Earlier this year, the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative sought proposals for scalable pilot programs for experiential learning from member institutions across Virginia that would provide students with industry experience and enhance their skillsets to better prepare them to enter the cybersecurity workforce. Six experiential learning projects have been funded.
The goal is to establish programs to better position the current and next-generation manufacturing workforce to produce military systems and components that assure technological superiority of the department, according to the Department of Defense’s website.
The Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium, a collaborative research center co-led by Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Virginia Research Investment Fund. The initiative aims to position Virginia as a leader in satellite and data collection and stimulate economic growth in the aerospace sector.
The award, given annually since 2010, recognizes up to four companies and/or institutions, out of about 10,000, that exhibit the best counterintelligence results and cooperation to support the U.S. government’s efforts to detect and stop foreign entities from stealing national security information.
Paterson has been named interim executive director of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology. Reed will step in to serve as interim executive director of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.
Virginia Tech researchers and students will have direct access to IBM Q’s most-advanced quantum computing systems for research projects that advance quantum science, exploring early uses of quantum computing, and for teaching.
Clancy has built a distinguished career through his pioneering research in the fields of communications security, cognitive radio, and cryptographic authentication, and broader impact to the university’s growth of programs in cybersecurity.
The Virginia Research Investment Committee recently accepted the blueprint for the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, a network of cyber research, innovation, and learning created by connecting Virginia’s public universities, community colleges, and businesses.
For several hours the group of stakeholders concentrated on CCI’s two areas of focus: developing an engine for research, innovation, and commercialization of cybersecurity technologies and increasing the number of advanced and professional degrees to close the gap in the cybersecurity workforce.
The state asked Virginia Tech to lead the initiative because of the university’s strengths in science and engineering, existing expertise in cybersecurity research and education, and its significant research presence in Northern Virginia.