Volgenau School of Engineering
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Faculty Emeriti

The department honors some of its outstanding retired professors with the special status of professors emeriti. These individuals have served their profession with distinction for many years of teaching, service, and research.

Tomasz Arciszewski

Tomasz Arciszewski retired from George Mason University in 2014 after 21 years of vibrant contributions to the department. Retirement from Mason allows him to devote his full energy to his interests in engineering education and inventive engineering.

Arciszewski earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in structural engineering in 1970, and his Ph.D. in 1975, from the Warsaw University of Technology. Before joining Mason in 1994, he was a member of the faculty at Wayne State University for 10 years. Prior to 1984, he held teaching positions in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nigeria, and in the Department of Metal Structures at the Warsaw University of Technology.

Arciszewski’s formal academic background was in the area of structural engineering and mechanics with hands-on design experience in steel space structures and in general structural engineering in Poland and Switzerland. During his academic career he became increasingly interested in inventive engineering, knowledge acquisition, visual thinking in inventive design, and education. His signature courses on inventive engineering attracted graduate and undergraduate students from across the Volgenau School of Engineering, and his expertise in these areas took him around the globe, lecturing and inspiring new initiatives in a host of foreign universities. 

Arciszewski was also involved in initiatives launched by the American Society of Civil Engineering in computing, and in 2004 received the ASCE Computing Award and in 2006 the Intelligent Computing in Engineering Award from the European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering.

Michael S. Bronzini

In 2009, Michael Bronzini retired from his position as Dewberry Professor and Chairman of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering. He now holds the status in the department as the first Dewberry Chair Professor Emeritus.

Bronzini’s career focused on transportation systems, including remote sensing applications, freight transportation data, national transportation networks and inter-modal systems, inland waterways, and transportation system security. His past positions include: Director of the Center for Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Professor and Head of Civil Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University; Director of the Transportation Center and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Tennessee.

Sharon deMonsabert, PE

Sharon deMonsabert retired from Mason in 2012 and was honored with emerita status in recognition of her service to the university.

In her nineteen years as a faculty member, deMonsabert taught widely in both environmental engineering, and technical entrepreneurship. She was an active adviser of undergraduates both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.  She was an early mainstay of the environmental engineering graduate program, and her 2008 paper “How to Include Economic Analysis in TMDL Allocations?” published by the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Water Resources and Management was awarded their Best Practice Paper for that year. In recognition of her leadership in sustainable concepts in education and engineering, deMonsabert served as the Provost’s Fellow for Sustainable Curricula for two years.

Mark Houck

Mark Houck retired from George Mason University in 2020, after serving on the faculty for 28 years. He was appointed as the first tenured Professor of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason in 1992. He was also an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Previously, he held faculty appointments in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington (1976-78), and Purdue University (1978-91); and visiting faculty appointments at The Johns Hopkins University (1989-90), and Heriot-Watt University in Scotland (2003). In the private sector, he has served as an officer of two firms specializing in water resources engineering. Dr. Houck is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, and was awarded the Huber Research Prize by ASCE. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, a registered Professional Engineer, and a Professional Hydrologist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science (BES) and a doctor’s degree in environmental engineering (PhD) from The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Houck’s teaching and research was driven by questions about society’s relationship with the environment and how the relationship is: (1) fundamental to its success; (2) complex; (3) widespread, often with impacts not just locally but regionally, nationally or globally; and (4) constantly changing with enormous short-term and long-term benefits and costs that may be in conflict. His scholarship combines mathematics, science, and computing to analyze and explore novel solutions to environmental and water resources problems. His work aims to address today's complex, large-scale, messy, and enormously costly environmental problems for the benefit of society. 

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