Our founder and visionary

Dr. Patricia Reily


Our founder of VTEC and visionary.

A former senior naval officer, Patricia's Navy career encompassed a wide array of jobs in command, operations, installations management, human resources, recruiting, program management, education and training. It was her vision and tireless advocacy that brought VTEC to life. 

Previously, Patricia was the director of the Troops to Engineers Program at SDSU and project director of SDSU’s partnership with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to engage student veterans in Energy System Evaluation Program (ESTEP) projects. She was also an Adjunct Professor in the Colleges of Business and Engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of San Diego (USD), and was the Director of Veterans Services at California State University San Marcos. She retired in the summer of 2019.