School of Information Technology and Engineering Launches Ambitious Fund-Raising Campaign

Posted: May 9, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Rey Banks

Three hundred high-tech professionals gathered at the School of Information Technology and Engineering’s (IT&E) gala on April 29 for an event that recognized students, faculty, and alumni, as well as loyal corporate sponsors, for their accomplishments. The school also unveiled its plans to build a new 180,000-square-foot building.

The new building will house existing faculty and departments as well as a new center for the study of bio-IT. Dean Lloyd Griffiths hopes the new center will eventually put Mason on the map with leading technology universities such as Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

IT&E gala
More than 300 people gathered for the School of Information Technology and Engineering’s annual awards gala.

As usual, the annual event featured awards sponsored by well-known companies such as Titan, PEC Solutions, Inc., and webMethods. Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Awards were presented to C. David Binning and Charles Snow; Outstanding Teaching Awards were given to Mark Houck and Sean Luke; and Gheorghe Tecuci received an outstanding research faculty award. Peter Farrell and Paul Broome received Outstanding Alumni Awards.

“I am very proud of the progress our school has made during the past year and the extraordinary efforts of our students, staff, and faculty,” said Griffiths. “Several of these individuals are being honored this evening, but there are many others who deserve recognition.”

Griffiths remarked that IT&E has many notable alumni and a team of faculty with rising national prominence. “This year, we are filling eight positions, and these new faculty will expand our research strengths and visibility in a number of exciting new areas,” he said. The school also has an impressive list of corporate partnerships that provide academically gifted students with some of the best employment opportunities in the region.

Griffiths was careful to point out that these exciting opportunities and advancements will come with a hefty price tag. Completion of the new building will cost $45 million, and the school is undertaking a mini-campaign to raise $10 million. For more information about the campaign, contact Jennifer Lamb, director of development, at 703-993-1752 or jlamb@gmu.edu.

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