Always interested in science, Diane M. Vanderwalker, PhD, eventually went into material science in school, and chose to work on dislocations of precipitation and materials. There were different problems she was able to work on over the years, and it wasn’t just one problem. She liked having different types of publications. Dr. Vanderwalker began her professional career as a NATO fellow at the University of Oxford in England from 1981 to 1982 before serving as an assistant professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook from 1983 to 1985. She then served as a materials research engineer at the U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, now known as the Army Research Laboratory, in Watertown, Massachusetts, from 1986 until her retirement in 1994. Additionally, she was a consultant for IBM in Yorktown Heights, New York.
A highlight for Dr. Vanderwalker was when she was teaching at SUNY Stony Brook, where she found some ideas for her publications that she used preparing for courses. She found that going back to the basics was a good idea when she was doing research and teaching at the same time. Prior to the start of her career, Dr. Vanderwalker pursued a formal education at Boston College, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1977. She then matriculated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, where she attained a PhD in 1981. Since graduating, she has contributed myriad articles to professional publications.
Outside of her primary trade, Dr. Vanderwalker maintains involvement with the New York Academy of Sciences, one of the oldest scientific societies in the United States. The academy’s mission is to advance scientific research and knowledge, support scientific literacy and to promote the resolution of society’s global challenges through science-based solutions. Now in retirement, Dr. Vanderwalker has been known enjoy oil painting in her spare time. She would like to be remembered for her successful research studies. She is most proud of her publications’ work because she feels it was a valuable contribution to the field. In light of her achievements, she was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.