H. Felix Wu holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. He has more than 17 years of program management and leadership experience working for the Federal government and 14 years of R&D experience in industry with broad-based expertise in advanced materials, fibers, polymers, composites, manufacturing, nano-materials/structures, sensor and sensor networks, NDE/structural health monitoring, civil infrastructure, and biomaterials/biomedical devices.
Wu joined the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as a Supervisory Program Manager in January 2016. He oversees the materials technology R&D program within the VTO with two subprograms in lightweight materials and propulsion materials targeting the EERE’s mission to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Wu and his team work with external partners and stakeholders including industry, national labs, and universities in areas of advanced materials and advanced manufacturing.
Wu was the Senior Director of Research Development in the Office of Research and Economic Development at the University of North Texas (UNT) from 2012-2014. In this capacity, Wu interfaced with senior leaders across 12 colleges and schools working with faculty on their research development and program initiatives. He mentored faculty and provided support in building transdisciplinary teams for research collaboration, as well as in expanding research activities within and outside of the University.
Wu was a Senior Program Manager in the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) and the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1997-2012. He managed more than 60 ATP-funded high-risk, high-payoff R&D projects working with various industries including automotive, offshore exploration & production, civil infrastructure, nanotechnology, polymers, metals, ceramics, and biological sciences. The program supported innovative technologies with viable commercialization pathways for government-industry-university partnerships. He also oversaw 22 ATP-funded projects ($140 million) in the Manufacturing Composite Structures focused program working with industries in areas of automotive, offshore oil production, and civil infrastructure. Wu was a visionary leader of Critical National Need on Civil Infrastructure. He initiated the Civil Infrastructure program. As such, the theme then became the main focus of the inaugural investment for the NIST TIP in FY2008 & FY2009 Competitions under the title, “Advanced Sensing Technologies for the Infrastructure: Roads, Highways, Bridges, and Water Systems.” As a result, the NIST TIP committed $73 million and $77 million of university-industry cost shared funding, for a total investment of $150 million in Civil Infrastructure program.
Prior to starting his career with the Federal government, Wu was a Senior Project Manager at the Alcoa Technical Center where he was the leader in the R&D of a new family of fiber-metal laminates (ARALL and GLARE). He was also a Senior Project Leader at the Owens Corning Science & Technology Center where he led fundamental & applied research programs in long-term durability, materials interfaces, mechanical behaviors, micromechanics, surface science, fiber forming and polymer processing of reinforcements and their composites.
Wu was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1999-2009.
He has published over 200 papers in scientific journals, technical conferences, and technical reports. He was the recipient of the Hans-Juergen Schmidt Award of the 7th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (2009) in recognition of his outstanding leadership and efforts in advancing structural health monitoring technologies in industry and government. Wu is a Fellow of the SPIE (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers), a U.S. Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow (ComSci), and a Fellow of the Ohio Academy of Science.