Dr. Frances Williams is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering
and the Interim Director of the Center for Materials Research at Norfolk State University.
Since coming to Norfolk State in 2004 she has made outstanding contributions in teaching,
scholarship, and service and received NSU’s top distinguished faculty award, the University
Award of Excellence, in 2010. In February 2013, she received the State Council of Higher
Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA), where she was one of 12
selected from universities across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Further, in 2012,
she was named an “Emerging Scholar” by the Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.
Dr. Williams has extensive research experience, peer-reviewed publications, and a patent
in the areas of acoustic microsensors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices and
processes, and in-situ monitoring techniques of semiconductor manufacturing. Dr. Williams
is the Director of the Microsystems Research Group (MRG) at NSU. Furthermore, she is the
Director of Diversity for the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) Engineering
Research Center. This is a multi-university center led by the University of Arizona
and funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Williams actively serves on and
chairs many committees at the Department, College and University levels. She received
her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural
and Technical State University. She received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer
engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was a National Science
Foundation and Office of Naval Research HBCU Future Engineering Faculty Fellow as well
as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholar. Dr. Williams is a member of 5 professional
and honorary societies, and currently serves as a co-advisor for the NSU chapter of
the National Society of Black Engineers.
His research interests include:
Integrated circuit (IC) processing
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices and processes
In-situ monitoring techniques of semiconductor manufacturing
Archana Komirisetty, Frances Williams, Aswini Pradhan, and Meric Arslan, “Integrating Sensors with Nanostructures for Biomedical Applications,“ Proceedings of ASME 2013 2nd Global Congress On Nanoengineering for Medicine and Biology, NEMB 2013-93121, (2013): V001t04a003.
Xi Zhou, Frances Williams, Sacharia Albin, and Kalpathy Sundaram, “Simulation of Thermal Effects on Hydrogen-Terminated Diamond MOSFETs,“ Electrochemical Transactions, 53(2) (2013): 145-157.
Sacharia Albin, Frances Williams, Xi Zhou and Weican Xiao, “Selective Growth of Nanodiamond Films in Microwave Plasma,” Composite Interfaces, 19 (3-4) (June 2012): 179-187.
Archana Komirisetty, Frances Williams, Aswini Pradhan, Rajini Babu Konda, Hareesh Dondapati, and Diptirani Samantaray, “Design of Nanostructured-based Glucose Biosensors,” Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 8344, 83440C (2012).
Dudley R. Ridley, Frances R. Williams, Kyo D. Song, S. R. Yun, K. S. Kang, and Jaehwan Kim, “Effect of Electrode Pattern on the Actuator Performance of Cellulose Electro-Active Paper,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 21 (4) (March 2010): 401-406.