About VASEM

The Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine is a nonprofit organization consisting of members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine who reside or work in Virginia, as well as Virginians who are leaders in these fields. Through its nonpartisan network of experts, the Virginia Academy provides rigorous analytical, technical, and scientific support to inform policy on issues critical to the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Academy also promotes research, fosters interchange among individuals and organizations and recognizes and honors Virginians who have made major contributions to science, engineering, and medicine.

VASEM Leadership

James Aylor

Dr. James Aylor, President

University of Virginia
Dean Emeritus, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Louis T. Rader Emeritus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

President’s Message

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In 2013, Sen. Mark Warner encouraged a group of scientists, engineers, and healthcare professionals to create an organization in the image of the National Academies to provide nonpartisan, objective technical guidance to decision-makers on the most difficult, challenging issues of the day. Thus began the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (VASEM).

During the course of the past 10 years, we have hosted nine summits on emerging challenges and opportunities and published two in-depth studies on issues of pressing concern for Virginians and a report highlighting those areas in which Virginia could play a leading role in addressing national challenges.  We have also launched a well-regarded fellowship program that introduces graduate students from technical areas to policymaking.

The successes the Virginia Academy has achieved over the last decade have enlarged our aspirations. We are currently reflecting on these successes and making ambitious plans for the future. At the end of the next 10 years, we intend to be recognized across state government as the premier convener of science, engineering, and healthcare expertise in the Commonwealth and as an indispensable source of information, analysis, and insight required for more effective public policy.

 

 

 

James Aylor

Mission of the Virginia Academy of Science, 
Engineering, and Medicine

INFORM

  • Provide an independent resource of expertise in science, engineering, and medicine to Virginia.
  • Envision future trends and provide leadership in catalyzing emerging opportunities.

ADVOCATE

  • Promote investments in job growth, research, and solutions to challenges in science, engineering, and technology.
  • Support emerging leaders in science, engineering, and medicine toward their election in the national academies.

SERVE

  • Foster new collaborations between businesses and Virginia universities and colleges.
  • Grow Virginia’s competitiveness for new business investments, federal funding, and job growth.

Extending Our Record of Accomplishment

The Virginia Academy provides nonpartisan, objective technical guidance to decision-makers on the most difficult, challenging issues of the day.

Looking Back on Our First Ten Years

Since its founding 10 years ago, VASEM has established a diverse set of programs. We have convened nine annual summits, written a series of reports detailing how the Commonwealth could confront its most pressing challenges, and strengthened policymaking in the state by giving graduate students from universities across Virginia have gained hands-on experience applying their expertise to public policy issues at state agencies, legislative offices, corporations, and nonprofits.

Our Vision for the Future

The Virginia Academy’s record of accomplishment over the past 10 years has place it in an ideal position to reflect on its record. Now is the time to evaluate our efforts, expand on our successes, and pursue initiatives in areas where we have yet to realize our full potential. Our strategic plan is our roadmap for moving forward over the next five years.

VASEM Board of Directors

James Aylor
Dr. James Aylor
President
Dean Emeritus, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Louis T. Rader Emeritus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Virginia
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Dr. Patricia Dove
Immediate Past President
Member, National Academy of Sciences
University Distinguished Professor and C.P. Miles Professor of Science
Virginia Tech
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Dr. Antonio Elias
Dr. Antonio Elias
Secretary / Treasurer
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Ret. Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer
Orbital ATK
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Dr. Barbara Boyan
Dr. Barbara Boyan
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Former Dean, College of Engineering
Executive Director, Institute for Engineering and Medicine
Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Chair in Biomedical Engineering
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Robert Carey, MD, MACP
Dr. Robert Carey
Member, National Academy of Medicine
Dean Emeritus, School of Medicine
University Professor and David A. Harrison III Distinguished Professor of Medicine
University of Virginia
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Alfred Grasso
Alfred Grasso
Ret. President and CEO
MITRE Corporation
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Dr. Anita Jones
Dr. Anita Jones
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Professor Emerita
Department of Defense
Former Director of Defense Research and Engineering
University of Virginia
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Dr. Robert Kahn
Dr. Robert Kahn
Member, National Academy of Sciences
Member, National Academy of Engineering
President & CEO
Corporation for National Research Initiatives
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General Lester L. Lyles
General Lester Lyles
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Former Commander, Air Force Materiel Command (Ret.)
U.S. Air Force
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Xiang-Jin Meng
Dr. X.J. Meng
Member, National Academy of Sciences
University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology
Virginia Tech University
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
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Robert Phillips
Dr. Robert Phillips
Member, National Academy of Medicine
Vice President of Research and Policy
American Board of Family Medicine
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Dr. David Roop
Dr. David Roop
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Director of Electric Transmission (Ret.)
Dominion Energy
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Jennifer West
Dr. Jennifer West
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Nancy and Neal Wade Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia
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A Thomas Young
Dr. Thomas Young
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Executive Vice President (Ret.)
Former Director of Goddard Space Flight Center
Lockheed Martin
NASA
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Academic Support

Many of the Commonwealth’s universities support the Virginia Academy’s operations as well as the COVES Policy Fellowship program.
  • George Mason University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Tech
  • William & Mary

Industry Support

Since it began, VASEM has been fortunate to have the corporate and foundation support of the following organizations:
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • MITRE
  • Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation