Grant McGimpsey, Ph.D.
In 2011 Grant McGimpsey was appointed vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs at Kent State University. As vice president, his mission is to increase funded research, identify new areas for investment and drive the university’s role in technology-based regional economic development.
He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1985. Following four years as a research scientist at NRC in Ottawa, Canada, he was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts. In 2005, he became director of the WPI Bioengineering Institute, focused on bioengineering research and technology commercialization. During his six-year tenure as director, the institute received $17M in research funding, developed an extensive IP portfolio and spun out three medical device companies. From 2007-2010, McGimpsey also served as WPI associate provost for Research and Graduate Studies.
In his academic career he has received more than $12M in extramural funding, published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and received nine U.S. patents.