The Hume Center has announced a new leadership team to head up its Information Systems Lab at the Virginia Tech Research Center ─ Arlington, naming Joseph Mitola III as director and research professor and Kevin Heaslip as associate director. 

The Information Systems Lab conducts advanced research and provides experiential learning in the areas of critical infrastructure cybersecurity and applied analytics for national security. 

Mitola joins Virginia Tech after four years as a subject matter expert working with the United States Department of Defense. Heaslip has been at the university since 2014 and currently serves as associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

“To keep pace with the rapid growth of the Hume Center, we identified a need for senior leadership in the fields of cyber operations, machine learning, and security for cyber-physical systems. These leadership positions also help poise the Hume Center as a core contributor to the Integrated Security Destination Area at Virginia Tech,” said center Director Charles Clancy.   

“We welcome Dr. Mitola and Dr. Heaslip to the Hume team and eagerly anticipate their contributions in continuing our mission of educating the next generation of leaders in national security technologies through experiential learning and innovative research,” Clancy said. “Their experience will be critical to successful development and delivery of these programs."

Mitola’s previous experience includes vice president for research enterprise at Stevens Institute of Technology, chief scientist at MITRE, and a variety of positions with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and other parts of the intelligence community. He is widely recognized as the “godfather” of software-defined radio and the cognitive radio technologies on which smart phones and spectrum sharing are based. Mitola’s seminal research papers on these topics have been cited more than 19,000 times, making him the 12th most-cited faculty member at Virginia Tech.

Mitola received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern University; an M.S.E. in stochastic optimal control from The Johns Hopkins University; and a licentiate and doctorate in teleinformatics from KTH, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. 

Heaslip earned both a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, including journal articles and conference proceedings. Heaslip's research interests include resilient infrastructure and transportation automation, and he is currently the principal investigator on several research projects in transportation infrastructure cybersecurity. 

He joined Virginia Tech from Utah State University, where he had been on the faculty since 2008, serving as associate director of the Utah Transportation Center of Logan, Utah, from July 2011 to August 2014. Heaslip is a member of the National Academy of Science Resilient America Roundtable and has served as co-chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society America Electronic Payment Systems Special Interest Group since 2008.