Metron Aviation First Company to Lease Space in New Engineering Building

Posted: December 16, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kristin Loiacono, Home Row Editorial

One of the most exciting initiatives developed for Mason’s new building that will house the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering is the opportunity for Northern Virginia businesses to have a presence on campus.

Dulles-based Metron Aviation – a solutions based, air traffic management company – is the first company to lease space in the anticipated East Wing of the new building, providing the opportunity for employee and student interaction and collaboration.

“We see this as a critical opportunity to facilitate innovative collaborations with our staff, Mason faculty, and graduate students. We also feel that the professional development of our staff will be enhanced by additional participation in classes, seminars and other activities,” says Terry Thompson, director of strategic development and environmental projects at Metron Aviation.

Metron Aviation has strong connections with Mason’s Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department (SEOR) and the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research (CATSR).

“We view CATSR as a key element in our decision to co-locate on campus. This department is on the leading edge of complex systems analysis for the air-transportation system, and has developed both a vibrant research program and a rigorous, inter-departmental training program for its students,” says Thompson.

Looking toward the future, Thompson says that Metron Aviation employees and Volgenau students can work together on challenges such as the control and evolution of complex, adaptive air-transportation networks with stochastic elements; the adaptation of market-based techniques for balancing capacity and demand; and understanding and managing multi-dimensional environmental impacts of aviation.

This article originally appeared in a slightly different format in The Volgenau School News, No. 4.

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