Oscar Barton Jr.

Oscar Barton Jr.

Chair and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, George Mason University

Oscar Barton, Jr., Ph.D., P.E. is a professor and founding chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering. A native of Washington, D.C., he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee (Institute) University, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Howard University in 1993. Barton joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at George Mason University in 2014, after completing a 22-year career at the U.S. Naval Academy.

As the founding department chair at George Mason University, Barton ushered growth of the department from three faculty and 12 students to 17 faculty and 385 students, as of spring 2019. Under his leadership, the undergraduate program received initial EAC-ABET accreditation, established state-of-the-art teaching and research labs on the Prince William’s Sci-Tech campus, and authored an interim Ph.D. program, which is in its final stages before seeking SCHEV approval.

Barton is actively involved in curriculum development and program assessment. He chairs ASME’s Committee on Engineering Education, is a member of ASME Public Affairs and Outreach Sector and sits on the Engineering Accreditation Commission’s Executive Committee, after having served numerous years as a program evaluator and commissioner. He is a registered engineer licensed to practice engineering in the State of Maryland.

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