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Sterling W. Walker
Former Director of Engineering Development

Sterling W. Walker was the Director of the Engineering Development Directorate at John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA. He was responsible for the design of unique launch and landing facilities and equipment, and operation of the Center's Spaceport Technology Development laboratories. Mr. Walker was responsible for development project management, technology commercialization and served as the KSC Chief Engineer. 

Mr. Walker joined NASA Kennedy Space Center in 1967 after three years as a Nuclear Power
Engineer with the Navy Nuclear Program at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, South
Carolina. He was assigned as the Liquid Oxygen Systems Engineer for the Saturn IB at LC-34-37,
and later assumed similar responsibilities for the LO2 and Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) systems at
LC-39 for the Apollo Program. He was the design engineer for reconfiguration of the LC-39 LO2
system to support the Skylab and Space Shuttle programs. 

Mr. Walker’s previous managerial positions in the Engineering Development Directorate include
Chief, Environmental Control System (ECS) and Cryogenics Section; Chief, Facilities Branch; and
Chief, Mechanical Engineering Division. He also served as Chairman of the Canister Rotation
Facility (CRF) Source Evaluation Panel. 

Mr. Walker also serves on the Industry Advisory Committee for the Dean of Engineering at the
University of Central Florida, on organizing committee for the Aerospace Mechanisms
Symposium, and was Chairman of KSC’s Disabilities Action and Awareness Working Group

Mr. Walker and his wife, the former Patricia Newcome of Charleston, South Carolina, live in Cocoa
Beach, Fla.; son, Sterling Jr., also lives in Cocoa Beach, and daughter, Angela Norman, lives in
Orlando, Florida. Mr. Walker is from Charleston, South Carolina, and graduated from Clemson
University in 1964, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Mr. Walker has received numerous NASA and KSC awards including the NASA Exceptional
Service Award in 1988. 

June 2004 

Biographies - Former Employees