Meet Our Faculty


  • Assistant Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering

    Kirin Emlet Furst (she/they) joined the Volgenau School as an assistant professor in 2020 and is a member of the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering group. The goal of her research is to identify engineering and policy strategies to mitigate health risks posed by contaminant mixtures in drinking water. To achieve this goal, the Furst lab takes an interdisciplinary approach spanning environmental chemistry, water quality engineering, human exposure analysis, and data science.
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Krzysztof (Kris) Gaj received the MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology. He is a professor in the ECE Department at Mason, where he currently co-directs the Cryptographic Engineering Research Group – CERG - one of the largest and most widely recognized applied-cryptography groups in the United States. His major research projects have been devoted to the evaluation of cryptographic algorithms competing to become new American and international standards.
  • Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    Operations research deals with the application of advanced mathematics and computational methods to help make better decisions involving large and complex systems. There are many uses for operations research, but one of the most difficult problems that Rajesh Ganesan investigates is the sequential decision making problems under uncertainty.
  • Associate Professor, Cyber Security Engineering, Volgenau

    Mohamed Gebril is an assistant professor in the Cybersecurity Engineering Department. He joined Mason after working as primary patent examiner for the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Monson Hayes

    Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Dr. Hayes joined the faculty of George Mason University in the fall of 2014 as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. As a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an internationally recognized researcher for his contributions to the field of digital signal processing, he brings more than 30 years of teaching and research experience to Mason. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Masters and Sc.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • George Hazelrigg obtained a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJIT), and his MA, MSE, and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from Princeton University.  He worked for six years in the aerospace industry at Curtiss-Wright, General Dynamics, and the Jet Propulsion Lab, and taught engineering at NJIT, Princeton University, University of California at San Diego, Polytechnic University, Ajou University in Korea and École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal. 
  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Lucas Henneman’s research focuses on air pollution and health. He is most interested in telling success stories—for example, about how environmental regulations have improved our air quality and health—and the opportunities to create more success stories by identifying air pollution sources that make people sick. His day-to-day research leverages large datasets and computer models to track pollution after it’s emitted to where it is breathed in by people like us.
  • Caroline Hoemann

    Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau  

    Caroline Hoemann (BA, UCSD; PhD, MIT) is a full professor of Bioengineering at George Mason University. Prior to this, she was a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, where she spent 15 years directing a federally-funded research program on the role of inflammation in articular cartilage repair.
  • Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    Karla Hoffman uses mathematical and statistical modeling to inform decision making. She has worked with a variety of government agencies and corporations on such diverse problems as: •    Planning and scheduling buses at Disneyworld •    Real-time scheduling of concrete trucks throughout Northern Virginia •    Assigning crews to flights for a major airline  •    Determining the scoring process by which tax returns are ranked for audits 
  • This is a photo of Professor Inchi Hu

    Statistics, Professor

    Inchi HU is a professor of statistics at the College of Engineering and Computing. He received his PhD in statistics from Stanford University. Prior to joining Mason, he was on the faculty of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), University of Pennsylvania, and University of Maryland. His research interests include sequential analysis, stochastic control, high-dimensional data analysis, and causal inference.