ICTAS: What We Do

What we do

As one of the seven research institutes of Virginia Tech, the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) enhances the university’s ability to embrace big research opportunities by forging partnerships across traditional disciplinary boundaries. 

We foster innovation in high-impact converging and emerging technologies at the intersections of engineering, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences. 

ICTAS invests in research directly through seed project funding; purchase, installation, and maintenance of specialized equipment; faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention; graduate and undergraduate student support; matching funds for research proposals; administrative support; and specialized space for interdisciplinary research. We're also helping to build international research partnerships and developing experiential learning opportunities for students at all levels, furthering Virginia Tech's mission to reimagine the global land-grant university as it evolves to meet the needs of a changing society.

Together, we advance transformative technologies for a sustainable future.

Supporting interdisciplinary research

Virginia Tech has embraced a bold mission to take a global leadership role in solving complex, 21st-century problems. We are excited to be a part of this initiative by supporting the transdiciplinary research teams coming together to tackle major Destination Areas and smaller, expanding Strategic Growth Areas that lie at the intersection of Virginia Tech's core strengths and some of the most pressing issues faced by society.

In particular, ICTAS is directly involved in research in data analytics and decision sciences, intelligent infrastructure, the adaptive brain and behavior, economical and sustainable materials, intelligent infrastructure for human-centered communities, integrated security, and global systems science.

ICTAS-supported research involves more than 300 faculty members and 200 students across six colleges at the university. By fostering collaboration and innovation to address challenges beyond the scope of a single discipline, ICTAS helps position Virginia Tech to be a force for positive change in technology and society at local, regional, national, and global scales. 

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Contact Us

ICTAS (MC 0193)
Kelly Hall, Suite 410, Virginia Tech
325 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-2597