Patricia is our Innovation Advisor. Her current role is helping faculty move their research into the marketplace.  This may can happen in several ways: product, partnerships, and open source.  Patricia has over 30 years of experience in a variety of technology based companies from programming at IBM to a Strategic Risk consultant at Deloitte & Touche. She first coded on card punch machines and is still learning new techniques and languages today.  Patricia's extensive experience enables her to quickly assess what technologies are either marketable and/or patent-able and whether there is value in them. 

In additional to her software and hardware product development experience, Patricia is an expert in a variety of computer modeling techniques (System Dynamics, Discrete Event Modeling, Social Network Analysis, etc.) as well as data analysis and data management. 


  • “Modeling Value Systems with Agent-Based Modeling.”  Paper presented at MODSIM World 2010 Conference and Expo, in Hampton, VA, October 14-16, 2010.
  • “Preparing Communities Strategies: Local Partnerships and Participation” - 7th Annual Bird Flu Summit (November, 2008); how to engage the larger community in preparation of a Flu Pandemic
  • Catastrophic Event Response Preparation Workshop – lead designer and moderator for the workshop; presentation on the utilization of modeling in understanding the ramifications of Catastrophic Events.  Key focus of workshop was to connect various emergency personnel throughout the Shenandoah Valley.
  • “Visualization Techniques” - Joint Warfare Analysis Center (July, 2007); presentation of basic premise of my Master's Thesis.

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