departments and centers experienced award increases, especially CEIE (44 percent), CSIS (109 percent), IST (23 percent), ME (81 percent), and STAT (140 percent).

3. Proposals rose to $194 million from $188 million a year ago, also driven by growth in the C4I Center. Of the 12 departments and centers, proposals increased in six of them, especially BENG (38 percent), CATSR (234 percent), CARE (606 percent), IST (39 percent), and ME (36 percent).

Martha Bushong
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