Matthew C. Walker

Matt Walker
Mechanical Engineer


Staff Member:
2004-present


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Favorite Vehicle:
X-15
Perhaps the most successful aeronautical research program ever conducted by NASA, the X-15 paved the way for hypersonic flight as well as space travel. Even today, this aircraft holds most altitude and speed records for man-piloted winged aircraft.

Biography: Matt Walker is a mechanical engineer who specializes in thermodynamics, combustion, and fluids. His past research has involved catalytically assisted combustion of kerosene fuels in reciprocating engines. Currently, he works for a premier rocket systems company performing fluid dynamic and combustion analyses that support various space and defense programs. His primary interests are high-speed airbreathing propulsion and advanced solid rocket technologies. Projects that Matt has supported include the X-43 scramjet research vehicle, NASA's Rocket Based Combined Cycle flight test fixture, and the Ares 1 Crew Launch Vehicle. Matt is married with two children and is currently working on his doctorate degree in chemical engineering.

Professional Interests: Airbreathing propulsion, thermodynamics, combustion, gas dynamics, rocketry, computer programming.

Personal Interests: Aviation history, radio controlled airplanes, motorcycles, camping, hunting, fly fishing, engineering education.

Selected Memberships:

  • Academy of Model Aeronautics
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Order of the Engineer
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    Selected Publications:

  • Walker, M., Clarke, E., Cordon, D., Steciak, J., Beyerlein, S., Cherry, M., JP-8 Genset Operation Under Cold Chamber Conditions, Joint Meeting of the US Sections of the Combustion Institute, Chicago, IL, 2003.
  • Walker, M., Clarke, E., Cordon, D., Steciak, J., Beyerlein, S., Cherry, M., Modeling Catalytically-Assisted Combustion of JP-8 Fuel in Small Homogeneous Charge Engines, Meeting of the Western States Section of the Combustion Institute, San Diego, CA, 2002.
  • Walker, M., Cordon, D., Clarke, E., Beyerlein, S., Steciak, J., Cherry, M., Gasoline Genset Conversion for JP-8 Operation, Meeting of the Western States Section of the Combustion Institute, Salt Lake City, UT, 2001.
  • Gerbus, D., Cordon, D., Walker, M., Drew, R., Odom, E., Beyerlein, S., Rink, K., Improving the Professional Skills of Engineering Graduate Students through Capstone Project Mentoring in IEWorks, Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.
  • Cordon, D., Clarke, E., Westra, L., Allen, N., Cunnington, M., Drew, B., Gerbus, D., Klein, M., Walker, M., Odom, E., Beyerlein, S., Rink, K., Shop Orientation to Enhance Design for Manufacturing in Capstone Projects, Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.




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