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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 five 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. Shiwen Mao, Site Director

University of Virginia

University of Virginia
Dr. Stephen D. Patek, 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 Spring Industrial Affiliates Board Meeting is March 29-30, 2016 at the University of Arizona.



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Dr. Jerry Park, BWAC Site Director, Has Been Promoted to the Rank of Professor

Dr. Jerry Park, Site Director the Virginia Tech BWAC site, was promoted by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors to the rank of full professor. In addition to serving as the site director of the Virginia Tech BWAC site, Dr. Park also serves as the Associate Director of Affiliate Relations for the Wireless @ Virginia Tech research group, and is the founding director of the Advanced Research in Information Assurance and Security (ARIAS) lab.

BWAC in the News!

Dr. Jerry Park gives interview with WFIR, 107.3 radio! A mp3 version is available here!

Meet Our Affiliates