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Virginia Tech receives $2 million grant to support continued wireless innovation

Crystal Graham
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Virginia Tech has been awarded $2 million from the Wireless Innovation Fund, a fund set up by the Biden-Harris Administration.

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration awarded the funds to Virginia Tech in the third round of grants from the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund’s first notice of funding opportunity.

“Ensuring that the United States leads the way in developing the next generation of wireless technology is critically important to our national and economic security,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). “I fought to ensure funding for this technology was included in the CHIPS and Science Act last year, and I’m proud that Virginia Tech is receiving some of it. The testbeds that Virginia Tech establishes with this funding will help ensure that our wireless networks are secure from cyberattacks.”

Virginia Tech, George Mason University, Penn State and Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s project will develop and demonstrate a holistic and automated cybersecurity testing framework, said Nishith Tripathi, an associate professor.

This is Virginia Tech’s second award from the fund which supports open, interoperable networks.


Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.