Discovery Domain: Security

Virginia Tech drives next-generation capabilities from invention to operation, contributing to national and local security through research in cyber-security, food security, and the management and security of communication systems — such as wireless, networks, and smart grids. The Hume Center leads Virginia Tech's research, education, and outreach programs focused on the communication and computation challenges of the national security community.


Home cooks and professional chefs alike the world over can thank Monica Ponder, assistant professor of food science and technology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, for a safer supply of spices. Ponder’s research is helping to ascertain how and why spices become contaminated with disease-causing bacteria such as Salmonella. She’s studying how the pathogen travels through the supply chain tightly adhered to whole spices within biofilms.

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Popular Science names David Schmale one of 2013's Brilliant Ten. His research using drones — also called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs — to explore microbial life in the atmosphere earned him a spot on the prestigious list of international scientists, engineers, and thinkers whose innovations change the world.

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