David R. Wright, PhD, PMP

Director for Project Management
Adjunct Assistant Professor


I live to be challenged, whether it involves finding a solution to a difficult problem, creating something new, or finding ways to improve an existing product or process. Challenges are occasions to learn and grow, to expand my horizons in new directions. Challenges also offer the opportunity to connect with new people, exchange ideas, and build new perspectives.

My position and my profession encompases many roles: scientist, engineer, project manager, and computing professional. My work in these roles affects people's lives in many ways, now and into the future. I strive to perform my duties with the highes level of professiobnalism, comptence, and respect for my colleagues, students, clients, and myself.

As part of my responsibilities, I have served as
Associate Director, Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA), NC State Site
Project Manager, Rare Disease InfoHub funded through the UNC Research Opportunities Initiative
Program Manager, Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA), a National Science Foundation supported Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.
Program Coordinator, NC State Science of Security Lablet, a National Security Agency supported, multi-university research collaborative.

A few quotes that I find particularly inspirational:

  • "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" ― Albert Einstein
  • "I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here." ― Arthur C. Clarke
  • "Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in." ― Isaac Asimov
  • "Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry." ― Richard P. Feynman
  • "The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be." ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time