Title: Professor Emeritus
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Edward Walters, Professor Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry education.
Dr. Walters’ parents always wanted their children to go into higher education as they didn’t have the opportunity to attend school past eighth grade. Having a high school chemistry teacher that made the subject exciting and refreshing significantly impacted Dr. Walter’s decision to become an educator in the field himself. Later on, when starting college, Dr. Walters had the opportunity to do research and found that it continued to propel him down this path. He first earned a Bachelor of Science from Pacific Lutheran University in 1962 and later received a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1966.
Fresh out of college, Dr. Walters started as a research associate at Cornell University, conducting studies for two years before joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico as an assistant professor. From 1974 to 1985, he taught at the institution as an associate professor and then became a full professor in 1985. He remained at the university teaching chemistry to future generations of scientists until he retired in 2006. Upon retirement, he was bestowed the honorary professor emeritus title. In addition to these roles, Dr. Walters has provided his services and expertise to the Sandia National Laboratory, the US Air Force Weapons Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Since 2017, he has consulted on intellectual property matters for the Southern Aerospace Company and calls this work exciting, engaging and challenging.
In his career, Dr. Walters authored Contemporary Chemistry in 1974. He has maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations including the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Vacuum Society. Dr. Walters was very fortunate to collaborate with a few good graduate students, good post-doctoral students and colleagues. He developed many friendships through his work, including Norm Blais at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Robb Grover at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Walters attributes his success to his very supportive wife Susan and family. He also had the great fortune of having mentors that he respected very much, both good scientists and good people.
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