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.

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


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

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

Terry Clower

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

Areas of Research include: Economic Development, Economic Policy, Quantitative Methods, Regional Development, Transportation Policy, Regional Economic Performance, Economic Forecasting, and Economic and Fiscal Impacts

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.

Jonathan L. Gifford

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

Professor Gifford’s book Flexible Urban Transportation (Pergamon 2003) examines policies to improve the flexibility of urban transportation systems.

He has also studied the role of standards in the development and adoption of technology, particularly technological cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries through coalitions and consortia. A case in point is the E-ZPass highway toll tag, now adopted by millions of households in the U.S. Mandatory standards setting processes, which are more common in Europe and Asia, have met with less successful adoption and serious implementation problems.

David J. Miller

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

Research Interests include: Entrepreneurship, Higher education, and Economic history

Teaching Interests include: New venture creation and Entrepreneurship

Sean Luke

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
Associate Director, Center for Social Complexity, Krasnow Institute

Sean Luke’s major research area in the field of artificial intelligence has cultivated new methods for developing evolutionary computation (computer learning). As a director of the Evolutionary Computation Lab (ECLab) at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University.

Zoran Duric

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
Faculty, Laboratory for the Study and Simulation of Human Movement and Autonomous Robotics Laboratory

Zoran Duric has published over 80 technical papers and developed techniques on various topics including computer vision, information hiding, and video processing. Most recently, the focus of his research has been the study and simulation of human movement. His research leadership and participation in the George Mason University Autonomous Robotics Laboratory has added new dimension to human simulated autonomous movement and machine learning.

He is an Area Editor of the Pattern Recognition Journal and a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Duminda Wijesekera

Professor, Computer Science, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
Visiting research scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Director, Laboratory of Radio and RADAR Engineering (RARE)

His current research addresses three main areas.
Security and safety of cyber-physical systems. Research in this area includes safety and security of trains, aircraft, ships, and automobiles. The goal of this research is to create secure cognitive radio networks that ensure mandated safety guarantees.

Electronic support for medical procedures includes formulating, validating and verification of the safety of medical workflows and privacy and security.

Digital forensics research includes creating potential scenarios from evidence and creating frameworks for argumentations, error management of forensic data and add odds ratio between different scenarios that fit the evidence.


Jyh-Ming Lien

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
Director, Motion and Shape Computing (MASC) Group

Jyh-Ming Lien's research is in the areas of computational geometry, computer graphics, and robotics.

His research goal is to develop efficient algorithms for representing, manipulating and analyzing massive geometric data of shape and motion.

Burak Tanyu

Associate Professor, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Research Interests:
Recycled materials in geo-engineering and transportation;
Ground improvement (physical, chemical, and biological methods);
Earth retaining structures and reinforced soil;
Slope instabilities and landslide prediction

Jim Jones

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

James "Jim" Jones has been a cyber security and digital forensics practitioner, researcher, and educator for over 20 years in industry, government, and academia.

That experience drives his teaching, which blends theory and practical applications, and his research, which focuses on the extraction, analysis, and manipulation of partial digital artifacts.

Past and current funded research sponsors include DARPA, DHS, NSF, and DoD. His research interests are focused on digital artifact extraction, analysis, and manipulation, and on offensive cyber deception in adversarial environments.

Maria Emelianenko

Professor, Mathematics, George Mason University

Specialties: Modeling, statistical analysis, optimization, numerical methods, multigrid and adaptive methods,materials science, biology, chemistry, medical applications

Jason Kinser

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

Research Funded By: Cray Computer, NASA,, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, Starzent Inc., The Virginia Tobacco Initiative for Biologic Discovery & Digital Education, Lockheed Martin, and Forensic Science Service (UK)

Patents (2):  Two patents of Page Oriented Holographic Memory Neural Networks (5004309 and 5132813).

Laurie Schintler

Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University,

Laurie Schintler teaches graduate courses on transportation theory and models, regional development theory, and statistics and econometrics.

Professor Schintler has written numerous articles and papers in her field, including “A Prototype Dynamic Transportation Network Model” and “Evaluation of the Smart Flexible Integrated Real-time Enhancement System (SaFIRES)”.

Carryl Baldwin

Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program, Department of Psychology, George Mason University

Dr. Baldwin teaches and conducts research in conjunction with the Human Factors and Applied Cognition program. She has over 20 years of experience investigating human factors issues in mental workload, surface and air transportation and cognitive aging.

Her primary research interests are in the area of Applied Auditory Cognition. Much of her work involves the use of neurophysiological measures (i.e., EEG, ERP, EKG, and eye tracking) to examine the effort expended when people perform multiple modality dual tasks as a function of changes in sensory or environmental condition or cognitive aspects of the task.

Kathryn Laskey

Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, George Mason University
Associate Director, GMU's Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence (C4I Center)

Broad research interest is the use of information technology to support better inference and decision making.

Dr. Laskey teaches courses in systems engineering, decision theory, and decision support systems.

Oscar Barton, Jr.

Professor and Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Barton joined the faculty of George Mason University in the fall semester of 2014 after completing a 22-year career at the United States Naval Academy, where he was one of only three African Americans to obtain the rank of tenured full professor and the first within the academy’s Division of Engineering and Weapons.

As the department Chairman, he oversaw the accreditation of two engineering programs and the creation of the Nuclear Engineering program, the first in the history of the U.S. Naval Academy. His research focuses on the analysis of dynamic systems, closed-form solutions for linear self-adjoint systems, and systems that govern the responses of composite structures.

Damoon Soudbakhsh

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Damoon Soudbakhsh has worked both in industry and academia and developed resilient and energy efficient transportation systems.

He was a member of Active Adaptive Controls Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for more than four years. As a research scientist at MIT, he introduced algorithms for co-design of Cyber-Physical Systems and developed methods for prognostics and health monitoring of jet engines.

For his PhD, he worked on the development of several active safety vehicle systems including a steering control collision avoidance system, and an intelligent speed adaptation system.

Elham Sahraei

Assistant Professor and Beck Foundation Faculty Fellow, Volgenau School of Engineering,
George Mason University

Sahraei has been a Research Scientist at the Impact and Crashworthiness Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2014. She is the co-director of the MIT Battery Consortium, a multi-sponsor industrial program supported by major automotive and battery manufacturers such as Daimler, Jaguar Land-Rover, LG Chem, and Boston Power.

She has also been a co-investigator of multiple Ford-MIT Alliance projects, and a DOE project with National Renewable Energy Lab on safety of Li-Ion batteries. Her current research is focused on characterization and computational modeling of advanced energy storage systems (Li-Ion batteries) for electric vehicles.

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.

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).

Karla Hoffman

Karla Hoffman

Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research Dept., Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Karla Hoffman uses mathematical and statistical modeling to inform decision making. Karla served as Chair of the SEOR department for five years ending in 2001.

Previously, she worked as a mathematician in the Operations Department of the Center for Applied Mathematics of the National Institute of Standards and Technology where she served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies. Dr. Hoffman has many publications in the fields of auction theory and optimization as well as a variety of publications detailing her applied work. She is on multiple editorial boards, and is Past-President of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Paulo Costa

Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
Research Director, International C2 Activities, C4I
Co-Director, Radio and Radar Engineering Lab

Specialties: Ontology engineering, Bayesian logic, command and control, system engineering, electronic warfare, multi-sensor data fusion, cyber-physical systems safety, transportation security, knowledge engineering, and Semantic Web languages.

Paulo Costa has applied his significant experience as a fighter pilot to a career specializing in the field of electronic warfare and flight safety, which in conjunction with his research on probabilistic reasoning has led to applications in cyber and transportation security, heterogeneous data fusion, and decision support systems in healthcare, defense, and other areas. These topics are at the core of his teaching and research.   

Eric Maribojoc

Executive Director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, School of Busienss, George Mason University

Real estate professional with extensive experience and leadership in acquisition, financing, asset management, construction, leasing, re-positioning and sale of multifamily, office, retail and industrial properties

Specialties: Lease and contract negotiation, due diligence review, budget planning, vendor management, business analysis and planning, structuring capital and financing, business team formation, market research

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.

Matthew S. Peterson

Associate Professor, Human Factors and Applied Cognition and the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience divisions, Department of Psychology, George Mason University
Director, GMU Psychology MA program

Dr. Peterson's research focus is on visual attention and related areas, such as eye movements, working memory, multitasking, and visual cognition. His research interests include: Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Visual attention, eye movements, working memory, attentional control, brain plasticity, and cognitive training.

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