Jon Walker is a Manager in RMI’s Boulder office. He is focused on reducing energy and CO2 intensity of transportation and other complex systems. He has over ten years of experience designing commercially successful products and systems as a design engineer and manager in the aerospace and IT industries. Jon joined RMI in July 2013.
Though focused on transportation, Jon uses his background in engineering and design to aid in a wide range of projects across RMI’s practice areas. 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 data center systems is applicable to wide variety of building and electrical energy reduction efforts.
Prior to joining RMI, Jon worked as a design engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace developing an energy efficient starter/generator for regional aircraft. He also worked on improving efficiency 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.
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