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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mechanical Engineer
Engineering Professor
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Cream, Crimson
Favorite Food:
Chocolate Bars
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
The Future Is Now.

Birthplace

Born:
12/16/1936
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mechanical Engineer
Engineering Professor
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Cream, Crimson
Favorite Food:
Chocolate Bars
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
The Future Is Now.

Birthplace

Born:
12/16/1936
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Mechanical engineer, engineering professor and education administrator Lucius Walker was born on December 16, 1936 in Washington, D.C. to Inez, a housewife and M. Lucius Walker, Sr., a public school teacher. After attending Armstrong High School for one year, he received a Ford Foundation scholarship to attend Morehouse College at the age of fifteen. In 1954, he transferred to Howard University to study engineering. Walker graduated with his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1957. He continued his studies at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), earning advanced degrees in mechanical engineering, his M.S. degree in 1958 and his Ph.D. degree in 1966. During his studies, he served as an instructor at Howard University and Carnegie Institute of Technology.

In 1963, Walker joined the faculty of Howard University as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; in 1967, he was promoted to an associate professor and in 1970, he became a full professor. A year later, he became chair of the department of engineering. In 1972, Walker co-founded and directed the Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership and co-founded the organization, Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering. In 1976, Walker became acting dean of the School of Engineering and a graduate professor of mechanical engineering. He was appointed dean in 1978. Throughout his career, Walker also worked for General Electric, Exxon, Ford Motor Company, and Harry Diamond Laboratories. He published many scientific research articles covering topics such as transportation systems analysis, fluid mechanics, and bioengineering. Walker also conducted aerodynamics research using airplane models and holds a patent on a Fluidic NOR device. Lucius Walker retired as dean in 2002 and became a professor emeritus at Howard University.

Walker has been recognized many times throughout his career including receiving the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from Howard University. He served on the board of directors of Carnegie Mellon University; Junior Engineering Technical Society and the Center for Naval Analysis, as well as MIT’s Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Lucius Walker has two children and six grandchildren.

Lucius Walker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 14, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lucius Walker's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lucius Walker lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lucius Walker describes his mother's family background - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lucius Walker describes his mother's family background - part two
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lucius Walker talks about his mother's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lucius Walker describes his father's family background - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lucius Walker describes his father's family background - part two
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lucius Walker talks about his father's life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lucius Walker talks about his father's interest in science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lucius Walker talks about his father's growing up and education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lucius Walker talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lucius Walker describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lucius Walker talks about being an only child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lucius Walker describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lucius Walker describes his childhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lucius Walker describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lucius Walker describes his experience at Lovejoy Elementary School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lucius Walker describes his childhood interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lucius Walker talks about World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lucius Walker describes his childhood interest in sports
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lucius Walker talks about the Ford Foundation Early Admission Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lucius Walker talks about his classmates at Morehouse College in the Early Admission Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lucius Walker describes his experience at Morehouse College in the Ford Foundation Early Admission Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lucius Walker describes his decision to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lucius Walker describes his experience at Morehouse College and Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lucius Walker talks about his mentors and peers at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lucius Walker talks about HistoryMaker Percy Pierre
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lucius Walker describes his experience as a student at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lucius Walker talks about Carnegie Institute of Technology/Carnegie Mellon University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lucius Walker describes his dissertation research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lucius Walker talks about how he met his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lucius Walker describes his decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree in engineering
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lucius Walker talks about his doctoral dissertation research at Carnegie Institute of Technology/Carnegie Mellon University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lucius Walker describes his experience as a faculty member at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Lucius Walker talks about his work towards increasing African American representation in engineering - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Lucius Walker talks about his work towards increasing African American representation in engineering - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Lucius Walker talks about his work towards the study of cardiac dynamics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lucius Walker reflects upon engineering training in America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lucius Walker reflects upon his career at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lucius Walker talks about the solar car competition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lucius Walker describes his post-retirement work in science education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lucius Walker reflects upon the awards that he has received
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lucius Walker reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lucius Walker describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lucius Walker reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lucius Walker talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lucius Walker describes the Highland Beach community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lucius Walker describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lucius Walker describes his photographs - part one
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lucius Walker describes his photographs - part two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lucius Walker describes his photographs - part three