A BRIEF PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY OF WALTER L. STARKEY
In 1950 Dr. Starkey earned the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He earned the grade of A in every course that he took in his Master’s degree program and his doctors-degree program. He then taught graduate and undergraduate courses and did scientific research as a professor at Ohio State for about 30 years. He was in charge of machine design at Ohio State. He published many peer reviewed papers, and he also authored eight books in his field.
In 1965 he was awarded the Habel Award by The Ohio State University for his research, teaching and committee contributions.
In 1966 he was elected by the 5000 faculty-members of Ohio State to be a member of the Advisory Committee to the President and Board of Trustees. The role of this Committee was to advise the President and the Board of Trustees on policy matters on behalf of the faculty. This Committee then voted Dr. Starkey to be its Chairman. Thus, by the Committee and by 5000 faculty members, he was elected to be the top person of the faculty to chair the Committee which advised the President and the Board of Trustees. In 1967 he was appointed and served as the National Chairman of the Machine Design Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1971 he was the recipient of the Machine Design Medal given by the national-level ASME. This is the equivalent, in his field, to the Nobel Prize. In 1996 he was given the very prestigious Distinguished Service Award by The Ohio State University, for a lifetime of distinguished professional achievement in engineering.
For 30 years he owned and operated an engineering consulting firm which provided engineering consulting services to American industry and the Federal Government. This consulting firm employed about 25 graduate engineers, and provided services to such clients as General Electric, Ford, RCA, Lockheed, Fairchild, Chrysler, Bell Aero, and the Federal Government. In the legal area he has served as the principal expert witness in 150 law cases, working with attorneys, judges and juries. All of these lawsuits were on the subject of accidents which involved machines or structures. He has been approved as an expert in the field of machine design by 150 judges. He also has been active recently in buying and selling land in the area northwest of Columbus. He now owns 10 large farms.
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