Information for Convocation and Commencement 2011

Convocation and Commencement 2011 are coming!
Please read information regarding these events:
If you plan to participate these events, please make sure to come to the campus early enough.  Because of these events, trafic around and in the campus will be heavier than usual and also parking will not be easy to find.  

SCION Team Wins First Ever SSPI Engineering Student Competition

The SCION team and Dean Menasce receive their award at the SSPI Student Engineering CompetitionA team compromised of eight student from the MS in Telecommunications program presented their work on satellite clusters at the First Annual SSPI Student Engineering Competition and was awarded the first place by a panel of judges from industry and academia. Congratulations go to James Bonner, Gregory Bock, Rishab Jaiswal, Neha Nagar, Amit Puranik, Kyurim Rhee, Edward Sestak, Vidya Venugopal for their outstanding work and very professional presentation.

TCOM Graduate Students Visit National Cryptologic Museum

Graduate Students Santiago Torres and Michael Ashwell, Adjunct Professor John Masiyowski, Museum tour Guide Greg Nedved, and Graduate Student Caesar RomeroContributed by Prof. John Masiyowski

Experiencing technology described and seen in textbooks in the real-world is sometimes a rare experience for graduate students.  A local museum within easy driving distance from the GMU Fairfax campus provided just such an opportunity for the students of TCOM 556 Cryptography and Network Security first hand to learn about, see and touch technology used in this ever changing field.  The National Cryptologic Museum located near Fort Meade, Maryland has an extensive collection of machines and displays of Cryptographic and Information Assurance artifacts.

Course Information for the Spring 2011 Semester

The Spring semester is nearly here and I want to take the opportunity to welcome you back for the new semester. At the same time, this note contains some clarification and additional information about the courses offered in the MS in TCOM program in the upcoming semester. Read carefully about new or rarely offered courses, options to meet the elective core requirement, and courses offered on-line.

New University Policies for On-line Courses

The university has made some changes in its policy for distance education courses with an associated, simultaneous in-class section. This may be of interest to students even if they usually come to campus for their classes.

Amit Puranik Receives First Ever SSPI Scholarship

Amit Puranik with representatives from SSPI and Dean Griffiths at the "Best and Brightest Reception"

Amit Puranik, a second year student in the MS in Telecommunications program at George Mason University, was selected as the first recipient of the SSPI scholarship, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Satellite Professionals International.  He was presented with this award by representatives from SSPI at the Volgenau School's Best and Brightest Reception on October 8.

Welcome New TCOM Students

A large number of new TCOM students attended yesterday's Graduate Student Orientation. Important information about the Telecommunications program and its structure was discussed to allow students to hit the ground running. A copy of the slides from the orientation is attached below.

Fall 2010 Class Schedule: Additional Information

The Fall semester is only a few weeks away; we're looking forward to seeing you all back on campus at the end of August. As in prior semesters, there are a few changes that you may not be familiar with and I would like to explain those to you. These include course pairs TCOM 509/529 and TCOM 519/539 being offered as full-semester courses, a reminder of courses that were recently introduced, and the courses that are available as on-line distance education courses.

Convocation and Commencement Information

Class 2010 Graduating Students,
Please see the information for the Commencement 2010:
If you plan to attend the Commencement, please make sure to get tickets.
Plese see the information for the Convocation 2010:

TCOM Distance Education Courses to Start in the Spring 2010 Semester

The MS in Telecommunications program at George Mason University will begin offering courses via the Internet in the Spring 2010 semester. Initially, two of the core courses (TCOM 500 and the course pair TCOM 501/502) will be offered. In subsequent semesters, the on-line course offerings will be increased continuously so that students can earn the MS in Telecommunications entirely on-line. We are planning to add at least two courses each semester to the on-line repertoire until the entire TCOM curriculum is available in distance education format.