Professor and Civil Engineering Program Director
Heavy Engineering, 250C
Dr. Walker’s research focuses on understanding surface chemical processes in natural and engineered systems, with an emphasis on clean water. Current areas of research include: predicting the fate and transport of manufactured nanomaterials, cyanotoxins, and other “emerging” contaminants in groundwater, lakes, oceans, and water treatment plants; developing novel membrane treatment systems and membrane cleaning approaches; determining the vulnerability of the public to cyanotoxins in finished drinking water; and understanding the environmental implications of energy extraction and electricity production. As a registered PE and educator, Dr. Walker also has scholarly interests related to engineering as a profession, ASCE Policy 465, engineering and liberal education, professional ethics, diversity and issues of equity in engineering, and globalization. A number of agencies have supported Dr. Walker’s research, including NSF, USGS, NOAA, USEPA as well as a host of state and local sources.