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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.

For more information about endowing a fellowship or professorship, contact Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations Linda Kovac at 703-993-9375.​​ 


 

Volgenau Faculty Holding Endowed Fellowships

Elham Sahraei

Elham Sahraei

Elham Sahraei

Beck Foundation Faculty Fellow

Elham Sahraei, joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as the Beck Faculty Fellow. Prior to coming to Mason, she was a research scientist at the Impact and Crashworthiness Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the co-director of the MIT Battery Consortium, a multi-sponsor industrial program supported by major automotive and battery manufacturers. Sahraei has also been a co-investigator of multiple Ford-MIT Alliance projects, and a DOE project with National Renewable Energy Lab on safety of Li-Ion batteries.

In addition to characterization and modeling of Li-Ion batteries, her expertise includes full-scale vehicle crash analysis, occupant protection, and analysis of roadside safety structures. She is the inventor of “Collision Safety Structure,” a structure for controlled buckling of driver seats that reduces perils of frontal crashes.


 


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.


 

portrait of Deborah Goodings

Deborah Goodings

Deborah Goodings 

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

Dr. Goodings joined the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering in the Volgenau School at George Mason University in 2009 as the Dewberry Professor and CEIE Department Chairman. 

Her prior appointment was as Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, where she also launched and co-directed, with the School of Public Policy, the Master of Engineering and Public Policy program; and initiated and led the award-winning UMD student chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA.


 

Edward J. Wegman

Bernard J. Dunn Professor
Information Technology and Applied Statistics

Dr. Wegman is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and winner of the 1999 VSE Outstanding Research Award. His research interests include computational statistics, data mining, analysis of massive data sets and density estimation.


 

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.​


 

Gerald Cook

Earle C. Williams Professor
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Dr. Cook is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and received an IEEE Centennial Medal, and the 1989 IEEE-IES Eugene Mittelmann Award. He is a former Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and a former President of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He is author of the book Mobile Robots: Navigation Control and Remote Sensing published by Wiley, 2011. His primary interests are in modern control, robotics and automation.


 

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