Jimmy Williams is a distinguished service professor in engineering and public policy, and executive director for the Engineering and Technology Innovation Management Program at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a 1983 graduate of Texas A&M University and in 2018, became the first African American chair of the board of The Association of Former Students.
From 2012, he held the position of vice president of Global Engineering at Pall Corp where he led a 750-member engineering unit, driving Pall’s global growth initiatives across its life science and industrial products business. Prior to Pall, Williams spent 10 years with Alcoa, Inc. as senior director of research and development – Alcoa Technology Advantage. Beginning in 1983, Williams had a nearly 20-year distinguished career at The Boeing Co. where he held several significant research and development and program management positions, earning Boeing's Black Engineer of the Year award in 2001.
He has a bachelor's of science in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M, an MBA from Lindenwood College, and a Ph.D. in engineering and policy from Washington University.