The Volgenau School of Engineering was founded in 1985 as George Mason University’s School of Information Technology and Engineering. Today, this large, multidisciplinary school is one of two schools in the College of Engineering and Computing. Mason Engineering seeks to graduate students who will take initiative, step up, and leave the planet better than they found it.

Divisional Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University website.

Engineering has never been more relevant or more necessary than it is in today’s world. From developing sustainable solutions, creating new medical technologies, fighting climate change, or designing technologies for protecting and improving the wellbeing of people, engineers are leaders in advancing society.

The Volgenau School of Engineering offers a relevant array of programs that equip students with deep technical knowledge, combined with a broad understanding of the environmental and societal contexts of their engineering solutions.   Through our programs, our students develop as critical thinkers and innovators, with the strong collaboration skills and global perspective that prepare them to solve the complex engineering problems of the future.

We have a world-class faculty whose cutting-edge research pushes the envelope of knowledge, whether in robotics, smart cities, cybersecurity, biomedical devices or protecting our infrastructure.    We pride ourselves on our strong interdisciplinary research activities that involve faculty and students at all levels. We are located in the heart of the East Coast's most active tech corridor, and our strong connections to industry and government strongly inform our research and educational programs.  We benefit also from being one of the nation’s most diverse universities.


Ariela Sofer

Ariela Sofer

Volgenau is ranked in the top 100 engineering schools by U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, and several of our programs have earned top honors. Students who graduate from our school can expect to enjoy rewarding careers with significant earning potential and opportunities for high-impact contributions in a range of sectors, including healthcare, cybersecurity, manufacturing, business, government, and more.

Take a look at our site, learn about our school, come and visit. We think you will be impressed.

The Future of Engineering is Here!

Ariela Sofer

Interim Divisional Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering

Mission Statement

The mission of the Volgenau School of Engineering is to provide a transformative learning experience that yields visionary stewards of society who are prepared to discover solutions to complex global challenges and make the world safer, cleaner, and more prosperous. 

Our faculty are engaged educators who lead high-impact research in the areas of sustainability, big data, cybersecurity, robotics and artificial intelligence, and healthcare. These existing and emerging areas of expertise span departmental and disciplinary boundaries and capture the depth and breadth of our faculty and student’s scholarly activity.