Merrilea Mayo, Ph.D.

Founder, Mayo Enterprices, LLC

Merrilea Mayo, Ph.D.

Founder, Mayo Enterprices, LLC

Biography

Dr. Mayo is the founder of Mayo Enterprises, LLC, a consultancy in the areas of innovation, workforce, technology and the future of learning. Her most recent work focuses on skills-to-jobs matching, with the Center for Curriculum Redesign being one of her clients. In a prior effort with Innovate+Educate, Dr. Mayo devised on-the-ground implementation of new hiring models — work that resulted in her appointment as an ACT Fellow and brief recognition of the effort on whitehouse.gov. Other consulting work has included providing metrics oversight to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s $27M New Options Project, delivering game-based learning recommendations to the Susan Crown Exchange, developing an overarching education strategy for the Office of the NASA Administrator, crafting a policy report on the US science and engineering workforce. Dr. Mayo has strong interests in game-based learning, as well as years of experience across a wide range of science policy issues. For example, Dr. Mayo’s policy work during her years as Director of the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable included deemed exports, the offshoring of R&D, science and engineering workforce, emerging research institutions, and intellectual property agreements. Dr. Mayo also helped launch two non-profits, ASTRA and the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, and served the founding director role in each. Dr. Mayo is a materials scientist and engineer by training, having received her doctorate in that field from Stanford University in 1988, publishing approximately 80 technical articles, and serving as the Materials Research Society’s President in 2003.