CCI Network

The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Network is composed of a Hub and four regional Nodes in Virginia. The Hub, located in Northern Virginia, coordinates programs and provides support that serve the entire Network. In addition, the Hub houses strong research capabilities that provide a platform for research and innovation growth across the Network.

The four CCI Nodes are each led by a public institution of higher education, and engage industry, local government, and community colleges and universities in their region. Together, the CCI Network engages 39 institution of higher education,

Node leadership and participants are listed below.

Central Virginia Node

Lead: Virginia Commonwealth University

Director: Erdem Topsakal, Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University

Higher Education Partners:

  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia State University
  • Longwood University
  • Virginia Union University
  • John Tyler Community College
  • Reynolds Community College
  • Piedmont VA Community College

Coastal Virginia Node

Lead: Old Dominion University

Director: Brian Payne, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Old Dominion University

Higher Education Partners:

  • College of William and Mary
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Norfolk State
  • Regent University
  • ECPI
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Paul D. Camp Community College

Northern Virginia Node

Lead: George Mason University

Director: Liza Wilson-Durant, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, George Mason University

Higher Education Partners:

  • James Madison University
  • University of Mary Washington
  • George Washington University
  • Marymount University
  • Shenandoah University
  • Germanna Community College
  • Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Northern Virginia Community College

Southwest Virginia Node

Lead: Virginia Tech

Director: Gretchen Matthews, Professor, Mathematics, Virginia Tech

Higher Education Partners:

  • Radford University
  • University of Virginia at Wise
  • Liberty University
  • Danville Community College
  • Mountain Empire Community College
  • New River Community College
  • Southwest Community College
  • Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Virginia Western Community College
  • Wytheville Community College
  • The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research New College Institute