Title: Senior Professor, College of Business & Management

Campus: Long Beach, Calif. Campus

Russ Walker is a senior professor at DeVry University in the College of Business and Management where he teaches courses in the areas of data analysis, programming, business systems analysis and project management. His specialties are in educational technology, software development, system analysis and design and project management.
Mr. Walker has been a professor at DeVry University for 10 years and has over 25 years of experience leading the development of mission-critical software systems in education, healthcare, and aerospace. Additionally, he owns the consulting firm, Walker Associates, which specializes in assisting healthcare firms in creating innovative diagnostic medical systems and devices. Some of his firm’s accomplishments include a Web-based calculator for assessing bone fracture risk and a nuclear medicine probe used in cancer-related surgery.
Before starting his own business, Mr. Walker served as an executive of CompuMed, Inc. and as a consultant for Merck & Co. In these roles he managed the development and operation of systems for computerized diagnosis of heart, lung and bone disease. Earlier in his career, he held management positions within the aerospace industry where he was responsible for the development and testing of systems for nuclear missile launch control, satellite imaging, military air traffic control and engineering components for space shuttles.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the DeVry University PRIDE Award, Best New Online Faculty, the Ron Taylor Award and the Course Improvement Award. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, the Association for Information Systems and The Planetary Society.
Mr. Walker holds a bachelor’s of science degree in physics and computer science from Murray State University, a master’s of science in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology, a master’s of business administration from California State University in Long Beach and is currently pursuing his doctorate in business administration with a specialty in computer science from Northcentral University.
Thought Leadership
-       In educational technology he believes there will be a growing demand for flexible, anytime and anywhere learning opportunities for adult lifelong learners. There will also be pressure for educational institutions to contain rising costs by adopting efficiency measures, such as increased use of information technology, that are standard in other industries.
-       Believes there will be a more widespread adoption of electronic patient records and other information technology measures to lower costs, reduce errors and improve quality of care.
-       Education and healthcare have been slow to adopt information technology compared to other industry sectors. Higher education institutions use IT in administration but, outside the rapidly growing realm of online education, the actual development and delivery of educational content largely has remained a “cottage industry” of individual professors working in an idiosyncratic, labor-intensive fashion. Similarly, healthcare has used IT to automate secondary administrative functions, but physicians have until recently resisted its introduction into patient care itself. In both these sectors, over the next few years, changes in customer requirements and cost-containment pressures will likely drive rapid adoption of Web-based information and communication technologies to increase efficiency while, hopefully, retaining the rich interpersonal character of professor-student and doctor-patient relationships.
To schedule an interview with Russ Walker, please contact Maura Ashe at 312-861-5225 or maura.ashe@mslgroup.com. 




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