The Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) is a private non-profit 501c3, applied research corporation affiliated with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech or VT). VT-ARC accelerates solutions to complex issues of national importance through the identification, development and application of cutting edge analytics and advanced technologies. We leverage the rich, multidisciplinary research and innovation ecosystem of Virginia Tech, combining strategy, policy, technology, and operational considerations across multiple domains including national security. The VT-ARC business model is to be a global collaboration hub that leverages the $500M/YR basic and applied research enterprise of Virginia Tech but also extends far beyond that robust enterprise to ensure direct access to the best technology and subject matter expertise wherever it may reside—in academia, industry, Government or internationally.

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,
Arlington, VA 22203

A new facility is currently under construction for the Basic Research Innovation Collaboration Center, the space is anticipated to open late spring 2018.

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
VP 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
Director of Program Operations & Development

Mr. Luke Sebby is VT-ARC’s Director of Program Operations and Development. He focuses on building and deepening relationships with current and prospective clients, while growing valuable capabilities across the corporation. Prior to VT-ARC, Luke spent his career serving on active duty in the U.S. Army, working as a civil servant for the U.S. Army and DoD, and contracting in the fields of Defense and Intelligence. more


Matt Wolfe, Ph.D.
Decision Sciences Division Lead

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, Testing & Evaluation Division Lead

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


Karen Cheng
Information Sciences Division Lead

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


Ms. Linda Bucy – Chair of the Board
Assistant Vice President for Finance and Controls & COI Officer
Virginia Tech Office of Research


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


Dr. Theresa Mayer – Director
Vice President for Research & Innovation
Virginia Tech Office of Research


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
Senior Fellow
Virginia Tech Foundation


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