While he has the distinction of being personally hired by Steve Jobs to work for Apple, Dr. Andrew B. Williams came from a disadvantaged home that struggled with poverty and mental illness.
With a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, he combines his pioneering research in robotics and artificial intelligence with a deep faith and purpose driven life as an ordained minister, bridging the traditional gulf between technology and religion.
“One of the highlights of my life was meeting Steve Jobs in the cafeteria at Apple. He brought up a conversation about the lack of black engineers at Apple, and it surprised me but it also delighted me that he cared. The fact that he was angry and upset that he only know of one black engineer at Apple, out of all the number of engineers they have. The thing that I liked about that was that he saw the value of having more under-represented engineers to bring about better products, better design. So when he hired me to become Apple’s first senior engineering diversity manager it was a big challenge trying to figure out how to help them become more diverse.”