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Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D.

Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU) and the Charles E. and Mary Jane Spahr Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He leads the Office of Diversity and Women’s Programs in the KU School of Engineering, which is known as IHAWKe (Indigenous, Hispanic, African-American, Women, KU Engineering.)

Prior to joining KU in 2017, 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.  Dr. Williams has industry experience at companies such as GE Healthcare and Apple, Inc.

He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in artificial intelligence (AI) from the University of Kansas, M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Marquette University, and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas. 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.  For more on his scholarly biography including his research activities and awards, click here.

Dr. Andrew Speaks at TEDx

Listen to Dr. Andrew’s TEDx talk as he describes his journey to overcome obstacles to help others reach their full potential including his personal encounter with Steve Jobs that lead to him being hired as Apple’s first Senior Engineering Diversity Manager, and what it means to “Innovate with people, not just with technology.”


Dr. Andrew’s Search for a Technology Startup

Follow Dr. Andrew B. Williams’ journey in search of a technology startup as he embarks on his journey to create a company to create low-cost humanoid robot kits and curriculum for STEM education through the NSF I-Corps for STEM Learning program. Read his “search for a technology startup” blog as well as his insights into engineering, technology, society, diversity, and education here.  Dr. Williams is the founder and Chief Creative Officer at AppRobo LLC.

Contact Dr. Andrew for Speaking Engagements

Contact Dr. Andrew B. Williams at andrewwilliamsphd @ gmail.com to speak at your company, higher learning institution, or K-12 school.

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