AdviSci is a consulting firm specializing in the science of materials and nanotechnology and its application to a broad range of industries. Services include; technical consulting, project management, specialized studies, assembling interdisciplinary teams to execute specialized projects, etc.


AdviSci (for Advice Scientific) was established in 2004. At that time, the primary client was the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to direct the Virginia Nanotechnology Initiative. This consisted of leading an alliance of academic institutions, industry and government laboratories with nanotechnology interests in Virginia, preparing reports and providing technical support for Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, through CIT. Technical support was also provided as requested for policy, outreach and awareness to the Secretary of Technology, Congressional Delegation, Virginia Administration, General Assembly, Joint Commission on Technology and Science and the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission including review of proposed legislation. A competitive analysis of Virginia’s nanotechnology position was prepared and presented in several venues. The priorities of the nanotechnology community were promoted to state and federal officials and a targeted investment plan was developed. Within the community, an inventory of research assets was developed and many activities facilitated research and commercialization collaboration including an enhanced awareness through outreach presentations and networking with statewide tech council events. Although the Virginia Nanotechnology Initiative fell victim to budget cuts; informal meetings continue as the Commonwealth Nanoscience Community.

Recent small projects include serving as technical advisor to venture capital firms evaluating investment opportunities, assisting clients with proposal development, networking, and serving as advisor to new educational programs focused on nanotechnology.

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Lisa E. Friedersdorf, PhD - President

Lisa Friedersdorf is the Managing Director of the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR) and a Research Program Manager in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Virginia. She has been involved in nanotechnology research and development for more than fifteen years. She has been active in nanotechnology policy issues on the state and regional level as Director of CIT’s Virginia Nanotechnology Initiative and as a member of the steering committee of the Chesapeake Nanotechnology Initiative. Lisa was a member of the General Assemblies Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS) Citizen’s Nanotechnology Advisory Committees (2005, 2006, and 2007) and chaired the working group that developed the documents “Nanotechnology in Virginia” and “Nanotechnology in Energy, Electronics, and Medicine.”

In her role as Research Program Manager, Lisa is actively engaged with several state-wide research and development activities and organizations including the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium. Beyond her administrative activities, Lisa enjoys teaching and has taught engineering courses at the University of Virginia and Lehigh University as well as Advanced Placement science courses at a local private high school. Prior to her move to Virginia, Lisa was the Director of the Industrial Liaison Program and Associate Director of the Materials Research Center (now the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology) at Lehigh University where she developed and managed university-industry-government collaborative research programs.

Lisa earned her PhD and MSE in Materials Science and Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.