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.
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,
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
He has served as a Department of Defense and Department of the Army Civilian (0132 intelligence specialist series), supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Red Team, and the Army Directed Studies Office, as well as a contractor supporting the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.
Mr. Sebby is a former soldier, military intelligence professional, and cryptologic Arabic linguist. A combat veteran, Mr. Sebby served two tours in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), including the 2003 invasion. Mr. Sebby 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 Bachelor’s of Science in General Studies with a Minor in Business from Drexel University, and a DoD Top Secret SCI clearance.
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.
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, 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.
Mike is an expert at understanding operational mission needs and developing, evaluating and assessing alternative technology solutions to satisfy those needs within budget and schedule constraints. He has significant expertise on both sides of the acquisition process: supporting and advising government in RFP preparation and source selection; and leading business development, opportunity capture and proposal preparation to respond to solicitations.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
Virginia Tech Foundation
Mr. Bill Varner – Director
President (Retired) - Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions Group
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