President Elect

President-elect Grace Wang

Grace Wang, PhD, Named 17th President of WPI

WPI president elect Grace Wang
A materials scientist and highly accomplished and collaborative leader in higher education, government, and industry, Grace Wang, PhD, has been selected as the 17th president of WPI. Elected by the WPI Board of Trustees after an extensive national search, she will join the community on April 3, 2023. Learn more about her.
I look forward to listening and learning from the great minds who make WPI what it is and whose voices will play an essential role in defining our way forward.
  • President-elect Grace Wang

Getting to Know the WPI Community

President-elect Wang has visited campus several times over the last few months to meet and engage in conversations with WPI students, faculty, staff, and community members before assuming her new role on April 3.

Grace Wang meets students

President-elect Wang attended the President's IQP Awards ceremony, an annual event that recognizes student teams whose Interactive Qualifying Project work (a required project that addresses an open-ended problem at the intersection of science, technology, and society) is determined to be outstanding.

Center for well being

Wang spoke with staff at the Center for Well-Being ribbon cutting in February.

Wang and VPR

Wang visited a Gateway Park lab with Vice Provost of Research Bogdan Vernescu and several WPI researchers.

What Others Are Saying

Grace is precisely the leader WPI needs to take project-based learning and purpose-driven research to the next level.
  • WPI Board of Trustees Chair Bill Fitzgerald '83
She brings stellar credentials, wide-ranging experiences, and a global perspective to WPI. I am confident in her ability to collaboratively set a future course for the institution.
  • WPI Trustee and Search Committee Chair David LaPré '74

An Introduction to the WPI Community


President-elect Wang was introduced to the WPI community during a welcome program and reception on November 9, 2022, including remarks by interim president Wole Soboyejo.

A Picture-Perfect Welcome

During her introduction to the WPI community, the president-elect took questions, met some faculty, staff, and students, and shared what she looks forward to in her new role as the 17th president of WPI.