William P. King, Ph.D. is the Ralph A. Andersen Endowed Chair in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He holds academic appointments in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. King received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.

Dr. King was the founding Chief Technology Officer at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) at UI LABS in Chicago, IL. DMDII is one of the first institutes in the U.S. National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. He has been founder, adviser, or director at a dozen early stage and growth stage technology companies.

Dr. King works on projects at the interface between technology and business. He is an expert on advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology, and advanced materials. He has been founder, adviser, or director at a dozen early stage and growth stage technology companies.

Dr. King’s awards include the PECASE award from the White House and the ASME Gustus-Larson Award for accomplishment in Mechanical Engineering. He was named by Technology Review Magazine as a person whose innovations will change the world. Dr. King has published 225 journal articles and 20 patents. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.