Dr. Grace Wang was appointed Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development for the State University of New York (SUNY) in 2017. She plays a lead role in designing, directing, and expanding SUNY’s research, graduate education, industry relations, and economic development activities. She supports the SUNY Chancellor and Provost in advancing SUNY’s overall strategy and mission, and serves as liaison to the SUNY Board of Trustees in areas of research and economic development. She is committed to supporting SUNY research faculty and coordinates the SUNY Vice Presidents for Research Council. She works with the Research Foundation for SUNY to provide the research vision the organization will work to operationally support.
Prior to this, Dr. Wang was named Deputy Assistant Director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation in 2014. Prior to that, she was the Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) at NSF in 2012. Dr. Wang joined NSF in 2009 as Program Director for the SBIR/STTR Program. She also served as the Cluster Leader for the Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (NM) Cluster in SBIR/STTR Program. Before joining NSF, Dr. Wang was a Senior Development Scientist at Hitachi, where she led a team to successfully develop and launch a few generations of products into the market. While in Hitachi, she also led task forces in the U.S. and overseas to identify and execute effective and viable solutions to major technical crises, and helped mitigate impact on revenue generation. She started her career as an Advisory Development Scientist at IBM. She is the recipient of many leadership and technical achievement awards. Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.