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Seminar Series: Dr. Darryl Williams

Join us at Dr. Williams' lecture entitled 'Engineering to Advocacy: A Non-traditional Academic’s Journey'
Friday, April 5, 2019, 10:15 am to 11:15 am
Room E103
Scott Lab
Columbus, OH 43210

There is no “one way” to fully utilize all of the skills one gains by pursuing academics and careers in science and engineering. Dr. Darryl N. Williams is, indeed, a true example of this. Come and learn how his journey started off rather traditional and then pivoted to a non-traditional pathway, all with a clear focus on building capacity to make the practices of science and engineering accessible to all.


Darryl Williams, PhD, the Franklin Institute’s new Senior Vice President of Science and Education, oversees all aspects of the science and educational programming at the heart of the Institute’s efforts to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. Dr. Williams joined the Institute from Tufts University’s School of Engineering where he was Dean of Undergraduate Education, Director of The Center for STEM Diversity, and a leading force behind the transformation of the undergraduate curriculum, an effort that began during his three-years as Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement. Prior to Tufts, Dr. Williams spent four years with the National Science Foundation as a rotating program director and managed a range of federal programs and research focused on STEM teaching and learning, formal and informal learning environments, and workforce development. Since 2016, Dr. Williams has served as a member of the Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network advisory board, and in 2018 was appointed to serve on the STEM Engagement Committee of the NASA Advisor Council.  Dr. Williams earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Hampton University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.