Bio

B.A. Geology, Cedar Crest College, 1974M.Ed., University of Houston, 1988M.B.A., Averett University, 2001

Elizabeth P. Pyle serves as Associate Director for Technology Entrepreneurship and Director, UVA NSF I-Corps Program in UVa’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS).  Her focus is developing and expanding the SEAS Technology Entrepreneurship Program beyond the classroom and across the school.  Her responsibilities include, but not limited to developing student facing entrepreneurship programing, mentoring students as they shape their ideas into products and businesses; coordinate internal and external information and resources to facilitate the growth of a sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem and maintain communication and support for key stakeholders in the SEAS community.

Ms. Pyle is also the founder and President of Pyle & Associates, LLC, an Interim Executive Management firm providing customized management and business consulting services across diversified industries.  Her extensive experience in business development, strategic planning, marketing, operations, and leadership have left a lasting impact on overall business performance from start-up to turn-around situations.  Ms. Pyle is recognized for her unusual ability to quickly create clarity around key issues to ensure that strategic plans are developed, executed and monitored for success.  This clarity of vision is informed by her highly diverse career, starting as an exploration/development petroleum geologist, including a brief stint in education when she lived in Venezuela, and to the present day when her clients have ranged from a heavy equipment manufacturer to a discount brokerage and a biotech firm.  Ms. Pyle also currently serves the Board of Directors for the Oratorio Society of Virginia.

Ms. Pyle holds a MBA degree from Averett University, a MEd from the University of Houston, and a BA in Geology from Cedar Crest College.  She has served on various boards including the Board of Directors for the Charlottesville Venture Group where she chaired the Business Plan Review and Annual Business Forum Committees.  In addition, she has served on the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council and as a founding Director for the Business Growth Network.  She also served on the board of the Division of Professional Affairs Advisory Council for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. She is a Certified Petroleum Geologist (CPG#2892) through the American Association of Petroleum Geologists since 1985.

Research Interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Buiilding entrepreneurial communities of practice
  • Startups

In the News

Selected Publications

  • The Social Mechanism of Supporting Entrepreneurial Projects Beyond the Classroom Zorychta, Alexander J. and Elizabeth P. American Society for Engineering Education, Annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. (2017)
  • Technology Innovation Pyle, E., University of Virginia, Visiting Faculty Program. (2017).
  • The Innovator's DNA:" Systematic Development of Creative Intelligence in an Engineering Entrepreneurship Program Neeley, K. and Pyle, E. American Society for Engineering Education, Annual meeting in New Orleans, LA. (2016).
  • Works in Progress: The Social Mechanism of Supporting Entrepreneurial Projects Beyond the Classroom Pyle, E. and Zorychta, A. VentureWell OPEN Conference, Seattle, WA. (2016).
  • Integrating Engineering and Business at UVA. Carlson, W. and Pyle. E. University of Virginia, Visiting Faculty Program, Charlottesville, VA. (2015).

Courses Taught

  • STS 3580: Creativity for Invention Spring 2018
  • STS 6610: Technology Innovation Fall 2017
  • STS 5610: Knowledge Entrepreneurship Fall 2017

Featured Grants & Projects

  • National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) Sites - Type 1 Grant

    University of Virginia I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship: Award Number: 1644721, March 2017


    Building on the strength of UVA's existing entrepreneurial ecosystem, the UVA can now offer a proof of concept program that will accelerate the pace of moving funded research toward commercialization. The program introduces STEM scientists and engineers to real world, hands-on training that helps move ideas from the laboratory towards the marketplace. The program is offered in the spring and fall each year.

  • Pike Engineering Fellows Program, Spring 2017 - 2020.


    The Pike Family has committed funding dedicated for the creation of an innovative program and competition to promote entrepreneurship in the next generation of engineers. The program provides seed funding for prototypes and research along with mentoring from industry experts and venture capitalists. The year long program ends each year with an Annual Showcase during which each team presents to a nationally-renowned panel of judges with the top team winning a grand prize.