Grace Wang, Ph.D.
In June 2018, SUNY Board of Trustees and SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson appointed Dr. Wang as SUNY Polytechnic Institute Interim President.
Appointed by SUNY Board of Trustees, Dr. Wang has served as Senior Vice Chancellor and previously as Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development since January 2017. In this role, Dr. Wang plays a lead role in designing, directing, and expanding the footprint of SUNY’s research, graduate education, industry relations, and economic development activities. She supports the SUNY Chancellor in advancing SUNY’s overall strategy and mission, and serves as a liaison to the SUNY Board of Trustees in the areas of research and economic development. She is committed to supporting SUNY research faculty and coordinates the SUNY Research Council, and Vice Presidents for Research Council. She works with the Research Foundation for SUNY, providing the research vision and strategic directions the organization will work to operationally support.
During Academic Year 2017/2018, Dr. Wang also served as Interim System Provost. In this role, Dr. Wang supported the Chancellor and Board of Trustees to drive academic programs and policies; support the university’s deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; lead strategic enrollment across SUNY campuses; guide the enrichment of the educational experience; enable pathways for student success and completion; and lead the identification and implementation of best practices at scale.
Prior to joining SUNY, Dr. Wang served as acting Assistant Director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In this role, she led the Engineering Directorate at NSF, managing a funding portfolio of over $900 million dedicated to investments in frontier engineering research, supporting engineering education, and fostering innovation and technology commercialization. She previously served as NSF's Deputy Assistant Director for Engineering, overseeing the operation of the Directorate for Engineering and helping to identify and implement research, innovation, and education priorities. Previously at NSF, Dr. Wang was the Division Director of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) division. She joined NSF in June 2009 as a Program Director for the SBIR/STTR Program, focusing on investing in small businesses in the areas of nanotechnology, advanced materials, and manufacturing.
Dr. Wang began her career at IBM/Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, focusing on research and development of magnetic thin film and carbon overcoat for data storage. She holds seven U.S. patents. Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.