Former NIST Director Willie May to lead research division at Morgan State - Technical.ly Baltimore

Business

May 4, 2018 12:38 pm

Former NIST Director Willie May to lead research division at Morgan State

May, who led the national innovation agency for three years, will oversee commercialization efforts.

Inside Morgan State's CREAM lab.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Morgan State University appointed the former director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to oversee research.

Willie E. May will start as Vice President of Research and Economic Development on May 9. He will lead the department known as D-RED, which supports faculty research across departments and oversees IP and commercialization efforts.

May served as director of NIST, which promotes innovation and runs a network of labs and partnerships (we hear a lot about its cybersecurity framework around here), for three years after being appointed by President Barack Obama. He began at the 3,400-employee research institution in 1971, and worked his way up to the top post, overseeing a $1.2 billion budget. May most recently served as director of major research and training initiatives for the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, at the University of Maryland College Park.

“Dr. May is a welcomed addition to Morgan’s staff. With the establishment of a dedicated division for University research and the State’s designation of Morgan as its Preeminent Public Urban Research University, it was imperative that we tap one of the top scientific minds available to continue our momentum and lead us into the future,” said Morgan State President David Wilson. “He will play a huge role in our success in meeting the goals we have set for Morgan’s research and economic development work.”

Advertisement

According to the university, May will look to encourage collaboration between different departments and schools, as well as promoting research to corporations and increasing international opportunities.

Morgan has also been working to increase tech transfer activities, and recently announced its first licensing deal with spinout Cykloburn Technologies, a company working to convert poultry farm litter into clean energy. As far as industry collaboration, botanical research firm Vitreon also announced a move to Baltimore last year as a result of Morgan State’s work in the area. A new IoT lab is also drawing interest from the state’s intelligence community.

Organizations: Morgan State University
-30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

Here’s a look at what’s new for 2018 at UMD’s Technica, the world’s largest female hackathon

Power Moves: A look at recent hiring and leadership changes around Baltimore’s tech community

Morgan State University is leading a smart cities training program

SPONSORED

Baltimore

Win up to $360,000 for your startup at the WeWork Creator Awards

Baltimore, MD

SmartLogic

Content and Digital Marketing Manager

Apply Now
New York, NY

LiveLike

Tech Lead, Mobile

Apply Now
Canton

TrackOFF

Quality Assurance Engineer

Apply Now

UMD, Morgan State part of pilot for national high school engineering course

With state-backed program, Maryland looks to grow paid internships at tech companies

Inside Johns Hopkins’ new Remington innovation hub

SPONSORED

Baltimore

How Think|Stack and Year Up are cultivating local tech talent

Canton

TrackOFF

IOS/Swift Developer

Apply Now
Canton

TrackOFF

Web Developer

Apply Now
Baltimore

FX Well

Mobile Software Developer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!