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CAST 50×50: Jeritt Williams, Technology

Jeritt Williams

Professor and alumnus Jeritt Williams

The College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at Illinois State University is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! This series, CAST 50×50, is designed to highlight 50 faculty, staff, students, alumni, and organizations within CAST that make the college special. These notable people will tell you that every day in CAST is a great day to be a Redbird!

Starting off the anniversary celebration is Jeritt Williams ’07, M.S. ’12, from the Department of Technology.

Q: Tell us about your position within CAST.

A: I am an instructional assistant professor in the Department of Technology, mainly serving the engineering technology major.

Q: Apple or Android? Why?

A: Android all the way! I really enjoy the spirit of collaboration with open-source projects. I like to tinker and see what makes things tick. I have even developed a few of my own apps.

Q: There is technology in almost everything we do these days. Can you describe what exactly you are teaching or how the department keeps its students on top of the newest technological development?

A: Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are an essential part of just about every course I teach. We strive to educate students on how industries use automated processes to control important tasks like moving and handling materials, quality assurance, and workplace safety. PLCs are in use all around us from traffic signals to elevators, shipping and logistics, car washes, and many, many more! Our Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory gives students an authentic, hands-on problem-solving experiences as they use real industrial tools, equipment, and software.

Q: What was your first car and how long did it last before you had to get a new one?

A: After many months of saving from my job as a grocery store clerk, my first car was a 1985 Chevy S-10 truck. At a bargain price of $500, I probably put more into parts to keep it running for the year or so I had it.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job? What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A: I love to see the moment that everything just “clicks” for a student and makes sense to them. The sky is the limit for them, and once their passion and understanding for a subject align, they have some truly unbelievable opportunities ahead of them. It reminds me of myself at their level—I am an ISU alumnus and have had some amazing mentors and teachers along the way. Proud to be a Redbird!

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