Call for action

Call for Experts – Science and Technology Strategic Roadmap

Dear VASEM Members and Friends,

One of the missions of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (VASEM) is to provide nonpartisan, technical expertise in science, engineering, and medicine relevant to issues important to Virginia. The Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap will be developed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to identify research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus. The Roadmap will also be used to encourage collaboration between higher education institutions, economic development, and private sector industries focusing on the continuum from basic and applied research and development activities to commercialization. The Virginia Research Investment Fund and the Commonwealth Research and Commercialization Fund have determined the Roadmap should focus on the fields below.

I am writing to ask VASEM members and colleagues to serve on an expert panel to consult on the Roadmap. Expertise in the following fields is needed:

  • Cyber and Cyberphysical Systems

  • Unmanned Systems

  • Space and Satellite Systems

  • Life Sciences

Those selected to serve on the panel will consult on the overall process and specific sector areas. Successful candidates will have a breadth of experience from higher education research and development to industry or commercialization activities within a specific sector. Time obligations will include ~2-3 meetings in Virginia and an interview session to begin this Spring and be completed during Fall of 2019. Individuals on the panel cannot be involved with the Commonwealth Research and Commercialization Fund (CRCF) or Virginia Research Investment Fund (VRIF) per the Code of Virginia as referenced below.

“In selecting the panel of experts pursuant to this subsection, the Council shall ensure that no individuals on the panel are involved, nor have been involved within the past three years, with the application, review, or award process governed by § 2.2-2233.1 or 23.1-3133.” (CRCF and VRIF).

Action: Please email your biosketch (NIH or NSF format is acceptable) with contact information and a brief statement describing areas of expertise to Andrew Densmore, Executive Director, Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, at 540-598-7693.

Deadline: Friday, April 5th, 2019



Dr. Patricia Dove
President, Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine
Member, National Academy of Sciences (2012)
University Distinguished Professor and C.P. Miles Professor of Science
Virginia Tech