Dr. Victor R. McCrary

Dr. Victor R. McCrary
Vice President
Office Location: 
Engineering 100

Dr. Victor R. McCrary is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD. In his position, Dr. McCrary is "the agent of change" for developing a comprehensive research strategy for the University which includes: fostering cross disciplinary research, expanding the current base of research programs via external partnerships, increasing the University's intellectual property portfolio, and positioning Morgan State University as a catalyst for economic growth and vitality for Baltimore and the State of Maryland. He successfully implemented a $500K STEM student internship program between Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. He initiated efforts which led to a Morgan team of faculty capturing $23.3M grant from the National Institutes of Health. Before joining Morgan State University, Dr. McCrary held the position as the Business Area Executive for Science & Technology at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), where he developed the overall technology investment strategies and funded over $60M in cutting edge research projects including detection technologies, autonomous systems, cognitive engineering, advance materials and nanostructures, and biologically-related technologies. He also initiated APL's partnership with the national ORISE Program to provide technically diverse talent to APL. Prior to APL, Dr. McCrary was a Division Chief at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) where he originated and oversaw research into convergent information systems emphasizing standards and interoperability protocols for the exchange, storage, and manifestation of digital content. Dr. McCrary organized the world's first conference on electronic books in 1998. His research group developed a prototype of the electronic book reader, and a low-cost Braille reader for electronic books which received a 2001 R&D 100 Award, and the standards development which opened the door for today's Kindle and iPad readers and the e-book industry. Most importantly, Dr. McCrary credits these string of innovations via his student program at NIST where his division employed and mentored over 40 students ranging from 14 years old to 22 years old; many have gone on to careers in science, engineering, and law.

Dr. McCrary received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from The Catholic University of America in 1978; his doctoral degree in 1985 from Howard University in physical chemistry. He was a post-doctoral staff member at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, from 1985-1987, and then became a permanent Member of Technical Staff from 1987-1995. He received an Executive Masters of Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in May 1995. Victor has authored or co-authored over 60 technical papers in refereed journals and co-edited two books. He was an adjunct lecturer on the subject of technical executive leadership in the Executive Masters of Technology Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania from 1995-2013. Dr. McCrary is blessed to have received a number of honors and awards during his career including: Most Promising Black Engineer in 1990; the co-recipient of the Gold Medal from the Department of Commerce, for his facilitating standards for the e-book industry, and the development of a Braille reader for e-books in 2000; the 2002 Percy Julian Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCCHE), the organization's highest honor, for lifetime achievement in research in science and engineering; the Emerald Honors Conference Award in 2004 for Research Science, for Career Achievement in Academia; in 2005, he was featured in Science Spectrum Magazine as one of the Top 50 Minorities in Science; Dr. McCrary was elected to the 2007 DVD Hall of Fame by the DVD Association. In 2005, Dr. McCrary was selected to the rank of Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Dr. McCrary served as National President of NOBCChE from 2007-2013. The organization is dedicated towards developing and promoting students and professionals in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. During his presidency, he forged a partnership between NOBCChE and the American Chemical Society, and established the Technology Education Partnership program with the chemistry departments of several major universities; e.g. University of Maryland, University of Oregon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Auburn University to name a few. In 2011, he was honored as Scientist of the Year by the BEYA-STEM Conference in Washington, D.C. In 2012, he led the effort to establish the Coalition of Hispanic, African, and Native Americans for the Next Generation of Engineers and Scientists (CHANGES). In 2014, Dr. McCrary was selected to become a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. He is a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. His view on life is simple, "concentrate more on doing the right things than on doing things right!" He enjoys his time with his wife Mercedes, and their two children, Francesca and Maximilian. He maintains a 170 bowling average, and is a member of the APL Tuesday Night Bowling League.