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Dr. Rosemarie Wesson


The City University of New York (CUNY)

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research      

Rosemarie (Rose) Wesson serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor and University Vice Provost for Research at the City University of New York (CUNY), where her primary focus is advancing the university’s research mission. Collaborating closely with the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost and Chancellor, she leads strategic initiatives to foster and support research activities throughout CUNY.

Dr. Wesson’s CUNY journey began as the Associate Dean for Research at the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY), where she achieved a remarkable 30% increase in research expenditures in less than five years. In 2020, she assumed the role of Associate Provost for Research at CCNY, becoming the chief research officer and advocate for all research, scholarly, and creative endeavors. Her efforts centered on enhancing scholarly research across academic disciplines and establishing new institutional research programs through strategic partnerships within CCNY and CUNY’s 24 colleges and institutions.

With over 13 years of experience at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Wesson excelled as both a Director and Program Director, securing over $100 million in funding. Her adept management of complex program demands earned her prestigious accolades, including the NSF Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration and the NSF Director’s Award for Superior Accomplishment.

Prior to her tenure at NSF, Dr. Wesson held influential leadership positions at Louisiana State University (LSU), Dow Chemical Company, and Battelle Memorial Institute. She has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE), recognizing her outstanding contributions to advancing science and its applications in the field of chemical engineering. Dr. Wesson served a three-year term on the Board of Directors for AIChE and recently held the position of AIChE Treasurer.

With a solid technical foundation, Dr. Wesson holds an S.B. in Chemical Engineering from MIT and M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is also a licensed professional engineer.