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Stephen M. Williams, P.E., Ph.D. - Milwaukee School of Engineering. Milwaukee, WI, US

Stephen M. Williams, P.E., Ph.D.

Vice President of Campus Infrastructure | Milwaukee School of Engineering


Dr. Steve Williams specializes in control systems, power electronics and electromechanical systems.

Education, Licensure and Certification (4)

Licensed Professional Engineer: Wisconsin

Ph.D.: Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia 1990

M.S.: Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia 1988

B.S.: Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia 1985


Dr. Steve Williams is the vice president of campus infrastructure. He formerly served as chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MSOE. His areas of specialization include control systems design, design engineering, electromechanical systems, sensor technologies, power electronics, and digital signal processing. He joined the faculty at MSOE in 2002 and served as the electrical engineering program director before being promoted to department chairperson. Dr. Williams is an ABET program evaluator and has been very involved with the American Society of Engineering Education and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Curriculum Design

Electromechanical Systems

Control Systems

Power Electronics

Electrical Engineering

Accomplishments (4)

Best Paper Award, New Engineering Educators Division

American Society of Engineering Education, 2014

Innovative Program Award

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (with Owe Petersen and Jörg Mossbrucker), 2009

Falk Engineering Educator Award, MSOE


Best Paper Award

Energy Conversion and Conservation Division, American Society of Engineering Education, 2006

Affiliations (6)

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) : Member, Electrical & Computer Engineering, First Year Programs, Energy Conversion and Conservation Divisions
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society : Senior Member
  • IEEE Real World Engineering Projects: Past Chair
  • IEEE Early Career Faculty Development Program: Past Chair
  • IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities: Member
  • IEEE HKN the BRIDGE Magazine: Past Editor-in-Chief


Media Appearances (3)

MSOE Is Getting a New Supercomputer, Changing the School As We Know It

Milwaukee Magazine  print


Can a new computer science program – and the area’s fastest supercomputer – raise the profile of MSOE?

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Staying Smart: How artificial intelligence could impact companies, customers and competition

Milwaukee Business Journal  print

Until recently, artificial intelligence (AI) was limited to movies and science fiction. That’s rapidly changing however as advances in computing power and the creation of massive data sets have made it possible to create business applications that are both profitable and transformative.

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The Internet's Birthday: Reflecting on 50 years of connectivity

WTMJ Ch. 4  tv


While the internet may be celebrating 50 years, the internet as we know it has evolved tremendously over the last 30 years.

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Event and Speaking Appearances (4)

Putting More Punch in PowerPoint Workshop

Frontiers in Education 2009 Conference  

Real-time DSP for Educators: Hands-on Workshop

June 2005  

Application of Variable Frequency Drives

Rockwell Automation, August 2004  

ASEE Annual Conference - Chairs Conclave

Organizing Director 2018 & 2019  

Selected Publications (5)

Impact of a First- and Second-year Culminating Experience on Student Learning in an Electrical Engineering Curriculum

Proceedings of 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Prust, C.J. Kelnhofer, R.W., Mossbrucker, J., Widder, K.R., Tran, H.V., Williams, S.M.

June 2014

Using Shadowing to Improve New Faculty Acclimation

Proceedings of 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Williams, S., Hasker, R., Holland, S., Livingston, A., Widder, K., Yoder, J.

June 2014

An Innovative Transfer Track from Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology to Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Proceedings of 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Strangeway, R., Williams, S., Chandler, E., Kelnhofer, Petersen, R.O.

June 2014

Senior Design: The Swiss Army Knife of the Curriculum

ASEE North Midwest Annual Conference

Prust, C., Williams, S.

October 2013

Real World Engineering Projects: Discovery-Based Curriculum Modules for First-year Students

Proceedings of ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference

Williams, S., Vasavada, A., Beneat, J.N., Cappuccino, G.

October 2012