About George Mason

Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence.

We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.

Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.

Schar School of Policy and Government

The mission of the Schar School of Policy and Government is to advance the public good.

We provide our students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become leaders and managers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.  These graduates apply the knowledge and skills gained in our classrooms at some of the most prestigious companies, consulting firms, nonprofits, multinational organizations, and government agencies in Washington, DC, and beyond.

Decision-makers and the public use our faculty’s research to both understand and develop policy in a variety of areas.  In addition, we are committed to public service in our professions and in regional, national, and global communities.

Mark J. Rozell

Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Ruth D. and John T. Hazel Chair in Public Policy

Mark J. Rozell is the author of nine books and editor of twenty books on various topics in U.S. government and politics including the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics, and interest groups in elections.

He has testified before Congress on several occasions on executive privilege issues and has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

Dean Rozell writes frequent op-ed columns in such publications as the Washington Post, Baltimore SunNew York Daily News, and Politico. He is often asked to comment about his areas of expertise for print and broadcast media.

John G. Milliken

Senior Fellow in Residence,  Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Former Partner at Venable LLP and Virginia Secretary of Transportation.

Volgenau School of Engineering

The Volgenau School of Engineering  is a large, multidisciplinary school maintains a dual pre-eminence in both information technology and engineering.

The Volgenau School of Engineering was founded in 1985 as George Mason University’s School of Information Technology and Engineering.

Through teaching, research, and practice, Mason Engineering seeks to graduate students who will take initiative, step up, and leave the planet better than they found it.

Kenneth Ball

Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Kenneth Ball was appointed Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering in August 2012.

He is recognized internationally for his research in computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer. He has chaired three international conferences, is a past associate technical editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and has served on several other engineering journal editorial boards. He is very involved in engineering program assessment and accreditation activities, both in the U.S. and internationally, particularly in the Middle East.

Elise Miller-Hooks

Professor, Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Research:

Multi-Hazard Civil Infrastructure Resilience Quantification; Interdependent Infrastructure Lifelines Modeling; Disaster Planning, Evacuation and Response; Stochastic and Dynamic Network Algorithms; Intermodal Passenger and Freight Transport; Alternative Modes; Real-Time Routing and Fleet Management; Incident Management; Transportation Infrastructure Investment for Climate Uncertainty

Professional service:

Chair of the TRB Transportation Network Modeling Committee; Associate Editor, Transportation Science; Editorial Board Member, Transportation Research Part B and Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems

College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is much more than a collection of classrooms; it's a community of artists in art, dance, music, theater, arts management, film and video studies, and computer game design.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts embraces a vibrant community of artists actively learning, teaching, practicing and creating a wide variety of art forms. Through our seven academic programs, two performing arts centers, and a community arts school, we educate the artists of tomorrow and inspire people of all ages to engage in the arts as creators, consumers, and citizens.

At Mason, you’ll be supported and encouraged while following your own individual artistic path. Your talent is your own. Let us help you build your skills to reach your full potential.

Mason Enterprise Center

The Mason Enterprise Center offers expert consultation and training to the region’s small business owners and entrepreneurs through a wide array of programs such as conferences, workshops, and executive education programs.

The Mason Enterprise Center includes: 
Virginia Small Business Development Center Network
The Community Business Partnership
Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP)
Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP)
International Business Development Program (IBDP)

Regional Offices:
Fairfax, Fauquier, Leesburg, Alexandria, Springfield, and Prince William.

Rick Davis

Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, George Mason University
Professor, School of Theater
Executive Director, Hylton Performing Arts Center,

Davis, who has been working with the university since 1992, oversees seven academic programs and two performing arts centers.

“I have worked on both academic, and non-academic fronts…I’ve had about five different [roles] at the University. The first was running our theater company, and chairing the theater department. And then I became interim director of the Institute of the Arts, which is a predecessor to the college that we now have. Then artistic director for our Center of the Arts in Fairfax, and then Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and then I came to the Hylton [Performing Arts] Center in 2011,” said Davis. (From PotomacLocal.com)

Office of Technology Transfer

The George Mason University Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) focuses on invention disclosure activity, patents issued, and commercialization opportunities.

The OTT at Mason provides faculty with Inventor Disclosure Forms, PTO Guidance on Patentability, and aResearchers' Guide to Technology Commercialization

Mason SBDC

The Mason Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is a partnership between the SBA and GMU providing free educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Mason SBDC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Virginia SBDC Network, and George Mason University – Mason Enterprise Center.

The Mason SBDC is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. SBA-funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

MIX (Mason Innovation Exchange)

Maker & Collaboration space, run by George Mason University students

We are a multidisciplinary community of makers, innovators, artists, and engineers.

Our Mission
To empower students, graduate and undergraduate, by exposing them to real-world challenges and problem-solving opportunities. To provide a central place on campus for students and faculty from all schools and disciplines to meet, socialize, learn, and build.

What We Do
Programs encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration across all of Mason’s schools and degree programs (e.g. engineering, science, business, liberal arts). It’s the place at Mason where groups can come together to develop ideas, research problems, craft solutions, and start companies.

Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator

When GMU’s Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator program kicks off on Monday, June 5, the goal is to foster a collaborative atmosphere where George Mason students and recent graduates gain valuable, real-world business experience.

Sean Mallon

AVP for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Office of the Provost, George Mason University

The scope of Mallon’s position at Mason includes identifying, assisting, and encouraging entrepreneurial activity within the Mason community.

New businesses that gain market acceptance also could attract federal funding and outside capital investment, Mallon says. He wants "Mason entrepreneurs to be able to compete on a national and international level,”

Mallon plans to serve as a connection between Mason and the business community.When there is a startup that’s far enough along,  Mallon can reach out to angel investors.

Hina Mehta

Aciting Director, Office of Technology Transfer, George Mason University

Life Science (biotechnology + pharmaceutical) professional with an MBA in marketing and strategy, commercial analysis & entrepreneurial fellowship. Previous roles include Technology Strategy consultant, founder team member of a startup and research experience.

Specialties: Scientific/Technical expertise in drug discovery /oncology /neurodegeneration /aging, Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Translating IP into New Product, Patentability analysis, Market Research and Analysis, SpotFire, S-plus, Decision tree software, Entrepreneural skills

Jody Keenan

Managing Director, George Mason University - Mason Enterprise Center
State Director, Virginia SBDC Network

Ms. Keenan has been with the Mason Enterprise Center since 1996 and was named Managing Director of the Mason Enterprise Center in 2011. She has been the State Director of the SBDC Network since 2003.

Bob Smith

Director, Mason Small Business Development Center, George Mason University

Over 30 years’ experience creating, managing and funding start-up businesses in print and digital media. Spending most of my time helping new startups avoid making any of my old mistakes. Always looking for the next opportunity.

Specialties: Business strategy, online content/community, start-up development and financing, hand puppets

Ankur Mittal

Computer Science student, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
Technology Project Coordinator, Mason Small Business Development Center

Center for Regional Analysis

The Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) mission is to provide research and technical assistance to local government and businesses, primarily located in the Washington DC Metro region. These efforts focus on economic, demographic, transportation, housing and fiscal issues.

Terry Clower

Northern Virginia Chair and University Professor
Director, Center for Regional Analysis, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia

Kelley Coyner

Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Analysis, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

 

As Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Ms. Coyner secured millions of dollars of funding for the region’s transportation system and built the technical strength of NVTC through innovative partnerships with the region’s research community.

Prior to joining NVTC as Executive Director she served as Chief of Staff to the National Capital Region’s Senior Policy Group on homeland security and emergency management where she led the region’s cities and counties and 500 subject matter experts through an overhaul of its strategic plan that guides management and selection of homeland security and emergency management grants.

Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy

The Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy (TP3 Policy Center) mission is to advance research, education and public service in the understanding of public-private partnership policy in the transportation sector.

Jonathan L. Gifford

Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University
Director, Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is an interdisciplinary hub in the School of Business that supports innovators and changemakers from all Mason schools and programs.

From innovative courses and clubs to makerspaces and competitions, CIE offers participants opportunities to explore and learn about creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, experiment with concepts and tools, and startup a venture or initiative.

David J. Miller

Assistant Professor, School of Business
Executive Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Director, Mason Innovation Lab and  Campus Entrepreneurship

Jason Kinser

Chair and Associate Professor, Computational and Data Sciences, College of Science, George Mason University

Mason Transportation Institute

Our driving simulation facilities include a high-fidelity, motion-based simulator, and several lower fidelity desktop simulators for rapid-prototyping.

The motion-based simulator is equipped with a digital dashboard, a touch screen ancillary display console for examining new visual interfaces, and two custom designed seat pans for presenting vibrotactile signals.

Our research funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is primarily aimed at assessing driver behaviors to establish human factors guidelines for the driver-vehicle interface for Human Factors for Connected Vehicles and Crash Warnings Interface Metrics.

Deborah Crawford

Vice President for Research, George Mason University

Dr. Deborah Crawford joined Mason as vice president for Research in April 2016. She is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the full range of the university’s research activities.

Previously, she was with the International Computer Science Institute, an independent non-profit research organization affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as president and executive director. From 2010 to 2014, she served as senior vice provost for Research at Drexel University.

Paul Liberty

Vice President for Government and Community Relations, George Mason University

Paul Liberty was appointed Vice President for Government and Community Relations in October 2012, reporting directly to President Ángel Cabrera. As Vice President, he oversees a team working with federal, state, and local governments as well as the business and civic communities. He leads several major university-wide initiatives and is a member of the university’s Executive Council and President’s Council.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Liberty served as Interim Vice President for University Relations, responsible for managing community relations, creative services, events management, media and public relations, university information, and web communications.

Center for Collision Safety and Analysis

The Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA) at GMU is focused on using advanced technology to understand collisions involving transport vehicles and to develop means to avoid or mitigate them to enhance safety and security.

CCSA brings together a strong and richly experienced team of scientists and engineers.

CCSA is associated with the College of Science at George Mason University and the National Center for Manufacturing Science (NCMS).

Cing-Dao (Steve) Kan

Professor, Computational Solid Mechanics, College of Science, George Mason University
Director, Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA) , GMU

Dr. Kan was a pioneer in research on the implementation of the non-linear explicit FE code on high-performance parallel computer platforms. His research and development efforts in benchmarking of high performance computing platforms for crash simulations have become standards used today in the automotive industry.

Under his leadership the NCAC landed multi-million dollar contracts that involved more than 60 task orders for testing, modeling building and validations, analysis of highway barrier crashworthiness, vehicle safety, occupant risk analysis, outreach programs, and crash information management.

Center for Air Transportation Systems Research

The Center for Air Transportation Systems Research (CATSR) mission is to foster excellence in education and research in Air Transportation System Engineering.

Director, Lance Sherry

Contributions to the field include:

Transportation network-of-networks simulation, optimization, and analysis
Complex adaptive systems simulation and analysis
NNAS, airport and airspace simulation and performance analysis
Rare-event safety analysis for systems and devices
Aviation environment (noise and emissions)
Strategic planning and forecasting/industrial sector economics
Auctions and other allocation schemes
Portfolio analysis/costs-benefits analysis
Flightdeck design and human factors

Lance Sherry

Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research department,  Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University
Director, Center for Air Transportation Systems Research (CATSR)

Dr. Sherry’s has pioneered research in data analytics and stochastic simulation of large complex adaptive systems such as the air transportation system, operations of airports, airlines and air traffic control, as well other network-of-network systems. These analyses are used widely for strategic planning, business development, cost/benefit analysis, and system productivity improvement.

Dr. Sherry has also conducted award wining work in human-computer interaction, operator training, and the design of autonomous and semi-autonomous systems (such as Unmanned Air Vehicles).

Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship

The George Mason University Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE) seeks to advance real estate research and education in the real estate development profession and welcomes partners in their research and education mission

The Center serves to
... advance real estate knowledge through innovative and pertinent multidisciplinary research on real estate development and finance;
... address critical and timely issues of interest to the development and finance communities;
... hold seminars, workshops, symposia, and forums to examine the current state of the industry and to anticipate future industry opportunities and challenges; and
... support the highest quality real estate degree and executive education programs that prepare both students and industry professionals alike for tomorrow's real estate environment, specifically the MS in Real Estate Development.

Brett Berlin

Term Professor, Data Analytics M.S. Program, George Mason University
Value Creation Strategy Consultant

F. Brett Berlin's passion for new value creation is built on over 40 years of professional experience innovating and advocating for innovators applying leading edge information solutions to mission challenges.

He has served with outstanding teams in various roles, including: senior strategy executive, consultant and mentor; applied information and systems technologist; collaborative leader; computer scientist and public policy entrepreneur.

Mason Transportation Services

Mason Parking & Transportation provides a full range of parking and transportation services, serving a diverse community of more than 34,000 students and over 6,000 faculty and staff.

Thank you for using green modes of transportation. We appreciate your commitment to reducing the impact on Mason's parking infrastructure and supporting Mason's sustainability goals. If you have any questions about your fringe transit benefit, please feel free to contact Parking and Transportation at 703-993-2828. (From home page).

Josh Cantor

Director, Parking & Transportation, George Mason University

Oversee Parking & Transportation on all George Mason University campuses and sites. Areas under Parking & Transportation are: Parking Services including permit sales, enforcement and citation management, special events, and construction related issues.

Also oversee University's shuttle program as well as all alternative transportation issues including bicycling programs.

Serves as University's representative on transit/traffic/parking issues with regional partners.

J. Douglas Lipscomb

Vice President Planning and Design, George Mason University

J. Douglas Lipscomb has extensive experience with education projects acquired with several architectural firms as well as from serving as the University Architect and Director of Facilities Planning and Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

He has led the effort on several college and university master plans and has led planning efforts for classroom and lab buildings, student housing, parking structures, and athletics and recreation facilities.

Douglas Wills-Lipscomb was a Principal of Royal Barry Wills Associates Inc., Architects.

Phimolwan (Aung) Shepelev

Assistant Director, Mason Small Business Development Center, Mason Enterprise Center at Geroge Mason University

Aung Shepelev coordinates services that generate over $9 million in capital formation, 25 new business starts, 200 new jobs, and 650 retained jobs per year.

Aung has  a thorough knowledge and hand-on experience with Mason Small Business Development Center and strong experience in project management, customer service, and operation control.

Aung has a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University.

Center for Psychological Services

The GMU Center for Psychological Services provides evidence-based assessment and treatment services to people of all ages across the Northern Virginia and greater Capital region.

Nicole Geller

Member, Board of Trustees, George Mason University Foundation, Inc.
Private Investor, Strategic Growth for Successful Exits at Wiljax LLC

Helping companies gain clarity and focus in their strategic growth to realize a successful exit. Ensuring strategic plans are integrated throughout the enterprise, from hiring to BD, to fully transform and align an organization to meet its desired goals.

When do you wish to exit? How much time is needed to prepare for an exit? What is of value to potential buyers? Understanding these different factors can drive real economic value to the seller. Are you maximizing your firm's selling potential?

Taban Yazdani

MS Student, Systems Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Spencer Graves

Student, George Mason University
Business Development, Iron Goat

The MIX is the perfect environment for the creation and growth of ideas, and I am overjoyed to get to share my skills and talents with the George Mason community. I have always loved making things and the MIX helps me both growing my own ideas as well as helping others ideas to grow.

Interests:
3D printing & Modeling; Carpentry/Contruction & Fabrication; Electronics & Microcontrollers

Kristine Mosuela

Graduate student, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Virginia Tech
Entrepreneurial Leader, Cric (Mason SEAP)

Christian Suero

Doctoral Student, Department of Soiciology, College of Humanities and Social Studies, George Mason University

Opptu Role: Operations & Strategy

Esau Vigil

Student, Information Technology, School of Business, George Mason University
Opptu Role: Business Management

Sabiha Piracha

Opptu Role: Business Management

Cristian Vigil

Student, Communication, College of Humanities and Social Studies, George Mason University
Opptu role:  Communication

Konstantin Oleinikov

Masters Student, Computer Science, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Andrea Nunez Justiniano

Business Student,  George Mason University
Member, Cric team, Mason SEAP

Tri Nguyen

Computer Science Student, George Mason University
Team Member, Cric (Mason SEAP)

Jenn Pence

Computer Science Student, George Mason University
Team Member, Cric (Mason SEAP)

Todd Gillette

Future Technical Leader, Northrop Grumman
Curator, Neuroscience Knowledge Network (NKN), The Open Network (ON)
PhD, Neurscience, George Mason University

Christopher Cremin

Undergraduate student, electrical engineering student, George Mason University
CEO, Firesight AR

Thomas Harvey

Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
CTO, Firesight AR

Aram Zucker-Scharff

Full Stack Developer, Salon Media Group, Inc.
Lead Developer, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
President, Air Networks

Jim McLean

Instructional Technologist / Visual Media Specialist, Information Technology Services (ITS), George Mason University
Owner and Principal Photographer, Jim McLean Photography

Eric L. Olson

Community Engagement and Support, ORCID
Project Director, National Science Communication Institute
Mason Alum

Interests: Scholarly Communication, Science Communication,

Roberto Vargas

Double Major, Economics and Environmental and Sustainability Studies, George Mason University
President, GMU Organic Gardening Association
Staff, Mason Office of Sustainability

As President of GMU Organic Gardening Association, Robero is working to expand gardening on campus

Roberto works with Doni Nolan in both the Presidents’ Park Greenhouse and Innovation Food Forest and manages the Potomac Heights Garden.

Roberto is passionate about working towards food justice in marginalized communities and educating students on the importance of learning to grow their own food

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