Location: 4511 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, Va.
Dean: Kenneth Ball, PhD, PE
Founded: Founded in 1985 as the School of Information Technology & Engineering
Enrollment: 8,637 (headcount, fall 2020 beginning of term)
Graduates: 1,735 (2019-20)
Faculty: 250 full-time academic faculty
Active Alumni: 17,009+
Thirty-five years ago, the school was one of the first to offer specialized information security and assurance programs, and it holds the distinction of having one of the first U.S. recognized civilian center of excellence in this field. Today the school’s programs continue that tradition by launching the world’s first bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security Engineering.
Because our school is located in the heart of the East Coast's most active tech corridor, our undergraduate and graduate students have unparalleled access to the nation's top innovators.
Elite science and technology organizations recognize our faculty as leaders in their fields. Professors bring industry knowledge to the classroom, challenging students to push the boundaries of research, skill, and application based on real-time knowledge of marketplace demand.
Building on the school’s reputation of spearheading new efforts in information technology, our engineering programs have expanded to apply what we've learned about advanced computing to more traditional engineering disciplines including Mechanical Engineering.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranks George Mason University in its top tier of research institutions, with total research expenditures reaching an all-time high of 149 million in sponsored research expenditures for the fiscal year 2018, making good progress toward the university’s strategic goal of $225 million by 2024. In 2020 NSF HERD rankings placed Computer and Information Sciences,12th among all universities, 8th among public institutions and No. 1 in Virginia. Engineering, which Mason entered the top 100 nationally, is now at No. 93, jumping 49 spots from 142 in 2018, 69th among public universities.
The school’s research is dedicated to formulating innovative solutions and developing useful technology to solve real-world problems. Some of our recent discoveries include improving wireless communication networks, inventing new ways of imaging with ultrasound devices, and developing robot intelligence and autonomy. Our faculty members and their research teams have also produced promising work for enhancing mental health by combating neurological disorders, improving network security by strengthening IT systems and recovering lost data by using digital laser microscopy.
In the next decade the school expects to continue its transformation to one of the country's largest, most comprehensive schools of engineering by expanding its programs, growing its enrollment, and increasing its research.
First school of engineering in the United States with scholarship focused primarily on information technology-based engineering
First named school and building at George Mason University
More than 25 years of experience in working with big data and cybersecurity
1 of the first schools in the country to offer a master’s in data analytics engineering
11 engineering-based bachelor’s degree programs
36 graduate degree programs
9 academic departments
26+ active student organizations
25+ years of experience in big data and cybersecurity
More than $64M in research expenditures in 2020
More than $75M in new research awards in 2020
1st school to offer BS in Cyber Security Engineering
25+ years as a National Security Agency Center of Excellence
80 percent of Volgenau alumni live in Northern Virginia
In 2020 the NSF HERD rankings placed Computer and Information Sciences,12th among all universities, 8th among public institutions and No. 1 in Virginia. Engineering, which Mason entered the top 100 nationally, is now at No. 93, jumping 49 spots from 142 in 2018, 69th among public universities.
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The Volgenau School of Engineering is on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University at:
4511 Patriot Circle
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
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