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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

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Current Principal Members
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Membership Details

Annual Gift: $20,000


  • Sponsor annual Hume Center student project and provide mentorship to student(s), or sponsor senior design/capstone project in the College of Engineering
  • Ability to interact with Hume Center faculty, researchers, and students, and other industry members at the Academic Affiliates Program Annual Meeting
  • Annual resume book of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Tailored recruiting events and the ability to post jobs to internal websites and student mailing lists
  • Subscription to Hume Center quarterly e-newsletter, HUMEint
  • Cross-promotion on social media platforms
  • Assistance with internship and job recruiting and placement
  • Invitation to annual National Security Education Program Colloquium, including student meet and greet with AAP members and Hume Center students and an opportunity to attend recruiting sessions

Current principal members:

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



Annual Gift: $60,000


  • Ex-officio membership on the Hume Center Advisory Board
  • Sponsor the annual project of an interdisciplinary team of Hume Center students
  • Opportunity to host individual recruiting events on Virginia Tech's campus, with targeted interviews with students studying in relevant areas
  • Invitation to annual “Curriculum Conversation”, curriculum development advisory session with Hume faculty
  • One-on-one meetings with members of the Hume Center faculty, including the opportunity for on-site visits at affiliate’s offices where students present information on their annual projects
  • Sponsorship of annual National Security Education Program Colloquium, including an opportunity to present a seminar

Current distinguished members:

  • Raytheon Technologies
  • CACI
  • Northrop Grumman