Alexander N. Cartwright

Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright

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Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright is Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the State University of New York. As chief academic officer, he supports the Chancellor and Board of Trustees in carrying out their oversight responsibilities of the 64-campus system.

An internationally recognized researcher and scholar in the area of photonics, Dr. Cartwright most recently served as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Acting Executive Director of the NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. His technology for fabricating a rainbow-colored polymer using a one-step, low-cost holographic lithography method was one of five inventions worldwide named to the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s 2013 list of Innovations that Could Change the Way You Manufacture. Dr. Cartwright has produced more than 150 peer reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings and received funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Defense, and Office of Naval Research.

He holds six patents and his work has been licensed by three startup companies. He is a Fellow of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Eta Kappa Nu, and the Materials Research Society (MRS). Dr. Cartwright holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa.