Jon Walker is a Sr. Associate in RMI’s Boulder office, where he is focused on mechanical engineering and general design. He has over ten years of experience designing commercially successful products as a product development engineer in the aerospace and IT industries. Jon joined RMI in July 2013.
At RMI, Jon uses his background in mechanical engineering and product development to aid in a wide range of projects across all four of RMI’s practice areas – buildings, electricity, industry, and transportation. For example, his aerospace background is valuable in RMI’s ongoing effort to integrate advanced carbon fiber composites into mass-market automobiles, and his work with energy-efficient IT infrastructure is helping with several building retrofit projects.
Prior to joining RMI, Jon worked as a design engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand developing an energy efficient starter/generator for regional aircraft. He also worked on improving efficiency and reliability of integrated drive generators for large commercial aircraft.
Jon has also performed extensive research and has written several grant requests to the Department of Energy in the field of novel distributed solar power systems. His work in this arena is primarily focused on making distributed concentrated solar power (CSP) systems competitive with rooftop photovoltaic.
Most recently, Jon worked as a product development engineer and engineering manager at Panduit Corporation. In these roles, Jon designed and implemented energy-efficient data center systems. These systems are very successful on the commercial market and have greatly reduced energy consumption in IT and datacenter environments.
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2003.
- Master of Science in Energy Systems Engineering, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2013.
- Inventor on 15 United States Patents for innovative product design.
- Two-time Ford Motor Company/Northwestern University Robotic Design Champion.