Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D., is a Professor and the John P. Raynor, S.J., Distinguished Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) Lab at Marquette University. He received his Ph.D. and B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas and his M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Marquette University. His GEM Engineering Ph.D. Fellowship was sponsored by GE.
He is also Chief Creative Officer of AppRobo LLC, a motivational speaking and technology consulting firm, which promotes inclusive and diverse talent strategies for innovation in the computing and robotics industry. Andrew’s TEDx talk, “Belonging in Technology: What I learned from Steve Jobs”, describes creativity and inclusion’s role in innovation and why Steve Jobs hired him to become Apple’s first Senior Engineering Diversity Manager. Dr. Williams was named one the 50 Most Important African Americans in Information Technology and one of Milwaukee’s Most Creative by Milwaukee Magazine. He is also included in the The History Makers archive in the Library of Congress for his founding and directing the award winning Spelman College SpelBots, international robotics team.
Over the course of his academic career he has helped to obtain and lead over $8M in research and educational funding from NIH, NSF, NASA and industry funding from Apple, Google, Coca Cola, Intel, Boeing and GE. In addition to his position at Apple, Dr. Williams has held engineering positions at GE Healthcare and Allied Signal Aerospace Company (now Honeywell) and visiting positions at Boeing as a Welliver Fellow, GE Corporate Research & Development, and Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. In September 2015, Andrew was invited by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to participate in the Global Grand Challenges in Engineering conference in Beijing, China held in conjunction with the NAE, Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.