Charles Clancy, the director of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, has been elected to a four-year term as a member of the Intelligence Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).  

AFCEA is an international association of information technology, communications, and electronics professionals in the defense, homeland security, and intelligence communities. The intelligence committee provides an active focal point within AFCEA to encourage the exchange of ideas and coordinating the association’s intelligence-related activities.

This appointment places Clancy in a select group of public and private sector intelligence professionals who oversee AFCEA’s intelligence outreach and help build bridges between government and industry. 

Clancy has served as the Hume Center’s director since 2011, conducting research, educating students, and promoting strategic partnerships with government and industry groups. He is also the co-director of the National Science Foundation Security and Software Engineering Research Center and associate professor of electrical engineering in the College of Engineering.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Clancy served as a senior researcher in a defense research lab at the University of Maryland, and has held a number of research, scientific, and engineering positions within the United States Department of Defense.

Clancy holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has more than 100 peer-reviewed technical publications. His research interests include cognitive communications and spectrum security.

Administratively organized under the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science with operations at the Virginia Tech Research Center -- Arlington and the Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, the Hume Center leads Virginia Tech’s research, education, and outreach programs focused on the communication and computation challenges of the national security community. Research programs focus on signals intelligence, electronic warfare, cybersecurity and analytics, and aerospace systems.

The Hume Center’s education and outreach programs seek to educate the next generation of leaders in national security technologies. Through the center, Virginia Tech students interested in careers in national security have access to resources including guest speakers, internship opportunities, research projects, mentorship, and scholarships.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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