B.S. ​University of Virginia, 1977M.S. ​University of Virginia, 1978Ph.D. ​Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984

"My research has been used in controllers and medical devices. My teaching focuses on developing deep understanding and encouraging creativity."

Ronald Dean Williams, Associate Professor

I received the BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1977 and 1978, respectively. I received the Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. After one year as a member of the technical staff at MITRE corporation, I joined the UVA faculty in the department of electrical engineering. Since then I have dedicated most of my professional career to UVA where I have taught and performed research in digital systems with a focus on embedded computing. I have been recognized with several awards for teaching including an All-University Teaching Award. My research has been in the area of embedded computing with applications in control, signal processing, energy management, biomedical instrumentation, and industrial cyber security. I currently serve as an associate editor for the IEEE Internet of Things Journal.


  • The Harold S. Morton Jr. Award for Teaching 2015-2016
  • The IEEE HKN Faculty Award 2014-2015
  • The IEEE Third Millennium Medal 2000
  • All-University Teaching Award 1990-91

Research Interests

  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Autonomy and Controls/Control Systems
  • Embedded Systems

Selected Publications

  • "Chapter 6 - Frequency Domain Circuit Analysis" in Circuits published by zyBooks 2017. R. Williams
  • “Taxonomies of attacks and vulnerabilities in computer systems,” IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, v. 10, n. 1, 2008, p 6-19. Igure, V., and R. Williams
  • “Security Issues in SCADA Networks,” Computers & Security, v. 25, n 7, October 2006, p 498-506. Igure, V., S. Laughter, and R Williams
  • "An On-Chip Signal Suppression Counter-measure to Power Analysis Attacks," IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 179-189, July-September 2004. Ratanpal, G., Williams, R., and Blalock, T.
  • “Incorporating Studio Techniques with a Breadth-First Approach in Electrical and Computer Engineering Education,” Proceedings of the 2016 ASEE Conference. Powell, H.C., M. Brandt-Pearce, R.D. Williams, L. Harriott, & R. Weikle
  • Lessons Learned from Conducting Large Scale Fault Injection Experiments on Safety Critical Digital I&C Systems, 9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human Machine Interface Technologies (NPIC&HMIT 2015), C.R.Elks, B.W.Johnson, R.D. Williams, N.George, M. Reynolds. February 23–26, 2015
  • “A Less-Is_More Architecture (LIMA) for and Future Internet,” Proceedings of the Global Internet Symposium 2012. Li, J., M. Veeraraghavan, M. Reisslein, M. Manley, R. Williams, P. Amer and J. Leighton
  • “Design of a High Performance FPGA Based Fault Injector for Real-Time Safety-Critical Systems,” Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Application-specific Systems, Architectures, and Processors, September 2011. Miklo, M., C. Elks, & R. Williams