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Alexander N. Cartwright Chancellor of the University of Missouri and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Alexander Cartwright is the chancellor of the University of Missouri with a joint-appointment as a professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Missouri College of Engineering. He came to MU from the State University of New York (SUNY) where he served as provost and executive vice chancellor from September 2014 to July 2017.

At SUNY Dr. Cartwright supported the chancellor and board of trustees in overseeing the 64-campus system. He drove academic policy and oversaw a broad portfolio, including access and inclusion; academic program planning and assessment; enrollment management; student success; global affairs; information technology; and, SUNY’s broad research enterprise. He refocused SUNY’s academic agenda around the overarching areas of student success and completion; diversity, equity and inclusion; and, through research growth in emerging areas, increasing SUNY’s impact on state and global challenges.

An internationally recognized researcher and scholar in the area of optical sensors, Dr. Cartwright previously served as the chair of both the electrical engineering and biomedical engineering departments at University at Buffalo. He engineered optical “metamaterials,” artificial materials that provide optical properties not readily available in nature.

Technical Focus

  • Optical Materials
  • Metamaterials
  • Sensors


  • PhD from University of Iowa