SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative has selected a new executive director.

The USTAR governing authority and Gov. Gary Herbert have named Ivy V. Estabrooke to lead the organization. She replaces former executive director Ted McAleer, who stepped down in January. Estabrooke’s appointment has been confirmed by the Utah Senate and she is expected to begin her transition into the position in June.

Estabrooke has been serving as the program officer for basic research in the Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare & Combating Terrorism Department at the Office of Naval Research. While there, she managed a research portfolio including innovative neuroscience programs and social and computational science programs.

Estabrooke also led the department’s efforts in support of STEM education, and managed a multimillion-dollar yearly investment in the Sciences Addressing Asymmetric Explosive Threats basic research efforts.

She is a cognitive neuroscientist by training with technical expertise in psycholinguistics, pharmacological interventions and statistical modeling. She earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Georgetown University.