Phillip Parrish is Interim Vice President for Research, Associate Vice President for Research, and a Principal Scientist in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.
Parrish has a strong background in research management in academia, government and industry. As Associate VP Research, he is responsible for the cross-Grounds ResearchNET initiative, monitoring of the new UVA Briain Pan University Institute, and VPR’s pan university initiatives in Energy Systems, Prototyping, Research, Innovation and Translation (ESPRIT), including the UVA-Max Planck joint laboratory initiative in New Energy Processes and the VPR Latin America initiative, focused upon science, technology, policy and innovation partnerships with Latin American universities and companies, and recruitment to U.Va. 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.
Parrish 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; he serves on the Board of the NASA-sponsored National Institute of Aerospace, and the Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation. Prior to his appointment as Interim VPR, he was Principal Investigator for the Partnership for Energy Efficient, Affordable Housing Systems funded by the Virginia Tobacco Commission, 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, and served as Principal Investigator and Liaison for UVA to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Previously, Parrish served as Program Manager for Materials Science and as Director of the Defense Manufacturing Office 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.
Prior to joining the University, 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.