Jonathan Walker


Jon Walker is a Manager in RMI’s Boulder office. He is focused on reducing energy and CO2 intensity of transportation and other complex systems. He has over ten years of experience designing commercially successful products and systems as a design engineer and manager in the aerospace and IT industries. Jon joined RMI in July 2013.


Though focused on transportation, Jon uses his background in engineering and design to aid in a wide range of projects across RMI’s practice areas. For example, his aerospace background is valuable in RMI’s ongoing effort to integrate advanced carbon fiber composites into mass-market automobiles, and his work with energy-efficient data center systems is applicable to wide variety of building and electrical energy reduction efforts.

Prior to joining RMI, Jon worked as a design engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace developing an energy efficient starter/generator for regional aircraft. He also worked on improving efficiency of integrated drive generators for large commercial aircraft.

Jon has also performed extensive research and has written several grant requests to the Department of Energy in the field of novel distributed solar power systems. His work in this arena is primarily focused on making distributed concentrated solar power (CSP) systems competitive with rooftop photovoltaic.

Most recently, Jon worked as a product development engineer and engineering manager at Panduit Corporation. In these roles, Jon designed and implemented energy-efficient data center systems. These systems are very successful on the commercial market and have greatly reduced energy consumption in IT and datacenter environments.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2003.
Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 2013

Inventor on 15 United States Patents for innovative product design.
Two-time Ford Motor Company/Northwestern University Robotic Design Champion.

Authored Works

Why Peak Car Ownership in 2020 Isn’t So Farfetched

On Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released formal recommendations designed to help states regulate autonomous vehicles. The guidelines follow advice from the business and safety community: Establish standards for states to adopt a uniform set of rules for autonomous vehicles that ensure human safety, while allowing innovation to continue. The guidelines have been in the works for several months, but their release comes at a time of great activity in the autonomous vehicle space.


Your Garage is Worth At Least $55,000

The global energy revolution is knocking at your door. With improving economics for home energy upgrades, plummeting costs for rooftop solar systems, and even the potential for defection from the electric grid, homeowners face a bevy of new options to control their own energy supply and demand—as well…


Robots Don’t Drink and Drive

Guest author Karen Crofton is an RMI alum. A staggering two out of every three Americans will be involved in an accident related to drunk driving in their lifetime. And with the near ubiquity of mobile phones, texting while driving has become a new, deadly problem on our roads.


Vehicle Choice Overload

You want an economical vehicle that also reduces carbon emissions and helps rid us of oil dependence. But which kind of car is your best choice?