George L Mason

Office: HPC 329a
Phone: (601) 638-2638


I worked for 33 years as a research engineer in the Mobility Systems Branch, Engineering Systems and Materials Division, Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, as the Army’s lead researcher for studies on vehicle mobility. During that time I acquired and managed over one million dollars in reimbursable funds for the US Corps of Engineers, obtaining excellent ratings on my customer surveys. I managed a team of 15 to 20 engineers and technicians.
My work in mobility research was related to military areas, encompassing geospatial analyses, discrete element modeling of soils, and investigating vehicle/terrain interaction. The research required the application of advanced theories of soil physics and soil mechanics to quantify complex physical phenomena associated with the science and engineering of off-road vehicle mobility and the study of changes in associated surface geology. The R&D included developing new models, algorithms, and investigations into laboratory experiments to determine parameters affecting and altering the physical properties of soils that in turn support modeling of change detection and understanding the impact to vehicle mobility.
I completed my long term training and Ph.D. with a focus on vehicle mobility and related studies of temporal and spatial changes in soil conditions. Upon completion of my Ph.D., I taught courses through MSU in Geostatistics. I have been guest lecturer at multiple universities including, Colorado State University, Mississippi State University, Texas A&M, University of Alabama, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I extended the Geostatistics studies to disturbed and undisturbed soils to solve problems related to finding buried mines and improvised explosive devices and modeling vehicle terrain interaction.
Research Interest:
Off-road mobility
Vehicle Design
Soil testing and analysis
Ocean Studies
Geotechnical Engineering

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Selected PublicationsTotal Publications by George L Mason:  9 
Dettwiller, I. D., Rais-Rohani, M., Vahedifard, F., Mason, G. L., & Priddy, J. D. (2017). Bayesian Calibration of Vehicle-Terrain Interface Algorithms for Loose Sands. Journal of Terramechanics. Elsevier. 71, 45-56. DOI:10.1016/j.jterra.2017.02.003.

Williams, J. M., Vahedifard, F., Mason, G. L., Howard, I. L., Borazjani, A., & Priddy, J. D. (2017). Expansion and Application of Database Records for Off-road Vehicle Environments (DROVE). Integrated Virtual NATO Vehicle Development, Applied Vehicle Technology Panel (AVT), STO-MP-AVT-265. Vilnius, Lithuania.

Vahedifard, F., Williams, J. M., Mason, G. L., Howard, I. L., & Priddy, J. D. (2017). Development of a Multi-Year Database to Assess Off-Road Mobility Algorithms in Fine-Grained Soils. International Journal of Vehicle Performance. 3(1), 3-18. DOI:10.1504/IJVP.2017.10002279.

Mason, G. L., Vahedifard, F., Robinson, J. D., Howard, I. L., McKinley, G. B., & Priddy, J. D. (2016). Improved Sinkage Algorithms for Powered and Unpowered Wheeled Vehicles Operating on Sand. Journal of Terramechanics. Elsevier. 67(October), 25-36. DOI:10.1016/j.jterra.2016.07.001.

Vahedifard, F., Williams, J. M., Mason, G. L., Howard, I. L., & Priddy, J. D. (2016). An Introduction to DROVE: Database Records for Off-Road Vehicle Environments. Proc. of the 8th ISTVS Americas Regional Conference. Troy, MI: ISBN 978-1-942112-48-8. 12.