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Eric Burger

Research Director

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Something I learned in my research this year that surprised me…
There are use cases for blockchain that do not defy physics or economics.

Best advice I’ve ever received…

Go where the river takes you.


Research Background
All things above the PHY in communications protocols

Burger is part of CCI’s leadership team working on the research investment strategy for the CCI network. 

Burger has extensive experience in telecommunications policy, having served as chief technology officer for the Federal Communications Commission and assistant director for the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House.

His current role as technical director of the Next G Alliance complements CCI's research focus on securing the next generation of mobile networks. 

He is research professor of NextG security, has a courtesy appointment as research professor of public policy in the School of Public and International Affairs, and is affiliated with the Department of Computer Science, the Virginia Tech National Security Institute, and Wireless@VT.

Alma Mater
Burger attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received an MBA from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a Ph.D in computer science from Illinois Tech.