Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Kansas and the Charles E. and Mary Jane Spahr Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was a Professor and the John P. Raynor, S.J., Distinguished Chair of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Marquette University (2012-2016). Dr. Williams directs the Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) Lab. He joined Marquette University in 2012 after serving as Department Chair in Computer and Information Sciences at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and as a Research Affiliate at Georgia Institute of Technology in the Human-Automation Systems Lab. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in AI from the University of Kansas in 1999, M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Marquette University in 1995, and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Kansas in 1988. Dr. Williams is the former Senior Engineering Diversity Manager at Apple Inc. under Steve Jobs. He authored the book, Out of the Box: Building Robots, Transforming Lives.
School of Engineering
Engineering Research and Graduate Programs
Responsible for graduate engineering programs and fostering the research mission of the KU School of Engineering.
Active Learning Initiative
Responsible for supporting adoption and implementation of active-learning and student-centered pedagogies throughout the undergraduate engineering curricula.
Space and Assessment
Responsible for overseeing usable space in the School of Engineering complex as well as monitoring construction progress.
Diversity and Women's Programs
Responsible for fostering the success of women and underrepresented minorities at both the undergraduate and graduate student level in the KU School of Engineering.
Edwards Campus Programs
Responsible for engineering programs located on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS.
Engineering Undergraduate Programs
Oversees the undergraduate student experience, including programs to recruit students, retain students and help them navigate the administrative requirements of university life.
Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program
The mission of the Madison A. and Lila Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program (the “SELF Program”) is to develop passionate engineering and computer science graduates who are strongly goal-oriented and who bring the business skills and vision needed to guide the technology-based corporations of tomorrow.
Engineering Career Center
Provides students with high quality information, resources, and opportunities so they may confidently pursue their desired career goals, and assists them in their efforts to successfully connect with employers or graduate/professional school programs.
Engineering Technology Service Center
Provides computer and information technology support for the educational mission of School of Engineering.
Engineering Departmental Development and Application Services
Provides web development and support for the School of Engineering and its departments.
Engineering Communications & Public Relations
Responsible for communications with media, prospective and current students, and alumni, as well as social media channels that promote the school's interaction with its students, alumni and friends.
Engineering Budget Office
Responsible for the financial affairs of the KU School of Engineering.
Engineering Endowment Development
Supports the mission of the KU School of Engineering by encouraging endowed gifts, planned gifts, corporate gifts and annual contributions.
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