In her role as Vice President of Research and Innovation at Virginia Tech, Mayer oversees Virginia Tech’s comprehensive portfolio of research and associated centers and offices, including research activities within the colleges and institutes, technology transfer, industry partnerships, sponsored programs, and compliance. In addition, Mayer serves on the university leadership team, reporting directly to the Office of the President, and serves as professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Mayer joined Virginia Tech as a leading nanotechnology researcher and the associate dean for research and innovation in Penn State’s College of Engineering. Mayer is widely recognized for her research in hierarchical nanomanufacturing and its applications in electronic and photonic microsystems with new functionalities. Her work in directed assembly of nanoparticles is being used to address a variety of device and manufacturing challenges, ranging from low-power integrated nanosensor circuits to nontraditional patterning processes.
Dr. Mayer has more than 350 technical publications, invited presentations and tutorials, and holds eight patents. Two companies have licensed the technologies. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, she holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, both from Purdue University.