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Merrilea Mayo, Ph.D.

Materials Science & Engineering

Founder, Mayo Enterprises LLC

Dr. Mayo’s consultancy concentrates on the areas of innovation, workforce, technology, and the future of learning. Her current focus is on workforce skills: how they differ from academic skills, and what this difference implies for employer hiring practices and academic instruction. In her Innovate+Educate role, she also devises on-the-ground implementation of these models in New Mexico and beyond. Merrilea has strong interests in game-based learning, which she indulged in as a Director at the Kauffman Foundation, and in a wide range of science policy issues, which informed her stint as the Director of GUIRR at the National Academies. She has had a founding role in two nonprofits: ASTRA (an advocacy organization for the physical sciences) and the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (an organization devoted to improving the ability of companies and universities to conduct joint research). Merrilea is a materials scientist and engineer by training, having received her doctorate from Stanford University in 1988.

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