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Press Kit

For the Media

Senator Mark Warner with students

U.S. Senator Mark Warner, Virginia, and Mason President Ángel Cabrera stand for a picture with engineering students after the Cyber Security/Engineering Program ribbon-cutting for the Volgenau School of Engineering at the Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering building at the Fairfax Campus.

Fast Facts

  • Location: 4511 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, Va.
  • Phone: 703-993-1500
  • Dean: Dr. Kenneth Ball
  • Founded: Founded in 1985 as the School of Information Technology & Engineering
  • Enrollment: 7,291 (headcount, fall 2017)
  • Graduates: 1,337 (2015-16)
  • Faculty: 210 full-time academic faculty
  • Active Alumni: 17,009

School Profile

Our History:
Thirty 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.

Our Location:
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. 

Our Programs:
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. 

Our Reputation:
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranks George Mason University in its top tier of research institutions, with total research expenditures growing from $77 million in 2008-09 to $99 million in 2013-14. Mason, the largest public research university in Virginia, also increased the number of doctoral degrees it conferred by 27 percent. 

Our Research:
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.

Our Future:
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. 

Hallmarks:
  • 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 5 schools in the country to offer a master’s in data analytics engineering
  • $6.25M grant from DoD to create adaptive cybersecurity
  • 10 engineering-based bachelor’s degree programs
  • 24 graduate degree programs
  • 187 Instructional faculty
  • 8 academic departments
  • 26 active student organizations
  • 25+ years of experience in big data and cybersecurity
  • 82 patents
  • $25M in research expenditures
  • $32M in new research awards
  • $900K grant from Google Computer Science Capacity Award to develop accelerated self-paced learning
  • $7.4M grant from IARPA to Learning Agents Center
  • 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

Press Resources

The Office of Communications is available to assist the media in contacting our faculty experts and obtaining the latest news, photography, or video regarding the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE).

To schedule an interview, locate a faculty expert, or suggest a story idea, please call the Office of Communications at 703-993-5595 or e-mail Martha Bushong.

Requests for Use of Photographs

When an outside request comes our way we check the credibility of the source that is asking to use the image. We only send photos out for editorial purposes, no commercial publications or entities.    Additionally, it is important that the subject of the photo knows that their image is being used for marketing purposes. This usually occurs when the photo is taken. Our Mason photographers Ron obtain verbal permission from the professor and/or student before an image is published. We ask that the user credit the photographer, but require George Mason University to be credited.  If you need additional information, please contact the director of communications, mbushong@gmu.edu.

Media Access to Campus

Media representatives are are asked to arrange interviews and photo shoots with VSE faculty, staff, or students in advance through the Office of Communications. A university staff person will accompany any reporters, video crews and photographers while on campus to ensure confidentiality, privacy and appropriate sensitivity to students and families.

News media must seek permission from the University Office of Communications and Marketing to set up to videotape or broadcast live from campus and they must park in designated areas. Permission will usually be granted for exterior work as long as it does not interfere with university operations. The university will sometimes limit television broadcasting to specific locations. A representative from the school must be present unless you are notified otherwise.

In all circumstances, news media representatives must seek permission to enter or shoot in interior spaces including laboratories, classrooms, or administrative buildings. Permission is usually given as long as the reporting activities do not disrupt university activities, interfere with privacy or jeopardize the safety of university personnel, visitors or facilities

The Volgenau School of Engineering is on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University at:

4511 Patriot Circle
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Parking can be made available in the Shenandoah Parking Deck. Please coordinate parking arrangements with the Office of Communications and Marketing prior to visiting the school.

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