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Virginia Tech is good at football, but the university also has a knack for turning out information technology leaders, especially when it comes to intelligence and national security. Here’s 11 Hokies whose careers began in a Blacksburg classroom.

Letitia LongLetitia Long
Job: Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Tech Connection: Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering


Paige AtkinsPaige Atkins
Job: Director for Strategic Planning and Information at the Defense Information Systems Agency (SES)
Tech Connection: Graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering


Kevin MeinersKevin Meiners
Job: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acting) for Portfolio, Programs and Resources. (SES)
Tech Connection: Graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering


Kenneth MyersKenneth Myers
Job: Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Tech Connection: Holds a Bachelors Degree


Lynn SchnurrLynn Schnurr
Job: Army Intelligence Chief Information Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Intelligence Community Information Management Directorate
Tech Connection: Holds a Bachelors of Science Degree


Dennis ClemDennis Clem
Job: Chief Information Officer at the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Tech Connection: Graduated in 1973


Ellen EmbreyEllen Embrey
Government Job: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
Current Position: Counselor at The Cohen Group
Tech Connection: Graduated in 1976 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology, Education


Bob FloresBob Flores
Government Job: Chief Technology Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency
Current Position: President, Applicology
Tech Connection: Holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Statistics


Alan WadeAlan Wade
Government Job: Chief Information Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency
Tech Connection: Graduated in 1973 with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering


Gary WinklerGary Winkler
Government Job: Army Program Executive for Enterprise Information Systems
Current Job: CEO at Cyber Solutions and Systems
Tech Connection: Graduated in 1983 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering


Tim BeresTim Beres
Government Job: Director of Preparedness Programs at the Department of Homeland Security
Current Job: Vice President at CNA
Tech Connection: Graduated in 1991 with a Bachelors Degree in History