T. Charles Clancy, PhD

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Short Biography

Dr. Charles Clancy is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and directs of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2010, he served as a senior researcher at the Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences, a defense research lab at the University of Maryland, where he led research programs in software-defined and cognitive radio. Dr. Clancy received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has over 200 peer-reviewed technical publications. His current research interests include cognitive communications and spectrum security.

Long Biography

Dr. Charles Clancy is a Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and is Director of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology. In his role, Dr. Clancy is responsible for leading Virginia Tech's collaboration with national security organizations within the US federal government and industry. Additionally, he is involved in developing and expanding the university's role in cyber-security research and education. His current research interests include cognitive communications and spectrum security.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2010, Dr. Clancy spent seven years working for the US Department of Defense in a variety of research, engineering, and operations roles. The majority of his time was spent as a senior researcher with the Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences, a defense research laboratory at the University of Maryland. There he led government research programs in wireless communications, with an emphasis on software-defined and cognitive radio. His research focused on efficient use of commodity processors for software-defined radio, and security implications involved in military use of cognitive radio technologies. During this time, Dr. Clancy was also heavily involved in wireless authentication and authorization protocol standardization, and held leadership positions within the Internet Engineering Task Force.

Dr. Clancy received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2001, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2002, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2006. His studies focused on information-theoretic foundations of communications and security.

An avid entrepreneur, Dr. Clancy is co-founder of a number of companies, including Optio Labs, focused in mobile security; HawkEye 360, focused on commercial space-based RF sensing; Federated Wireless, focused in next-generation wireless; and Stochastic Research, a technical consulting firm.

Dr. Clancy is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and holds leadership positions within IEEE's Communications Society and Signal Processing Society. He has previously served as an editor for IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking and IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. In 2015, Dr. Clancy was elected to be a member of the prestigious AFCEA Intelligence Committee. He is co-author to over 200 peer-reviewed technical publications in academic conferences and journals.