Maj. Amber Walker joined DARPA in June 2017 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office. Her current focus area is advanced hypersonic systems for ground launch. Additional research interests include human-robot interaction, multi-modal and wearable control, shared autonomy, and other technologies to manage warfighter mental workload.
Prior to joining DARPA, Maj. Walker served as an action officer supporting the Functional Area 49 (Operations Research/Systems Analysis (ORSA)) Proponent Office at the Headquarters Department of the Army. While serving on staff, she advised the Office’s executive agent on strategic initiatives pertaining to the strength of the career field and was responsible for the accession and education of workforce members. She focused heavily on training platforms and education opportunities to improve the Department of the Army’s proficiency in data science. She has also held positions in the department of civil and mechanical engineering at the U.S. Military Academy, in the Office Chief of Signal at Fort Gordon, Ga., and in tactical signal formations within the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Tex., and Baghdad, Iraq (OIF 07-09).
Maj. Walker holds a Doctor in Philosophy in aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Science by Research in engineering science from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy.
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