S. David Wu

S. David Wu Provost and Executive Vice President, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Board Member: Elected 2009

M.S. Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

As the university’s chief academic officer, Wu overseers all aspects of education, research, and public engagement of George Mason.

Wu joined George Mason in the summer of 2014 after a 27-year career at Lehigh University, including a decade as dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. During his tenure at Lehigh, Wu successfully started several multidisciplinary programs, forged strategic partnerships, supported groundbreaking research, and encouraged students to seek global experience as part of their studies. He also held the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair at Lehigh.

Dr. Wu is a well-known scholar in operations research, specializing in mathematical optimization, game theory, and statistical forecasting analysis. He has received significant support for his research from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD), and Sandia National Laboratories, serving as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on over $7.5 million of competitively awarded research grants. His work in “demand leading indicators” has been tested and implemented at firms such as Intel, Infineon, Lucent, HP, and IBM. A Fellow of IIE, Dr. Wu has published more than 100 scholarly papers and served as an editor or editorial board member on numerous journals in his field. Dr. Wu serves on various national and international panels 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 also serves on the engineering advisory board for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Wu earned a Ph.D. in 1987 and a M.S. degree in 1985, both in industrial engineering, from Pennsylvania State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tunghai University in Taiwan in 1981.