Technology and Information

Technology is transforming how we live, work, and play. Mason engineers and scientists from a variety of disciplines are partnering to develop technologies that empower people, protect our infrastructure and military, assist in healthcare and medicine, and provide disaster warning and relief.

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).

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