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February 1, 2021

Dr. Victor R. McCrary, Vice Chair, National Science Board

Dr. Victor R. McCrary is Vice Chair of the National Science Board at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

McCrary currently serves as vice president for research and professor of chemistry at the University of the District of Columbia. Previously, he was vice chancellor for research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the first vice president for research and economic development and professor of chemistry at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to that, he was the Business Area Executive for Science & Technology and principal professional staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he directed internal research and development funding to develop new core competencies and innovations in the areas of national security and space technologies for civilian and military applications.

McCrary started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories-Murray Hill as a postdoc and then as a member of the technical staff before being tapped to be a program manager with the Advanced Technology Program and becoming the first chief of the Convergent Information Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. At NIST, he led the first efforts to develop industry standards for electronic books, where he was a co-recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal for his efforts. He is a former national president of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and a fellow of the American Chemical Society.

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