Robotics in the News

Our students and researchers design and test a variety of robotic mechanisms. Mason is pushing the boundaries of electronic communication, applied computation, computer learning, and sensor networks, making us a leader in advanced robotic controls and design, and implementation. Read some of the stories about their activity and discoveries.

  • July 5, 2022
    Sabrina Stenberg sees the SMART scholarship as a way to maximize her graduate studies at George Mason while remaining employed as a chemical engineer with the Department of Defense (DoD). Through the scholarship, Stenberg can focus on her master of science in electrical engineering at Mason full-time.
  • April 25, 2022
    An enterprising team of System Engineering students in their Senior Design Capstone course designed, built, and tested a remotely controlled robot to compete in the 12-pound division in the Norwalk Havoc Robot Combat League (NHRL).
  • March 1, 2022
    Mason's College of Engineering and Computing Rapid Prototype Research Center (RPRC) successfully completed a demonstration of an advanced heavy-lift autonomous aircraft called UAS-(L) at Fort Pickett, Virginia.
  • July 20, 2021
    Leigh McCue, associate professor and interim chair of mechanical engineering is looking to take a deeper dive into her research at the Vessel Dynamics Lab. The recent recipient of the Beck Foundation Faculty Fellow award is building a fleet of maritime robots and will use the funds from the award to expand this work.
  • January 8, 2021
    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) robotic shark blimp, which is what a team of George Mason University students and faculty used to participate in the 99++ Luftballoons Competition at Indiana University on November 9 through 13.     
  • November 11, 2019
    Two George Mason University mechanical engineering senior design teams are finding a way to make the process of removing unwanted contaminants from battlefield equipment safer and more time and cost efficient for our soldiers.
  • October 16, 2019
    When Mason Engineering professor Cameron Nowzari was an undergraduate, all he wanted to do was design and build robots. He was especially interested in the idea of swarm robotics, in which large teams of robots are designed to cooperatively complete tasks that a single device might not be able to do alone.
  • December 3, 2018
    It swims like a fish, turns like a fish, and dives like a fish, but it’s not a fish. It’s a robot. Three Mason Engineering seniors have created a robotic fish that can navigate water through wireless commands.
  • May 23, 2018
    A team of four mechanical engineering seniors designed a robot called Thunder Rat to inspect storm drains on campus. The bot gathers information to help Facilities Management employees pinpoint where they need to make a repair or clean out debris.
  • February 2, 2015
    Jana Košecká's research seeks to open the "eyes" of robots allowing them to perceive the visual world.