Dr. Donnell Walton is Director of the Corning Technology Center Silicon Valley where he leads research and business development efforts to match Corning's existing and emerging capabilities and opportunities in the western United States. Walton has led R&D efforts to a world leadership position in high-power (kW) fiber lasers and managed the Silicon on Glass project, which demonstrated applications including imagers and photovoltaics. Walton joined the Corning® Gorilla® Glass team as a senior applications engineer then served as manager of worldwide applications engineering for Gorilla Glass during a time of sales growth from ~$20 M to > $1 B.
Before joining Corning in 1999, Walton was a physics professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he won the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator (CAREER) Award. He earned a Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor after graduating summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in physics and electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. Walton has authored or co-authored 19 patents and more than 50 technical reports.