Established in 1992, the annual award honors an individual with outstanding professional qualities and a top reputation for engineering accomplishments and leadership. Recipients embody the model of excellence Johnson established for future generations of engineers aspiring to create pioneering programs of the future.
I’m grateful to accept this award on behalf of the U.S. Defense Department and its thousands of engineers,î Walker said. ìBeing the second DOD executive in two years to receive this recognition underscores the Departmentís commitment to advancing the engineering community and the technologies it helps advance.
Last year, the Engineersí Council recognized retired Gen. James Cartwright, U.S. Marine Cops, with the award. Previous recipients include retired Air Force Lt. Gen. George K. Muellner,(1998), Burt Rutan (2000) and former DARPA Director, Tony Tether (2006).
Walker received the award at the 58th Engineersí Council National Engineersí Week Honors & Awards Banquet Feb. 23, 2013 in Universal City, Calif.
An aerospace legend, Johnson organized the Lockheed Skunk Works in 1943 and led the design of many iconic aircraft, including the P-38 Lightning, the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and the SR-71 Blackbird. He captured every major aviation design award and earned the nationís highest civilian honor, the National Medal of Freedom.
The Engineersí Council recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals in the fields of engineering, education and special fields of work and public service. The Council sponsors National Engineers Week (Feb. 17-23, 2013), an annual event recognizing engineersí contributions to government, industry and the public.