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Our combination of talent, motivation, knowledge, tools, facilities, and skill resident in our team, yields performance above the levels reached as individuals alone. It takes all of us to produce great achievements. Our team’s focus on excellence means we can give our customers practical and optimized solutions that balance multiple criteria and constraints.

Corporate Leadership


Don Maffei
Interim Chief Executive Officer &
Vice President of Finance & Administration

Don Maffei brings 25 years of corporate finance, operations, and management experience to the VT-ARC team. His extensive involvement with small businesses and startups has provided a wealth of experience in strategic planning and implementation of various control and reporting systems while maximizing efficient use of resources.


As the leader of the finance and administration team, Don provides strategic input on the direction of the corporation as well as day-to-day planning, implementation, and management of all financial, compliance, human resources, and information technology matters.

Before joining VT-ARC, Don provided CFO consulting services to various small government contractors, manufacturers and nonprofits. Previously, he was the CFO/COO and cofounder of a high-technology government contractor. Don began his career as a design engineer developing new defense electronics systems for a worldwide leader in radar development. Later, he was named the Director of Programs for a boutique defense contractor specializing in radar imagery.

Don holds an MBA degree in finance from the University of Maryland, an MS degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

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Matt Wolfe Ph.D.
Director of Technology

Dr. Matt Wolfe is VT-ARC’s Director of Technology and is responsible for the corporation’s technology development strategy and commercialization efforts. In this position, Matt is responsible for ensuring VT-ARC’s technical, business development, partnership, and commercialization activities align with the corporation’s business strategy.


Before joining VT-ARC, Matt spent six years in the intelligence community as a civil servant performing S&T development, procurement, and technical operations activities. Prior to joining the federal government, Matt provided technical expertise in support of medical diagnostics, counter-WMD, and special operations forces technical programs at DARPA.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (magna cum laude) from the College of Charleston, earned his doctorate in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of Minnesota, and performed research as a post-doctoral and Lenfant Biomedical fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He has published and presented original research and has authored numerous white papers and proposals that have led to the development of several advanced technologies.


Tim Brumfiel, Sr.
VP of Operations and Development

Tim Brumfiel is VT-ARC’s VP of Operations and Development, responsible for overseeing daily operations and programs, defining and implementing operations strategy, structure, and processes, and managing the corporation’s business development activities.


Prior to his current position, he was VT-ARC’s business development/capture manager primarily responsible for building relationships with Virginia Tech research institutes, industry, and government organizations. As a VT-ARC program manager, he lead the AFWERX-DC innovation hub providing collaboration space and data analytics support. He also supported the Army Research Laboratory with technology transfer using automated approaches to discover industry partners likely to adopt specific ARL technologies.

Prior to VT-ARC, he served in the U.S. Army for over 25 years, retiring as a Colonel.  His tactical assignments were with cavalry, armor and light reconnaissance units where he lead and commanded units from platoon through battalion level. His final assignment was in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff as the J-33 Current Operations Division Chief.

Tim is a distinguished military graduate from Texas A&M University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Officer Staff Course where he earned a Masters in Military Arts and Science, and National Defense University’s Eisenhower School where he earned a Masters in National Security and Resource Strategy with a specialization in Supply Chain Management.


Mike DiFrancisco
Engineering, Test & Evaluation Division Director

Mr. DiFrancisco is an experienced Technology Executive and Engineering Manager with functional expertise in Communication Systems, RF Design, SATCOM, Cyber Technologies, IT Infrastructure Systems, and Networking. He has demonstrated experience in planning, analysis, design, procurement and management of RF Communications systems and networks for the DoD and the Intelligence Community.


Currently, Mike’s focus is on applied research and testing of wireless technologies, and on guiding test campaign management capabilities.

Prior to joining VT-ARC, Mr. DiFrancisco was a Principal in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Cyber Technology Center of Excellence focused on developing and managing Cyber Technology-related business with Intelligence Community customers. Earlier in his 25-year Booz Allen career, Mike focused on network & communications systems support to DoD customers, serving as Program Manager and Lead Systems Engineer on several large programs. Mr. DiFrancisco received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State in 1984 and a M.S. from George Washington University in 1991.


Karl Maxwell
Director of Strategy, Policy and Planning Division

Dr. Karl Maxwell is VT-ARC’s Director of Strategy, Policy and Planning Division. He is responsible for providing the vision, strategy, and leadership necessary to grow the division’s science and technology analytics and services portfolio. He has over 20 years’ experience that encompasses planning and evaluation, health care service delivery, and public health policy research and analysis.


Before joining VT-ARC, Karl spent twelve years in the public health community as a civil servant leading several large-scale Federal epidemiological evaluations, used by senior executives to develop policy and to make major funding decisions. Additionally, Karl has been the chief architect for strategic plans and science communication plans for several agencies, including the National Institutes of Health. Prior to joining the federal government, Karl was a senior management consultant, providing technical expertise on strategic planning, performance measurement, and program evaluation.

His education includes undergraduate degrees in science and health services administration; a master’s degree in public health administration; and a doctorate in health policy from the University of Maryland.

Board of Directors


Mr. Dwight Shelton – Chair of the Board
Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Virginia Tech

John E Dooley,  .Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs.

Dr. John Dooley – Board Secretary-Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer & Secretary Treasurer
Virginia Tech Foundation


Mr. Dewey Houck – Director
Vice President & Chief Data Analytics Officer (retired)
Boeing Defense, Space & Security


Dr. Steve McKnight – Director
Vice President for the National Capital Region
Virginia Tech


Dr. Joe Meredith – Director
President & Chief Executive Officer
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

Scott F Midkiff, ECE

Dr. Scott Midkiff – Director
Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
Virginia Tech

Sally Morton, Dean of the College of Science.

Dr. Sally C. Morton – Director
Dean, College of Science
Virginia Tech

Ray Smoot Jr, Univ Treas

Dr. Ray Smoot – Director
Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
Virginia Tech Foundation


Dr. Don Taylor – Director
Interim VP for Research and Innovation