S. David Wu

S. David Wu Dean and Iacocca Professor, P. C. Rossin College of Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Board Member: Elected 2009

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

S. David Wu is dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and holder of the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair at Lehigh University.

Dr. Wu is a well-known scholar in his field of 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. Professor Wu’s work in the high-tech industry has been widely recognized and cited, including Best Paper Awards, finalist for the 2009 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice, and in media coverage. His work in “demand leading indicators” has been tested and implemented at firms such as Intel, Infineon, Lucent, HP, and IBM. The intellectual property developed from his research, Leading Indicator Forecasting Engine (LIFE), is been actively marketed for licensing. 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.

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), integrated degree in engineering, arts, and science (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 lead 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, an Engineering-Business joint center at Lehigh.

A native of Taiwan, Wu holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.