GMU: Pilots & projects

2C Lab- Flex Design

Summary

While researching how a research university functions at George Mason University, I was involved with facilitating and catalyzing a number of projects.

 

Some of the projects I facilitated include the creation of a Geospatial Intelligence certificate program; a multi-purpose meeting and presentation facility; and 2C Lab formed to facilitate Creativity and Collaboration including the creation of “Flex Offices” for faculty.

 

Information Technology and Communications Projects

Global Environmental Network Center(GEN, 2005-2006)

assisted in the conceptualization and creation of a research center seeking to improve the simulation of future environmental scenarios

>  Mason Institute for National Defense and Security (2007)-

worked with an associate provost to clarify, detail, and propose the Mason Institute for National Defense and Security (or MINDS@ Mason as I called it). Identified dynamic modeling simulation and simulation research and resources in COS & Mason.

> Well-being at Mason (2007 to present)… first project with Gary Kreps, Chair of the Department of Communication, … Games for Health poster for Mhealth Summit 2010 based on fitness wellness project built around a health monitoring device that Sivix  developed. Current project  March Madness for Total Fitness..

> the Mason Web (2006 to present)  COS website-

proposed dynamic, interconnected websites to College of Science for  faculty, students, staff, research center, department, and the College main site.  Recommended the use of the open source content management system Drupal.  COS implemented Drupal for the College website

Education and Research Projects

Strategic plan for COS (spring 2006)

asked by co-Dean of the new College of Science  to articulate a number of possible development goals for COS that I had been proposing

Geospatial Intelligence Institute (200607)

identified an opportunity to leverage the College of Science Belmont Bay campus efforts and the relocation of the National Geospatial Agency to Fort Belvoir through the creation of a GEOINT graduate program (launched with a certificate program and now includes a masters program)

Mason Institute for National Defense and Security (2007)

worked with an associate provost to clarify, detail, and propose the Mason Institute for National Defense and Security (or MINDS@ Mason as I called it). Identified dynamic modeling simulation and simulation research and resources in COS & Mason.

> SEOR capstone projects (2007-2008)

Sivix Corporation, a company that Joy founded in 2006, sponsored and supported  two student senior capstone projects for the Systems Engineering Department… RFID Tracking System and River Quaility Monitoring which won a national competittion..

> Well-being at Mason (2007 to present)…

first project with Gary Kreps, Chair of the Department of Communication, … Games for Health poster for Mhealth Summit 2010 based on fitness wellness project built around a health monitoring device that Sivix  developed. Current project  March Madness for Total Fitness.

Tools and Spaces Projects

Showcasing science (2007 to present)

Designed a multi-purpose video conference facility in the Johnson Center (2006) – to educate present and future Mason students in the disciplines and opportunities in science.. evolved into the College of Science Showcase on the first floor of the Observatory Tower.  First implementation included a 4 x 4 matrix of sixteen 30” high resolution Apple displays driven by four Mac Pros.   Second phase includes 8’ x 12 ‘ projection wall and two 70” LCD displays driven by three Mac minis with multi-purpose furniture and video capture/streaming/conferencing system (in planning phase).

Mason Foods Initiative (2008 to present)

Developed a plan with a student, Danielle Wyman,  to create gardens on campus and large scale food production for student consumption in Southside and other dining spots.  Danielle subsequently obtained a position with the Office of Sustainability and has led the creation of the Organic Vegetable Garden on the Fairfax campus. Danielle is also pursuing, with Northern Virginia farmland owners, a joint-venture for large scale food production as well as the design and construction of student-managed, living/learning eco-villages.

2C Lab (2009 to 2011)

 in partnership with Hank Wolf  formed 2C Lab to facilitate creativity and collaboration (the two “C”s).  One implementation was develping new ways to integrate information and communications technologies into new and renovated office and small conference spaces which we called “Flex Offices” . A student club, Women in Neuroscience, was started and used Flex space for a year. Won educational club of year award in 2011. Technology ideas now incorporated into SPACS hallways, offices, and lounge/seminar rooms.

 

Research Parks (2009 to present)

Exploring with people in Facilities, outside architects, and others various plans for public-private partnerships to develop GMU property on the other side of 123 and the Shirley Gate Highway corner property.  Embrace Steve Pearlstein’s  suggestions.

 

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