Clancy joined Virginia Tech in 2010 as RDT research fellow and associate director of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology. Clancy’s experience includes work as an advisor to the U.S. military's Communications Directorate in Baghdad, Iraq, where he led successful U.S. efforts to establish Baghdad's first commercial international fiber-optic Internet connectivity. Prior to his time in Iraq, Clancy was a scientist with the Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences, a federal research laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he led government research programs in wireless communications, with an emphasis on software-defined radio, cognitive radio, and wireless security, and was also an adjunct assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Clancy will be responsible for leading Virginia Tech's collaboration with intelligence and defense organizations within the United States federal government and will be involved in developing and expanding the university's role in cyber security research, focusing on critical national infrastructure. Clancy, whose personal area of research interest is in radio frequency spectrum security, will also serve as adjunct faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering.