Recently, academic leaders, industry partners and members of the intelligence community gathered to celebrate the formation of the Virginia Tech National Security Institute at Deloitte’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
“We are becoming an engine of education and innovation here in the heart of democracy in the greater Washington DC area,” Tim Sands, president of Virginia Tech, told the audience. “Our growth in national security research enables us to anticipate and respond to change in a rapidly changing world. “
Kristine Korva, Director and Leader of Deloitte’s Government and Utilities Intelligence Subsector, welcomed attendees to the event and said the company looks forward to further exploring the talents, resources and collective commitments, with Virginia Tech at the helm.
Vice-president for Research and innovation Dan Sui, who hosted the event, noted that it was exciting to be together, in person, to celebrate the milestone for Virginia Tech.
Tangentially, the university launched its Hundred and fiftieth anniversary celebration – another milestone – marking 150 years since its founding as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1872.
“As we reflect on our past, we look to the future and our evolution as a 21st century land granting institution,” said Sands. “We are an agile research university with deep roots in serving our nation, combined with Commonwealth-wide responsibility as a land granting university, which uniquely positions us to extend our impact across the National Security Institute. ”
Officially launched in September, the Virginia Tech National Security Institute builds on 12 years of secure research and learning programs catalyzed by an endowment from Virginia Tech alumnus Ted Hume, who, along with his wife, is the namesake of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology. Additionally, Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) has developed a complementary portfolio of government technical services and applied research work that leverages technology developed at Virginia Tech.
Today, this intentional body of technical and applied research is supported by the faculty and staff of the institute working with more than 800 students, from six Virginia Tech colleges.
“Together, [with the Hume Center and VT-ARC], we’ve produced innovative technologies – like those that underpin the seven startups – backed by nearly $ 300 million in venture capital – from the inventions of researchers at Virginia Tech, ”said Eric Paterson, director of Virginia Tech Tech National Security Institute.
The inventions of researchers at the National Security Institute and faculty members at Virginia Tech are supported by the LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCHThe team of which brings revolutionary discoveries to market and engages with industry partners.
Experiential learning encouraged by expert faculty is the foundation of innovation at Virginia Tech, which uniquely positions the university among other national security entities.
Partnerships with government and business organizations combined with hands-on learning are facilitated through Hume scholarships, programs such as the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence, vertically integrated projects supported by industry and government, and Traditional graduate theses and dissertations prepare Virginia Tech graduates to serve the needs of the nation, Paterson explained.
At the institute, researchers will work with students to accelerate technological development, which will be further demonstrated and commercialized in the service of improving the human experience.
“Our future leadership hinges on building on our strengths – the strengths of our higher education and research enterprise – and on adapting to a new century of technology and complexity,” said Tish Long, director of National Geospatial -Intelligence Agency and Rector of the Virginia Technical Board of Visitors. “We must simultaneously accelerate the development of the next technological breakthrough while training the workforce that will make these innovations a reality. We can’t just focus on technology. We must mobilize all the instruments of power to ensure the future of American security. “
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