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Academic Affiliates Program

The Hume Center Academic Affiliates Program (AAP) provides an opportunity for industry partners to develop a one-on-one relationship with top-notch faculty, researchers, and the most promising future leaders in national security technologies. Through an annual gift made payable to the Virginia Tech Foundation, members directly support the education and outreach missions of the Hume Center, and engage in shaping and recruiting the brightest talent for the defense, intelligence, and national security communities.

Based on the level of membership, affiliates not only gain access to students engaged in Hume Center programs, but also have an opportunity to engage with facultyresearchers, and advisory board members to shape curriculum, drive investments in student research projects, and engage in workforce development. AAP members have an opportunity to interact with and recruit cleared and clearable students from a wide variety of majors, including electrical and computer engineering, aerospace and ocean engineering, computer science and cybersecurity, political science, national security and international studies, and geography.

Graduating More-Prepared Students

Virginia Tech is an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence and industry funds support the execution of the National Security Education Program. Activities undertaken educate students and ensure its graduates have a strong awareness of the technical and mission challenges of the national security community. Many will have obtained security clearances through internships or graduate research assistantships.

Current Distinguished Members

dist. members
Current Principal Members
Principal Members

Membership Details

Annual Gift: $20,000


  • Sponsor annual Hume Center student project and provide mentorship to two (2) students, or sponsor a senior design/capstone project in the College of Engineering
  • Annual resume book of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Subscription to Hume Center quarterly e-newsletter Cross-promotion on social media platforms
  • Assistance with internships and job recruiting, and the ability to post jobs to internal websites and student mailing lists
  • Invitation to annual National Security Education Program Colloquium
  • Free admission to the Aerospace, Defense, and Intelligence Career Fair each fall
  • Ability to interact with Hume Center Lab Directors and other industry members at the Academic Affiliates Program Annual Meeting

Current principal members:

  • BAE Systems
  • Lockheed Martin
  • ManTech
  • NASK
  • Zeta Associates



Annual Gift: $60,000


  • All benefits of Principal Membership, plus:
  • Ex-officio membership on the Hume Center Advisory Board
  • Sponsorship of annual research project of four (4) or more Hume Center students
  • Tailored recruiting events, including the opportunity to host individual recruiting events on Virginia Tech's campus
  • One-on-one meetings with members of the Hume Center faculty

Current distinguished members:

  • CACI
  • Leidos
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon Technologies