George Mason University

Physical and Biological Sciences


Mason’s world-class researchers stretch our horizons—whether working on the Pluto-bound New Horizons mission or studying tiny organisms that indicate environmental health in the wake of an oil spill. Mason is also using innovative combinations between in geology and social media to reveal new ways of mapping our world.

  • Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics

    The center studies computational fluid dynamics, which uses math, physics, and computer software to visualize how a gas or liquid flows, and how those flows affect the objects that the material flows past. Research encompasses a variety of disciplines, including engineering, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

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  • Center for Earth Observing and Space Research

    The center focuses on research related to satellite platforms, including data acquisition and processing, as well as information extraction and analysis, for use in areas such as natural hazards and disaster management, hurricane tracking, and geospatial intelligence. The Center for Earth Observing and Space Research has more than 60 affiliated scientists and has strong ties with several government agencies, including NASA, the Naval Research Laboratory, and others.

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  • Center for Quantum Science

    The center gathers researchers from the Department of Physics and Astronomy whose interests span condensed-matter physics; atomic, molecular and optical physics; materials science; and high-energy physics. It aims to stimulate the research productivity, interaction and collaboration among members, and to create a collective mentoring environment for young researchers. The center supports research into the behavior and interactions of energy and matter at the atomic and subatomic levels, with recent advances in quantum computing, nanoscience, superconductivity, and electromagnetism.

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  • Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems

    The center conducts research in such areas as geospatial information science, remote sensing, satellite image analysis, geospatial data processing, earth system science, geospatial interoperability and standards, and geographic information systems.

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  • Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence

    The center is directed at addressing theoretical issues of geographic information science (GIS) and practical applications of innovative related technology. Its goals include promoting GIS as a new interdisciplinary science, as well as a technological scientific tool; building a nationally recognized geospatial educational curriculum; creating a unique multi-level warehouse of spatial data; and providing hands-on experience in GIS digital technology to students.

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