Starting Jan. 1, 2012, Ben Wang will assume the role of Georgia Tech's chief manufacturing officer. He will be introduced to the Tech community on Oct. 6 at a 20th-anniversary event for the Manufacturing Research Center.
“Dr. Wang is an internationally renowned scholar and leader who will oversee Georgia Tech’s interdisciplinary manufacturing programs and their impact on economic development,” said Steve Cross, executive vice president for research. “Through his leadership, we will see a renaissance in manufacturing in this state.”
Wang will follow in the footsteps of Steven Danyluk, who served as the center’s director from 1994 to 2010. In addition to his work at MaRC, Wang will also hold an appointment as a professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
“Over the last 30 years, I have worked in various positions related to manufacturing — from operations and planning to strategy and policy,” Wang said. “The approach we will take to reaching the center’s goal of becoming the world’s manufacturing thought leader and trendsetter is to create an innovation ecosystem. We will add substantial commercial, economic and societal values to Tech professors’ inventions to license the technology to a company, create a joint venture or form a new spin-off company.”
Currently, Wang is director of the High-Performance Materials Institute at Florida State University. He also serves as an assistant vice president for research in engineering and holds the following three distinguished professorships: the Simon Ostrach Professor of Engineering, the FSU Distinguished Research Professor and the U.S. Department of Energy Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence.
Wang earned his bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Tunghai University in Taiwan and his master’s in industrial engineering and PhD from Pennsylvania State University.