Executive Director

Professor Jeffrey H. Reed is the interim Executive Director of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.

Reed is a distinguished scholar in wireless communications, wireless security, cognitive radio, software radio, and spectrum access. Reed has authored more than 500 articles and books with nearly 18,000 citations. He is dedicated to education, having advised over 80 graduate students. Reed is principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $10 million in current and awarded sponsored research projects, including a recently awarded $7.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative. Reed holds more than 15 patents.

Reed is the cofounder of several commercial companies: PFP Cybersecurity, a company that provides security solutions for Internet of Things devices; Federated Wireless, a company that is commercializing spectrum sharing wireless systems; and Cognitive Radio Technologies (CRT), a company that is commercializing the cognitive radio technologies produced at Virginia Tech for commercial and military applications.

Reed has also served as a consultant for approximately 30 organizations such as AT&T, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), Samsung, and Raytheon.  He served on the technical advisory boards for approximately six companies and as an informal advisor on national policy regarding wireless issues, presenting to the Defense Science Board and JASON Advisory Group, and providing congressional testimony. Reed served on the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST) Working Group on how to transition federal spectrum for commercial economic benefits.  In 2014, Reed was selected to be a member of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, the advisory group on spectrum issues for the US Department of Commerce.

Reed was the founding director of Wireless@VT, an impactful research center with exceptional research results and innovations that have contributed to the rapid advancement of wireless technology. Reed was also the founding director of Virginia Tech’s Hume Center for National Security and Technology, which leads Virginia Tech’s research, education, and outreach programs focused on the challenges of cybersecurity, autonomy, and resilience in the context of national and homeland security.