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VSE in the News

News stories about VSE that have been posted:

Beyond Mason

  *   Motherboard (Vice): Mason’s Jim Jones (Volgenau) comments on the stack of papers Trump brought to his meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.<>

On the Mason News page<>

  *   Honoring the recipients of the 2019 Presidential Faculty Excellence Medals.<> Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Kathleen Wage is one of four George Mason University faculty members who will be recognized for faculty excellence at the Commencement ceremony on May 17. Wage will receive the John Toups President Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

On the VSE News page

·         Third time’s the charm<>. Mechanical engineering students place third at annual NACE competition.

·         Graduate from Mason’s Pre-college Cybersecurity Program launches award-winning start-up<>. Shrinath Iyer joined Mason Engineering’s Pre-college Cybersecurity Program in seventh grade with little exposure to the field. Four years later, he won first place for the best start-up company at the Loudoun Young Entrepreneurship Academy.

·         Computer science professor receives National Science Foundation Award to defend software from cyber attacks.<> Mason Engineering researcher Jon Bell is fighting cybersecurity attacks on the front lines, defending­­ software from breaches such as the one that hit Equifax in 2017. He recently received a prestigious CAREER Award, an honor that recognizes early career researchers, from the National Science Foundation, for his research proposal Amplifying Developer-Written Tests for Code Injection Vulnerability Detection.

    Photo of the Week

[cid:[log in to unmask]]Mechanical Engineering student team stops to pose with their corrosion detection robot shortly after inspection and testing at the NACE competition in Houston, Texas. Team members from left to right are Joe Hawkey, Senil Mathes, Malcolm Forbes, Professor Robert Gallo, Emily Cadima, Jack Scherer, Farbod Moghaddam, Professor Ali Beheshti. (Courtesy photo)

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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.

May 3, 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.

May 3, Patriot Pitch, Spring 2019 edition, 1-4 p.m., MIX@Fenwick
Patriot Pitch is the sixth edition of a business idea competition organized by the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (LITE)<>, previously named PITCH IT. The competition is open to teams with at least one Mason student (all majors welcome). Teams will compete for a prize of $200, and top teams will be offered one-hour personalized startup coaching sessions. Students will present their business ideas to a panel of judges made up of faculty, entrepreneurs, and other business experts. Participants will receive valuable feedback from the judges, which will enhance their ability to present and market their ideas to early-stage investors.

May 16, Volgenau School of Engineering Degree Celebration, EagleBank Arena. For more information about the event, visit the degree celebration webpage at

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Research News

Jessica Lin receives funding from the Department of Energy

Jessica Lin received funding from the Department of Energy for “Simulation-based Optimization for Optimal Power Line Hardening.” Award amount $19,801.

Martha Bushong
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