ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

NSF Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC):

Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center (BWAC)


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Special Note:




Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center (BWAC) invites applications for a post-doctoral research associate position.

--Post-doctoral research associate (one position): Applicants should hold a PhD in Electrical/Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related field. Applicants should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: security and privacy; dynamic spectrum sharing; cognitive radio networks; IoT; and 5G and other next-generation wireless technologies. Plz send your detailed CV as a pdf file to Prof. Jerry Park (

-- Graduate research assistant (PhD student; 2 positions): BWAC is looking to hire ​highly motivated PhD students to ​participate in ongoing research projects on ​dynamic spectrum sharing, cognitive radio networks, and wireless security. Plz send your detailed CV ​as a pdf file ​to Prof. Jerry Park (​


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. BWAC partner universities (sites) include University of Arizona, Auburn University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the University of Notre Dame. The primary mission of BWAC is to work with industry and academic partners to pursue large-scale research projects, address challenging spectrum access problems through novel broadband technologies, and create new visions for the wireless industry.

BWAC researchers work closely with industrial partners through its Industrial Affiliates Program for the purpose of furthering research and developing new and innovative wireless technologies and applications. Each university has an in-house department or “center”, dedicated to the further development of wireless applications and technology, with each department serving as a part of the overall center. Virginia Tech is now accepting sponsorships of its center.

Research Thrust Areas of BWAC

The research thrusts of the Center include opportunistic spectrum access and allocation, spectrum trading and auctions, wireless cyber security, cognitive sensor networks of heterogeneous devices, image and video compression technologies, and integrated circuit and low-power design for broadband. Each university site has its own unique set of research thrusts, which leverages its areas of expertise and contributes to the overall mission of BWAC. The Virginia Tech site is currently focusing its research efforts in the following areas:
  • spectrum enforcement, security, and privacy in spectrum sharing
  • mobility support for opportunistic spectrum access
  • co-design and coexistence of heterogeneous wireless systems including coexistence of radar and communication systems
  • security issues in cognitive radio networks
  • wireless healthcare
  • application of cognitive radio technologies in LTE
  • prototyping and testing via large-scale cognitive radio testbeds
  • Security and privacy in wireless systems and networks

BWAC Virginia Tech Site 2014 Board Meeting Wrap Up! CHECK OUT THE POSTER WINNERS AND PHOTOS!

Additional information on the BWAC mission and structure is available at the BWAC at Arizona website.

News & Events

New! Projects Synopsis & Summary Page

Main Research Thrust Areas Updated!

Dr. Jerry Park, BWAC Site Director, promoted to Professor by Virginia Tech Board of Visitors

Dr. Jerry Park Gives Opening Address at the 2014 International Workshop on TV White Space.
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Dr. Jerry Park, Dr. Carl Dietrich, Dr. Vuk Marojevic and Dr. Jeff Reed receive grant to design and build a LTE-enhanced Cognitive Radio Testbed.
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Dr. Jerry Park & Dr. Jeff Reed working with the NTIA and NSF to Organize a Wireless Spectrum R&D Senior Steering Group Workshop
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Dr. Jerry Park & Dr. Marwan Krunz receive NSF grant to study the coexistence of heterogeneous secondary networks
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Dr. Jerry Park has written a new book that has just been released.
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Dr. Jeff Reed has just released a new book.
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Dr. Jerry Park awarded the College of Engineering Faculty Fellows by Virginia Tech, May 19, 2014! (You can also visit our News & Events section to read more!)

Congratulations to Dr. Jerry Park, site director for the Virginia Tech BWAC site, and his students for winning the Best Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE DySPAN conference! Read more!

Dr. Jerry Park presents at the FCC Workshop on Spectrum Access System in Washington, DC. on January 14, 2014.

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

Virginia Tech's BWAC site featured online at!

Welcome to Northrop Grumman and Zeta Associates!

Virginia Tech's BWAC site welcomes Northrop Grumman and Zeta Associates, Inc. to its Industrial Affiliates Program!

BWAC Spring 2014 Board Meeting Date has been set! Board meeting information is now available!