Director, MS in Materials Science & Engineering.
Vice Admiral (ret) Mel Williams, Jr. - After military service and a two-year Presidential Appointee role at
the US Department of Energy (the Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy), Admiral Williams now serves
at Universities: Associate Dean of Engineering (External Affairs) at the Catholic University of America
(including Director - MS in Engineering Management; Director - MS in Materials Science & Engineering;
Director - Off-Campus Graduate Programs; and Partnerships). He is also the Nuclear Research
Consultant at UC Davis, directly supporting the Vice Chancellor of Research and the McClellan Nuclear
Research Center (2MW research reactor). He was previously Associate Provost at the George
Washington University. Admiral Williams is a nuclear trained submariner and his nearly ten years in
Command included service as a Fleet Commander (130 ships) and a Submarine Commander. He is the
co-author (with Father) of the leadership book, Navigating the Seven Seas, which since 2012 has been
designated by the U.S. Navy as one of the 18 books determined to be “essential reading” for all who
serve. He is a graduate with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy (Bachelor of Science degree in
Mathematics), holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the Catholic University of America
and later received the 2012 Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, and he attended Harvard's JFK
School of Government (National and International Security).
Feel free to contact us at 202-319-5191.
Mel Williams, Jr., Vice Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Associate Dean of Engineering (EA)
Director, MS in Engineering Management
Director, MS in Materials Science & Engineering
Director, Off-Campus Engineering Graduate Programs