Wanda Denson-Low graduated from Rensselaer in 1978 with a degree in chemistry, and continued her education at Brooklyn Law School, earning her Juris Doctor in 1981. She is admitted to practice law in California and Connecticut.
Working as a patent attorney at Union Carbide, Denson-Low became the nation's first minority woman chief patent counsel for a Fortune 500 company. She was appointed to the Boeing executive council in 2007 as a direct report to the CEO as a member of the legal team, was named senior vice president of the Office of Internal Governance in 2011, and joined the RPI Board of Trustees in 2016. Other accolades include receiving the Black Engineer of the Year Pioneer Award (2011) and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation Women's Leadership Award (2004).
Denson-Low has had over 30 years of experience in corporate law, data rights, intellectual property, and acquisitions, among others. She served on the boards of the Japanese American National Museum, the National YMCA, and the Windward School.