James C. Williams

BS MetE 1962, MS MetE 1964, Ph.D. MetE 1968

2010 College of Engineering Diamond Award

Distinguished Achievement in Academia

The world’s leading authority on titanium alloy, Jim Williams was one of the first researchers to demonstrate its potential applications in aircraft use. His work in academia and industry resulted in technologies that forever changed the landscape of military and commercial aviation by improving safety, fuel efficiency, and environmental impact. Additionally, his work at GE to decrease titanium defects in aeronautical turbine engines has had dramatic results for the flying public, as no catastrophic engine failures have occurred since his work was implemented.

Williams is professor and Honda Chair of The Ohio State University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He previously held research and leadership positions at General Electric, Boeing, and Rockwell, and also spent 13 years at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a professor, president of the Mellon Institute, and dean of engineering.

He has published over 200 papers and holds two patents, and has been extensively involved in technology policy concerning materials. Williams serves as commissioner on the National Research Council Commission for Engineering and Technical Systems and chairs the Los Alamos National Laboratory Division Review Committee, Materials Science and Technology. He has been dedicated to his students, and has served as advisor or co-advisor to 16 doctoral and four masters’ students. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and a fellow of ASM International (the materials information society) and TMS-AIME (The Metallurgical Society of the American Institute of Mining).

Announced in January 2010, the award will be presented to Dr. Williams at the Diamond Awards event on May 7, 2010.

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