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George Mason University - 2016

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College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Established in 1985, the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University provides transformative learning experiences, producing graduates who are prepared to discover solutions to complex global challenges and make the world safer, cleaner, and more prosperous. 


Thirty years ago, the school was one of the first to offer specialized information security and assurance programs, and it holds the distinction of having one of the first U.S. recognized civilian center of excellence in this field. Today the school’s programs continue that tradition by launching the world’s first bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity Engineering.

Located in the heart of the East Coast's most active tech corridor, our undergraduate and graduate students have unparalleled access to the nation's top innovators.
Elite science and technology organizations recognize our faculty as leaders in their fields. Professors bring industry knowledge to the classroom, challenging students to push the boundaries of research, skill, and application based on real-time knowledge of marketplace demand.

Building on the school’s reputation of spearheading new efforts in information technology, our engineering programs have expanded to apply what we've learned about advanced computing to more traditional engineering disciplines including Mechanical Engineering.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranks George Mason University in its top tier of research institutions, with total research expenditures growing from $77 million in 2008-09 to $99 million in 2013-14. Mason, the largest public research university in Virginia, also increased the number of doctoral degrees it conferred by 27 percent.


The school’s research is dedicated to formulating innovative solutions and developing useful technology to solve real-world problems. Some of our recent discoveries include improving wireless communication networks, inventing new ways of imaging with ultrasound devices, and developing robot intelligence and autonomy. Our faculty members and their research teams have also produced promising work for enhancing mental health by combating neurological disorders, improving network security by strengthening IT systems and recovering lost data by using digital laser microscopy.

In the next decade the school expects to continue its transformation to one of the country's largest, most comprehensive schools of engineering by expanding its programs, growing its enrollment, and increasing its research.