The Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit R&D organization affiliated with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech or VT). We leverage the $500M/year multidisciplinary research and innovation ecosystem of Virginia Tech, offering superior analytic and technology solutions to clients across multiple domains. With a focus on national security, we specialize in applied research, translational research, technical services and commercialization efforts that extend the brand and impact of Virginia Tech, while serving government and industry alike.

Our Mission:
Deliver superior analytic and technology solutions to government and non-government customers, extending the brand and impact of the Virginia Tech Research and Innovation enterprise.

Our Values:

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Service (Ut Prosim)
Virginia Tech Research Center, Arlington, Virginia, dawn, full moon, exterior


The Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation has three unique facilities located in Blacksburg and Arlington, Virginia

Virginia Tech Research Center, Arlington, Virginia, exterior

VT-ARC Arlington
900 North Glebe Road,
Arlington, VA 22203

VT-ARC has offices in the Virginia Tech Research Center—Arlington (VTRC-A) and at Two Liberty Center. The Arlington facilities are located in highly visible state-of-the-art buildings in the vibrant Ballston district of Arlington, a short distance from many of the leading science and research agencies of the Federal Government and many high-tech companies. The building features multiple rooms capable of conducting classified work and meetings; first floor amenities including retail, exhibits, outdoor terrace restaurants, and abundant green space.


VT-ARC Blacksburg
2000 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000,
Blacksburg, VA 24060

The Blacksburg office is located in the heart of Virginia’s Technology Corridor and adjacent to the Virginia Tech (VT) campus at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC). The VTCRC is a 230-acre research park and an ideal home for VT-ARC’s Blacksburg operations. The facility’s close proximity to VT’s campus as well as large and small research centric businesses provides VT-ARC with bountiful partnership opportunities to further the Corporation’s mission. The Blacksburg facility includes offices and collaboration space.


4100 N Fairfax Drive, Suite 450,
Arlington, VA 22203

The Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center (BRICC), located in the heart of the Ballston neighborhood in Arlington, VA, provides innovative collaboration spaces to facilitate Air Force partnerships with government, academia, and industry. The BRICC is just steps away from the offices of AFOSR, ONR, DARPA, and other government facilities. There are numerous restaurants and hotels within a short walk and provides easy transportation access to the Ballston-MU Metro Station and local airports.

Corporate Leadership

Sanjay Raman, Professor, Electrical Engineering.

Sanjay Raman, Ph.D.
President & CEO

Sanjay Raman is serving as the President and CEO of the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation. He is a Professor of Electrical Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, and has also been serving as Associate Vice President, Virginia Tech National Capital Region, where he is responsible for planning and executing region-wide initiatives to enhance the university’s research, education, and outreach missions. more


Don Maffei
Vice President of Finance & Administration

Don Maffei brings 25 years of corporate finance, operations, and management experience to the VT-ARC team. His extensive involvement with small businesses and startups has provided a wealth of experience in strategic planning and implementation of various control and reporting systems while maximizing efficient use of resources. more


Luke Sebby
Vice President of Operations & Development

Luke Sebby leads technical operations and business development for VT-ARC. He focuses on building meaningful relationships with corporate partners and clients, while growing applied research, technical services, and commercialization capabilities across the corporation. more


Matt Wolfe, Ph.D.
Strategy, Policy & Planning Division Director

Dr. Matt Wolfe is a career S&T professional leading the Decision Sciences team at VT-ARC responsible for the scientists and engineers delivering red team, operations analysis, and modeling and simulation solutions to VT-ARC clients. Dr. Wolfe also manages the Resilient Systems and Predictive Analytics & Disruptive Futures business area portfolios. more


Mike DiFrancisco
Engineering, Test & Evaluation Division Director

Mr. DiFrancisco is an experienced Technology Executive and Engineering Manager with functional expertise in Communication Systems, RF Design, SATCOM, Cyber Technologies, IT Infrastructure Systems, and Networking. He has demonstrated experience in planning, analysis, design, procurement and management of RF Communications systems and networks for the DoD and the Intelligence Community. more


Karen Cheng
Information Sciences & Analytics Division Director

Ms. Cheng brings her management and computer science experience to lead the Information Sciences Team at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC). With significant experience in machine learning, predictive analytics, data analysis, and data visualization, she has supported the defense sector in these areas for more than 23 years. more

Board of Directors


Dr. Theresa Mayer – Chair of the Board
Vice President for Research & Innovation
Virginia Tech


Mr. Tom Conroy – Director
Chief Executive Officer
Conroy Consulting

John E Dooley,  .Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs.

Dr. John Dooley – Board Secretary-Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer & Secretary Treasurer
Virginia Tech Foundation


Mr. Dewey Houck – Director
Vice President & Chief Data Analytics Officer (retired)
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Steven McKnight, Vice President for the National Capital Region at Virginia Tech, NCR, Virginia Tech Research Center, Arlington, VTRC-A

Dr. Steve McKnight – Director
Vice President for the National Capital Region
Virginia Tech


Dr. Joe Meredith – Director
President & Chief Executive Officer
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

Scott F Midkiff, ECE

Dr. Scott Midkiff – Director
Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
Virginia Tech

Sally Morton, Dean of the College of Science.

Dr. Sally C. Morton – Director
Dean, College of Science
Virginia Tech


Mr. Dwight Shelton – Director
Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Virginia Tech

Ray Smoot Jr, Univ Treas

Dr. Ray Smoot – Director
Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
Virginia Tech Foundation


Mr. Bill Varner – Director
President (Retired) - Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions Group
ManTech International Corporation