ORG Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Title Director BIO Merrilea J. Mayo is the Director of Future of Learning Initiatives at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Her portfolio of activities includes video-game-based learning, educational virtual worlds, and cell-phone delivered learning. Previously, from 2001-2006, Dr. Mayo was Director of the Government-University-Industry Roundtable (GUIRR) of the National Academies. GUIRR focused on trisector issues such the science and engineering workforce, intellectual property rights, the impacts of globalization on national competitiveness, deemed exports regulations, and national-laboratory university collaborations. Dr. Mayo''s earlier career included two years at Sandia National Laboratories, eleven years on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University, and a founding role in both ASTRA (an advocacy organization for the physical sciences) and the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (an organization devoted to improving the ability of companies and universities to conduct joint research). Dr. Mayo is a materials scientist and engineer by training, having received her Ph.D. in that field from Stanford University in 1988, publishing approximately 80 technical articles, and serving as the Materials Research Society''s President in 2003.