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Prof. Ian Gray

Symposium Co-Chair

Ian Gray currently develops interdisciplinary research initiatives for Michigan State University in global food safety and security, food processing, and autism and intellectual disabilities. A native of Northern Ireland, Ian received his doctoral degree from Queen’s University in Belfast. He joined Michigan State University in 1978 in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. In his previous role as vice president for Research and Graduate Studies, Ian led the growth of Michigan State University’s research portfolio to a half-billion-dollar, internationally respected enterprise. His strategic vision in developing the university’s research excellence resulted in world-class infrastructure improvements and a series of faculty hires clustered around its strengths in complex materials, global water issues, neurodegenerative diseases, plant science, and reproductive health. He also spearheaded the formation of Michigan State University’s Innovation Center, leveraging the economic potential of commercializing research ideas, engaging companies in research projects, and developing sustainable university spin-outs.