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About the Dean (abridged)

Dr. David B. Williams is Executive Dean of the Professional Colleges and Dean of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. As Engineering Dean, Williams oversees the education of more almost 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students and leads a research program that expends $150M annually and oversees the administration of 930 faculty, research scientists and staff.

Williams is involved in many university-industry economic development partnerships. He represents Ohio State in Washington DC on The Business Higher Education Forum and the Council on Competitiveness and he serves on the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Advisory Board and the boards of Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, Columbus 2020, Metro Early College STEM School, The Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council, and the Transportation Research Center.

Before coming to Ohio State, Williams served as the fifth president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that role, he was the VP for Research at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Williams holds B.A., M.A., Ph.D., and Sc.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge.  He is a Fellow of six national and international professional societies in the areas of electron microscopy and materials.