James Wang, MS

James Wang, MS, is the General Director of Strategy and R&D Planning Office for Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan.

James’ background is a mechanical engineer and he joined ITRI in 1982. In 1992, he became the Deputy General Director of Mechanical & System Research Laboratories (MSL) in charge of advanced technology and product R&D for motored vehicles. During his time in MSL, he had led many RD projects to design and develop powertrain systems for internal combustion engine, hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles. In 2015 he was transferred to the ITRI headquarters’ Strategy and R&D Planning Office to supervise overall ITRI R&D programs.

James’ current responsibilities include ITRI strategic planning, management of Advanced Technology Research and Infrastructural Capability Boosting programs. He also serves as the main correspondent to government R&D funding agents. He oversees the ITRI’s six R&D technology domains with an annual R&D budget size of $370 million, and his recent key effort has been to enhance the cross-disciplinary collaboration and co-innovation among RTO, academia and industry.

James received a Master’s degree in Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He also serves as the President of SAE International-Taipei Section, Research Institute Program Chairman of Energy Conservation Focus Center in National Energy Program-Phase II, Director of Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium. He is actively engaged with the academia, industry and government sectors to share his R&D management experiences and advice.

James has received various awards in ITRI and Ministry of Economy Affairs for outstanding technology research and development achievements. He was honored as the Outstanding Engineer by the Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2011, the Technology Development Contribution Award from Ministry of Economy Affairs in 2012, and the National Management Excellence Award of R&D in 2015.