Dr. Walter J. Culver is the founding member of the Advisory Board of the Great Lakes Energy Institute, and its former Vice Chairman. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee of the School of Engineering of CWRU. He received the Meritorious Service Award from CWRU in 2012.
He enjoyed a 40-year career in industry, first as a lead technologist and mathematician on NASA and DoD first-of-their-kind programs, and later as one of a few hundred of the nation’s senior executives who helped define how to deliver information technology to enable complex, end-to-end systems. Dr. Culver founded and ran a number of large interdisciplinary organizations to build such systems.
In 2005 he retired as an employee from, but stayed on the Board of, SI International Inc [Nasdaq: SINT], which he cofounded in 1998 with $31 million in private equity. He served first as its President and then its Vice Chairman, and for a time as Chairman and CEO of the subsidiary SI International Telecom Inc. SI International agreed to a buyout by Serco Group plc in mid-2008 at a significant premium to its stock market valuation. It had provided total-systems solutions to Dept of Energy, Dept of Homeland Security, U.S. Air Force Space Command, and the intelligence agencies.
In retirement Dr. Culver consults to academia and federal-systems integrators on business strategies and on winning government contracts, and to Wall Street on the prospects of companies in the field.
Before SI International, Dr. Culver was CEO of Aydin Yazilim ve Elektronik Sanayi A.S., an aerospace firm in Ankara, Turkey. Earlier, he was at Computer Sciences Corporation for 21 years. As President of Defense Systems, he was recognized by the defense community for leading the automation of the Navy’s Aegis fleet. He finished his career at CSC as Corporate Vice President for Systems Integration, a $500 million business.
He has appeared in or authored pieces for Corporate Board Member, Forbes, the Washington Post, and other journals. He had peer-reviewed papers for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Society.
Since he became involved with the Great Lakes Energy Institute he has authored “High-Value Energy Storage for the Grid: A Multi-Dimensional Look,” published in the December 2010 issue of The Electricity Journal, and coauthored with James Mellentine and CWRU professor Robert Savinell "Simulation and Optimization of a Flow Battery in an Area Regulation Application," published in the October 2011 issue of J. of Applied Electrochemistry. Most recently he coauthored with CWRU professors Mingguo Hong and Kenneth Loparo “Towards a More Reliable and Efficient Electric Distribution System,” presented at the IEEE EnergyTech Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, May 21-23, 2013.
Dr. Culver was recognized in the 1980s by the Urban League with its E. L. Patterson Education Award, and by President Reagan, for leading a foundation comprising IBM and other major firms in developing an industry/academic partnership to further the success of minority students in college.
Dr. Culver holds a Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Detroit, and an M.S.E.E. and a Ph.D. (Systems) from CWRU, where he was a National Defense Education Act graduate fellow.