Ivy V. Estabrooke
Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., was appointed as the executive director of the Utah Science, Technology and Research Agency (USTAR) in May 2014. A cognitive neuroscientist by training, with technical expertise in psycholinguistics, pharmacological interventions, and statistical modeling, Ivy earned her doctorate in Neuroscience from Georgetown University, an MS in National Security Strategy and Resource Management from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University, and a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College.
Prior to moving to Utah, Ivy served as a program officer for eight years at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). She managed a high-risk / high-payoff research portfolio, including innovative neuroscience programs and cutting-edge social and computational science programs, and developed and implemented a strategy for examining emerging technology areas. She also managed a multimillion-dollar yearly investment in the Sciences Addressing Asymmetric Explosive Threats basic research efforts. As a strong supporter of education, Ivy led Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics education (STEM) programs for her department.
Outside of the office, Ivy enjoys chasing her two daughters in the mountains and on ski slopes.