Exponent Welcomes James Williamson as a New Senior Manager

June 5, 2023

James Williamson joins Exponent's Vehicle Engineering practice in the Detroit office

Exponent welcomes James Williamson to our Detroit office as a senior manager with our Vehicle Engineering team. A dynamic global leader with several decades of automotive industry experience, Williamson has led large organizations in vehicle development, safety performance, data science and statistics, interior engineering, computer-aided engineering, and engineering operations.

James Williamson

"James brings a wealth of experience and skills to our team," noted John Pye, Ph.D., P.E., Exponent group vice president, office director, and principal engineer. "A leader in strategic planning and global vehicle safety performance, he has excelled in areas ranging from redefining product development processes to leveraging program lifecycle management technology. I'm thrilled to welcome James as a valuable addition to our team and for the critical safety insights he will bring to our clients as they continue to automate, connect, and electrify their vehicles."

In his most recent role as senior manager of global safety for a major transportation company, Williamson led a group of vehicle safety experts overseeing safety performance, technology, strategy, and research. Before that, he served as senior manager of vehicle safety data analytics. In this role, he oversaw a large organization of data scientists and data analysts responsible for finding potential emerging safety issues by leveraging the latest artificial intelligence techniques such as machine learning, ontology, and deep learning. Additionally, Williamson's experience has included oversight of the safety performance of every product sold globally for nearly a half decade.


"I feel honored to have the opportunity to take my career to the next step working with such talented team members that are making a difference every day by leveraging their incredible knowledge, experience, and passion."  — James Williamson, Senior Manager, Vehicle Engineering


As a member of the Georgia Tech Woodruff Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board, Williamson recommends strategic directions for the Woodruff School, suggests broad-based curriculum changes, and consults with the school chair and faculty on pressing issues. In addition, he holds two patents and is a two-time winner of the NAO Design & Engineering Award of Excellence (1999 and 2000).