Earlier in 2016, it was announced that YSU would be partnering with the Air Force and other research centers to work on a grant-funded project involving additive manufacturing. With this new project came the need for additional personnel.
Walker majored in both mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University before earning his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Toledo. He completed his postdoc in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Ohio State University.
“I am the technical lead on the metal additive manufacturing efforts,” said Walker. “Within the scope of the grant it’s mostly applied research—making and validating parts for the Air Force using 3D printing.”
Walker explains that he’ll be working closely with Friedman Chair Dr. Eric MacDonald as well as several students in the materials science PhD program.
“Eric MacDonald and I are looking at process monitoring of these 3D printing manufacturing processes,” he said. “We want to put a bunch of high-speed cameras and thermal cameras in them, and video record everything that’s happening in real time.”
The project is set to end in March 2018. Walker has expressed the possibility of becoming an engineering professor in the future, so maybe we won’t be saying our goodbyes next year.
Like a true engineer, he enjoys tinkering with things in his spare time, including vintage motorcycles.