Amazon and George Mason University Collaborate to Deliver New Innovations in Education and Research Powered by the Cloud

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Multi-year initiative will enable the university to accelerate innovations in  student experience and well-being, workforce development, and national defense R&D 



Ashley Simms, AWS,

John Hollis, Mason,


Fairfax, Va., Nov. 29, 2022—Today, George Mason University (Mason) announced a collaborative initiative with Amazon to build one of the most student-centric and technologically advanced education institutions in the nation.

Mason will leverage the breadth and depth of services across Amazon, including technical solutions from Amazon Web Services (AWS), to better serve students, partner with the defense community, advance its commitment to a more sustainable campus environment, and introduce new educational programs in data center engineering.

On this digital innovation journey, Mason will create more valuable and convenient experiences for researchers, educators, administrators, students, and parents when engaging with the university. Harnessing the power of AWS cloud services, Mason will develop a unified platform to improve the process for students from community colleges to transfer into the university. This process will support Mason’s commitment to access by eliminating obstacles related to enrollment and transfer, ensuring systemic barriers do not prevent student success.

“The diverse talent pipeline that George Mason University produces is in part what attracted Amazon to Arlington,” Mason President Gregory Washington said. “Mason’s work with Amazon will better serve the students in that pipeline, as well as drive economic growth through business, government, and community collaborations as Mason becomes one of the most technologically advanced, inclusive universities in the nation.”

As the university works with AWS to implement enhanced high-performance computing, machine learning, and more, Mason will accelerate its research capabilities and provide a new platform for innovation. Additionally, Mason will facilitate increased collaboration in the intelligence community, driving new discoveries with artificial intelligence, containers, Internet of Things, and 5G technology. This collaboration will deliver a secure, cloud-based environment for university, industry, and government mission partners to conduct cutting-edge research.

“George Mason University has proven to be a leading education institution in the nation’s capital for a number of years,” said Kim Majerus, Vice President, U.S. Education, State and Local Government at AWS. “As one of the first universities to launch a cloud computing degree program, Mason has always seen how the power of technology can help meet mission outcomes. This collaboration will be transformative in showing the positive impact technology can have on the education community across the nation, as well as advance research in cybersecurity, defense, and military intelligence for public-sector leaders.”

Mason faculty, students, staff, and public-sector and industry partners can also expect the development of new approaches to address food insecurity, reduce the technical skills gap in data center engineering, and advance environmental priorities. In the coming years, students can access these novel programs and new curriculum that will help learners pursue careers in data center engineering across the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, where there is an increasing need for mechanical engineering and electrical engineering talent.

"In this long-term initiative, customer services and resources from across Amazon will accelerate innovation at Virginia's largest public research university, including by helping Mason innovate and build on the vast portfolio of AWS Cloud technologies and solutions,” said Paul Misener, Vice President for Global Innovation Policy and Communications at Amazon.  “This is just the beginning of a powerful collaboration that not only will improve student outcomes, but also will create a more resilient, efficient, and sustainable future for the university.” 

The newly announced projects will add to an already strong collaborative effort between Mason, AWS, and Amazon to support students and innovation.

A just-completed hackathon co-hosted by Mason and Amazon, a project based out of the university’s Mason Square in Arlington, Virginia, challenged teams from U.S. and international academic institutions, companies, and other affiliations to develop innovative ideas to improve public­-private collaborations against the industry-wide global challenge of counterfeiting.

Mason Square is also the future home of Mason’s Fuse building, a 345,000-square-foot facility that will open in 2025 as the flagship tech hub for digital innovation, showcasing the power of partnerships in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, connecting students, faculty, industry, and government.

Additionally, AWS Girls’ Tech Day in Northern Virginia was held on Mason’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas with the goal of inspiring girls and women to pursue careers in the technology sector. And Mason President Gregory Washington recently participated in a panel discussion, hosted by Amazon, that focused on workforce development and the future of work.

About George Mason

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 39,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. In 2022, Mason celebrates 50 years as an independent institution. Learn more at