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Darryl N. Williams

Research Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dean of Undergraduate Education
Director, Center for STEM Diversity

Darryl N. Williams

Darryl N. Williams

Research Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dean of Undergraduate Education
Director, Center for STEM Diversity

Phone 617-627-4169
Anderson Hall, Room 109A
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
nanobiotechnology, STEM education
Biography: 

Darryl Williams joined Tufts University from his former position as a program director at the National Science Foundation, focusing on engineering education. He is a chemical engineer by formal training, receiving his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park. He received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research in targeted drug delivery using magnetic nanomaterials at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He co-developed a system for sequestering magnetic nanoparticles undergoing various flow conditions and contributed to knowledge of the modification of nanoparticles for therapeutic delivery applications.

Education: 
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 2004
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Hampton University, 1999
Professional Experience: 
2016-present:

Dean of Undergraduate Education, Tufts School of Engineering 

2013-present:

Director, Center for STEM Diversity, Tufts University

2013-2016:

Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement, Tufts School of Engineering

2009-2013:

Program Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, National Science Foundation 

2006-2008:

Executive Director, iPRAXIS

2004-2006:

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Research Interests: 

Darryl Williams explores the effects of nanostructured materials on biological systems. In addition to nanobiotechology research, he is deeply involved in engineering education research with an emphasis on studying the structural, behavioral, and functional components of learning environments that foster and sustain student-driven innovation. As director of the Center for STEM Diversity, Williams leads the recruitment, retention, and engagement of students from underrepresented groups in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).