Professor Williamson receives Cornell Engineering advising award

Professor David Williamson has received the James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Award for Outstanding Advising of First-Year Engineering Students.

The McCormick Advising Award is the highest award for advising in the college. Williamson was nominated by students in the College of Engineering and selected by a committee within the College of Engineering.

Prior to founding First Manhattan Consulting Group, James M. McCormick ’69, ’70 M.Eng. worked at McKinsey and Bell Labs. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in operations research and industrial engineering. The McCormick’s son, JJ '05, M.Eng.’06, is also a graduate of the College of Engineering.

Professor Williamson has also received the College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award three times (2007, 2013, 2016) and has been selected ORIE’s Undergraduate Professor of the Year twice (2015-16, 2016-17).

He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Professor Michel X. Goemans in 1993. After a postdoc at Cornell under Professor Éva Tardos, he was a research staff member for IBM Research at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. From 2000-03, he was the senior manager of the Computer Science Principles and Methodologies group at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., before moving back Cornell in 2004.

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