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

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.

U.S. transportation funding, financing and program delivery are changing rapidly and the Center exists to support sound policy research and education in response to a host of evolving critical transportation infrastructure needs.

Our fundamental objectives are to supply case studies, graduate and executive education, and research that advance sound policy. Well-informed elected officials, agency personnel, and community leaders are particularly critical when needs are multiplying and budgets are not. The Center, located three miles from the U.S. Capitol in Arlington, Virginia, is able to bring together commercial, government and legislative stakeholders with academics and graduate students to accelerate transportation solutions.

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.

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).

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