Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center (BWAC) is a multi-university NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC), led by the University of Arizona in partnership with Virginia Tech, University of Mississippi, Catholic University of America, and North Carolina State University. Along with NSF support, BWAC is funded by 15+ affiliate members from industry and DoD labs.

BWAC aims at advancing wireless technologies and providing cost-effective and practical solutions for next-generation (5G & beyond) wireless systems, millimeter-wave communications, wireless cybersecurity, shared-spectrum access systems, full-duplex transmissions, massive MIMO techniques, and others.


The mission of BWAC is to collaborate with industry research partners to create flexible, efficient, and secure wireless networks that satisfy broadband communication needs in businesses, in the home, and in the lives of individuals.

  • To collaborate with industry partners on creating novel high-performance, flexible, energy-efficient, and secure solutions that satisfy the requirements of commercial and military applications
  • To address challenges related to the harmonious coexistence of heterogeneous technologies on shared spectrum 
  • To work with industry and academic partners on pursuing large-scale programs and creating new visions for the wireless industry

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