Business Matters

Mason faculty award honors longtime civic leader Williams

Posted: April 5, 2017 at 5:10 am, Last Updated: April 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

By Preston Williams The 123 Club was created 30 years ago by top business leaders to bring attention to the needs of a growing Mason. To honor that anniversary, the members of the 123 Club are raising funds to support a new Mason faculty award named in honor of late defense contractor and civic leader […]

Call him the space man

Posted: April 5, 2017 at 5:05 am, Last Updated: April 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

By Damian Cristodero   When Ray Rahbar opened MakeOffices in 2012, it had been eight years since his graduation from George Mason University with bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting. There was no gap in his relationship with his alma mater. “When I look back at everybody who helped us get to where we are […]

For solar startup, lessons learned in Mason’s Innovation Lab were key

Posted: December 12, 2016 at 9:45 am

By Damian Cristodero For Shane Trexler, the story of Centennial Generating is also the story of how the Innovation Lab at George Mason University can help a startup create its business plan. “It was a pretty awesome experience,” says Trexler, Centennial’s director of engineering and design, who was an MBA student at George Mason when […]

New dean, new ambitions to transform Mason’s School of Business

Posted: December 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm, Last Updated: December 7, 2016 at 4:49 pm

By Melanie Balog In a short time, George Mason University’s School of Business has become a leader in the National Capital Region and an important resource for the business community. The school consistently is ranked among the Top 100 best undergraduate programs and part-time MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report, no small feat […]

Mason partners with Northern Virginia Chamber to connect regional business and academia

Posted: September 22, 2016 at 8:45 am, Last Updated: September 22, 2016 at 11:22 am

George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce announced a comprehensive partnership on Wednesday to strategically link Virginia’s largest public university with the regional business community, a collaboration that will help drive the Northern Virginia economy into a new era. In a far-reaching partnership between the region’s largest Chamber of Commerce and a […]

Scientist-entrepreneur Chip Petricoin combines research with business

Posted: September 22, 2016 at 8:15 am, Last Updated: September 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm

George Mason University’s Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin finds himself stepping out of the lab and into the boardroom as his discoveries form the basis for new firms. Petricoin is co-director of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine. His work has led to new companies, including personalized cancer therapy firm Perthera Inc. and Ceres Nanosciences—best […]

Mason MBA project leads to relationship with DC Water

Posted: September 22, 2016 at 8:00 am, Last Updated: September 21, 2016 at 11:50 am

By Damian Cristodero Maureen Holman, chief of sustainability at DC Water, is eager to work again with students from George Mason University, and hopes George Mason and DC Water broaden a budding partnership. Holman collaborated with four Mason Executive MBA students whose capstone project explained how DC Water could use a microgrid to ensure a […]

Mason graduates make their mark

Posted: June 29, 2016 at 9:00 am, Last Updated: June 23, 2016 at 1:56 pm

George Mason University graduates have a significant impact on the business communities of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., as 88 percent of all graduates take jobs in those areas. Top undergraduate employment industries are technology, government and health, and with 51 countries, 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico represented in the Class […]

Mason Teams with Vencore to Help Agencies Beef up Cybersecurity

Posted: June 29, 2016 at 8:50 am, Last Updated: June 23, 2016 at 1:56 pm

By Damian Cristodero A new partnership between George Mason University and Vencore seeks to help organizations understand the value of data before cyberattacks strike and advise them on what action they can take to protect their investment. The collaborative effort comes as cyber incidents are fast becoming one of the most critical concerns of government […]

Sean Mallon, Mason's new associate vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Successful Entrepreneurship Takes More Than a Good Idea

Posted: June 29, 2016 at 8:40 am, Last Updated: June 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm

By Michele McDonald Sean Mallon’s goal is to turn good ideas into great companies. Mallon joined George Mason University in April as vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation, a newly created position. Many great ideas started at colleges: Dropbox, Reddit, Snapchat. Colleges are natural incubators for startups—there’s ample access to ideas, time, and resources. What’s […]