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VASEM Elects Dr. Patricia Dove New President

The Board of Directors of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (VASEM)  unanimously elected Dr. Dove as President, 2016-2019

RICHMOND, VA- Dr. Patricia M. Dove, University Distinguished Professor and C.P. Miles Professor of Science at Virginia Tech has accepted the Board of Directors nomination to become the second President of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.  This non-partisan organization was created by the Virginia members of the three National Academies to promote research in the Commonwealth and inform Virginians on matters of science and technology. The President of VASEM President serves a three-year term and provides guidance along with Secretary-Treasurer Jim Aylor and Executive Director Andrew Densmore.

“I look forward to Dr. Dove’s leadership. Trish has the vision, vigor, and experience to guide VASEM through a pivotal time as we expand our role as an advisor to the Commonwealth and seek to expand new opportunities for Virginia’s research community.” – Anita Jones, Chair of the Nominations subcommittee

Dr. Dove sees 2016 as a pivotal year for VASEM.  For the first time since our inception, the Virginia government has formally requested VASEM to assist in matters of science. For example, the General Assembly and the Administration included an advisory role for VASEM in the new Virginia Research Investment Fund.  As VASEM recognition grows, Dr. Dove envisions the VASEM membership connecting the expertise of Virginia researchers with industry and government to bring an unprecedented new level of communication between groups across the Commonwealth. She believes these interactions hold promise for bringing new educational opportunities and thus, greater prosperity to the larger Commonwealth community.

“VASEM is in the right hands. A change in leadership is always a challenge for growing organizations. But Trish has been an integral part of VASEM’s success for the past three years. She led the 2014 Summit on Big Data. She has pushed to formalize VASEM’s operations. She has traveled extensively across the state and taken every opportunity to tell VASEM’s story. I am confident that she’s the right person for the job and I’m more enthusiastic as ever about VASEM’s future.” – Joe Campbell, VASEM President 2013-2016

Trish has made waves in Virginia’s research community before. In 2013, Governor Bob McDonnell honored Dr. Dove as Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist.  Amongst other honors, she is the recipient of the Clarke and Dana Medals and twice received the Department of Energy Best University Research Award.  In 2012, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and is currently the only non-emeritus National Academy Member in the Virginia Tech College of Science.

A native of Virginia, Dove earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees at Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. After completing an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University, she was a faculty member at Georgia Tech for seven years before joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 2000.

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Andrew Densmore is the Executive Director of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

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