Starnes Walker

Starnes Walker

Homeland Security Group Member, Founding Director, Cybersecurity Initiative, University of Delaware

Dr. Walker is the Founding Director of the new University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative (UDCSI) at the University of Delaware, with a key focus on corporate cybersecurity that addresses present and emerging cyber threats and a special emphasis on the banking/financial, energy, chemical, and electrical grid industrial sectors incorporating advances in education and research, as well as training and certification programs for the corporate workforce and Government professionals.

Dr. Walker previously served in the senior executive role as the Chief Technology Officer & Technical Director in standing up the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command & U.S. 10th Fleet, U.S. Navy. Earlier Government senior executive positions include Department of Homeland Security’s Director of Research, Department of Navy’s Office of Naval Research’s Executive Director & Chief Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory’s Associate Laboratory Director-National Security, and standing up the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s as Senior Advisor for Science & Technology, spanning the Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, and the IC. As a former member of the Senior Executive Service, Dr. Walker served as a standing member of the Defense Science & Technology Advisory Group (DSTAG) for the Director-Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) along with the S&T Executives of the Services, DIA, DARPA, and MDA. In these positions he developed critical programs and aligned strategic defense, homeland security, and intelligence organizations across the U.S. and around the globe while forging key partnerships with the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Sweden, the European Union and NATO.

Earlier industry posts included Morrison Knudsen’s Vice President of Technology and Phillips Petroleum’s Corporate Environmental Director & earlier advancing to the senior technical fellow rank as Senior Research Associate focusing on refining/petrochemical plant process operations, magnetic confinement fusion at General Atomics, alternate energy processes, biotechnology with The Salk Institute, and starting as a physicist at the Naval Weapons Center-China Lake.

During his tenure with Government, Dr. Walker was appointed to lead a number of strategic initiatives. These posts include an appointment by the Deputy Secretary of Defense to serve as Chairman-Joint Laboratory Board of the Joint Improvised Explosive Devices Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). Dr. Walker served as a Member of the Executive Steering Group to establish the Joint Technology Office-High Energy Laser (JTO-HEL) Program under the auspices of DoD’s Under Secretary-AT&L. Dr. Walker now serves as a standing Member of The National Academies Air Force Studies Board and The Intelligence Board, Purdue University’s Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Council, and Chairman of the Engineering Development Board of the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla), as well as a Member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) Board and as a Member-US Air Force Cyber Vision 2025 Senior Expert Review. Earlier, Dr. Walker served as Science Advisor to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as led the tritium production program at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. As a Senior Executive Service member in helping to stand-up DTRA, Dr. Walker was the recipient of the distinguished DoD Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. He is a recipient of the R&D 100 Award and in leading his team at Morrison Knudsen, for their achievement in Project Sapphire to acquire FSU U-235, they received a Presidential Citation from the White House. Dr. Walker has widely published in the fields of physics, chemistry, optics, and signal processing with numerous patents issued. He was a Navy Fellow and recipient of three consecutive Naval Weapons Fellowship awards. Dr. Walker is a member of the American Physical Society, American Nuclear Society, and The Cosmos Club.

Dr. Walker holds a B.S., M.S., & Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of California and an Honorary Degree in Nuclear Engineering-University of Missouri-Rolla.