Dr. Dan Walker

Dr. Dan Walker, A.M. ASCE

Associate Director for Multidisciplinary Studies

Dan Walker is the Associate Director of the Center for Technology and Systems Management within the U. of Maryland’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dan is also President of ClimateMonkeys LLC, a company focusing on developing commercial tools and services within the emerging climate services industry. Prior to his current positions, Dr. Walker was Director and Chief Climate Scientist for the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). With a PhD degree in geology from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Walker has been involved with strategic planning and management of state and federal science for nearly 20 years. After occupying early positions with the states of Kentucky and North Carolina, he began his career in national and international science policy in 1996 as a program analyst with the National Academies. During an eleven-year career, Dr. Walker directed nearly 20 studies over a range of topics from coastal and ocean science, water resource management, oil spill impacts and response, to the national security implications of environmental and climate information, eventually being named a National Academies’ Scholar in 2006. Dr. Walker then served the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2006 to 2009, completing his tenure at OSTP as Assistant Director for Environment. Dr. Walker has served as a Principal and Co-Chair on various U.S. federal interagency committees and bodies, as well as a U.S. Delegate to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 2007 to 2010. Dan also served as Chief of the Climate Assessment and Services Division of NOAA’s Climate Program Office, where he managed NOAA’s Climate and Societal Interactions Program. Dr. Walker is a frequent speaker at climate and ocean policy meetings and panels, and is an active member of the American Meteorology Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers.