For the past 26 years, Mr. Walters has led trans-disciplinary research operations at NC State University engaging diverse college, commodity groups, and private sector stakeholders. Prior to NCSU he was active in agrochemical product development; geotechnical testing; irrigation; and potable water and wastewater infrastructure. He also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa as vocational agriculture and extension educator and, in a similar role with UF/USAID in Cameroon. Mr. Walters has authored or co-authored five technical articles published in major peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a longtime member of Gamma Sigma Delta agricultural honor society and has been recognized for his high scholarship and contribution to the agricultural sciences.