Christopher Williams

Professor Chris Williams is Assistant Professor with a joint appointment with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He is the Director of the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Laboratory ( and the co-director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing ( In the realm of additive manufacturing, Chris’s expertise is focused in both process improvements and in creating a suite of design tools to guide the use of additive manufacturing to create functional, end-use artifacts (i.e., “Design for Additive Manufacturing”).

For his AM research contributions, he was awarded the 2012 International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (FAME Jr. Award), presented by the International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium. In addition, he was named the recipient of the 2010 Emerald Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the area of Additive Manufacturing, and was selected to co-chair a session on Additive Manufacturing for the 2013 National Academy of Engineers German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.  He also received the Best Paper Award at the 2008 ASME IDETC Design for Manufacturing and the Lifecycle Conference and the Best Poster Award at the 2009 International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium.

For his research contributions related to Engineering Education, Dr. Williams has received the Best Paper Award at the 2012 ASME IDTEC Design Education Conference and was a Best Paper Finalist in the Design Engineering Education Division at the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.  In 2011 he received the Charles “Butch” and Joan Nunnally Outstanding Engineering Education Faculty Member Award.  In addition, for his contributions in the classroom, he was awarded the 2012 XCaliber Award, the 2011 W. S. “Pete” White Award for Innovation in Engineering Education, and the 2009 Dean’s Award for Outreach Excellence.

Chris holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia) and a B.S. with High Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida).