Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap Profile: George Mason University

George Mason University (Mason) is committed to setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason's undergraduate and graduate students for 21st century careers and its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research to enrich the academic experience. Located in the National Capital region with campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, and Loudoun Counties, students have access to extensive cultural experiences and sought-after internships and employers. Mason was named by Kiplinger's Personal Finance for 2014 as among the top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.

Mason's research mission is to create a safer, more sustainable world with extended life quality. As of May 2015, more than 80 research centers exist at Mason in all schools and colleges of the university. Mason's research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the following areas: Global, Life Quality, Policy and Governance, Science Frontiers and Complex Systems, Security, and Sustainability. According to the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s report of 2014 academic research and development (R&D) expenditures, Mason performed more than $90 million in R&D across a range of disciplines. For more detailed information on current research at Mason, visit: http://research.gmu.edu/

Global: Mason faculty is addressing issues spanning human rights and social justice to direct involvement in conflict resolution, from understanding human behavior and entrepreneurship in developing countries to understanding the impact of weather changes on those peoples. Communities of practice include:

  • Climate
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Globalization
  • International Development
  • International Policy and Politics

Life Quality: Investigators working in the area of Life Quality focus on research that directly touches human lives by exploring learning and behavior. Researchers are scientists who focus on developing new and innovative treatments for infectious disease and cancer, and include experts on aging and disability and neuroscientists who seek to better understand the why and how. Communities of practice include:

  • Aging
  • Biomedical
  • Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Health Systems and Policy
  • Interventions
  • Learning and Behavior
  • Neuroscience

Policy and Governance: Mason's location in the greater D.C. metropolitan region lends itself to involvement in and analysis of the activities of local, state, and federal government, which is reflected in Mason's wide range of research expertise. Communities of practice include:

  • American Government and Politics
  • Crime and Justice
  • Energy
  • International Policy and Politics

Science Frontiers and Complex Systems: At Mason, faculty members approach the study of fundamentally complex systems from a wide variety of disciplines. Mathematically complex system modeling underlies the work done by faculty in computer science, climate studies, economics, physics, transport, and social complexity. Communities of practice include:

  • Climate
  • Cyber Security
  • GIS
  • Information Systems
  • Nanoscience
  • Neuroscience
  • Social Complexity
  • Transport
  • Visualization and Gaming

Security: Research at Mason parallels the myriad ways security is addressed in our contemporary society. Research strengths range from cyber security to national security, from developing evolving applications of GIS in combat environments to addressing major issues in critical infrastructure. Communities of practice include:

  • Cyber Security
  • GIS
  • International and National Security

Sustainability: Sustainability research at Mason spans a wide swath, with researchers exploring everything from understanding and predicting climate change, to conservation of endangered species, to and from developing a better understanding human interaction with our environment, to developing energy alternatives. Communities of practice include:

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Transport