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 Departments of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. King’s research focuses on advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology, and materials.
Dr. King was the founding Chief Technology Officer at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), which is one of the first institutes in the U.S. National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. At DMDII, he led the development of the technology investment plan and launched a $100M portfolio of technology projects.
Dr. King received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. He has been founder, adviser, or director at a dozen early stage and growth stage technology companies. He is a partner at Two Roads Group, an investment and advisory services firm focused on industrial technologies.
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. From 2007 to 2014, Dr. King advised DARPA through his service on the Defense Sciences Research Council. Dr. King has published 210 journal articles and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.