Signals and Communication Research

Hearing the Signal to Develop Solutions

Researchers at Mason Engineering make dynamic inroads in the analysis, modeling, processing, transmission, and reception of information in areas that affect our national defense, information security, biotechnology, transportation, and economy. George Mason University boasts global recognition for our 30-year track record of advancement in this specialized engineering field.


Researcher Profile: Zhi Tian, Comand, Control, Communications, and Intelligence


Portrait of Volgenau's Zhi Tian

Zhi Tian

Zhi Tian has dedicated her career to research in the field of Comand, Control, Communications, and Intelligence.

Her educational background includes degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, and a master’s and PhD from George Mason University. She has also studied at the graduate program at the department of automation at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Prior to her instructional and research appointment at Mason, Tian was on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of Michigan Technological University.

She also served as program director for the Communications, Circuits and Sensing Systems program in the Division of Electrical Communications and Cyber Systems at the National Science Foundation.

She teaches such classes as Satellite Communications and Mobile Communications Systems.


Departments Active in Signals and Communication Research


The Department of Bioengineering has close collaborations with national laboratories and medical facilities in the Washington DC metropolitan area, including the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, (NIH), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and INOVA hospitals. Through the efforts of our faculty and students, we seek to achieve national recognition in bioengineering research and education.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Researchers in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department work on the foundations on which computer engineering and computer science rest. Electrical engineers design and build the equipment that most of us take for granted—computers, cell phones, televisions, rockets, satellites, communications and computer networks, mobile radios, environmental control systems, robots, weapons, and medical devices. With a proud history as one of the school’s founding departments, ECE also the distinction of being closely allied with the recently established Department of Bioengineering.