Matthew Hull, PhD
Associate Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology (NanoEarth)
Virginia Tech
Matthew Hull is Associate Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with
Virginia Tech’s National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology
(NanoEarth). Previously, he managed the nanotechnology and engineered
health research portfolios within Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology
and Applied Science (ICTAS). He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental
Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2011 and an M.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech
in 2002. He received his B.S. In Environmental Science from Ferrum College in
2000. Hull is also President and Owner of NanoSafe, Inc., a provider of
nanotechnology human and environmental health and safety (EHS) services he
founded in 2007. For more than a decade, Hull has been an active part of the
emerging nanotechnology EHS landscape. In 2009, Hull co-edited the book
‘Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety: Risks, Regulation, and
Management’, (Elsevier, London) - 3rd Edition forthcoming in 2018. Hull was
previously appointed by the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy (OSTP) to serve on the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group
(nTAG) to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
(PCAST). Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Hull served as Senior Research
Scientist at Luna Innovations Incorporated, where his research focused on
developing technologies and strategies to protect human and environmental
health. Hull’s past research programs have explored applications and
implications of engineered nanomaterials in environmental systems for
commercial clients as well as federal agencies such as the US DOD (Air Force,
Army, Navy), EPA, NASA, NOAA, NSF and DEFRA (UK). His current research
extends beyond nanotechnology to focus on ensuring public/national security
and resilience amidst the rapid development and deployment of emerging and
converging technology platforms incorporating advanced manufacturing, artificial
intelligence, synthetic biology, and cyber security.