Carnegie Mellon University
About the Interim Vice Provost

About the Vice President

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J. Michael McQuade, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Carnegie Mellon University


 J. Michael McQuade is Carnegie Mellon University's vice president for research, providing leadership for the university's research enterprise and advocating for the role that science, technology and innovation play nationally and globally.

From 2006 to 2018 he served as senior vice president for Science & Technology at United Technologies Corporation (UTC). At UTC, McQuade's responsibilities included providing strategic oversight and guidance for research, engineering and development activities throughout the business units of the corporation and at the United Technologies Research Center, focused on a broad range of high-technology products and services for the global aerospace and building systems industries.

McQuade held senior positions with technology development and business oversight at 3M, Imation and Eastman Kodak. He served as vice president of 3M’s Medical Division and president of Eastman Kodak’s Health Imaging Business. His early career at 3M was focused on research and development of high-end acquisition, processing and display systems for health care, industrial imaging and remote sensing. He has broad experience managing basic technology development and the conversion of early-stage research into business growth. 

McQuade holds Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in experimental high-energy physics for research performed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on charm quark production.

McQuade served as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and is a member of the Defense Innovation Board.