2022 Thayer Investiture

S. David Wu


President, Baruch College of the City University of New York, New York, NY

Board Member: Elected 2009

MS Pennsylvania State University
PhD Pennsylvania State University

S. David Wu, PhD, was appointed Baruch College’s eighth president on February 3, 2020, becoming the first Asian American to lead a CUNY college. From 2014 until his appointment at Baruch, Dr. Wu served as provost and executive vice president of George Mason University. Under his leadership, Virginia’s largest public research university emerged as a top-tier national research institution-the youngest university to earn Carnegie research-one (R1) designation. Prior to Mason, Dr. Wu was dean and Iacocca Professor of the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University where he had been a member of the faculty since 1987. He has served on numerous boards including Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, the National Science Foundation, the Science Foundation of Ireland, the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, and the Science & Engineering Research Council of Singapore. Dr. Wu is an accomplished scholar in systems engineering and operations research and has published extensively in areas such as game theory, optimization, and econometrics.

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 PhD in 1987 and a MS 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.