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(March 11, 2014) The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf as the Deputy Director. Dr. Friedersdorf will join the NNCO leadership team on May 26, 2014 from her position in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia.
“I look forward to Dr. Friedersdorf joining the NNCO as our Deputy Director,” said Dr. Lloyd Whitman, the NNCO’s Interim Director. “Her extensive knowledge of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, including environmental health and safety, the Signature Initiatives, education and outreach, and regional, state, and local initiatives will be a great asset to the Office.”
Dr. Friedersdorf has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly twenty years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. She is also a strong advocate for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and has over two decades of experience teaching at both the university and high school levels.
For the past two years Dr. Friedersdorf has been assisting the NNCO as a full-time consultant on a wide variety of programs and projects. Prior to working with the NNCO, she was the Managing Director of the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR) at the University of Virginia, where she fostered a campus-wide nanotechnology community, facilitated new collaborative research opportunities, and built external awareness of University capabilities and accomplishments in the field.