College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University
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The College of Engineering and Computing was founded in 1985 as George Mason University’s School of Information Technology and Engineering.
The College of Engineering and Computing is committed to continuing on the path to becoming one of the premier academic and research institutions in the country. Today, this large, multidisciplinary school maintains a dual pre-eminence in both information technology and engineering. Through teaching, research, and practice, Volgenau seeks to graduate students who will take initiative, step up and leave the planet better than they found it.
Are you going to CES? There is still time to register to attend the Mason Nation Reception on Monday night to meet up with fellow alumni and members of our community. See you then!
Mason Nation Reception on Monday, January 8th at
Mabel's BBQ - Palms Casino and Resort
4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Attire: Business Casual
RSVP : https://ow.ly/8qGx50Qnbpb
Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a year of joy, good health, and beautiful moments 🎉 Here's to all the amazing things to come in 2024!
The NSA named George Mason a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, a designation in place since 1999.
Photo: CEC's Max Albanese and FBI, NSA, and CISA reps
Congratulations to the professors chosen as inaugural Public-Private Partnership (P3) Faculty Fellows by George Mason University’s Institute of Digital Innovation (IDIA), including the CEC's Jonathan Auerbach, Emanuela Marasco, Parth Pathak, Kun Sun, and Craig Yu!
Congratulations, computer science major Shruti Sekar, this year's George Mason University Winter Commencement student speaker!
Read the remarks she gave at the ceremony: https://cec.gmu.edu/news/2023-12/student-commencement-speaker-shruti-sekar-destined-succeed-helping-others-along-way
Kevin Kuck, a George Mason University mechanical engineering senior, recently presented a paper on generative artificial intelligence (AI) bias at an international conference in Monterrey, Mexico. The paper was an off-shoot of work that Kuck completed for A Seat at the Table, a class examining diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues in engineering.
CEC faculty members Kai Zeng and Vijay K. Shah are part of a project awarded $1.7 million by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund. They are part of a team testing Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) components using artificial intelligence (AI).
Dulcee Valenzuela, a December 2023 grad with a degree in bioengineering, said her cancer diagnosis as a teenager helped her find her life's purpose and a career path.
Congratulations on graduating, Dulcee!
A cancer diagnosis helped this Mason grad find her career path Dulcee Valenzuela, a December 2023 grad with a degree in bioengineering, said her cancer diagnosis as a teenager helped her find her life's purpose and a career path.
A “Shark-Tank style pitch competition” closed out the third iteration of Christopher Vo's Unmanned Aerial Systems Prototyping course. Congratulations to all who participated!
The masterclass, hosted by the Mason Innovation Exchange (MIX), is an eight-week program that meets every Thursday evening throughout October and November. Out of 300 applicants, only 30 students are selected to participate. They represent a wide range of degree programs and education levels, from first-semester freshmen in the Global Affairs Program to graduating PhDs in mechanical engineering. While the course is noncredit, students earn a microcredential upon completion.
Please join us for a Mason Nation Reception on Monday, January 8, 2024, at Mabel's BBQ - Palms Casino and Resort. Register: https://ow.ly/1SAG50QhX5G
Where: 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
When: Jan 08, 2024, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Attire: Business Casual
The CEC's information sciences and technology department has developed a new course in Applied Deep Learning incorporating transformer models and different large language models to familiarize students with applying chatGPT-like models in industry.
Learn more about the AIT department: https://catalog.gmu.edu/colleges-schools/engineering-computing/school-computing/information-sciences-technology/applied-information-technology-ms/
Congratulations to the CEC faculty whose projects won seed funding from George Mason's Office of Research Innovation and Economic Impact (ORIEI)!
Funded CEC projects include:
Foam fractionation for simultaneous removal of PFAS and DBP precursors in potable reuse, PI: Kirin Emlet Furst, Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering (CEIE)
Advancing Distributed Deep Learning: Computation, Communication, and Data-Efficient Algorithms, PI: Mingrui Liu, Department of Computer Science
Bio-inspired Metamaterials via Additive Manufacturing: Design & Optimization, PI: Shaghayegh (Shay) Bagheri, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Co-PI: Maryam Parsa, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ubiquitous Sign Language Recognition and Interactions Using WiFi, PI: Parth Pathak, Department of Computer Science, Co-PI: Huzefa Rangwala, Department of Computer Science
George Mason University's Department of Information Sciences and Technology will offer a new concentration in human-computer interaction (HCI).
Vivian Genaro Motti, associate professor in IST, said, “The concentration gives us a structured way to ensure students have a path to follow and that they can learn the methods and techniques to involve end users in the design of interactive systems and be more familiar with research in the field. Our long-term goal is to have a very large group of HCI faculty and students, with a presence in the major conferences.”
Join the College of Engineering and Computing Alumni Chapter in welcoming our newest alumni class!
CEC New Alumni Welcome Celebration
December 12 | 6:00-8:00pm | Commonwealth Brewing Company, 10426 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030
All CEC alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome to attend. Event attendees will have the opportunity to connect with one another and learn more about getting involved as a Mason graduate. The event will include appetizers for all attendees, and one drink ticket will be available to the first 30 registrants. Reserve your spot today!
Artificial intelligence systems only produce outcomes as good as the data sets they rely on. Unfortunately, these data sets are often not adequately representative.
Brittany Johnson-Matthews, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University College of Engineering and Computing, recently received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "Engaging Marginalized Groups to Improve Technological Equity,” which looks at the root causes of why such biases are embedded in technical products and will offer a toolkit to aid those designing these systems.
Come out to the Johnson Center Room C on Thursday, December 7th, from 1 – 3PM for this group study session to stay focused, partner with an accountability buddy, or even meet a new study buddy! Bring any and all materials and we will provide fidgets accessories and snacks to help fuel your focus.
Graduating seniors, please complete this survey to let us know what your plans are after graduation. We would love the opportunity to network and support you as our alumni!
Mason Students, Grads Claim Top Prizes in TraCCC’s 2023 Anti-Counterfeiting Hackathon The big winners of a two-month-long competition to create innovative ways to combat counterfeiting were Mason students and alumni—and the world at large. See who won the thousands in prize money in the Bring Down Counterfeiting Hackathon 2023 and who helped sponsor it.
John Kerry cited a new study by George Mason's Lucas Henneman and colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard at the COP28 Health Day opening session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCE7nSoGyYs
The study finds exposure to fine particulate air pollutants from coal-fired power plants (coal PM2.5) is associated with a risk of mortality more than double that of exposure to PM2.5 from other sources: https://cec.gmu.edu/news/2023-11/new-paper-science-quantifies-mortality-risk-power-plant-pollution
John Kerry: COP28 Health Day Opening Session "The reality is the climate crisis and the health crisis are one and the same. Totally connected and totally converging at this moment in time." - John Kerry...
AP News quotes the CEC's Missy Cummings in, "Pentagon’s AI initiatives accelerate hard decisions on lethal autonomous weapons":
“The AI that we’ve got in the Department of Defense right now is heavily leveraged and augments people,” said Missy Cummings, director of George Mason University’s robotics center and a former Navy fighter pilot.” “There’s no AI running around on its own. People are using it to try to understand the fog of war better.”
Congratulations to CEC students Anthony Perry and Daniel Horvath for winning the $20,000 top prize at the Bring Down Counterfeiting Hackathon 2023!
This semester’s senior design project presentations are going on tomorrow in innovation hall. Show up to support our graduating seniors and see what they’ve been working on!
Attn CEC students: Check out University Career Services' Technology and Engineering Newsletter for information on upcoming events and opportunities!
The latest newsletter edition, from Nov 28, can be viewed here: https://sway.office.com/REiAgMPAMzClQkIz?ref=Link
On this , please consider donating to George Mason University’s College of Engineering and Computing!
Your gift helps the College of Engineering and Computing:
- Enhance classrooms and labs that provide Mason students and faculty with the latest technology, equipment, and resources.
- Expand learning opportunities, including support for student research, student travel expenses, and student capstone projects.
- Strengthen student organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
- Attract and retain the best faculty to teach and conduct research at George Mason University.
- Increase support for student scholarships.
As a reminder, guest tickets are required for the upcoming George Mason University Winter Commencement ceremonies on December 14th! 💚💛🎓
Bachelors and Masters students can reserve up to 5️⃣ tickets for the Commencement ceremony and 5️⃣ for their Degree Celebration. Doctoral candidates can reserve up to 8️⃣ tickets for Commencement.
Tickets will be available till Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Noon EST. If any tickets remain unclaimed after this date, additional ticketing opportunities will be announced.
-All graduates can reserve tickets for the 9:30am Commencement Ceremony.
-Bachelors and Masters graduating from CHSS, COS, SCHAR, CARTER, CVPA, or CEHD may reserve tickets for the 1:30pm Degree Celebration.
-Bachelors and Masters graduating from CEC, BUS, or CPH may reserve tickets for the 5:30pm Degree Celebration.
Reserve your tickets ➡️: www.gmu.edu/graduation
*Graduates will use their G # as their one-time use password, add tickets to their cart, and then finish their purchase to claim their tickets. Once tickets have been claimed, they can log into their Ticketmaster account and transfer tickets to family/friends.
Lucas Henneman, an assistant professor in civil, environmental, and infrastructure engineering, is the lead author of a study published in Science that examined the relationship between coal exhaust and the death of certain Medicare recipients.
The New York Times interviewed Henneman about the study: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/23/climate/coal-exhaust-air-pollution-deaths.html
Read the study in Science: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adf4915
Big data may lead to safer roadways, lower emissions
With funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), CEIE professor Shanjiang Zhu and his research team will reconcile travel data from three different sources—surveys, smartphones, and connected vehicles—into invaluable travel information.
Congratulations to Maryam Parsa, an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering, for being one of four principal investigators on a $2.4 million project funded by the National Science Foundation. With her co-PIs, Parsa will create a 3D computer chip that functions like the hippocampus.
Congratulations to the team developing the Master’s Degree in Quantum Information Science!
The Office of the Provost has recently announced the 2023-2024 Curriculum Impact Grants, with two research projects earning the award. These projects represent an impressive array of collaborations across colleges and schools aiming to create high-impact learning experiences for students, by deepening their engagement and preparing them to make a substantive impact on the world.
➡️ Converging Sustainability, Social Justice, Systems Engineering, and Community Engagement (S3&C): Core Competency for Addressing Grand Engineering Challenges: Shima Mohebbi, Judit Ungvari, Jennifer Sklarew (Institute for a Sustainable Earth and College of Science)
➡️ Development of a Transdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Quantum Information Science: Michael Jarret, Kris Gaj, Weiwen Jiang, Patrick Vora, Mingzhen Ttian, Andre Clayborne, Benjamin Dreyfus, Jessica Rosenberg, Fei Li (College of Science and College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University)
Learn more: https://provost.gmu.edu/news/2023-10/2023-2024-curriculum-impact-grant-recipients-announced
Attn students: George Mason's Career Services is hosting a student site visit to BizFlow Corporation, a local IT company that often has contracts with the government.
Date: Monday December 4th
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (EST)
Location: 3141 Fairview Park Drive Falls Church, VA 22042
Students who may benefit: IT and Computer Science majors, International Students (specifically Mason Korea students, since this company has a headquarters in South Korea)
Link to register if you are a student:
BizFlow Corporation Site Visit- December 4th-“Bizzy the Bee" | Handshake YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR AN EMPLOYER SITE VISIT. THIS IS NOT A JOB.BizFlow Corporation is hosting a site visit for a small group of Mason students at one of their headquarters in Fall Church, Virginia, on Monday December 4th, 2023. Tour their facility, meet their recruitment team, and learn more...
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