Our undergrad and graduate students conduct research throughout their academic careers, and our faculty are deeply involved in research that has real-world impact, working with companies and government agencies throughout the D.C. area.

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R1 Ranking
Carnegie Classification ranks Mason among the highest research institutions in the country
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1st Place
Mason students placed first in Systems Design at the Keith Memorial Capstone Conference
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$1,000 to $5,000
Amount of stipends available in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program
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No. 1
Mason is the largest public research university in Virginia
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25 Wins
Senior design capstone teams took 25 first-prize awards in national competitions in the last 5 years

"Hard problems require many disciplines contributing to the solution. Systems engineers lead those efforts, contributing creative design and innovative processes."

— Art Pyster, associate dean for research for the College Of Engineering and Computing and a professor of Systems Engineering and Operations Research

Building Knowledge and Exercising the Mind

The Systems Engineering and Operations Research faculty are active researchers, whose goal is to do relevant work that has an impact on policy and society.

Research is a big part of each faculty member's identity, and we bring our excitement to our undergrad and graduate courses.

We expect students to participate in projects that tackle problems and find solutions.

Our doctoral students work with the faculty and are expected to conduct research that is in the forefront of their fields.​

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Students doing research, whether graduate or undergraduate, can enhance their understanding of their field of study, earn academic credit, and expand their résumés.

Our research is sponsored and supported by national agencies, government, the military, and private companies. They include:

Our Areas of Research Include:  

Air Transportations Systems: Unmanned air systems, safety, congestion mitigation, dynamic pricing and auctions, space systems engineering

Data Analytics: Modeling, simulation and optimization with application to health care and medicine, financial engineering, energy, transportation systems, and telecommunications infrastructure.

C4I, Defense and Security: Multi-source fusion, situation assessment, system evaluation, military operations research, evidence marshaling

Systems Architecting: Model-based systems engineering, complex adaptive systems, validation and verification, and risk mitigation.

Cyber Security: Security and safety of cyber-physical systems, electronic warfare.


In addition, our faculty and students are actively involved in research through the Volgenau School’s Research Centers and Labs,  including: 

Additional information can be found through our InfoGuides resources of the Mason library system.