Dr. Walter J. Culver

Dr. Walter J. Culver is a founding member of the Great Lake Energy Institute Advisory Board at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and formerly its board chairman. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee of the School of Engineering of CWRU.

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 and deploy such systems.

In retirement Dr. Culver consults to academia and federal-systems integrators on organizational strategies and on how to win government grants and contracts.

In 2005 he retired as president of, but continued as Vice Chairman of the Board of SI International Inc [Nasdaq: SINT], which he cofounded in 1998 with $31 million in private financing. 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.

Before SI International, Dr. Culver was CEO of Aydin Yazilim ve Elektronik Sanayi A.S., an aerospace firm in Ankara, Turkey.

Earlier, he had been an executive at Computer Sciences Corporation for 21 years. There, as President of Defense Systems, he was recognized by the defense community for leading the automation of the Navy’s Aegis fleet. In his final position at CSC he was Corporate Vice President for Systems Integration, a $500 million business.

He has appeared in or authored pieces for Corporate Board Member magazine, Forbes, the Washington Post, and government journals. He also published peer-reviewed papers in a number of engineering and mathmatics journals.

In energy modernization he was lead author with Mingguo Hong for “Decline of Coal—Driven by Policy or Technology?”, The Electricity Journal, Sept. 2016, and authored “High-Value Energy Storage for the Grid: A Multi-Dimensional Look,” The Electricity Journal, Dec. 2010.

He was supporting coauthor with J. Mellentine and R. Savinell, "Simulation and Optimization of a Flow Battery in an Area Regulation Application," J. of Applied Electrochemistry, October 2011;  with M. Hong and K. Loparo, “Towards a More Reliable and Efficient Electric Distribution System,” IEEE EnergyTech Conference, Cleveland, OH, May 21-23, 2013; and with them for “Optimal Control of Backup Generation in a Campus Microgrid,” IEEE EnergyTech 2014 & AIAA Propulsion and Energy Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, July 28-30, 2014.

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 of major firms in developing an industry-government/academic partnership to further the success of minority students in college.

He 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.