Angela K. Wilson

Marianna Yanez Arteta

Angela K. Wilson, the division director for the National Science Foundation’s Division of Chemistry and the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, is a globally prominent scholar in the fields of theoretical and computational chemistry. Wilson received her BS in chemistry from Eastern Washington University and her PhD in chemical physics from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining MSU and NSF in 2016, she was the Regent’s Professor of Chemistry, director of the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling, and associate vice provost for faculty at the University of North Texas.

Wilson’s research focuses upon the development and understanding of computational methodologies, and studies in heavy element chemistry, catalysis, protein modeling, drug design/understanding of disease, metal organic frameworks, green chemistry, and many other areas. Wilson’s knowledge of theoretical and computational chemistry has been utilized to investigate a broad array of challenges including method development and studies of diatomic molecules, protein modeling, and studies of the mechanical properties of materials of importance in areas such as aircraft design.

Wilson’s many awards and honors include being named a fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a national associate of the National Academies, and the 2015 recipient of the Francis Garvan-John M. Olin Medal from the American Chemical Society, the nation’s top award in chemistry designated for women chemists. She also serves as an editor of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry.