May 08, 2012
Once an MSIN student, and now CEO of Limbic Systems, Marullus Williams (MS06) is this year's speaker at the Information Networking Institute's diploma ceremony. Upon completing his undergraduate degree at Florida A&M University, Williams was hired by Southwestern Bell, and soon became one of only two top students chosen for sponsorship at the INI by the company.
Williams values his interdisciplinary education and solid technical background. The diversity of learning opportunities helped prepare him for a career that would cover different industries and job responsibilities. "The skills I learned in the business courses I took at CMU are important for any entrepreneur to master," Williams said. "But I also feel comfortable in any technical setting because of my time at the INI and CMU."
After completing his work at the INI and with the Internet becoming popular, Williams returned to Southwestern Bell as a product developer with unique skill sets and knowledge to offer his employer. He would soon be in charge of web hosting for the company at its Pacific Bell Internet subsidiary.
Subsequent to Southwestern Bell, Williams worked for several technology companies in the Washington, D.C. area including Appfluent Technology (formerly known as InfoCruiser). He also served as Vice President of Business Development for Thompson Hospitality, the largest minority-owned contract foodservice company in the U.S., before joining Limbic Systems in 2005. Williams became President and CEO of Limbic Systems in 2006. Limbic Systems, based in Washington, D.C., provides organizations with middleware design and implementation, software architecture, demographic analysis, business intelligence, mapping and custom software development services.
In recent years, Williams has reached out to INI students as a mentor and helped to connect the department to HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities). He has also advised the INI's MySecureCyberspace outreach initiative on the Carnegie Cadets online safety game. In 2010, when the INI sought to establish a council of alumni to advise the department's administration, Williams enthusiastically joined the cause by becoming a council member and serving as the initial Chair of the INI Alumni Leadership Council.
Williams is excited to be connected again to the INI and to have the opportunity to learn from current students and his fellow alumni. Williams said he feels privileged to be able to connect with his peers whom he called "leaders in the industry and in the various aspects of their professional lives."
The INI is honored to host Williams as the speaker and as an example of the bright future ahead for this year's graduating class. The diploma ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Rodef Shalom on Fifth Avenue in Oakland. The ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at 4:00 p.m.