Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR) AgencyIvy V. Estabrooke, PhD., was appointed as the USTAR executive director in May 2014. A cognitive neuroscientist by training, with technical expertise in psycholinguistics, pharmacological interventions, and statistical modeling, Estabrooke earned her PhD. in neuroscience from Georgetown University, an MS in National Security Strategy and Resource Management from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University (formerly ICAF) and a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College.
Prior to moving to Utah, Estabrooke served as the program officer for basic research in the Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare & Combating Terrorism Department at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). While at 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 multi-million dollar yearly investment in the Sciences Addressing Asymmetric Explosive Threats basic research efforts. As a strong supporter of education, Estabrooke 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.