Gregory WASHINGTON named the new president of George Mason University 

George Mason University selected Gregory Washington as its eighth president. Slated to take office on July 1, Dr. Washington is currently the Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Washington is an accomplished researcher who specializes in dynamic systems, with an emphasis on the modeling and control of smart material structures and systems. He is the author of more than 150 technical publications in journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings. Dr. Washington is a member of the National Science Foundation Engineering Advisory Committee, the OCTANE Board of Directors, and the California Network for Manufacturing Innovation Board of Directors, and was previously a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He is also past chair of the American Society for Engineering Education – Engineering Deans Council. “I am honored to accept this position and thrilled to lead Mason at this exciting time,” said Dr. Washington. “What attracted me to Mason was its reputation for having real impact, providing access and for its commitment to inclusive excellence. Those values are in direct alignment with how I operate as an academic leader. I look forward to helping continue to accelerate the trajectory of the institution. The Mason community has laid an extraordinary foundation and my job is take us forward and build on that success. I feel really blessed to have been given this opportunity and can’t wait to get started.”


Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution changed name to champion Carter legacy

George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution adopted a new name, The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, to honor the achievements made by Rosalynn Carter, the social activist and the former wife of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. The name change serves as a tribute to the Carters’ steadfast commitment to peacemaking through nonviolence and the transformative role of dialogue and diplomacy in conflict resolution. It also serves to recognize that the school has grown and changed in reputation and scope since its birth in 1981. “With the name change, we’ll be starting the next phase of our journey as an institution committed to furthering both the research and practice of conflict resolution and peacebuilding,” said Alpaslan Özerdem, dean of the school. “It’s a great honor to be leading a school named after one of the greatest peacemakers of our times.”