S. David Wu joined George Mason University as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs on July 1, 2014. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the full range of the university’s academic activities, including curricular, instructional, and research affairs.
Dr. Wu came to Fairfax, Virginia from Bethlehem, PA, where he served as Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and holder of the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair at Lehigh University. In his capacity as Dean at Lehigh, he oversaw 7 academic departments, over 40 degree programs, and 14 research centers and institutes.
Dr. Wu led the development and implementation of Lehigh Engineering’s strategic plan with broad involvement of the Lehigh community. The essence of the plan was to redefine engineering education as a critical component of liberal education for the 21st century.
Dr. Wu is an accomplished scholar in systems engineering and operations research, and he specializes in optimization, game theory, and distributed decision-making. He has received significant support for his research from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and other entities. His scholarly work has been widely recognized and cited; as a fellow of IIE, Dr. Wu has published more than 100 scholarly papers and served as editor or editorial board member on many journals in his field. 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 and the National Taiwan University.
Dr. Wu is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and HKUST. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1987.
Dr. Wu and his wife currently reside in Fairfax, Virginia; they have two grown children.