Personnel Detail

Scott Midkiff
  • Vice President and CIO, Information Technology
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Member, Stakeholders Committee


Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO (0169)
Burruss Hall, Suite 314, Virginia Tech
800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Dr. Scott Midkiff is the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. From 2009 to 2012 Dr. Midkiff was the Department Head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is also a Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he has been on the faculty since 1986. From September 2006 until September 2009, Professor Midkiff was on assignment as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has prior industrial experience at Bell Laboratories (1979-1982) and at IBM (Summer 1977, Summer 1978). He was previously a visiting research associate at Carnegie Mellon University (1985-1986).

At Virginia Tech, Dr. Midkiff conducted research in wireless networks, mobile systems, and pervasive computing. He is the author of over 125 refereed journal and conference publications. Professor Midkiff’s research and education initiatives have been funded by the NSF through the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program; Digital Government program; Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Division; Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division; and Division for Undergraduate Education (DUE). Other sponsors have included the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Microsoft Research, Intel, IBM, and Catalyst Communications Technologies.

Dr. Midkiff has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in networking, wireless networks and mobile systems, network applications, telecommunications, and other areas of electrical and computer engineering and computer science. He contributed to the creation of Virginia Tech’s Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and the online Master of Information Technology program.  He co-developed the Networking module for the Master of IT degree. He has also developed or co-developed new courses in Network Application Design, Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems, Telecommunication Networks, and Network Architectures and Protocols. He received Virginia Tech’s XCaliber Award for teaching with technology in 2004 and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Engineering in 2005.

While at the National Science Foundation, Professor Midkiff served as a Program Director for the Integrative, Hybrid and Complex Systems (IHCS) program in the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems Division in the Directorate for Engineering. He developed the cyber systems thrust area as the ECCS Division added "Cyber" to its name in October 2006. He was one of the two co-lead program directors to establish the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) initiative, first announced in September 2008, and co-led the team that managed the review and award process for the first year of CPS. Professor Midkiff was the lead program director for the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program’s theme on Autonomously Reconfigurable Engineered Systems (ARES) initiated in 2007. He also contributed to the management of the review and award process for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program in 2008 and 2009; Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) program in 2008 and 2009; Accelerating Discovery in Science and Engineering through Petascale Simulations and Analysis (PetaApps) solicitation in 2007 and 2009; EFRI Cognitive Optimization and Prediction (COPN) theme in 2008; Engineering Virtual Organizations (EVO) solicitation in 2007; and Cyberinfrastructure Experiences for Graduate Students (CIEG) supplements in 2008. While at the NSF, Professor Midkiff served on the NSF-wide IGERT Coordinating Committee (ICC) from 2007-2009; the NSF-wide Cyberinfrastructure Coordinating Committee (CICC) in 2009; and the Directorate for Engineering’s Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Working Group from 2007-2009, chairing the group in 2009. In 2008, Professor Midkiff received an NSF Director’s Award for Collaborative Innovation. 

Professor Midkiff received the B.S.E. degree, summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University (1979), the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (1980), and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University (1985). He was an MCNC Fellow during his Ph.D. studies at Duke. Professor Midkiff is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is a founding editorial board member and Education department editor for IEEE Pervasive Computing magazine. He has been a technical program committee chair and member for numerous technical conferences in networking and pervasive computing. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu honorary societies.