January 1, 2008
Like the swallows of San Juan Capistrano, the former Deputy Director of the DSSC has come home, at least on a part-time basis.
In his new position, as Director of Technology Transfer, Jim will be helping us continue to ensure that our research programs and technology development activities are relevant to the needs of our industrial partners and that industry benefits directly from these efforts. He will interface with sponsors on cooperative agreements, direction and scope of sponsored projects, and transfer of DSSC technology.
Jim comes to us with broad cross-disciplinary experience in engineering, physical, chemical sciences, and extensive executive management, technical program management, technology transfer, organizational development and business/operational experience.
He recently retired from Seagate Technology as Research Director of Advanced Technology and Special Assistant to the Chief Technical Officer, where he was a member of the Seagate Research executive management team from 1999 to 2007. One of Jim's responsibilities was to oversee Seagate's research programs with universities.
He has been awarded four U.S. and international patents and has authored several technical publications, including two invited handbook chapters. He received a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated with honors.
With his working knowledge of the DSSC, his extensive ties to the data storage industry, his scientific background, and his ability to facilitate innovative practices, the DSSC is honored to have Jim Williams come home.