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Steven McKnight

Virginia Tech
Vice President for the National Capital Region
Dr. Steven H. McKnight commenced his tenure as vice president for the National Capital Region at Virginia Tech on March 1, 2014. In this role, Dr. McKnight develops and oversees strategic initiatives for Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region, and coordinates services and program initiatives for the university’s several sites in the region. Additionally, he holds a faculty appointment in the department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics within the College of Engineering. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he held several executive level leadership positions at the National Science Foundation and the United States Army Research Laboratory.

At NSF, he served as Director of the Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation Division (CMMI) overseeing national level research programs in the fields of civil, mechanical, industrial, materials, and manufacturing engineering. Dr. McKnight also represented NSF on several White House initiatives coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Notably he contributed to the Administration’s cross-agency program strategies related to U.S. advanced manufacturing competitiveness. At the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, McKnight led the Materials and Manufacturing Science Division, and served as the Army's primary representative on national and international materials research coordination and advisory groups. 

Dr. McKnight earned a B.S. in materials engineering from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Delaware.