The SpectrumX vision is to become a trusted resource within the spectrum ecosystem offering objective, long-term and innovative policy and technical contributions through collaborative, inclusive and integrative education and research activities.

SpectrumX is a complex multidimensional entity consisting of a large, interdisciplinary, diverse group of exceptionally qualified scientists, engineers and educators. Robust administration and management is in place to ensure successful integration across organizations and expertise.

SpectrumX is an NSF Spectrum Innovation Center funded via Award 2132700 operated under cooperative agreement by the University of Notre Dame.

The Center’s Core Activities focus on research, education and workforce development and leveraging existing facilities and services.

Critical to realizing our vision are the Center’s Engagement Activities:

  • Developing and evolving strategic plans through Working Group engagement with key researchers and stakeholders across the spectrum ecosystem
  • Raising the visibility, participation, and objectiveness of spectrum coordination and regulatory processes amongst key stakeholders
  • Infusing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion best practices into the Center’s culture and work
  • Building partnerships that facilitate collaboration, promote knowledge transfer, increase commercialization, and impact policy.

Working Groups

  • Research (RWG)
  • Education and Workforce Development (EWG)
  • Broadening Participation (BWG)
  • Facilities and Services (FWG)
  • Collaboration, Innovation, & Commercialization (CWG)
  • Policy Outreach (PWG)
  • Administration (AWG)

Each WG summarizes the state of the art in its area and formulates plans leading to improved solutions, innovations, new partnerships, and strengthening the future spectrum workforce. The WGs leverage the team’s expertise in academic leadership, project management, collaboration and knowledge transfer, broadening participation, marketing, and communications. Project Teams (PTs) are formed among key researchers, based on their interests and expertise, across the RWGs to develop integrated solutions to the spectrum coexistence challenge. These cross functional teams create the foundation for strategic planning with input from our External Advisory Board and external stakeholders.

Group photo of all Spectrum X team members

Meet Our Team

The finest minds in spectrum research and education.

Collaboration Advisory Board

During the proposal process, 27 letters of collaboration were received from partners across the country, and even a few international partners. In addition, 11 sites were identified as key resources for our spectrum community. As the SpectrumX Center has materialized into the envisioned academic hub, 5 active collaborators have established mutually beneficial relationships with the Center and its member academic institutions. These letters, resources, and active collaborators are depicted in the map below.

SpectrumX has developed a consortium model (similar to the NSF’s IUCRC model) for industry and government agencies to contribute additional funding through center memberships and enhancement projects, and to contribute to center governance through a Collaboration Advisory Board (CAB). CAB members are encouraged to participate in and/or contribute to specific projects relevant to them; obtain early access to project results; gain access to highly skilled talent (faculty and students); and work with SpectrumX participants directly to apply the Center’s research outcomes to further develop and implement solutions (e.g., products, services, methodologies, and policies) that solve real-world spectrum-related problems.

Founding Members of the SpectrumX Collaboration Advisory Board:

GIRD Systems, Inc.

GIRD’s mission is to provide the latest digital signal processing algorithms, techniques and solutions that enable our customers to reduce development times and increase wireless communication systems’ performance. Our solutions are implemented as either turn-key hardware implementations or reusable firmware IP blocks which are available in formats supporting a variety of hardware processing devices utilized by the industry. GIRD strives to become a leading developer of custom digital signal processing solutions for both the commercial and military markets.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Qualcomm is enabling a world where everyone and everything can be intelligently connected. You interact with products and technologies made possible by Qualcomm every day, including 5G-enabled smartphones that double as pro-level cameras and gaming devices, smarter vehicles and cities, and the technology behind the smart, connected factories that manufactured your latest purchase. Our powerful connectivity solutions keep you connected—even in remote areas. Qualcomm 5G and AI innovations are the power behind the connected intelligent edge. You’ll find our technologies behind and inside the innovations that deliver significant value across multiple industries and to billions of people every day.

New Members of the SpectrumX Collaboration Advisory Board:

Aira Technologies


Choyu Networks



Wireless Innovation Forum (“WInnForum”)

Our CAB members enjoy participation in virtual biweekly Research Project Team meetings, virtual monthly Center Working Group meetings, and in-person semi-annual Full Center Meetings typically hosted on a campus of one of our academic member institutions. CAB members regularly interact with academic researchers, students, and other CAB members. They also receive invitations to our RadioShop Chat seminar series, Center newsletters, and periodic reporting.

In addition to the Collaboration Advisory Board (CAB), several entities have generously provided financial support to the Center and enjoy active collaborative relationships with SpectrumX outside of the official CAB. Recent examples include:

  • Google – provided financial support for SpectrumX’s Broadband MAPUS program, which introduces undergraduate students from MSIs with little to no prior research experiences to spectrum-related opportunities while collecting and synthesizing critically important broadband data.
  • NTIA-ITS – National Telecommunications and Information Administration Institute for Telecommunications Sciences has established a SpectrumX Liaison / Visiting Researcher program,
  • NTIA-OSM – National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Office of Spectrum Management entrusted SpectrumX with hosting a National Spectrum Strategy Listening Session for the solicitation and receipt and public comments and for the extension of the NTIA-ITS Liaison program to include Liaisons / Visiting Researchers engaging with OSM as well.

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Member Institutions

University of Albany logo
Agnes Scott College logo
Clemson University logo
FAMU logo
Olin College of Engineering logo
MIT Haystack Observatory logo
Morehouse College logo
Morgan State University logo
New Mexico Tech logo
Northwestern University logo
NRAO logo
Norfolk State University logo
NYU logo
University of Pittsburgh logo
Spelman College logo
Stanford University logo
Texas Tech University logo
University of Santa Cruz logo
Berkely logo
UCLA logo
University of Colorado - Boulder logo
University of Notre Dame academic mark
University of the Virgin Islands logo
UPRM logo
UTSA logo
University of Virginia logo
University of the West Indies logo
Virginia Diodes, Inc. logo

Partner Institution Map

Navigate below on the interactive map to learn more about where SpectrumX partner institutions reside.

Each partner-type is listed along the top of the map, denoting institutions that receiving funding through the center, full member institutions, government collaborators, institutions designated as Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), institutions with whom the center has exchanged a letter of support, as well as unfunded partnerships the center has cultivated: