Security and Software Engineering Research Center

Virginia Tech is part of the Security and Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC), focusing on research projects related to cybersecurity. S2ERC is a multi-university Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is our flagship program for engaging industry affiliates for systemic program support, and provides a unique framework for partnership between academia and industry on research programs both large and small. On average, companies report a 7x return on investment for participating in I/UCRC programs because of their ability to leverage a pool of new technologies and have access to a unique recruiting pipeline.


Joining our S2ERC site costs affiliates $40,000 per year. Membership dues directly fund student research, and overhead is funded by NSF.

Benefits of Industry Membership

Sponsor a graduate student for a research project or study of mutual interest, and establish a mentor/mentee relationship with that student and his or her faculty advisor.

Royalty-free, non-exclusive access to all the intellectual property generated from all affiliate-sponsored initiatives.

Maintain a direct relationship with university faculty and students working in cyber, and have the ability to directly recruit students for internships and full-time employment.

Have representation on the Industry Affiliate Board, providing recommendations as to the direction of the Center's research and strategic goals.

Opportunities to directly fund broader programs under an established contractual infrastructure, and have preference in teaming efforts for project proposals

Points of Contact

For more information on this center, please contact:

Current Virginia Tech Affiliates

  • Airbus
  • CACI
  • Harris
  • SAIC
  • LGS Innovations
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense
For More Information, See the S2ERC Website
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