Dr. Mariesa Crow, the Fred W. Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been appointed to serve as Missouri S&T’s vice provost for research.

Dr. Mariesa Crow, the Fred W. Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been appointed to serve as Missouri S&T’s vice provost for research.
Crow’s appointment was effective March 7 and will be effective for two years with a national search to be initiated in 2018, says Dr. Robert J. Marley, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.
He adds that she will remain in office until the conclusion of that search.
“Dr. Crow is a proven and effective academic leader and researcher,” Marley says. “She is highly regarded for her research in power systems and distributed energy systems, and as a former dean and center director, she brings a wealth of experience to the vice provost position. I’m very pleased that she has agreed to serve in this new role for Missouri S&T.”
“I look forward to working with our talented research faculty in this capacity to help build upon a very strong foundation of outstanding and innovative research,” Crow says. “Missouri S&T is well known for having strengths in areas that address issues of national and international importance, from energy and the environment to our infrastructure, cybersecurity, manufacturing, materials science and engineering needs. With the recent creation of four signature areas, we are poised to expand upon this base of excellence and contribute even more to society through relevant, innovative research.”
Crow succeeds Dr. K. Krishnamurthy, who served as vice provost for research from 2007 through January 2016.
A member of the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) faculty since 1991, Crow was named the Fred W. Finley Professor in 2006. She served as dean of the campus’s former School of Materials, Energy and Earth Resources from 2003 to 2007 and as founding director of S&T’s Energy Research and Development Center from 2007 through 2012.
She also served as associate dean for research and graduate affairs in the former School of Engineering from 2001 through 2003.
Among her recent research activities, Crow is leading the Mid-America Regional Microgrid Education and Training Consortium, which is part of a U.S. Department of Energy effort to support power systems research and develop coursework for the renewable energy workforce.
Missouri S&T received a $4.3 million grant in 2013 to develop the consortium over five years as part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.
Crow also leads Missouri S&T’s contributions to a nationwide effort to develop an “Internet for energy” to transform the way energy is delivered nationwide. The project is known as the FREEDM (Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management) Systems Center, based at North Carolina State University. S&T is one of seven universities in the consortium.
In 2014, Crow received the University of Missouri System’s President’s Award for Leadership in recognition of her leadership and service to Missouri S&T.
Crow holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.