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The Hume Center leads Virginia Tech's research, education, and outreach programs focused on the communication and computation challenges of the national security community. Education programs provide mentorship, internships, scholarships, and seek to address key challenges in qualified US citizens entering federal service. Advanced research programs focus on signals intelligence, electronic warfare, resilient systems and communications, and data to decision.

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Membership open for Academic Affiliates Program

Apr 15, 2014

The Hume Center announces a new Academic Affiliates Program (AAP) to support education initiatives, including our Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence.  AAP provides an opportunity for partners from the intelligence and defense industries to develop one-on-one relationships with top-notch academic faculty and the most promising future leaders in national security technologies. Through annual membership dues paid as a gift to the Virginia Tech Foundation, affiliates directly support the education and outreach missions of the Hume Center, and engage in shaping and recruiting the brightest enduring talent for the defense, intelligence, and national security communities.  For more information, please contact Christine Callsen at   

Registration for the 2014 National Security Symposium is now open

Apr 07, 2014

The Hume Center annouces its annual Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence Symposim, April 22 and 23 at the Inn at Virginia Tech Skelton Conference Center.   The annual symposium allows students from across the university to interact with leaders from the intelligence community, beginning with a student research poster session and keynote, and continuing on the second day with speakers, networking sessions, a career panel, and small group sessions with subject matter experts.  To register:

Hume Center advances to semifinals in DARPA Spectrum Challenge

Apr 03, 2014

Two teams from Virginia Tech, including one from the Hume Center, participated in the finals of the DARPA Spectrum Challenge.  Designed to stimulate the development of innovative approaches to adaptive, software-based radio communications in multi-use environments, ninety teams registered from around the world to participate in the challenge, and eighteen teams were selected to participate as finalists.  The Hume Center team placed 8th overall.  

Hume Center hosts Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

Apr 02, 2014

The Hume Center at Virginia Tech seeks undergraduate students to participate in a summer research program in Blacksburg, Virginia, during Summer Session 1, May 27-July 3, 2014.  The program is open to undergraduate students currently studying at any U.S. university.  Successful applicants will collaborate with faculty on cutting-edge applied research in Cybersecurity and Space Communications.  Applications are due April 21, 2014.   

Hume Center hosts summer research program in electronic warfare

Mar 30, 2014

The Hume Center at Virginia Tech seeks students to participate in a summer research program in Arlington, Virginia, during June 2014.  Research focuses on the intersection of electronic warfare and network security and is funded through the university partnership with L-3 Communications.  Applications due April 18, 2014.