Albert J. Williams awarded ECE Distinguished Fellow for 2007

Mr. Albert J. Williams

On February 15, 2007, The Bagley College of Engineering recognized the 2007 Distinguished Fellows. This tradition began in 1991, when the College of Engineering named 100 Distinguished Fellows as part of its 100th anniversary celebration for engineering education at Mississippi State. The program was reborn in 1999 with the addition of 10 Distinguished Fellows and each year eight to 10 esteemed alumni are given this prestigious recognition.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is proud to announce Albert J. Williams as the ECE Distinguished Fellow for 2007.

Al Williams, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1990. He went on to obtain his MBA in 1998 from Tulane University.

Williams is a Corporate Strategic Planning Consultant for Chevron Corporation, the second largest energy company in the United States. Williams, who joined Chevron in 1991, is based in San Ramon, California where he coordinates the development of the corporate strategic plan and strategic planning material for the Board of Directors.

In addition to planning, his career with Chevron has spanned assignments in Engineering, Finance, Operations and Special Projects - in diverse U.S. and international locations. As a newly minted electrical engineer, Williams was involved in several multi-million dollar construction projects in New Orleans, including reconstruction of several Chevron offshore platforms after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

In 1995, he worked on an offshore oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, helping develop and implement automated controls and training for more than 200 offshore personnel. Over the next four years Al worked on the $750 million Genesis project, Chevron's first deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico. He was integral in the design, construction and startup of the massive oil and gas project.

In 1999, Williams joined Chevron's now 60-year-old Finance MBA Development Program, which is designed to develop future senior managers and executives. The following year, he began working as a Marketing Finance Consultant for Tengizchevroil, the company's joint venture in Kazakhstan. In this job, he negotiated transportation and crude oil sales agreements with companies in Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Ukraine.

Before taking his current job in planning, Williams became Finance Manager of Chevron's largest wholly owned refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi. There he coordinated the development of business strategies, business plans, performance goals and post-Hurricane Katrina restoration efforts.

Al is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board for Mississippi State University. Al and his wife, Michele, a pharmacist, reside in Antioch, CA with their daughter, Trinity, 2.