Douglas B. Williams will
become the interim chair for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
at the Georgia Institute of Technology, effective July 1. Dr. Williams will
succeed Gary S. May, who will become the next dean of the College of
Engineering next month, and he will hold this position until a new, permanent
school chair is named.
Dr. Williams joined Georgia
Tech in 1989 as an assistant professor in ECE, and for the past eight years, he
has served as the School’s associate chair for undergraduate affairs. While
associate chair, Dr. Williams has had numerous opportunities to represent ECE,
both on campus and to external audiences. In the past year, he has served on
Georgia Tech’s Executive Board, chaired the International Plan Committee, and
been Georgia Tech’s advocate to the University System of Georgia’s Faculty
A long-time member of the Center
for Signal and Image Processing, Dr. Williams is active within the IEEE Signal
Processing Society. Within that Society, he has been a member-at-large on the
Board of Governors, an area editor for the IEEE
Signal Processing Magazine, and a member of the technical committees for
Signal Processing Theory & Methods and Signal Processing Education. Dr.
Williams also represents IEEE as an ABET Program Evaluator for electrical
engineering and computer engineering.
The search for a permanent
ECE school chair will begin in August, and the composition of the search committee
will be announced later this summer. Plans for temporarily filling Dr.
Williams’ current role as ECE associate chair for undergraduate affairs are
evolving and will be announced at a later date.
“I’d personally like to
thank Doug for agreeing to take on this important responsibility, and I am very
confident that he will lead the School very effectively until a permanent
school chair can be identified,” Dr. May said. “Please join me in lending your
support to him as he assumes the interim school chair role at the beginning of
next month and throughout his tenure in this position.”
Last revised August 1, 2017