Dr. Andrew ‘Andy’ Williams is the Deputy Technology Executive Officer for Space at the Air Force Research Laboratory. His responsibilities include integrating and executing AFRL’s space science and technology (S&T) investment strategy and serving as the primary focal point for USSF to deliver game changing technology and new capabilities to the warfighter. In addition, he leads strategic S&T engagement and planning with partners throughout the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, NASA, industry, and academia.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. Williams joined AFRL as a Palace Acquire Intern in 2003. In 2006, he was tasked with initiating a new research program in spacecraft thermal control. Within three years, he grew the program to $35M in contract and in-house research and led five experiments flying on sounding rockets, the International Space Station, and NASA’s Zero-g Aircraft. In 2009, he became Deputy PM for Integrated Structural Systems, and in 2013, he took over as PM where he led a team of 34 scientist and engineers executing a $140M research portfolio ranging from basic research to tech transition in deployable structures, thermal control, structural sensing, and 3D printing. In 2018, he transitioned to Space Mission Area Lead for AFRL where he focused on customer engagement to deliver S&T for USSF tech needs.
2002 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
2005 Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
2016 Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering, University of New Mexico
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
2009 Air Force Research Laboratory, Junior Civilian Engineer of the Year
2011 Science, Technology & Engineering Award for Exploratory or Advanced Tech Development
2016 Federal Laboratory Consortium; Notable Tech Development Award for Roll-Out Solar Array
2017 Associate Fellow in the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
2017 R&D 100 Award for the Roll-Out Solar Array
2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium; Notable Tech Development Awards for High Strain Composites
2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium; Notable Tech Development Awards for Oscillating Heat Pipes
2018 RNASA Stellar Team Award for the Roll-Out Solar Array
2018 R&D 100 Award for Oscillating Heat Pipes