Strengths

Our areas of expertise span departmental and disciplinary boundaries and capture the depth and breadth of the work of the school's faculty and students. This exploration and study solves real world problems, enhances lives, and makes the world safer, cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous.

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Big Data

Employers actively seek those who not only know the "how" of data analytics but who can also explain the "why" in terms that non-experts can understand. Mason's programs in computer science, systems engineering, electrical and computer engineering, information sciences, and statistics include a major focus on Big Data. Our alums include Brian Burke, an ESPN senior analytics specialist.

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Cybersecurity

As more of the world's business goes online, digital information becomes a primary target, meaning demand by government, companies, and organizations for cybersecurity experts will continue to rise. Our close ties with government and industry, funding for advanced projects that shield systems, and high-level research make our graduates highly sought.

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Diversity

At the College of Engineering and Computing, we know that the power of many perspectives enhances learning and creative thinking. It increases our students’ capacity to explore original ideas and develop thoughtful solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens creativity and problem-solving abilities. Our initiatives integrate diversity in engineering and computing by challenging stereotypes and demonstrating leadership in research and academic justice.

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Globalization

Mason is focused on building a better world. In that spirit, Mason students and faculty traveled to Sucusari, Peru, bringing clean water and sanitation education to a village in need. Our graduates have gone on to careers where the betterment of society is a central focus. From working with medical personnel to combat disease in the developing world to improving rail networks in the world's largest megacities, Volgenau builds the expertise to take on big challenges, and the confidence to navigate an international career. 

Sameen Yusuf with her analyzer that measures oxygen in incubators
Health Care Technology

Mason's Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Statistics programs use engineering and computing concepts and tools to improve human health through research and innovation. Their smarter technologies address a variety of medical needs; from precise robotic surgical tools to more seamless patient chart communication.  And it's not just faculty; junior bioengineering major Sameen Yusuf developed a low-cost analyzer that measures oxygen concentration in neonatal incubators.

Volgenau-built robots in GMU shirts
Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Our researchers, programmers, and engineers are designing and testing a variety of robotic mechanisms to aid in discovery, recovery, and remediation of industrial accidents while lending these advances to solutions that improve everyday life. Mason is pushing the boundaries of electronic communication, applied computation, computer learning, and sensor networks, making the college a leader in advanced robotic controls and design. 

Signals and Communication
Signals and Communication

George Mason University boasts global recognition for a 30-year track record of advancement in Signals and Communications. Mason has a long reach into the fields of defense, transportation, biotechnology, and telecommunications through degree concentrations in such fields as electromagnetics, optoelectronics, microelectronics, and signal processing.​ Students such as Talha Agcayazi put these skills into practice through the control of an Unmanned Aerial System (drone) for search and rescue operations.

Mason engineers collect data in the Chesapeake Bay
Sustainable Infrastructure

Mason's College of Engineering and Computing leads in the development of sustainable cities and villages through innovation, research and practice; our engineers will transform concepts into reality and work to find solutions to such issues as the impact of flooding caused by climate change. Here, Dr. Eleonore Paquier (left) and Jana Haddad collect data in the Chesapeake Bay. If you want to help preserve the planet through practical solutions, the college will give you the skills you need.