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Intelligence Community Center to be Based at Virginia Tech
November 4, 2009

Jeff Reed (left) and Tamal Bose (right) director and co-director of Wireless@VT, will work with Ashwin Amanna, senior research associate, and other members of the Virginia Tech engineering faculty, as well as professors from Howard University to host one of the few Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) with an engineering thrust.

One of the few Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) with an engineering thrust will be based at Virginia Tech with Howard University of Washington, D.C. as an academic partner.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the sponsor of these academic centers, made eight awards from the more than 40 proposals submitted for 2009. Virginia Tech and Howard are now among 21 CAE’s across the country.

While engineering oriented, the program strives for cross-disciplinary involvement, and students from all majors who have an interest in pursuing national security careers can reap benefits.

The Intelligence Community (IC) sponsors the creation of these centers at academic institutions to promote the alignment of curricula (for example, scientific and technical programs of study, international relations, foreign language/cultural immersion) in an effort to carry out America’s national security imperatives over the long term.

The initial award is for $1 million over two years with an optional three-year extension for a total of $2.5 million over five years. Virginia Tech and Howard will split the resources.

At Virginia Tech, Jeff Reed, director of the Wireless@VT’s consortium of research efforts and a chaired professor of electrical and computer engineering, will lead the efforts. He credited the two co-principal investigators, Tamal Bose, associate director of Wireless@VT and Ashwin Amanna, senior research associate, for coordinating much of the successful proposal.

At Howard University, the principal investigator of the project will be Mohamed Chouikha, professor and chair of its electrical and computer engineering department, and the co-principal investigators will be Cynthia E. Winston, associate professor of Psychology and Kimberley Freeman, assistant professor of educational psychology in the School of Education.

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