The Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology is now administratively organized under the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, a move that Virginia Tech officials say will help the center quickly answer national security challenges.

The Hume Center will continue to expand its mission to address the communication and computational challenges of the national security community, while utilizing the strategic capabilities of the institute to foster innovation and continue rapid growth.  

“How gratifying to see this center nurtured from its early days thriving, making significant scholarly impacts, and growing research expenditures at such a rapid rate in an area of significant importance to national security,” said Roop Mahajan, director of the institute. “We absolutely selected the right person to lead this organization. Charles Clancy has done a wonderful job creating early successes, hiring a talented team and leading the organization toward excellence.”

The Hume Center’s mission is to cultivate the next generation of national security leaders by developing and executing curricular, extracurricular, and research opportunities to engage students. Its educational programs will continue to be administered through the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“The vision of increasing Virginia Tech’s capacity in transformative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research aligns perfectly with the mission of the Hume Center,” Clancy said. “We look forward to building our capacity for collaboration and innovation within the institute, and sustaining our growth as a leader in national security technologies.”     

The reorganization comes with an investment of scalable resources from the university, allowing the center to grow. The Hume Center’s new headquarters in Blacksburg is within the institute's building at the Corporate Research Center.

The Hume Center was founded in 2010 through an endowment from Ted and Karyn Hume.With support from Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering and Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Sciences, the Hume Center leads the university’s education and research ecosystem for national security technologies, with an emphasis on communication and computation challenges of the defense and intelligence communities. 

Approximately 100 students receive scholarships, fellowships, or research assistantships from the Hume Center each year, and are vectored toward careers working for the federal government or its industrial base. 



Written by Christine Callsen


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