Dr. S. David Wu became Provost and Executive Vice President of George Mason University on July 1, 2014. As chief academic officer of the university, Dr. Wu is responsible for all aspects of academic administration of the university. He also serves as Professor in the Volgenau School of Engineering.
For almost a decade, Dr. Wu served as Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University, where he also held the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair. While serving as dean, he worked closely on the development and implementation of both college and university strategic plans, as well as developing fundraising and financial planning activities for his college. He spearheaded a focused effort on multidisciplinary academic innovation, which redefines engineering education as a critical component of liberal education for the 21st century. He believes that analytical thinking skills prepare leaders and innovators not only for engineering but a wide variety of opportunities in business, law, medicine, public policy, and design. The college strategic plan sets out to reinvent and reinvigorate long-standing academic strengths to create strategic focus in Health and Healthcare, Energy and Infrastructure, and Computing and Data Analytics. These efforts have led to a period of unprecedented expansion and renewal for the Rossin college, have renewed over 40% of the tenure track faculty, created over a dozen interdisciplinary programs, and substantial new or renovated academic space.
Dr. Wu is an accomplished scholar in systems engineering and operations research. He specializes in optimization, game theory, and distributed decision-making. He has received significant support for his research from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense (DOD), and others. His scholarly work has been widely recognized and cited. A fellow of the Institute for Industrial Engineers, Dr. Wu has published more than 100 scholarly papers and served as editor or editorial board member on more than a handful of the journals in his field.
He has served with various national and international organizations such as the NSF, the Science Foundation of Ireland, the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, and the Science & Engineering Research Council of Singapore. He currently serves on the board of overseers for Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering, and the advisory boards for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and National Taiwan University.
Dr. Wu also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 1987.