Bogdan Vernescu is currently Professor of mathematical sciences and the Vice Provost for Research.

His research is in applied mathematics for multiscale materials sciences, focusing on the characterization of material properties of composites, porous media, suspensions, emulsions and electrorheological/magnetorheological materials. He has published over 60 research papers, a monograph and a proceedings volume. He has held visiting positions at MIT, the University of Metz, University of Nancy, University of Savoie, University of Rouen, University of Rome La Sapienza, and at the Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy.

In 1997, he co-founded WPI’s Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics—which developed mathematics and statistics research projects for the corporate world—and served as its director until 2003. From 2003 to 2013, he was the head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences; under his leadership, the department’s external funding more than doubled, the number of postdoctoral scholars and PhD students more than tripled, the first chaired position was successfully filled, and several new degree programs were developed.

In 2007 he became the Founding President of the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA), and served two terms on its board of directors. Initially developed in the late ’90s by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs prepare ‘T-shaped’ professionals in response to real corporate needs. They combine rigorous study in science or mathematics with coursework in management, policy, or law, emphasize writing and communication skills and require a project or team experience, as well as an internship in a business or public sector enterprise. The NPSMA serves as the focal point for the collective interaction of the nation’s PSM programs.

Since 2014, as Vice Provost for Research, he has worked with faculty to develop and implement the research piece of WPI’s Elevate Impact strategic plan. The focus on strengthening the research development capability, on building a stronger research infrastructure, on developing new research partnerships with universities, government and industry resulted in a 60% increase in the research funding in four years.

4C907592-EEDD-4ED6-8B34-19A958A3936BIn 2018 he was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker on the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. He is currently a member of the Technology and Leadership and Strategy Initiative (TLSI) Chief Technology Officers Roundtable, at the Council on Competitiveness, on the Board of Directors of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) New England Chapter, and a Trustee of the Romanian American Foundation (RAF).

Vernescu earned his BS and MS in applied mathematics at the University of Bucharest, and his PhD in mathematics at the Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy.