SCHEV approves Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing

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Earlier this week, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved Mason’s proposal to set the stage for a reorganization of the Volgenau School of Engineering to a newly formed College of Engineering and Computing, comprising the proposed School of Computing and Volgenau School of Engineering. The College of Engineering and Computing will be led by Ken Ball. The change will become effective on April 1, 2021.

“The Volgenau School of Engineering has greatly benefited over its history from its foundation in computing and information technology,” said Dean Ken Ball. “The visionaries who started the engineering school at Mason grounded in computing and information technology would be proud of its evolution and growth as it becomes the new College of Engineering and Computing.”

Provost Mark Ginsberg said the formation of the new college marks an exciting time for Mason.

“The College of Engineering and Computing will be a transformative structure that will advance our capacity in these fields while also supporting collaboration among disciplines and our engagement in the vibrant and growing corporate community in our region,” Ginsberg said.

The School of Computing proposal is under review with the SCHEV staff. The final review and approval processes are anticipated to completed in late May.

The School of Computing and the Volgenau School will be led by two interim divisional deans—Sanjeev Setia as interim divisional dean for computing and Ariela Sofer as interim divisional dean for engineering—until the search for permanent divisional deans is completed.