Lora G. Weiss

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  • Senior Vice President for Research
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Lora G. Weiss, Ph.D., was appointed Senior Vice President for Research on September 16, 2019. In this role, Weiss provides strategic, technical, and administrative leadership to advance Penn State’s research enterprise with annual expenditures consistently exceeding $800 million, including an all-time high of $927 million in 2017-2018. 

Weiss comes to this position with over 30 years of extensive experience in higher education as a scientist and educator.  Upon earning her Ph.D. in Acoustics from Penn State, she joined the Applied Research Lab (ARL) where she rose through the organization to become head of the Autonomous Controls and Intelligent Systems Division. While at ARL, she co-led a $9.6 million NASA effort to develop AI machines for space missions. At the same time, Weiss was an Associate Professor of Acoustics in the College of Engineering. 

After contributing expansively to research at Penn State for 16 years, Weiss joined Georgia Institute of Technology as a faculty leader and progressed to Chief Technology Officer and Deputy director for Research for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).  In 2018 she became the interim director for GTRI, where she set a new record of $640 million in annual research for GTRI. 

Dr. Lora Weiss received her bachelor’s in mathematics from Boston University, followed by a master’s in mathematics from University of California. She then earned her Ph.D. in Acoustics from Penn State.