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Andrew Williams, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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.


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.”

The Office of Diversity & Women’s Programs
KU School of Engineering
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Eaton Hall, Room 1, Suite 1C

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