Volgenau School of Engineering

The Volgenau School of Engineering provides students with a well-rounded engineering education with a focus on research and professional development. Our six departments work collaboratively to create timely and unique programs that keep our students on the cutting edge of their field.

 

Bioengineering

Volgenau's Department of Bioengineering seeks to advance knowledge in the field through research and the education of future specialists with challenging, yet rewarding undergraduate and graduate programs. Bioengineering is an interdisciplinary field that integrates engineering, biology, and medicine to promote scientific discovery, new technology, and medical therapies to improve health. Today's research also goes small, into such fields as nanotechnology. Volgenau is creating partnerships with biomedical organizations in the Washington, D.C., area to forge research collaborations and to expand training and internship opportunities for Mason students. The Bioengineering Department includes primary faculty members, as well as affiliate faculty from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Computer Science Department.​

Our expertise in Robotics and Health Care Technology fosters a connection between mechanical devices and the people who will use them to walk, run, sit, stand, and see. Our commitment to Globalization provides unique learning opportunities for our students through Engineering World Health (Guatemala) and Carlos III University (Madrid, Spain).  Our areas of research include:​

Bioinformatics Magnetic resonance imaging
Biomechanics Medical ultrasound
Biosensors Microfluidics
Computational Biology Nanotechnology
Instrumentation Neuroengineering

Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering

Volgenau's Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering is an internationally recognized program that educates visionary students to lead in the development of sustainable cities. Our faculty and students seek innovative solutions to construct energy-efficient and environmentally informed buildings, transit systems, utilities, and infrastructure through the use of sustainable materials and renewable resources. The nation relies on a vast network of infrastructure systems that are becoming more interdependent as urban areas grow and increase. Infrastructure based on sound, sophisticated civil engineering principles, and technology-based best practices ensures that the water we drink is safe, that the bridges we cross are solid, and that our transportation systems take us to school and into space. CEIE aims to develop and implement successful solutions to complex, multi-disciplinary engineering challenges.​

Our expertise in Sustainable Infrastructure is helping to improve existing cities, towns, and villages while imagining future improvements. Our student members and faculty sponsors of Engineers for International Development share our commitment to Globalization through their annual efforts to provide clean, safe drinking water to remote villages in Nicaragua.


Cyber Security Engineering 

Volgenau's Department of Cyber Security Engineering is the first of its kind in the country. The department was established in 2020 by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and earned its ABET accreditation in January 2021. However, the newly formed multidisciplinary department already had a history of giving students a strong foundation in a dynamic field. As our cyber world has become more integrated with our physical lives, cybersecurity is essential to protecting our critical infrastructures like gas, water, and electricity, our personal information, and our privacy. 

Our faculty continually adapt courses and programs to account for the changing times, and they themselves conduct groundbreaking research in their fields. The department strives to not only prepare students for graduation but also to develop the next generation of cyber defenders who will have to face threats and challenges never seen before. Coursework in our bachelors and masters program emphasis problem-solving skills and hands-on learning. 

Our expertise is in 5G and Wireless Communications, Control Systems and Security, and Smart Manufacturing Architecture. 


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Volgenau's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering blends electrical and electronic studies and research to develop, design, and operate computers, machines, hardware, and software. Our students will be the ones who make computers smaller, but mightier -- they'll do more and they'll do it faster and cheaper. Volgnenau's experiential learning process includes a Capstone Project, an advanced design enterprise. Groups conceive, design, and implement a hardware project or hardware-related software project, considering all engineering aspects. ECE faculty and students are also involved in innovative research in a variety of areas, such as bioengineering, cryptography and network security, medical imaging, nanotechnology, ocean acoustic tomography, and wireless communications. ECE faculty at Mason have funding from several major agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Institutes of Health.

Our expertise in Big Data and Health Care Technology lets our graduates build tools for teachers to accurately measure learning styles, and our labs prepare predictive models that can help emergency personnel manage a disease outbreak. Our work in Cyber Security helps protect services we depend on, such as utilities, transportation, and defense, while our focus on Robotics takes the next steps in human technology. Our work in Signals and Communication focuses on transmitting, receiving, and processing complex patterns of information efficiently and securely through expertly engineered communication systems.


Mechanical Engineering

Volgenau's Department of Mechanical Engineering students seek innovative solutions to meet the growing demands of worldwide energy needs spurred by population growth and dwindling supplies of fossil fuels. Our graduates oversee the operations and management of large systems in nuclear energy, biofuels, wind, and tidal energies to build an energy portfolio that exploits these seemingly limitless resources.  Mechanical engineers must also have an awareness of risks due to cyber threats.​

Our expertise in Sustainable Infrastructure lets us build solar-powered machinery, and our Cyber Security focus makes us an incubator for the newest networks and systems. 


Systems Engineering and Operations Research

Volgenau's Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research offers students the "people-oriented engineering profession." Systems engineers determine the most effective ways for an organization to use all a system's components -- people, machines, materials, information, and energy. Systems engineers plan, design, implement and manage complex systems that assure performance, safety, reliability, and maintainability at a reasonable cost and delivered on time. Operations Research deals with the use of scientific methods in management decision-making, especially for the best allocation of limited resources. Operations researchers try to find order in apparent chaos by identifying the structure in complex situations and understanding how the components or organizations interact. They can then explain and predict the effect of actions on these systems​.

Our expertise in Big Data and Health Care Technology lets us determine the most effective ways for an organization to use all of a system's components -- people, materials, information, and energy -- using scientific methods to allocate resources. Our areas of research include:

Aviation Systems Engineering Systems Requirements, Integration, Architecting
Homeland Security Optimization
Military Transformation Simulation