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Dr. Derrick Walters has a diverse background and resume that includes 30 years of maintenance, engineering, business, management, project management, university teaching, corporate training, and consulting experience. He has held several middle management positions in engineering, maintenance, and business with progressive responsibilities that have allowed him to enhance and sharpen his project and business acumen. He has been the lead project manager for projects that range from $100K to 200M, and his project teams typically consist of 10-15 cross-functional professionals with advanced degrees in engineering: Civil, Structural, mechanical, and electrical. Also included were maintenance, management, computer networking, database administrators, developers, process engineers, stress analyst, architects, designers, and a team of administrative personnel.

Professor Walters completed his undergraduate degree in engineering technology at Purdue University, his MBA in project management at Keller Graduate School of Management, and his doctoral studies (EdD) at Northern Illinois University (NIU). In addition, he completed the requirement for PMI’s PMP certification in 2005, and has been an active PMP for 13 years.

Dr. Walters currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago, IL and owns a consulting company, Walters Consulting, LLC. He has been teaching PMP Prep courses for the past 13 years, while teaching at colleges and universities (online and on-ground) for the past 17 years. In addition, he advocates the use of computer simulations to illuminate and reinforce topics like project management. His interests include NBA basketball, NFL football, ML Baseball, Boxing, the UFC, Gospel music, the Internet, video games, and reading.