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Faculty Excellence

Promoting Distinction With Your Help

An endowed professorship or fellowship is one of the most important gifts you can make to a university; it's a critical tool to establish faculty excellence.

We're determined to meet the challenges of providing our graduates a stellar education while pushing the boundaries of research. Our study goes beyond the desire to know and understand; we want to make a difference.

You can help us meet those goals and be a part of advancing fields of knowledge. Financial support is needed to recruit nationally distinguished faculty members and retain the first-class talent that we currently have.

An endowed fellowship or professorship attracts and supports the academic and research efforts of an exceptional faculty member – a distinguished leader in his/her field of computer science, information technology or engineering. An endowment is a gift that establishes a permanent fund. The principal of the gift is never spent. Only the income earned on the principal is used for the purposes the donor specifies in the endowment.

Eminent Scholars

Michael Buschmann, Eminent Scholar in Bioengineering. Photo by Ron Aira

Michael Buschmann, eminent scholar in Bioengineering. Photo by Ron Aira.

Michael Buschman

Professor and Department Chair Bioengineering
Eminent Scholar in Bioengineering 

Michael Buschmann came to Mason with over 20 years of experience at École Polytechnique in Montreal. He is a world-class researcher who has made fundamental and translational contributions to the fields of biomechanics, biomaterials, and nanomedicine. 

Buschmann first established his multidisciplinary research program at Ecole Polytechnique in 1994, focusing on the use of biomaterials to repair damaged knee joints and to deliver a new class of drugs based on the genetic information in RNA. His work that has translated to commercial products include a biomaterial implant that repairs knee cartilage and a diagnostic instrument that measures cartilage health. The cartilage repair product is an affordable and effective way to repair cartilage that helps to prevent knee arthritis, while the diagnostic instrument for knee cartilage guides orthopedic surgeons in choosing the appropriate treatment for patients. 

Johnathan Katz, Eminent Scholar in Cyber Security

Johnathan Katz, Eminent Scholar in Cybersecurity. Photo provided.

Jonathan Katz

Professor Computer Science
 Eminent Scholar in Cybersecurity

Professor Jonathan Katz is a professor of computer science and Eminent Scholar in Cybersecurity.  Support for Katz’s Eminent Scholar position was provided through a competitive award of $125,000 from the Commonwealth’s Center for Innovative Technology, an organization that invests in Virginia economic growth, and $200,000 generously provided by Lockheed-Martin to support Katz’s appointment and additional cybersecurity-related projects.

In the near term, Katz hopes to grow the computer science and cybersecurity departments at Mason by attracting new faculty as well as strong students, postdocs, and researchers. He also wants to contribute to building a cybersecurity curriculum that will produce outstanding Mason graduates in that field.

During his 17 years at the University of Maryland, the last six of which he spent as director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, Katz has had the opportunity to interact with cybersecurity professionals in academia, government, and industry.

Volgenau Faculty Holding Endowed Professorships

Elise Miller-Hook, Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair

Elise Miller-Hooks

Elise Miller-Hooks

Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair
Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering

Dr. Miller-Hooks joined the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering in 2016 as the Hazel Endowed Chair. 

Prior to joining our faculty she served as Program Director of the National Science Foundation’s Civil Infrastructure Systems Program in the Engineering Directorate. A prolific writer and frequent speaker, Miller-Hooks has authored approximately 350 peer-reviewed articles, reports, conference presentations and invited lectures. She serves as Chair of the TRB Transportation Network Modeling Committee, and was founding co-chair of the TRB Task Force on Emergency Evacuation (now a full committee), President of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Transportation Science and Logistics Society, and President of the Women in Operations Research/Management Sciences Forum.

She also served as professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland and on the faculty of Penn State and Duke Universities.


Sam Salem

Sam Salem

Sidney O. Dewberry Chair
Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering

Sam Salem is Chair of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering.  Salem has more than 28 years of professional and academic experience in construction engineering, project management, infrastructure asset management, and sustainable development. 

Prior to coming to Mason, Salem was the Abdallah H. Yabroudi Chair in Sustainable Civil Infrastructures at the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. Salem is especially interested in green construction and infrastructure. He developed the specialty as a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, where he directed the Infrastructure Systems and Management Program. While at Syracuse, he helped institute a certificate program in infrastructure management and policy and developed a new graduate program in construction engineering and management.


Portrait of Sushil Jajodia

Sushil Jajodia

Sushil Jajodia

BDM International Professor
Information Technology

Dr. Jajodia is founding director of Center for Secure Information Systems at Volgenau, and is also founding site director of the recently approved NSF I/UCRC Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation at Mason.  He joined Mason after serving as the director of the Database and Expert Systems Program within the Division of Information, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Milan, Italy; Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University, England; King's College, London, England; Paris Dauphine University, France; and Imperial College, London, England.​


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