As the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Engagement in the College of Engineering, Deborah Carlier provides support to the research and graduate studies office through various strategic initiatives. She is responsible for developing, refining, and managing the proposal development, communication and engagement strategy for graduate scholar programs as well as the faculty/graduate student mentoring program. Deborah serves as strategist to the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, providing ongoing vision casting, program development, process monitoring, and evaluation of Innovation Campus research and graduate studies initiatives. Deborah also liaises with internal clients and external clients for projects that support the development and growth of research and graduate studies initiatives for Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Northern VA.
Deborah holds a BA in Psychology with a Management Concentration from Boston College, and an MPH in Health Planning, Policy, Finance, and Management from Boston University.
Deborah began her career in operations management in the corporate world, but a trip to Haiti three years later resulted in a return to school for a Master of Public Health degree that eventually landed her in Asia for development work in health care, income generation, agriculture and water resources. While residing in Asia, she also worked for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in the Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management Department helping faculty and students to render technical details into readable documentation. At Virginia Tech, Deborah has worked for the Biocomplexity Institute assisting in grant writing and management, as well as the Entomology Department where she served as project manager and liaison officer for a Grand Challenges in Global Health interdisciplinary malaria research project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has served on the Cranwell Center Council and presently serves on the boards of the Renaissance Music Academy and Bradley Study Center at Virginia Tech. Keen to avoid being merely a consumer of culture, she is interested in joining others in creating things that will aid in human flourishing.