James F. Walton II Vice President of Program Development

James-F-Walton-IIJames F. Walton II is a Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Program Development of Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (MiTi). He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and his Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida. As Vice President of Program Development he is responsible for new business development and the company’s orders budget. Other responsibilities include managing and directing the companies marketing and program development staff, establishing joint venture teaming relationships, directing proposal preparation, and securing proposal teaming partners. In his technical capacity he directs and conducts rotor-bearing system dynamics analyses and testing for the wide array of oil-free, energy efficient systems being developed by the company.

During his career Mr. Walton served as a research engineer in the US Air Force responsible for conducting simulated air release testing of live munitions and directing the rotor-bearing system dynamics Research and Development activities in support of advanced gas turbine propulsion engines. While in the Air Force he successfully completed the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officers School in residence and took numerous graduate business administration courses. He received an honorable discharge from the US Air Force.

Following his military service, Mr. Walton was employed at Mechanical Technology Inc., where he managed the branch responsible for materials testing, balancing technologies and rotor system diagnostics. He was also responsible for business development activities, and managing and contributing to a wide range of R&D contracts in rotating machinery. Specific R&D programs he managed or was a key or principal investigator on included, advanced squeeze film damping, high load damping, advanced balancing systems and rotor system destabilizing mechanisms including rotor internal friction.

Mr. Walton is an internationally recognized technologist in the area of rotor system dynamics, having been principal investigator on programs related to advanced dampers, rotor system destabilizing mechanisms, balancing technologies and balancing systems. Mr. Walton has managed programs related to the development of high load and high temperature dampers, advanced fluid film dampers, magnetic bearings and dampers, the development and integration of foil bearings into oil-free, high-speed and high-temperature turbochargers and gas turbine engines, as well as hybrid foil and active magnetic bearings for advanced gas turbine engine applications. Mr. Walton has published over 55 technical papers in his specialty, has been invited to give numerous invited lectures and presentations.

He is a Fellow of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, was awarded the 1999 SAE Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal and received the ASME 1999 and 2005 International Gas Turbine Institute, Vehicular & Small Turbomachinery Committee Best Paper Award. He also holds 4 U.S. patents.

1994-Present: Vice President of Program Development and Corporate Vice President of Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. As Vice President of Program Development is responsible for all new business development and the orders budget of the company. Other responsibilities include managing and directing the companies marketing and program development staff, establishing joint venture teaming relationships, directing proposal preparation, and securing proposal teaming partners.

1981-1994:  Program Manager, Mechanical Technology Inc. Managed branch responsible for materials testing, balancing technologies and rotor system diagnostics. Also responsible for business development activities, managing and contributing to a wide range of R&D contracts in rotating machinery. Specific R&D program areas included, damping, balancing and rotor system destabilizing mechanisms.

1973-1981:  Test Engineer and Project Manager, US Air Force. Responsibilities included planning, managing and conducting Research and Development test efforts directed at advanced Air Force weapon systems. Scheduled personnel, facilities and equipment resources necessary for rocket sled advanced development tests. Responsibilities also included establishing and managing R&D contracts to develop advanced gas turbine engine components and vibration reduction technologies.

PATENTS:

  • U.S. Patent #5,149,936 – Multi-plane Balancing Process and Apparatus Using Powder Metal for Controlled Material Addition
  • U.S. Patent #6,191,513 – Stator Controlled Magnetic Bearing
  • U.S. Patent #6,353,273 – Hybrid Foil Magnetic Bearing
  • U.S. Patent #6,770,993 – Hybrid Foil Magnetic Bearing with Improved Load Sharing