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David B. Williams

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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 nearly 1,200 faculty, research scientists and staff.

Williams is involved in many university-industry economic development partnerships. He serves on the boards of The Ohio Third Frontier, Columbus 2020, The Metro School and the Transportation Research Center.

Prior to coming to OSU, 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.