William J. Palm

William J. Palm
William J. Palm, Ph.D., P.E.Associate Professor of Engineering

Contact Information

(401) 254-3750wpalm@rwu.eduSE 118

Areas of Expertise

Mechanical Engineering


B.S. Pennsylvania State University M.S. University of California at Berkeley Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

William Palm joined Roger Williams University in August 2011 after completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Prior to graduate school, he worked for six years as a product design engineer and consultant, performing concept development, mechanical design, and engineering analysis for a wide range of consumer, medical, and industrial products. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a named inventor on eight patents.

Dr. Palm’s research focuses on the management of innovation, specifically, how companies coordinate product development projects in which design is divided across corporate boundaries. A second stream of research examines engineering education, including how first-year programs influence engineering student performance and retention.

At Roger Williams University, he has taught ENGR 110 – Engineering Graphics and Design, ENGR 115 – Computer Applications for Engineering, ENGR 332 – Machine Design, ENGR 430 – Manufacturing and Assembly, ENGR 442 – Biomechanics, and ENGR 490/492 – Engineering Design I & II (capstone sequence).

Additional information is available at Dr. Palm’s personal webpage: http://faculty.rwu.edu/wpalm