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Williams Named Dean of SMET

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Dr. John C. Williams Dr. John Williams, Alfred, has been named dean of the School of Management and Engineering Technology (SMET) at Alfred State College. The announcement was made by Dr. Stephen Havlovic, vice president for Academic Affairs.

“We are delighted to complete our search for the dean with Dr. Williams,” said Havlovic. “He has shown, in the classroom, as department chair, and most recently, as interim dean of the school, that he has the breadth of experience needed to manage the school successfully.”

As dean, Williams’ responsibilities include providing leadership for academic disciplines in both engineering technology and management including two- and four-year programs in architectural, computer, construction management, electrical, and mechanical engineering technology, computer information technology, accounting, and business administration. He has oversight of TAC/ABET accreditation, online course delivery, integration of technology and liberal education, the promotion of excellence in teaching, research, scholarly activities, and professional development. The dean leads approximately 60 faculty and staff and reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Williams has been awarded numerous grants in his field, and his professional affiliations and activities include membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; American Society for Engineering Education; and New York State Engineering Technology Association. He has been included in 2002-03 and 2004-05 Strathmore’s Who’s Who Directory, Who’s Who among America’s Teachers 2003-04, and America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals 2002-03.

Additionally, Williams served on the National Engineering Technology Honor Society, Tau Alpha Pi, Board of Directors, (2005-present) and was elected to a three-year term as chair of the Engineering Technology Division (ETD) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Williams has recently been chosen to join ABET’s (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Academic Advisory Council which provides a formal means for the academic community to share its perspective, give advice, and communicate with the ABET leadership in such areas as accreditation; issues related to applied science, computing, engineering, and technology education; and feedback on proposed programs, procedures and policies relating to higher education.

Williams joined the ASC faculty as department chair in 2002; he has taught classes in manufacturing management, mechanics of materials, mechanics of materials laboratory, plastics and composites, and materials science. Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Williams served as an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Division of Alfred University.

Williams holds three degrees in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam: the PhD, a master of science, and a bachelor of science.

Alfred State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities for students in its 52 associate degree programs, 19 baccalaureate degree programs, and three certificate programs. ASC continues to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations. In recent years, the College has expanded its computing and networking choices to include a wireless option. While stressing technical education, the College continues to pride itself on maintaining close personal ties among students and faculty. Academic programs, residential facilities, and co-curricular activities are provided to meet the educational, cultural, social, and recreational needs of students. Alfred State's reputation for excellence attracts students and faculty from throughout New York, neighboring states, and several foreign countries. The College is located in Alfred, NY, a scenic village in Allegany County. It is 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.

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