A message from our President, Dr. James Aylor

Welcome to the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

If Virginia is to successfully address the significant challenges it faces, it must engage the insight and experience of its very best scientists, engineers, and physicians. The Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine is dedicated to making this expertise available to business and government throughout the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Academy brings together the most distinguished members of Virginia’s science, engineering, and medical communities, men and women who have been recognized for solving the most complex real-world problems in their fields.  Its core is the 150 men and women elected to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the foremost organizations of their kind in the United States and perhaps the world.

Since our founding in 2013, the Virginia Academy has established a reputation for providing nonpartisan, objective guidance for decision makers and for assembling a cross-section of experts and stakeholders to focus on pressing issues.

We have already had an impact:

  • The Virginia Academy’s report to the General Assembly on revitalizing and expanding the state’s aerospace industry has galvanized action to better promote the industry nationally and internationally.
  • Our efforts in support of Virginia Research Investment Fund have helped shape the direction of research  across the Commonwealth’s universities.
  • Our well-attended annual summits on issues of concern to every Virginian, from sea-level rise to preparedness for emerging disease, have led to exciting new collaborations between experts and stakeholders.

The Virginia Academy stands ready to do more to secure a healthier, safer, and more prosperous future. That’s why I encourage you to join forces with us to create a better Virginia for its businesses and citizens.

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Dr. James Aylor

Dr. James Aylor


Louis T. Rader Professor and Dean Emeritus
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
University of Virginia
IEEE Fellow
AAAS Fellow