Dr. Williams passed away on November 26, 2015. WISE NL continues to build on her vision and values through “New Traditions, Extending a Legacy“.
EDUCATION: PhD in Applied Mechanics
Dr. Mary Williams’ expertise in Arctic technology, technology innovation, and diversity management is the product of a varied career in research and development. She provides independent advice to private and public sector organizations in the science and engineering sector.
For ten years, Dr. Williams was Director General of Canada’s Institute for Ocean Technology, responsible for the strategic direction of research programs, large scale experimental facilities, and the transfer of technology to industrial partners. In this capacity, she initiated a new National Research Council program, in Arctic Technologies. She has held positions as a Senior Research Officer at NRC, Professor of Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and, while at Memorial, the NSERC-Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Atlantic Canada.
Dr. Williams holds a PhD in Applied Mechanics from Simon Fraser University. Her own research on the effects of ice on ships and offshore structures, and the material properties of ice on the ocean, has motivated extensive field work in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and around Newfoundland.
She is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications, including the book, Becoming Leaders: A Practical Handbook for Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology. Dr. Williams is fluent in English and French. She has served on numerous national boards and task forces, and has represented Canada internationally in ocean and Arctic affairs.
HOBBIES & ACTIVITIES: Outdoor activities
INTERESTS: Arctic, technology, diversity, management
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