William J. Palm, Ph.D., P.E.

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

Contact Information

(401) 254-3750wpalm@rwu.eduSELB 305L

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 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 human-centered design and engineering analysis for a range of consumer, medical, and industrial products. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a named inventor on nine patents. 

Dr. Palm’s research interests include new product development and engineering student success. He is co-principal investigator on the National Science Foundation-sponsored RISE Scholars Program, and has mentored a variety of undergraduate research projects on medical devices, assistive technology, and personal mobility. 

At Roger Williams University, he has taught ENGR 110 – Engineering Graphics and Design, ENGR 115 – Computer Applications for Engineering, ENGR 310 – Materials Science, ENGR 332 – Machine Design, ENGR 430 – Medical Device Design, ENGR 432 – Manufacturing and Assembly, ENGR 442 – Biomechanics, ENGR 490/492 – Engineering Design I & II, and HONR 400 – Honors Capstone Seminar. He served as the Associate Director of the University Honors Program from 2017 until 2020. 

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