Q&A with Dr. Phil Parrish
Dr. Phil Parrish
Dr. Phil Parrish is Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Virginia.
In his current role he is responsible for pan-university research institutes in nanoscience technology and research (nanoSTAR), the UVA Institute on Aging, the UVA Energy Leadership Group and serves as the UVA member on the Board of Governors of UT-Battelle LLC, the managing contractor of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
He is also Principal Scientist and Director of the Intelligent Processing of Materials Laboratory in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Parrish holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of Florida, where he also earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Engineering.
Prior to joining UVA, Dr. Parrish worked in government and private industry in the advanced materials and manufacturing sectors.
Question: How did you first learn about the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
, and what were your initial impressions?
: I've gained a knowledge of the SVHEC
and the region over the past couple of years through interactions with the Halifax Industrial Development Authority, Riverstone and the SVHEC
: I find that the kinds of research and innovation going on at UVA link very well with the interests of the people in Halifax & Southside Virginia, the SVHEC, and Riverstone
We seem to be able to easily build collaborations even though there's a significant distance between us.
Question: In terms of creativity, collaboration, and innovation, how do the people of Southern Virginia compare with others you've work with?
: In terms of creativity, the Halifax IDA and the Halifax Educational Foundation members I've met have been highly creative in their vision of how the region should develop in terms of transitioning from tobacco, textile & furniture-based manufacturing to advanced manufacturing of advanced products, as well as in professional services.
: One thing I really like about the region are all of the amenities that are being developed such as nice restaurants, the Prizery, the really attractive building systems at Riverstone
and those that have been renovated where the SVHEC
They're all remarkable examples of revitalization of the region.
Question: What are you currently working on with people in Southern Virginia?
?Dr. Parrish: We're working on establishing an affordable energy efficient housing initiative [An SVHEC R&D Center of Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency initiative].