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About the Dean (abridged)
Dr. David B. Williams is Executive Dean of the Professional Colleges, the Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean's Chair and the 22nd dean of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University, a leading research institution and one of the nation’s most distinguished land-grant universities. As Engineering Dean, Williams oversees the education of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and leads a research program that expends $150M annually and oversees the administration of 950 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 was 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 (co-) author and editor of 13 textbooks and conference proceedings, has (co-) authored 450 publications on the electron microscopy of materials and given 300 invited talks at universities, research labs and conferences in 30 countries. A current visiting professor at the University of Manchester School of Materials, he is a Fellow of eight national and international professional societies in the areas of electron microscopy, materials science, aviation and aerospace engineering.