George Mason University was founded in Fairfax, Virginia, in 1957 as a campus of the University of Virginia, and separated from UVA to become its own university in 1972. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., it is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It is now one of the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is ranked by U.S. News as the #1 up and coming national university.
The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering is an integral part of the Fairfax campus, the largest of GMU’s four campuses. With its location in the affluent northern Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C., it combines the benefits of a vibrant self-contained, safe campus community with dormitories, athletic facilities, a performing arts center, and a major sporting events center, with the museums, entertainment, and political energy of Washington, D.C., within easy reach by public transportation. The advantages of GMU’s location are evident in the impressive diversity of its student body and student engagement with issues both on and off-campus, as well as in the caliber of the faculty recruited to the university because of the unparalleled opportunities it offers.