Professor of Practice
Dedric A. Carter is associate provost and associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, Dedric serves as the executive officer for innovation and entrepreneurship has oversight for the Office of Technology Management, the Center for Research Innovation, and the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in addition to responsibility for the campus interactions and programming with the Cortex innovation district. Dedric teaches courses in systems applications to technical, business, and policy issues.
Having started a venture-backed company, Dedric enjoys working with students, researchers, and entrepreneurs on ideation and new venture creation. Prior to joining WUSTL in 2013, he served as the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Director at the US National Science Foundation in addition to serving as the executive secretary to the US National Science Board executive committee in Arlington, VA. Dedric launched and oversaw the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program to impact the speed of basic research commercialization. He has been an Assistant Dean of Engineering at MIT and a principal consultant in IT strategy and management.
Dedric has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, he studied as a senior executive fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a board member of the Midwest Research Universities Network, the Academy of Applied Sciences, the MIT Federal Credit Union, and the Dana Farber CURE Program. Dedric is a former trustee of MIT and the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he served as vice-chair of the Academics Board. Dedric and his wife Ebony B. Carter, a physician and maternal fetal medicine fellow, live in St. Louis and have one newborn daughter, Zari. He is currently a Faculty Associate at Dardick House of Wayman Crow Residential College in the Washington University South 40.