A Historical Journey of Physics Inspiration to Naval Research

Alumnus Starnes E. Walker will give a free public lecture at UC Riverside on May 16, focusing on discovery and innovation

Photo shows Starnes Walker.

Starnes E. Walker is the chief technology officer and technical director for the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet, U.S. Navy, and a UC Riverside alumnus.Photo courtesy of Starnes Walker.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — From the early 1900s physics contributions have created a foundational understanding of phenomena that play a significant role in naval research — an understanding that has led to discoveries and innovation, allowing exploration and operations from the deepest ocean depths to far space.

With the ability to explore these extreme environments, physics research, spanning interdisciplinary fields, continues to provide a leading role in defense science that is important to the nation’s security.

Starnes E. Walker, the chief technology officer and technical director for the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet, U.S. Navy, will give a free public lecture on May 16 at the University of California, Riverside in which he will present a historical review of these physics contributions.

The talk, titled “A Historical Journey of Physics Inspiration to Naval Research: A Pathway to Discovery and Innovation,” will begin at 3:40 p.m. in Room 138, Chung HallParking on campus costs $6 per day or $2 per hour in marked, numbered spaces in select parking lots.

Walker is a UC Riverside alumnus, receiving his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in physics in 1968, 1970 and 1973, respectively.  He also has an honorary degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Working closely with the U.S. Department of Defense, his award-winning research and development has revolutionized science and technology systems in homeland security. Developing critical programs and strategic system alignment across domestic and global technical sectors, he has transformed U.S. homeland security and won recognition from the U.S. Congress.

His work with diverse communities has led to strong partnerships with the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Canada and Sweden for an integral and fiscally responsible approach to security and anti-terrorism.

Currently, he also serves as the chief engineering and technical director for the University of Hawai`i system. He has served as director of research in the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, technical director at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and chief scientist and technical director/executive director at the Office of Naval Research.

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