Vice President, Research and Economic Development & Professor of Chemistry
Morgan State University
Dr. Willie E. May currently serves as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University where he will be working to aggressively increase the quality and quantity research outputs, facilitate increased tech transfer, and better connect research across Maryland’s preeminent urban research university to community needs.
Immediately prior to Morgan, Dr. May served as Director of Major Research and Training Initiatives for the College of Computer, Mathematical and the Natural Sciences, University of Maryland College Park where he developed new relationships and expanded existing partnerships with corporations, foundations and government agencies and assisted the college in obtaining additional support for graduate student education, training and mentoring.
Dr. May previously served as Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, a position created in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. As U/S and NIST Director, Dr. May provided high-level oversight and direction for NIST, the agency that promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology. Dr. May began as a bench Chemist and went on to work at every management level within the organization. His personal research activities were focused in the areas of trace organic analytical chemistry and physico-chemical properties of organic compounds, where his work is described in more than 90 peer-reviewed technical publications. He has given more than 250 invited lectures at Conferences and Symposia around the world.
Dr. May, until very recently, maintained several senior leadership responsibilities in addition to those at MSU. Until March 2019, he was  Vice President of the 18-person International Committee on Weights and Measures (CIPM);  President of the CIPM’s Consultative Committee on Metrology in Chemistry and Biology; and  Executive Board Member for the Joint Committee on Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM), and Vice-Chair of the U.S. National Commission on Forensic Sciences He still serves on the Board of Directors for Consumer Reports, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program, and the Science and Technology Advisory Board’s for the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and China’s National Institute of Metrology.
Dr. May earned his B.S in Chemistry from Knoxville College and his Ph. D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. His numerous honors and awards include: Honorary Doctorate’s from Wake Forrest University and the University of Alabama Huntsville; the American Chemical Society’s Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry Award; the American Chemical Society’s Public Service Award; the Department of Commerce’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Awards; the National Institute of Standards and Technology Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Award; and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers’ Percy Julian Award; in 2015, recognized as the Federal Government’s “Top Chemist” by Chemical and Engineering News Magazine and in 2016 recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium as “Laboratory Director of the Year”.