Meet Our Faculty


  • Nathalia Peixoto

    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau
    University Affiliate Faculty, Bioengineering

    Nathalia was a technician in electronics and robotics before she decided to go to college. After attending universities in Brazil (Unicamp and USP) and Germany (Stuttgart and Bonn), she was a researcher at Stanford. She still likes to travel and her group collaborates with universities in Israel, Ireland, Peru, and Korea.
  • Sai Manoj Pudukotai Dinakarrao

    Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Sai Manoj Pudukotai Dinakarrao, an assistant professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a B.Tech degree in electronics and communication engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Anantapur, India, in 2010; a M.Tech in information technology with a specialization in networking and communication from International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, India, in 2012; and PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2015.
  • Associate Dean for Research, Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations, College of Engineering and Computing


    Throughout his career, Art Pyster has played leading technical, management, and executive roles in the telecommunications, aerospace, defense, air traffic control, education, and computing business sectors. 
  • Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Operations Research

    The world around us is continually being shaped by intelligent and autonomous systems that are typically developed as independent systems but operate in a system of systems environment. Ali K. Raz research focus is on understanding the collaborative nature of autonomy and developing systems engineering methodologies for integrating autonomous systems.
  • Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

    Colin Reagle joined the Volgenau School of Engineering in 2014. Reagle specializes in the areas of thermal fluid flows and sustainable energy systems, and brings his extensive background in the subjects to Mason as a boon to the growing Mechanical Engineering program. He has also taught and conducted post-doctoral research at Virginia Tech, including projects for Solar Turbines, Siemens, Pratt and Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and Honeywell. Reagle has R&D experience as a researcher for Techsburg, a small engineering services company in Christiansburg, Virginia.
  • Shani Ross

    Assistant Professor and Associate Chair, Bioengineering, Volgenau  

    Shani Ross received her bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Howard University in Washington, DC in 2004 and her master's and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with a bioelectrical concentration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, in 2006 and 2013, respectively. Her current research involves studying bladder neurophysiology and working on a closed-loop neuroprosthesis for bladder control. In general, Ross’ research interests are in the areas of neural engineering and neuromodulation.
  • Cyber Security Engineering, Adjunct

    Rock Sabetto has worked in many roles during his engineering career, including technology researcher, adjunct professor, chief engineer, technology consultant, systems engineer, software and database developer, military officer, and undergraduate teaching assistant. Sabetto’s current research and analysis focuses on cloud computing security.  As a George Mason adjunct, he leads the Cyber Security Engineering Capstone program in the Volgenau School of Engineering.
  • Professor and Chair, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Sam Salem is the chair of Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. Salem has more than twenty (28) years of professional and academic experience in construction engineering, project management, infrastructure asset management and sustainable development. He is a registered professional engineer, certified professional constructor, and LEED accredited professional.
  • Director, Center for Air Transportation Systems research, Volgenau
    Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Operations Research

    Lance Sherry is an Associate Professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research department and serves as Director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University.
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

    Daigo Shishika is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and his master's and PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park, all in Aerospace Engineering. Before joining George Mason University, Shishika was a postdoctoral researcher in the GRASP Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania.