Thomas A. Campbell has been named assistant director for research and operations for the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and program manager for the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

Campbell will work with the institute director in all aspects of technical administration, including the management of seed projects among researchers from Virginia Tech and the Carilion Clinic, assistance with building teams and acquiring funding across interdisciplinary boundaries, and management of day-to-day operations of the institute.

Campbell has also been appointed as a research associate professor and program manager for the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. In this role, Campbell will work to develop the Nanotechnology/Nano-Biotechnology Interface Program with the institute director in all aspects of technical administration, including assistance with building teams and acquiring funding across interdisciplinary boundaries.

Campbell comes to Virginia Tech from ADA Technologies Inc. in Littleton, Colo. -- a small business specializing in creating and converting innovative technologies to commercial successes -- where he served as senior research scientist and nanotechnology program manager. In his three years at ADA Technologies, Campbell led research efforts supported by various federal sources. He has also worked for five years with Saint-Gobain, a Fortune 100 company, and he has held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, under which he spent 1.5 years as a postdoctoral researcher in Germany.

“We are pleased to welcome Tom Campbell to Virginia Tech,” said Professor Roop Mahajan, director of the Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute and director of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. “Tom will be a key player in leading and managing the institutes of [both institutes].”

”It is an honor to join Virginia Tech and the Carilion Clinic in the developments of [the Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science],” said Campbell. “I look forward to working with both institutes to insure high-quality research and educational opportunities.”

Campbell holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor of engineering in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He has a broad knowledge of nanotechnology and is active in nanomaterials research, including targeted drug delivery, nanotechnology environmental health and safety, and carbonaceous nanomaterials metrology and applications. He also has a number of patent applications pending, and many publications and invited presentations to his credit, spanning a broad array of research interests.

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