The Volgenau School of Engineering was founded in 1985 as George Mason University’s School of Information Technology and Engineering. Today, this large, multidisciplinary school maintains a dual pre-eminence in both 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.

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U.S. school of engineering with scholarship focused primarily on information technology-based engineering
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Cyber security program's national ranking by Ponemon Institute
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Years of experience in working with big data and cyber security
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$50+ Million
Research expenditures
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National ranking Return on Investment by Affordable Colleges Online
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$73 Million
New Research Awards in 2019

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Dean's Welcome

More than 30 years ago, when George Mason University founded what would become the Volgenau School of Engineering, the Apple Macintosh was a year old, the Sony Discman was the latest in portable music, and VHS was state-of-the-art for home theater equipment. Cell phones were the size of bound books and heavier than bricks.

The world is a different place than it was at our founding in 1985, and so is the school. We have changed our name, lived in three different buildings, and added classrooms, labs, students, and faculty. Our programs have expanded and evolved to match the ever-changing demands for engineering, computer science, and information technology.

As a Mason Engineering student, you may find yourself working alongside biomedical scientists in state-of-the-art laboratories at the Krasnow Institute, or using 3-D printers to build scale models of bridges.

Our students travel beyond the boundaries of classrooms and labs to help bring water to school children in Nicaragua and to compete in RoboCup soccer tournaments around the world.

Our unique location in Fairfax, Virginia, puts us between the Dulles Technology Corridor and Loudoun County’s data center and Washington, D.C.

Kenneth S. Ball

Our close proximity to the robust technology industry and the seat of government provides graduates with access to positions supporting the government's technology infrastructure, working in the public, private, or non-profit sectors.

At Mason Engineering, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities to identify and explore your engineering passion. Take the time to browse this site and see what's here for you.

Best regards,

Kenneth S. Ball, PhD, PE

Mission Statement

The mission of the Volgenau School of Engineering is to provide a transformative learning experience that yields visionary stewards of society who are prepared to discover solutions to complex global challenges and make the world safer, cleaner, and more prosperous. 

Our faculty are engaged educators who lead high-impact research in the areas of sustainability, big data, cybersecurity, robotics and artificial intelligence, and healthcare. These existing and emerging areas of expertise span departmental and disciplinary boundaries and capture the depth and breadth of our faculty and student’s scholarly activity.