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Joan Centrella

Director, Science and Technology Policy, Leadership, and Communications Initiative

Dr. Centrella

Director, Science and Technology Policy, Leadership, and Communications Initiative

(304) 293-3570

Dr. Centrella is the Director of the WVU Science and Technology Policy, Leadership, and Communications Initiative. This multidisciplinary, University-wide initiative is jointly supported by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research at WVU.

The Science and Technology Policy, Leadership, and Communications Initiative is rooted in WVU’s Land Grant Mission to lead transformation in West Virginia and beyond, through the application of research and through engagement at the local, state and global levels, and will have a broad reach across the University. Key features will include facilitating faculty and student research, including coordinating S&T research with policy; expanding S&T policy communication and outreach; and enhancing opportunities for student learning.

Prior to joining WVU in November 2019, Dr. Centrella held key roles in government and academia. As a NASA scientist and administrator, she gained significant experience in Federal science policy implementation and planning, as well as public outreach. Her university roles as professor, graduate advisor, and research scientist provided experience and insight into the academic world, including teaching, faculty and student research, and program development.