Associate Director, LAUNCH
Andrea Hill is an experienced Materials Science Engineer and business development professional with an extensive background in materials research and development (R&D), business development, product development, program management, technical marketing, and start-up development for emerging technologies in the Aerospace & Defense, Space Systems, Biotech, and Energy Industries. As the Associate Director of LAUNCH: The Center for New Ventures of Virginia Tech's LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCH, Andrea provides support for Virginia Tech researchers to help accelerate the advancement their innovative technologies from a cool idea in the lab to a commercial product by leveraging opportunities from federal organizations and commercial sectors.
As a VT and Marching Virginian alum and long-time Hokie sports fan, Andrea enjoys the optimistic energy on campus, from the classrooms and laboratories to the football field. Go Hokies! She enjoys working closely with Virginia Tech’s innovative minds to learn more about their research and technologies in order to provide the right combination of resources to accelerate their technological innovations into the commercial sector, with the end goal of benefiting humankind and our world. Andrea resides in the New River Valley with her Hokie husband and four children.
Andrea holds a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Virginia Tech and was awarded the Young Alumnus of the Year Award in 2006 for VT’s College of Engineering. In addition, Andrea led a DARPA SBIR project that won a R&D 100 Award in 2007 and a NASA SBIR project that was featured as a NASA SpinOff in 2012.