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Welcome to the BWAC - Virginia Tech Site

The Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center ( BWAC ) is a multi-university research center sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under its Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program.

University of Arizona

There are four member universities, each serving as an in-house department with each department serving as a part of the overall center.

The University of Arizona Center serves as the lead center. Dr. Tamal Bose serves as both the local University of Arizona Site Director, and the Director of the BWAC Center overall.

Auburn University

Auburn University
Dr. Prathima Agrawal, Site Director

Ole Miss

University of Mississippi
Dr. Ramanarayanan Viswanathan, Site Director

University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame
Dr. J. Nicholas Laneman, Site Director


About I/UCRCs

The National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Program is influencing positive change in the performance capacity of the U.S. industrial enterprise. Over the past three decades, the I/UCRCs have led the way to a new era of partnership between universities and industry, featuring high-quality, industrially relevant fundamental research, strong industrial support of and collaboration in research and education, and direct transfer of university developed ideas, research results, and technology to U.S. industry to improve its competitive posture in world markets. Through innovative education of talented graduate and undergraduate students, the I/UCRCs are providing the next generation of scientists and engineers with a broad, industrially oriented perspective on engineering research and practice.

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university located in Blacksburg, VA. Established in 1872, Virginia Tech has evolved into the leading research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia Tech also ranks in the top 25 research universities in the country.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers more than 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

News & Events

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Industrial Affiliates Board Meeting

BWAC's fall board meeting dates have been set for November 15 -16, 2016 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C and will be hosted by our newest university member, Catholic University of America. Dr. Hang Liu is the site director. Registration and hotel information is now available at


Brief overview of the agenda:

Monday, Nov. 14: Travel day and welcome reception in the evening

Tuesday, Nov. 15: All day meeting, followed by dinner

Wednesday, Nov. 16: 8:00am - 12:00pm



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Dr. Jerry Park Elected to Serve on Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium

Jerry Park, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected to a three-year term serving as an academia representative on the Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC). Read more

Dr. Jerry Park receives $375K grant

Jerry Park (VT PI), in collaboration with Temple University and the University of Arizona, won $1.1M for a project titled “Coexistence of Heterogeneous Wireless Access Technologies in the 5 GHz Band.” VT’s portion in this project is $375K. This project aims to create solutions caused by interference of unlicensed‐LTE, Wi-Fi, and Dedicated Short‐Range Communications (DSRC) operating in the same band and generalize these solutions to new technologies beyond today’s LTE, Wi-Fi, and DSRC systems. Read more

Meet Our Affiliates