“Only One World: Our Own to Make and Keep”

Dr Larry Walker, Adjunct Professor-MSU’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Dr Larry  Walker

Date & Time :

21 January 2020, 11:00 - 12:00

Venue :

Smt. Sakarben Karasmshi Somaiya Sabhagruha, Somaiya Vidyavihar

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Abstract of the talk :

The title of Professor Walker’s presentation is taken from Gerard Piel's book of the same title. Gerard Piel was the publisher of Scientific America for forty years. His role as publisher of this
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Profile :

Larry P. Walker describes himself as a country boy from Detroit, Michigan. He received a B.S. in Physics from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1974. However, his evolving interests in environmental and natural resources challenges lead him to complete M.S. and Ph.D (1975 and 1978) degrees in Agricultural Engineering from MSU. Dr. Walker was appointed as an assistant professor at Cornell University in January 1979 where he rose through the ranks to become a full professor in 1993 & retired from Cornell University in 2015. During his time at Cornell, he has led multi discipline research activities focused on pretreatment and scarification of lignocellulosic feedstock, abiotic and biotic interactions in aerobic degradation processes, and the application of systems biology modeling to direct metabolic activities in yeast to drive more carbon to biofuels and bioproducts. His research activities have yielded over two hundred peer and non-peer reviewed articles. Dr Walker has served in numerous leadership roles including membership on the National Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (2000 -2005) and leadership of the Northeast Sun Initiative, a regional bioenergy and bioproducts initiative, from 2004 through 2012. He is the recipient of the 2008 Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Outstanding Alumnus Award. In 2009 he was elected as a fellow in the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Also, in 2009 he was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Association. In 2017 he received the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Engineering, Michigan State University. He is the Co-Editor in Chief for the journal “Industrial Biotechnology” and he currently serves as a Director for Godavari Biorefineries Inc (2009 – Present). For his leadership in industrial biotechnology, he received the “Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Leadership and Legacy Award” in 2018. He is an active member of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association where he serves as a member of the Board, and he was appointed in 2018 as an adjunct professor in MSU’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. He serves on the Governing Board of K. J. Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology and the Academic Council of Somaiya Vidyavihar.

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