Elizabeth R. “Betsy” Cantwell has been appointed as senior vice president for research and innovation for UA.
Cantwell will lead the UA Office of Research, Development and Innovation, which includes the Corporate Engagement Program, Tech Launch Arizona and the UA research parks.
She will be responsible for expanding the university’s capacity for knowledge creation and discovery; integrating efforts by faculty, students, staff and executive leaders to move inventions and technologies to the marketplace; increasing the UA’s connectivity with external collaborators; spearheading industry and public partnerships; and increasing total research funding.
She joins the UA after serving as the CEO of Arizona State University Research Enterprise.
Cantwell moved to higher education after working for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she was director for economic development and currently serves as a guest scientist.
Cantwell earned a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania after earning a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in mechanical engineering and a bachelor of arts in human behavior from the University of Chicago.