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VSE in the News
Photo of the Week
Upcoming Events
Research News

VSE in the News
News stories about VSE:

Beyond Mason

  *   The Jakarta Post (Indonesia): Mason alumna Sandra Cauffman (Volgenau) participated in the Women in Tech conference in Stockholm and is mentioned for receiving a double degree from Mason.<>

On the Mason News page

  *   Mason has strong showing in U.S. News graduate program rankings, led by security studies and part-time law<>. Article about university programs lists school of engineering rankings.
  *   Digital certification will prepare graduates for a technology-driven world<>. George Mason University is among the first universities in the region to launch a digital certification program, which will ensure that all students—regardless of their major—have the digital skills needed to compete in today’s workforce.

On the VSE News page

  *   University Commencement and Mason Engineering Degree Celebration.<> Find up-to-date information about end-of-year events.

[cid:image001.jpg@01D4DFCF.BF5F5FB0]Photo of the Week
Students at work in newly refurbished Sustainable Geotransportation/Geoenvironmental Infrastructure Research Group labs at the Krasnow Institute. The labs are equipped to conduct research related to evaluating engineering properties of recycled materials, aggregates, and soils, as well as geoenvironmental assessments of wastewater and leachates, and geosynthetics used in landfill liner and cover systems.

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.

March 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.

March 28, 11 a.m., Learning Resource Center (INTO Mason Global Center, room 1305). This session will cover requirements and eligibility for international graduate teaching assistants taking the Classroom English Language Teaching Demonstration, overall testing and scoring procedures, and topics related to the provision of tutoring for those students who need to improve their pronunciation, grammar, and fluency before assuming instructional responsibilities. If you would like to attend or have any questions, please contact the LRC Coordinator, Kathy Rossell ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

March 29-30, Regional American Society of Civil Engineers Virginias Conference. Various times and locations. For a full schedule go to

April 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Johnson Center, Meeting Room E. Creative Services Photography will be holding a FREE OPEN CALL photo session for faculty, staff, and administrators who would like a head shot taken. The photo session is your opportunity to update your professional head shot for use on Mason-affiliated websites and publications. We encourage new hires, those who have not had an opportunity to get a photo taken, or those who would like a more current photo to attend the session. There is no need to RSVP for the session. Photographers work on a first come, first served basis.

April 16 – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dewberry Hall. Sixth Annual Volgenau School of Engineering Undergraduate Research Celebration. Volgenau School of Engineering students will showcase their research and scholarship for the school and university community.

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Research News

Jonathan Bell, Thomas LaToza, and Foteini Baldimtsi receive funding from the NSA
Jonathan Bell, Thomas LaToza, and Foteini Baldimtsi received funding from the NSA for their grant Blockchaining Collaborative Data Management. Anticipated funding: $236,213.

Elise Miller-Hooks, David Lattanzi, and Jonathan Gifford receive funding from the Virginia Transportation Research Council
Elise Miller-Hooks, David Lattanzi, and Jonathan Gifford received funding from the Virginia Transportation Research Council for their grant “Accounting for Downtime Effects in Maintenance & Restoration Scheduling for Routing, Periodic & Post Disaster Events.” Anticipated funding: $300,000.

Mark Pullen receives funding from NATO
Mark Pullen received funding from NATO for his grant “C2SIM Sandbox.” Award amount: $22,500.

Celso Moller Ferreira receives funding from Alexandria Renew Enterprises
Celso Moller Ferreira received funding from Alexandria Renew Enterprises for his grant “Combined Sewer Overflow Monitoring in Alexandria, Virginia.” Award amount:  $164,429.

Martha Bushong
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