Ellen  Williams

Ellen Williams

Chief Scientist

Ellen Williams joined BP as Chief Scientist in January, 2010. She is responsible for the company's long range scientific plans and activities, as well as its major university research programs around the world. She also provides strategic scientific advice to BP's senior executives on matters of Group significance.

Prior to joining BP, Ellen worked for over thirty years in academia, obtaining her Ph.D at Caltech in 1981, and then moving to the University of Maryland, where she became a Distinguished University Professor in the Institute of Physical Science and Technology and the Department of Physics. Her research specialty in nanoscience lies at the intersection of physics, chemistry and materials science. In support of her research interests, she founded the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and served as its director for 15 years. In parallel, Ellen has worked extensively in providing technical advice to the U.S. government, primarily through the Departments of Energy and Defense.

Ellen has published widely in her research specialty, and has served on a large number of professional committees. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Physical Society, American Vacuum Society and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been recognized by awards from the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society.