David B. Williams
Dr. David B. Williams is Executive Dean of the Professional Colleges and Dean of The College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. As dean, Williams oversees the education of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, leads a research program that expends $120M annually and oversees the administration of 950 combined faculty, research scientists and staff.
Williams is involved in many university-industry economic development partnerships. He serves on the boards of ASM International, the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Advisory Board, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, Columbus 2020, Metro High School, EWI, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council, and the Transportation Research Center.
Prior to 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 materials and microscopy.