Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright was appointed Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor by the SUNY Trustees as of September 15, 2014 and named Interim President of the Research Foundation for SUNY on January 23, 2014. He is the chief academic officer of the SUNY system, supporting the Chancellor and Board of Trustees in carrying out their oversight responsibilities of the 64-campus system. As Provost, he oversees all academic programs, policy and assessment; enrollment management and student success; global affairs; and SUNY's comprehensive research enterprise. He also oversees the Research Foundation's management of over $1 billion dollars in annual sponsored research activity. He is a passionate advocate for linking faculty scholarship to opportunities for student-faculty research and partnerships.
An internationally recognized researcher and scholar in the area of optical sensors, Dr. Cartwright most recently served as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (SUNY Buffalo) and the Acting Executive Director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. In these roles, he was responsible for campus/industry relations, research funding and compliance, research communications and research support for SUNY Buffalo and the Center.
Dr. Cartwright previously served as the Chair of both the Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments at SUNY Buffalo. Before beginning these concurrent chairmanships, Dr. Cartwright led the institution's efforts to synergize research across disciplines as the Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives. In this position he oversaw infrastructure and scholarship in eight areas of strategic strength that spanned departments from Visual Studies to Medicine. He has served as a professor in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and an adjunct full professor in Physics at SUNY Buffalo. His excellence in teaching earned him the SUNY Chancellor's award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. Dr. Cartwright retains his rank as full professor.
He began his academic career at SUNY Buffalo in 1995. In the first years of his professorship, Dr. Cartwright received both the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.
Dr. Cartwright's research is generally in the area of optical materials and sensors. Currently, he is engaged in engineering optical "metamaterials," artificial materials that provide optical properties not readily available in nature. His technology for fabricating a rainbow-colored polymer using a one-step, low-cost holographic lithography method was one of just five inventions worldwide to be named to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)'s 2013 list of Innovations that Could Change the Way You Manufacture.
Dr. Cartwright is a prolific and highly influential scholar, producing more than 150 peer reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings. He has received considerable funding from numerous organizations including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Defense, and the Office of Naval Research, and various industrial sponsors. Dr. Cartwright holds six patents and his work has been licensed by three startup companies.
In February 2016, Dr. Cartwright was named to the Carnegie Math Pathways Advisory Board by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In September of 2015, Dr. Cartwright was appointed by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo to the Photonics Institute Board of Officers. In December of 2014, Dr. Cartwright earned appointment as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. 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). He has also served as reviewer for the AAAS, for federal funding agencies, and as a technical reviewer for well over a dozen scholarly journals. Dr. Cartwright holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa.