Volgenau School of Engineering
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Outreach

The Systems Engineering and Operations Research department does more than just provide an outstanding education and conduct cutting-edge research. We also work closely with companies, government agencies, and the local community in a variety of areas.

  • Employers. SEOR can customize instructional materials and courses, certificates, and graduate degree programs to fit the needs of your company, agency, or organization. You have the option of taking courses on one of our campuses or off site at a location of your choice. We also offer classes online, either at a set time (synchronous) or work-at-your-own-speed (asynchronous). For more information, contact us at 703-993-1670.
  • Schools. Faculty have worked with the Fairfax County, Virginia, School System to develop materials and programs that encourage students to consider science, technology, engineering, and math majors. Dr. Rajesh Ganesan and a team of undergrads used a National Science Foundation grant to enrich the middle and high-school curriculum with hands-on experiments. The department has also worked with Fairfax high schools  to develop introductory engineering courses for seniors.  These courses help students understand what an engineer does and the impact they have on everyday life. For more information, contact us at 703-993-1670.
  • Project Sponsors. Our undergrad and graduate project teams can help a company/nonprofit/government agency solve real problems. For example, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC), an electric power distribution system, sought an algorithm for customer categorization to help better forecast its power-purchasing needs. NOVEC’s initial evaluation of our students' recommendations indicated that forecast accuracy would be improved, leading to lower bills for customers. For more information about sponsoring a project, contact us at 703-993-1670.
  • Research partners. SEOR is looking for collaborators on major projects. For example, the Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence, and Cyber worked on a project with a U.S. Army team on Battle Management Language. Our Center for Air Transportation and Systems Research, under a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration, worked on a project to design airspace layout to reduce the number of air traffic control centers and to track the impact of weather and traffic density. For more information, contact us at 703-993-1670.