Paige Atkins, vice president for cyber and information technology research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation in the National Capital Region, has been named to the board of directors for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International. 

The board of directors serves as a governing body responsible for supervision, control, and direction of the association, including its committees, studies, and publications. In addition, the board determines policies and necessary policy changes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International. 

Atkins will serve for two years and will be eligible for re-election at the end of that term.

“The board of directors performs a valuable role in the association’s infrastructure. Members from all parts of the communications, information technology, intelligence, and security communities represent government, industry, and academia. The directors are often a sounding board for new ideas and for advice on strategy and policy development, thus ensuring that we maintain our relevant leadership position in the community,” said Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International President and CEO Kent Schneider.  

“Paige Atkins, a former senior executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency, and now a distinguished member of the university research community, is precisely the kind of experienced person we try to attract to our board,” Schneider said.  

Atkins joined Virginia Tech in 2011, the same year she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in engineering administration from George Washington University.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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