Dr. Joseph Williams
Dr. Joseph Williams is the director of the Seattle Research Center for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Previously, Dr. Williams had been Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s tech industry policy advisor and the economic development director for the ICT industry in Washington. Currently a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute, he recently completed a fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Berkman-Klein Center addressing ethical issues in the application of artificial intelligence. Dr. Williams is on the board of directors for the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), Co-Chairs the Washington IoT Council, and is a member of the Washington Supreme Court’s Practice of Law Board.
Dr. Williams has been the Dean of the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University, a tech executive at Microsoft and at Sun Microsystems, and an associate professor in the College of Business at Colorado State University. Dr. Williams earned graduate degrees from the Universities of Texas-Austin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California-Berkeley. His current research interests are in quantum computing, supply-chain blockchain, and adversarial AI. Dr. Williams is also active in workforce development via Governor Inslee’s Career Connected Learning initiative and the WTIA’s Apprenti apprenticeship initiative.