Elizabeth P. Pyle

Associate Director for Technology Entrepreneurship

Elizabeth Pyle

Elizabeth P. Pyle serves as Associate Director for Technology Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS). Her focus is on developing and expanding the SEAS Technology Entrepreneurship Program beyond the classroom and across the university. 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 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 serves or has served on a number of Boards:

  • The Oratorio Society of Virginia, Board Member – 2015
  • Charlottesville Venture Group, Board Chair, 2004 – 2007
  • American Association for Petroleum Geologists, Division of Professional Affairs Advisory Council, 2003 – 2006


email: epp2f (at) virginia.edu
phone: 434-924-6118
office: A225 Thornton Hall

Areas of Interest

Entrepreneurship / Building effective networks / Collaborative Work Environments / Strategic Planning / Operational Management / Logistics / Marketing & Sales / Business Plan Development / Quality Management Systems / Virtual Reality


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


  • UVa, School of Continuing & Professional Studies, 2015
  • Virginia Business Incubation Association, 2012
  • College of William & Mary, Technology & Business Center, 2011 & 2012
  • Society for Research Administrators International, 2008
  • University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, 2005 – 2007
  • James Madison University, Entrepreneur Conference, 2006

Awards and Distinctions

  • Center for Information Technology, 2012 GAP 50 Award Finalist
  • 10th Annual Charlottesville Innovation Business Council Awards, People’s Choice Award 2008
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologist, Certified Petroleum Geologist #2892 since 1981

Recent Courses

Various presentations and workshops on entrepreneurship