Meet Our Faculty


  • Leonard Adelman

    Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    Leonard Adelman’s research is oriented toward (1) understanding judgment and decision processes, and (2) designing and evaluating systems to support them. Regarding the former, Adelman has performed research to understand how people define (or “frame”) judgment and decision problems.
  • Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, Volgenau Associate Director, Center for Secure Information Systems, Center for Secure Information Systems

    Massimiliano Albanese is an associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology, and he also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS) and the Codirector of the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (LITE). He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2005 from the University of Naples Federico II, and joined George Mason University in 2011 after serving as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Maryland.
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Volgenau

    Mehdi Amiri is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at George Mason University. He joined Mason in Spring 2019 and since then he is enjoying training and mentoring the next generation of talented mechanical engineers. His research interests focus on the behavior of structural materials under operational conditions, in particular the effects of materials microstructure on performance under mechanical and environmental loadings.
  • Term Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, College of Engineering and Computing

    Matthew Amissah is a Term Assistant Professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research department at George Mason University. His research broadly entails an application of concepts and tools from the fields of Modeling & Simulation and Systems Science to support architecting and design of complex systems. He obtained the doctoral degree in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  
  • Giorgio Ascoli

    Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau  

    Giorgio A. Ascoli has dedicated his career to advancements in biochemistry and neuroscience since he received a PhD from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy, and continued his research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  Ascoli investigates protein structure and binding in the nervous system. In the long term, he seeks to create large-scale, anatomically plausible neural networks to model entire portions of a mammalian brain, such as the hippocampus. Ascoli’s interests also involve human memory and consciousness.
  • Associate Director, Center for Assurance Research and Engineering, Volgenau

  • Shaghayegh Bagheri

    Assistant Professor, Volgenau

    Shaghayegh Bagheri is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at George Mason University and an Affiliate Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto, Canada). Prior to that, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Automotive, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
  • James Baldo

    Associate Professor, Director of Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering Program, Volgenau

    James Baldo's engineering career has provided him with a broad foundation of knowledge and experience in engineering systems responsible for detecting, identifying, tracking, and predicting the behavior of objects based on multiple sources of data. The environment that Baldo works in has been greatly affected by big data which has resulted in utilizing new technologies and analytical methods.
  • Dean, College of Engineering and Computing Professor, Mechanical Engineering

    Kenneth Ball was appointed Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering in August 2012. He previously served as the L.S. Randolph Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech from 2004-12, overseeing rapid growth in the department with research expenditures increasing five-fold to approximately $20M, and with large increases in student enrollment.
  • Assistant Professor, Volgenau

    Ali Beheshti is currently an assistant professor and director of Tribology and Surface Mechanics Lab. His research interests are inspired by the impending need for sustainable design and operation as well as prolonging the lifecycle of advanced components especially focusing on surface mechanics. The current objective and focus of his lab is on tribology (science of lubrication, wear and friction), and contact and interfacial mechanics at different scales.