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Phillip Parrish is Interim Vice President for Research and a Principal Scientist in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Dr. Parrish has a strong background in research management in academia, government and industry. As Associate VP Research, he is responsible for VPR’s panuniversity initiative in Energy Systems, Prototyping, Research, Innovation and Translation (ESPRIT), including the Uva-Max Planck joint laboratory initiative in New Energy Processes; the VPR Latin America initiative, focused upon science, technology, policy and innovation partnerships with Latin American universities and companies, and recruitment to UVa of top Brazilian graduate students and postdocs who are fully supported by the Brazil Science Without Borders program. Each of these efforts brings together faculty and students from across the University for interdisciplinary research, education, innovation and service. He represents the university with Department of Energy National Laboratories, including serving on the UT-Battelle, LLC Board of Governors, which manages Oak Ridge National Lab. Prior to his appointment as Interim VPR, Dr. Parrish was Principal Investigator for the Partnership for Energy Effi cient, Affordable Housing Systems funded by the Virginia Tobacco Commission, and was involved in DARPA and ONR funded research in periodic cellular materials for protection from blast and ballistic protection, thermal barrier coatings for advanced aircraft engines, and materials for spintronic devices. Previously, Dr. Parrish served as Program Manager for Materials Science at DARPA, and at ONR Global-London, he served as the Associate Director for Materials Science, with overall responsibility for the ONR international program in Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials; at DARPA, he was the Program Manager for the initiative in Intelligent Processing of Materials. Prior to joining UVa, Dr. Parrish was Vice President for Advanced Manufacturing Science at BDM, Inc., and President of MATSYS, Inc., a small business start-up in manufacturing controls sensing and software.