Scott F. Midkiff

Vice President for Information Technology and
  • Chief Information Officer

Scott F. Midkiff, Vice President for Information Technology & CIO

Vice President for Information Technology & CIO
Scott F. Midkiff, Vice President for Information Technology & CIO

Dr. Scott Midkiff has served as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Virginia Tech since October 2012. In this role, Dr. Midkiff is a member of the President’s Leadership Team and has responsibility for Virginia Tech’s overall strategy and vision for information technology to support and advance the university’s three-part mission of teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement. He leads the Division of Information Technology which provides: IT services and infrastructure for teaching and learning; advanced research computing services including high-performance computing, large-scale storage, visualization, and secure compliant compute and storage environments; network, telecommunications, and enterprise computing infrastructure and services; enterprise administrative systems; IT security; secure identity management; email and other collaborative tools; user support; procurement and licensing for software and IT services; and IT policies, standards, and guidelines. The Division of IT is also the home of the Virginia Cyber Range and the U.S. Cyber Range which provide environments and other resources for cybersecurity education for K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. Dr. Midkiff is a member of the board of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, and the Virginia Tech Innovation Corporation.  

From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Midkiff was the Department Head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is also a Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he has been on the faculty since 1986. As a professor at Virginia Tech, Dr. Midkiff conducts research in wireless networks, mobile systems, and pervasive computing. He is the author of over 150 refereed journal and conference publications. Dr. Midkiff’s research and education initiatives have been funded by the National Science Foundation through the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training program; Digital Government program; Computer and Network Systems Division; Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems Division; and Division for Undergraduate Education. Other sponsors have included the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Microsoft Research, Intel, IBM, and Catalyst Communications Technologies.  

Dr. Midkiff has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in networking, wireless networks and mobile systems, network applications, telecommunications, and other areas of electrical and computer engineering and computer science. He contributed to the creation of Virginia Tech’s Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and the online Master of Information Technology program. He received Virginia Tech’s XCaliber Award for teaching with technology in 2004 and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Engineering in 2005.  

From September 2006 until September 2009, Dr. Midkiff was on assignment at the National Science Foundation. While at the NSF, Dr. Midkiff served as a Program Director for the Integrative, Hybrid and Complex Systems program in the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems Division in the Directorate for Engineering. He developed the cyber systems thrust area as the ECCS Division added “Cyber” to its name in October 2006. He was one of the three co-lead program directors to establish the Cyber-Physical Systems initiative, first announced in September 2008, and co-led the team that managed the review and award process for the first year of CPS. Dr. Midkiff was the lead program director for the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program’s theme on Autonomously Reconfigurable Engineered Systems initiated in 2007. He also contributed to the management of the review and award process for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training program in 2008 and 2009; Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation program in 2008 and 2009; Accelerating Discovery in Science and Engineering through Petascale Simulations and Analysis solicitation in 2007 and 2009; EFRI Cognitive Optimization and Prediction theme in 2008; Engineering Virtual Organizations solicitation in 2007; and Cyberinfrastructure Experiences for Graduate Students supplements in 2008. While at the NSF, Professor Midkiff served on the NSF-wide IGERT Coordinating Committee from 2007-2009; the NSF-wide Cyberinfrastructure Coordinating Committee in 2009; and the Directorate for Engineering’s Cyberinfrastructure Working Group from 2007-2009, chairing the group in 2009. Dr. Midkiff received an NSF Director’s Award for Collaborative Innovation in 2008.  

Dr. Midkiff has prior experience at Bell Laboratories (1979-1982) and at IBM (Summer 1977, Summer 1978). He was a visiting research associate at Carnegie Mellon University (1985-1986).  

Dr. Midkiff received the B.S.E. degree, summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University (1979), the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (1980), and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University (1985). He was an MCNC Fellow during his Ph.D. studies at Duke. Dr. Midkiff is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Society for Cable Telecommunications Engineers. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu, and Omega Alpha honorary societies. He serves as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.