Dr. Laurie Williams has been named a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science (CSC) at North Carolina State University. A member of the NC State faculty since 2000, Williams currently serves as interim CSC department head.
Williams is internationally known as one of the foremost researchers in agile software development and the science of cybersecurity. She leads the NSA-sponsored Science of Security Lablet and the Software Engineering Realsearch research group at NC State. Her research focuses on the development of reliable and secure software in collaboration with high-tech companies such as IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft.
Among her many awards, she has received the Carol Miller Graduate Lecturer Award, NC State Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award and National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Award. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an IEEE senior member and an NC State faculty scholar.
She received a B.S. in industrial engineering from Lehigh University, an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah.