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Tiffani L Williams

Tiffani L Williams
Tiffani L Williams

Tiffani L Williams

Teaching Professor & Director of Onramp Programs
2103 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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Biography

Tiffani L. Williams is a Teaching Professor and Director of Onramp Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2017 to 2020, she was the Director of Computer Science Programs and Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University-Charlotte. From 2005 to 2017, she was an assistant and associate professor (tenured in 2011) in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. Williams received her BS in Computer Science from Marquette University and her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida. After her PhD studies, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico.

Her honors include an Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002), an Edward, Frances, and Shirley Daniels Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2004), Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE award (2011), and a PopTech Science Fellow (2012). Williams has been recognized for teaching excellence at Texas A&M with the Graduate Faculty Teaching Excellence award (2011), Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Excellence award (2014), and the Distinguished Award in Teaching by the Association of Former Students (2016).

Research Interests

  • Computer science education, bioinformatics, phylogenetic tree inference, high-performance computing, experimental performance studies of algorithms, and reproducible research

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Ralph W. Crosby and Tiffani L. Williams, "Fast algorithms for computing phylogenetic divergence time," BMC Bioinformatics, 18 (Suppl 15): 514, 2017
  • Cody E. Hinchliff, Stephen A. Smith, James F. Allman, J. Gordon Burleigh, Ruchi Chaudhary, Lyndon M. Coghill, Keith A. Crandall, Jiabin Deng, Bryan T. Drew, Romina Gazis, Karl Gude, David S. Hibbett, Laura A. Katz, H. Dail Laughinghouse IV, Emily Jane McTavish, Peter E. Midford, Christopher L. Owen, Richard H. Ree, Jonathan A. Rees, Douglas E. Soltis, Tiffani L. Williams, and Karen A. Cranston, "Synthesis of phylogeny and taxonomy into a comprehensive tree of life," Proceeding of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), 112 (41), 12764-12769, 2015
  • Robert W. Meredith, Jan E. Janecka, John Gatesy, Oliver A. Ryder, Colleen A. Fisher, Emma C. Teeling, Alisha Goodbla, Eduardo Eizirik, Tanja Stadler, Dan L. Rabosky, Rodney L. Honeycutt, John J. Flynn, Cynthia Steiner, Tiffani L. Williams, Terence Robinson, Angela Burk, Nadia A. Ayoub, Mark S. Springer, Williams J. Murphy, "Impacts of the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution and KPg Extinction on Extant Mammal Diversification," Science, 334 (6055), 521-524, 2011.
  • Suzanne J. Matthews and Tiffani L. Williams, "An Efficient and Extensible Approach for Compressing Phylogenetic Trees," BMC Bioinformatics, 12 (Suppl 10): S16, 2011
  • Suzanne J. Matthews and Tiffani L. Williams, "MrsRF: An Efficient MapReduce Algorithm for Analyzing Large Collections of Evolutionary Trees," BMC Bioinformatics, 11 (Supp 1): S15, 2010

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Teaching Honors

  • Association of Former Students (AFS) Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching–College Level, Texas A&M University, 2016
  • Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • Graduate Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2011

Research Honors

  • PopTech Science Fellow, 2012
  • Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award, 2011
  • Radcliffe Institute Fellow, 2004–2005
  • Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Biology, 2002–2004