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University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor Ellen Williams Retires

Ellen D. Williams, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland and director of the university’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), retired on December 30, 2023, after 42 years at the university. Following her official retirement, Williams is now a research professor of physics and executive director of ESSIC’s Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS).

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A snapshot of the panel discussion

Ellen Williams on Nuclear Threat Initiative Panel Discussion

ESSIC Director Ellen Williams participated in a panel discussion at the Nuclear Threat Initiative 20th Anniversary Dinner. At the discussion, she spoke about taking a multifaceted perspective towards technological advances in the nuclear industry. See the video below to watch the full discussion.

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Dr. Ellen Williams smiles in a red blazer

Taking on Climate Change

Ellen Williams is an optimist. And she believes in the power of science and technology to help society solve grand challenges, like transitioning to clean energy and combating climate change. Williams, a Distinguished University Professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Physics and Institute for Physical Science and Technology, approaches these challenges with a broader scope of experience than most.

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