Dr. Larry P. Walker Receives 2018 Legacy and Leadership Award

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Larry P. Walker - 2017 College of Engineering BAE Distinguished Alumni Award

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today presented Dr. Larry Walker, co-editor in chief for the journal “Industrial Biotechnology,” with the third annual BIO Leadership and Legacy Award in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture. The award presentation took place during a lunch plenary session at the 2018 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology and partnering event was held July 16-19, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Larry P. Walker serves as a private consultant, after having spent a career at the forefront of biobased fuel research and development at Cornell University.  He joined Cornell in 1979, following a short stint with the Tennessee Valley Authority as a process engineer, retiring as full professor and Director of the Biofuels Research Laboratory in June 2015.  

During his 30 years at Cornell, Dr. Walker was involved in a number of biomass to energy projects, including an assessment of NYS biomass resources available for ethanol production, farm-scale methane production and co-generation, the application of nanotechnology to discover and study important biocatalysts for biofuels and industrial biotechnology, and the optimization of solid-state fermentation for the production of natural products. Dr. Walker has served in numerous leadership roles including serving as coeditor in chief for the journal Industrial Biotechnology, adviser for the Renewable Fuels Roadmap and Sustainable Biomass Feedstock Assessment for New York, member of the New York State Climate Action Plan Advisory Panel, the National Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, the Education Committee of the American Council of Renewable Energy, and the Advisory Board for the Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy.

 In 2009, he was elected as a fellow in the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and was also awarded the Black Enterprise Magazine Master of Innovation Award, and received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2008, and was named to the CANR Farm Lane Society in 2015.

Read more about the award here.