Dr. Stacey S. Patterson is the Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development at the University of Tennessee and President of the UT Research Foundation. Dr. Patterson is responsible for the management and oversight of several state-wide initiatives focused broadly on improving research infrastructure as well as expanding the University’s role and impact on economic development in Tennessee. In her role at UTRF, Dr. Patterson oversees the offices responsible for the commercialization of a diverse set of technologies and the development of strategic partnerships with industry. She earned a BS in Microbiology from UT, an MS in Environmental Health Sciences from East Tennessee State University, and a PhD in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology at UT. Dr. Patterson was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of South Florida and returned to UT in a joint appointment in research and technology transfer in 2006. She has secured extramural funding from NOAA, the Army, NSF and NIH and has been a contributor on several US patents in the area of sensor development and cancer imaging.