Darryl Williams

Darryl Williams, Ph.D., is the Franklin Institute’s senior vice president of science and education. He oversees all aspects of the science and educational programming at the heart of the Institute’s efforts to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. Dr. Williams joined the Institute from Tufts University’s School of Engineering, where he was dean of undergraduate education, director of the Center for STEM Diversity and a leading force behind transforming the undergraduate curriculum, an effort that began during his three years as associate dean for recruitment, retention, and community engagement. Prior to his tenure at Tufts, Williams spent four years with the National Science Foundation as a rotating program director and managed a range of federal programs and research focused on STEM teaching and learning, formal and informal learning environments, and workforce development. Since 2016, Dr. Williams has served as a member of the Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network advisory board, and in 2018 he was appointed to serve on the STEM Engagement Committee of the NASA Advisory Council., Williams earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from Hampton University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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