S. David Wu is dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and holds the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair at Lehigh University.
Dr. Wu was appointed dean of the Engineering College in 2004. A well-known scholar in operations research, he specializes in optimization, game theory and statistical analysis. He has received significant support for his research from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense, and Sandia National Laboratories. His work in the high-tech industry has been widely recognized and cited, including Best Paper Awards, finalist status in the 2009 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice and extensive media coverage. His work has been tested and implemented at firms such as Intel, Infineon, Freescale, Lucent, HP and IBM. A fellow of IIE, Wu has published more than 100 scholarly papers and served as editor or editorial board member on many journals in his field. He also served on various national and international panels, such as NSF, the Science Foundation of Ireland and the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong. He currently serves on the board of overseers for Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering, and the advisory board for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Dean Wu has devoted significant effort toward the creation of multidisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He led the efforts to create Lehigh's undergraduate program in Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) and the Integrated degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences (IDEAS), and he played a key role in the creation of the university-wide Global Citizenship program. At the graduate level, he led the partnership between engineering, finance and mathematics that led to the development of the master's degree program in analytical finance. With a major NSF grant and partnership with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he created the IGERT Doctoral Fellows program in global manufacturing logistics. He was co-founder of the Center for Value Chain Research, a joint initiative of Lehigh's business and engineering colleges.
A native of Taiwan, Dean Wu holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.