Meet Our Faculty


  • Parag Chitnis

    Associate Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau  

    Parag Chitnis joined the Department of Bioengineering at George Mason University in Fall of 2014. He also is a Principal Investigator at the Krasnow Institute of Advanced Study. The institute, which functions as an independent research facility at Mason, upholds a mission to expand scientific understanding of the mind, the brain, and intelligence by exploring the intersection of cognitive science, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and complex adaptive systems.
  • Assistant Professor, Volgenau

    Pei Dong is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She obtained her BS in Microelectronics from Nankai University and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. She then did her postdoctoral research in the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University before joining George Mason University. Pei was employed by New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. when she was an undergraduate student.
  • Professor Emeritus Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau
    Founding Director, Center for Air Transportation Systems research, Center for Air Transportation Systems Research

    George L. Donohue came to the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University in 2000 after serving as the Associate Administrator of Research and Acquisition in the Federal Aviation Administration.  He has broad experience in managing major research and technology projects in both the public and private sectors, and was named visiting Professor for Air Transportation Technology and Policy for the FAA prior his administrative position. His research interests focus on Air Transportation and systems engineering.  
  • Shri Dubey

    Assistant Professor, Volgenau

    Shri Dubey has more than 18 years of industrial experience with reputable industries such as Ford Motor Company, Lucent Technologies, and Bell Lab Innovation in the areas of automotive engineering and wireless technologies respectively. Dubey was involved in the design and development of powertrain components and assemblies. In addition, Shri worked on the development of remote radio heads and base stations for wireless technologies at Bell Lab. His extensive experience and expertise from various industries will assist students in senior design projects and their professional development.
  • Professor, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & Community Engagement, College of Engineering and Computing

    Building meaningful partnerships across the university with external corporate, government, academic, non-profit, and global entities to support the mission of the College of Engineering and Computing and the strategic objectives of George Mason University.
  • Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    Hadi El-Amine is an Assistant Professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department at George Mason University.
  • Research Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Lieutenant General Robert Elder (USAF, retired) joined the research faculty at George Mason University following his retirement from the Air Force as the Commander, 8th Air Force. 8th Air Force is the senior Air Force organization at US Strategic Command and is responsible for deterrence and global strike operations. US Strategic Command also operates the global command's Joint Air Operations Center. Elder held a position with the outfit as the joint functional commander responsible for planning and coordinating all nuclear and global strike force activities.
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Yariv Ephraim received the D.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1984 from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.  During 1984-1985 he was a Rothschild Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.  During 1985-1993 he was a Member of   Technical Staff at the Information Principles Research Laboratory, AT&T Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ.  In 1991 he joined George Mason University, Fairfax, VA,   where he currently is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He received jointly with William J.
  • Assistant Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Before joining George Mason University, Behzad Esmaeili was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. He actively conducts research in the field of construction safety, specializing in injury prevention strategies, hazard identification, risk management, and decision-making.
  • Professor and Associate Director, Volgenau

    Peter Fonash is a recognized thought leader in advanced/emerging communications and cybersecurity technologies.  HIs work as the CTO of the Department of Homeland Security ‘s (DHS’s) Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) organization makes him uniquely qualified to direct the schools Cyber Security Programs.