Gary E. Williams, Director, CREIE
As Director of CREIE at UTEP, Dr. Williams was responsible for establishing the Center to provide sustainability for faculty and students interested in pursuing the entrepreneurial route, including innovation and commercialization of technology-based companies. This Center is now providing a variety of services for entrepreneurs looking to start up businesses in the El Paso region.
Previously, Dr. Williams served as President and CEO of Mayan Pigments, where he hadoverall P/L responsibility for this start-up company incubated at UTEP. Key activities included developing and implementing the business strategy, establishing a manufacturing capability, raising funds and establishing key alliances.
Dr. Williams gained executive general management experience from 1999 to 2003 with the LONZA Group, a $1.5 Billion specialty chemical company supplying the life-sciences industry. As President of Performance Chemicals, he had global P&L responsibility and was a member of the Executive Committee.
Dr. Williams worked in various positions at HOECHST AG, a $35 billion chemical and life-sciences company. He was VP of Corporate Research in Frankfurt, Germany from 1996 to 1999 and was responsible for both the R&D and business-development activities of 250 people with a budget of $75 million. He introduced innovation and commercialization best practices in the research and development activities and negotiated transactions involving technology licensing and the sale of business opportunities. He also served on the Boards of two start-up companies.
Dr. Williams holds an MS and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology.