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.
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.
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The Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation has three unique facilities located in Blacksburg and Arlington, Virginia
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.
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.
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.
He is also a founding member of the VT Multifunctional Integrated Circuits and Systems (MICS) research group. Dr. Raman was on assignment as a Program Manager in the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office, from 2007-2013, responsible for R&D programs in the areas of adaptive RF/mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), RF MEMS, and 3D/heterogeneous integration technologies.
Raman received the bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (with Highest Honor) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in EE from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1993 and 1998 respectively. From 1987-1992 he served as a nuclear trained submarine officer with the U.S. Navy. He is an Elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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.
As the leader of the finance and administration team, Don provides strategic input on the direction of the corporation as well as day-to-day planning, implementation, and management of all financial, compliance, human resources, and information technology matters.
Before joining VT-ARC, Don provided CFO consulting services to various small government contractors, manufacturers and nonprofits. Previously, he was the CFO/COO and cofounder of a high-technology government contractor. Don began his career as a design engineer developing new defense electronics systems for a worldwide leader in radar development. Later, he was named the Director of Programs for a boutique defense contractor specializing in radar imagery.
Don holds an MBA degree in finance from the University of Maryland, an MS degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
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.
Prior to VT-ARC, Luke worked in national security as a civil servant, as a defense contractor, and as a soldier on Army active duty. In the civil service, Luke supported strategic, operational, and tactical red teaming efforts as an Intelligence Specialist (0132) at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Army Directed Studies Office (ADSO). Prior to these positions, he worked as a defense contractor supporting the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). Prior to civilian life, Luke served on Army active duty as a cryptologic, Arabic linguist. A combat veteran, he saw two tours in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), including the 2003 invasion.
Luke holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Certificate in Government Executive Leadership from Georgetown University, a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT, and a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with a Minor in Business from Drexel University.
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.
In this capacity he creates the vision, strategy, and implementation plans for portfolio growth and ensures that projects deliver impactful solutions to customers. Before joining VT-ARC, Dr. Wolfe spent six years in the intelligence community as a civil servant performing S&T development, procurement, and technical operations activities. Prior to joining the federal government, Dr. Wolfe provided technical expertise in support of medical diagnostics, counter-WMD, and special operations forces technical programs at DARPA.
Dr. Wolfe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (magna cum laude) from the College of Charleston, earned his doctorate in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of Minnesota, and performed research as a post-doctoral and Lenfant Biomedical fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He has published and presented original research and has authored numerous white papers and proposals that have lead to the development of several advanced technologies. Dr. Wolfe currently holds a DoD Top Secret SCI clearance.
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.
Currently, Mike’s focus is on applied research and testing of wireless technologies, and on guiding test campaign management capabilities.
Prior to joining VT-ARC, Mr. DiFrancisco was a Principal in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Cyber Technology Center of Excellence focused on developing and managing Cyber Technology-related business with Intelligence Community customers. Earlier in his 25-year Booz Allen career, Mike focused on network & communications systems support to DoD customers, serving as Program Manager and Lead Systems Engineer on several large programs. Mr. DiFrancisco received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State in 1984 and a M.S. from George Washington University in 1991.
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.
AT VT-ARC, Ms. Cheng is expanding the portfolio of capabilities across the predictive analytics domain, with an emphasis on delivering the right capability at the right technical level for customers’ needs. She is leading the team to deliver quality solutions and products customized to best fit the goals of the customer.
Ms. Cheng has a master of electrical and computer science (with thesis) from Carnegie Mellon University and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering (with distinction) from Cornell University. She has pioneered data analytical techniques in biosurveillance; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) health effects modeling; disease modeling; intelligence, and cognitive data analysis communities, and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals.
Board of Directors
Dr. Theresa Mayer – Chair of the Board
Vice President for Research & Innovation
Mr. Tom Conroy – Director
Chief Executive Officer
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
Dr. Steve McKnight – Director
Vice President for the National Capital Region
Dr. Joe Meredith – Director
President & Chief Executive Officer
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center
Dr. Scott Midkiff – Director
Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
Dr. Sally C. Morton – Director
Dean, College of Science
Mr. Dwight Shelton – Director
Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Ray Smoot – Director
Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
Virginia Tech Foundation
Mr. Bill Varner – Director
President (Retired) - Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions Group
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