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Open Doors for Your Engineering Career at George Mason University

Posted on March 2nd, 2022 by Connor Blay

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is continuously growing and showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, by 2027, careers in STEM are expected to grow by 13%. The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University (GMU) aims to equip students with the tools they need to be well-rounded engineers. According to U.S. News & World Report, Volgenau is ranked among the top 100 Best Engineering Schools in the U.S. In this blog, you’ll learn more about the programs offered and the potential for future engineering career opportunities at GMU.

Majors Offered by the Volgenau School of Engineering

There are seven Bachelor of Science (BS) offered by Volgenau. Each of these programs are uniquely designed to match students’ areas of interest. The major programs are:

Bioengineering (BS) – Students develop new treatments for burn victims through the use of pharmaceutical nanofilm. Additionally, students will learn about and utilize sensor-equipped prostheses that help amputees regain mobility.

Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (BS) – Students will get to implement a drinking water system for a remote village and gain an understanding of the future of civilization and industry as it relies upon the products of this field of expertise.

Computer Engineering (BS) – Focuses on a blend of electrical engineering and computer science.

Cyber Security Engineering (BS) – Students will attain knowledge on modern technology and the flow of information that exists in everyday life.

Electrical Engineering (BS) – A major field of modern technology, electrical engineering is a research-heavy field. In this program, students will learn how to develop, design, produce and operate a variety of devices and systems.

Mechanical Engineering (BS) – Concentrates on the development of modern machinery.

Systems Engineering (BS) – Prepares students for a professional career in systems engineering through interdisciplinary coursework.

Benefits of Attending the Volgenau School of Engineering

Because GMU is located in Fairfax, a suburb of the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C., Volgenau is able to offer several unique benefits to its students, including networking opportunities, co-operative research programs with federal, state and local governments, as well as private-sector research opportunities. High-tech companies and government agencies that are conveniently located near the GMU campus include: 

  • CSC
  • Northrup-Grumman
  • Lockheed
  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Orbital
  • SAIC
  • CACI
  • CIA
  • NRO
  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Department of Defense
  • National Institutes of Health

Students are more than welcome to take advantage of CPT and OPT work opportunities at these locations. Many students have to travel to explore job prospects after graduation and it is certainly valuable to be in close proximity to leading tech companies and government agencies that seek out recent college graduates.

In addition to its ideal location, GMU is also notable for its dedication to research. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranks GMU among the highest research institutions in the country. GMU is the largest public research university in the state of Virginia with it investing $186 million into research funding in 2019.

Considering earning your engineering degree at the GMU Volgenau School of Engineering? Be sure to check out the GMU profile to read and request more information.

Written by Connor Blay

Connor joined in November 2019. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Information Communication & Technology at Florida State University in Spring 2019. Having recently completed his undergraduate higher education, Connor has a fresh perspective on how the process works and is passionate about helping international students through it. His background includes customer service, social media, and video production.

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