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Christopher Williams

L.S. Randolph Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Design Materials and Manufacturing
Christopher Williams
413D Goodwin Hall (0238)
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Interests

  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Design Methodology
  • Engineering Design Education
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Process-Property-Structure Relationships for Additive Manufacturing Materials (polymers, ceramics, and metals)
  • Jetting-based Additive Manufacturing Processes
  • Informal Learning Environments

See Dr. Williams' publications and research on Google Scholar.

  • 2014–Present, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2017-Present, J.R. Jones III Faculty Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2015-Present, Electro Mechanical Corporation Senior Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2014-2016, W.S. Pete White Chair for Innovation in Engineering Education, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2012-Present, Affiliate faculty appointment, Department  of Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2014-Present, Affiliate faculty appointment, Department  of Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
  • 2008-2014, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Dept. of Engineering Education (Joint appointment), Virginia Tech


  • 2017-1st Place, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Digital Manufacturing Challenge, Faculty Advisor
  • 2017-2nd Place ASME Student Manufacturing Design Competition, Faculty Advisor
  • 2017-Best Paper Award, International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
  • 2016-1st Place, America Makes Innovation Sprint: Smart Structures
  • 2016-SXSW Best Use of User Generated Content: VT DreamVendor, Juice Pharma Worldwide
  • 2015-Best Poster Award, International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
  • 2015-Faculty Fellow, Virginia Tech College of Engineering
  • 2014-Outstanding Paper Award, Emerald Publishing Rapid Prototyping Journal
  • 2014-Best Paper Award, ASME IDETC 19th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference
  • 2014-Best Poster Award, International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
  • 2013-Reviewers’ Favorite Award, International Conference on Engineering Design
  • 2013-John A. Curtis Lecture Award (Best Paper), ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Computers in Education Division
  • 2013-National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2012-International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Fabrication Award (FAME Jr. Award)
  • 2012-Best Paper Award, ASME IDETC Design Education Conference
  • 2011-Charles and Joan Nunnally Outstanding Engineering Education Faculty Member Award, Dept. of Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
  • 2010-Emerald Engineering Oustanding Doctoral Research Award, Additive Manufacturing Division
  • 2010-Best Paper Award Finalist, ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition – Design in Engineering Education Division
  • 2009-Best Poster Presentation Award, International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
  • 2008-Best Paper Award, ASME IDETC Design for the Life Cycle and Management Conference
  • Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2007
  • M.S. - Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2003
  • B.S. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2000