A New Home: George Mason University to Host the IFEES-GEDC Secretariat

IFEES and GEDC leadership have accepted an invitation to move the Secretariat to the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. On August 29, 2017, Ken Ball (pictured), who serves as dean and is a GEDC member, signed, with the provost of GMU, an MoU to host the Secretariat beginning the last quarter of 2017.

Ken Ball, Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering

Located 32 kilometers (20 miles) outside of Washington D.C., this move will provide the IFEES-GEDC Secretariat strategic access to the large international representation the region. GMU will donate office space, equipment, and additional resources to the Secretariat. This transition also marks a return for IFEES Secretary General and GEDC Executive Secretary, Hans-Jürgen Hoyer, who held his first university teaching position at GMU years ago. The Secretariat is excited to return to this ever-growing and vibrant, globally oriented region.

Originally founded in 1949 as a branch of the University of Virginia, GMU became an independent institution in 1972. Apart from Fairfax, the institution has three other campuses throughout the state of Virginia and a fifth in Incheon, South Korea. GMU is a public institution with nearly 35,000 students, of whom more than 6,000 are enrolled in the university’s engineering program.

The Volgenau School of Engineering was founded in 1985 as the School of Information Technology and Engineering. Mason Engineering is one of the first schools to specialize in information security and assurance, was the first school in the USA to be recognized as a civilian center of excellence in this field, and was the first to launch a bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security Engineering. Mason Engineering is also recognized as a top-tier research university and is the largest public research university in Virginia.

“Through teaching, research and practice, Mason Engineering seeks to graduate students who will take initiative, step up and leave the planet better than they found it.”

– Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Since 2012, Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering, whose dean is GEDC leader Kristina Ropella, has hosted the IFEES-GEDC Secretariat in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). The 2012 transition to Marquette had been facilitated by an invitation from the then dean, GEDC leader Bob Bishop, who is currently dean at the University of South Florida. Over the past five years, Marquette has provided invaluable support to the IFEES-GEDC Secretariat and has allowed both organizations to grow through their gracious donation of office space, equipment and other resources. The Secretariat must also commend Brad Bonczkiewicz and his amazing IT team who are truly irreplaceable and have been so patient and supportive with the Secretariat’s various IT woes. The Secretariat anticipates continuing mutual support with Marquette University following the transition.

Hans-Jürgen Hoyer, who will maintain his role as IFEES Secretary General and GEDC Executive Secretary, will be relocating to Fairfax. The Secretariat will be seeking a part-time administrative assistant to provide local support in Fairfax. Kayla Hellal will continue serving as the International Communications and Web Manager and Kristen Fledderjohn will continue supporting the GEDC 10th Anniversary. Both will continue to be based in Milwaukee. Aldo Tase will continue supporting the Secretariat through the transition. Deborah Donovan will continue her role as Financial Consultant.

IFEES-GEDC leadership and the Secretariat are looking forward to what this next chapter holds. Inquiries or requests for more detail can be directed to Hans-J‎ürgen Hoyer.