Dr. Tulinda Larsen was recently named the executive director of the Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI).

UAMMI is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring together public, private, community, industry and education partners to assure growth and sustainability of Utah’s advanced materials and manufacturing industry. In her new role, Larsen will oversee all aspects of this mission. 

“Tulinda is an excellent choice to lead UAMMI to the next stage,” said outgoing executive director, Jeff Edwards. “She brings extensive experience in managing industry organizations, including nonprofits, and a deep understanding of the aerospace industry.”

Dr. Larsen brings extensive experience in the emerging urban air mobility industry. Among many positions she held in the industry, her most recent was the executive director of Deseret Unmanned Aerial Systems, where she helped secure state funding for Utah’s growing urban air mobility industry.

Other experience she brings to UAMMI includes 40+ years in commercial aviation, experience with outdoor recreation industries and an understanding of emerging trends and economic drivers in recreational sports, and government and industry data commercialization.

“As the new executive director, I am honored to take on the challenges and opportunities facing UAMMI and to carry on the momentum started by Mr. Edwards,” said Larsen. “As the advanced materials industry prepares for expected growth, the goal of UAMMI is to capture these market growth opportunities for Utah.”

Dr. Larsen is an adjunct assistant professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and holds a doctorate of management from the University of Maryland Global Campus as well as a B.A. and M.A. in economics from George Washington University.

Dr. Tulinda Larsen, Utah Advanced Material & Manufacturing Initiative’s new executive director.