A 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.
Contributed 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
You may have seen it already: the schedule for the upcoming Spring semester was published today. You can go to Patriotweb, see the schedule, and plan your course selection for the Spring semester. A few courses merit further explanation as they are either new or offered in a revised format. Read the full story for important information about additional courses that can be used to meet the elective core requirement, a new high-end networking course, a combined version of TCOM 509/29, and the introduction of distance education courses.