Donnell  Walton

Donnell Walton

Adjunct Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Donnell Walton is director of the Corning West Technology Center in Sunnyvale, CA. In this role, he leads research and business development to match Corning’s existing and emerging capabilities and opportunities in the western United States, in particular, the Silicon Valley region of California.

Walton joined Corning’s Science and Technology Division after serving as a physics professor at Howard University. At Howard, Walton won the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and established a laboratory for optical fiber based lasers and amplifiers. After conducting and leading research programs, Walton joined the Corning Gorilla Glass Division where he built and developed a global team of customer-facing engineers which helped grow the Division's revenue to over $1B in only five years. He then returned to the Science and Technology Division to lead our West Coast R&D efforts. 

Walton 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. 


B.S. (Physics), North Carolina State University, 1989

B.S. (Electrical Engineering), North Carolina State University, 1989

Ph.D. (Applied Physics), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1996