Meet Our Faculty


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Faculty and Capstone Coordinator, Information Sciences and Technology, Volgenau

    Peter Farrell is a faculty member and Capstone Course Coordinator for the Applied IT Department at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. He is an MBA alumni from George Mason University and is committed to building networked relationships between Mason alumni and students. Before joining the Mason faculty, Farrell served in various administrative roles in the corporate IT arena. 
  • Instructor, Computer Science, Volgenau Lab Director, Center for Assurance Research and Engineering, Center for Assurance Research & Engineering (CARE)

  • 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.  
  • Associate Professor, Volgenau

  • 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.