Mauro J. Walker
Mauro J. Walker’s contributions to advancing electronics manufacturing technology helped place Motorola and the United States as leading high volume manufacturers of portable electronic devices. Mr. Walker’s leadership during the 1970s and 1980s drove the advanced technology necessary for miniaturization of portable communications such as pagers, two-way radios, and cell phones. At a time when the U.S. electronics industry was lagging behind Japan, Walker raised Motorola’s in-house microelectronics capabilities for packaging and assembly of semiconductor devices, making it an industry leader. He established advanced manufacturing technology centers within Motorola, producing many innovations including high-speed surfacemount chip assembly. Mr. Walker was the founding chairman of the National Electronic Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI), representing over 60 electronic equipment manufacturers to improve the competitiveness of North American electronics manufacturing companies. With Walker’s vision, NEMI went international (now known as iNEMI) as the only global organization integrating the roadmap needs for all major technologies required for electronics manufacturing. An IEEE Life Fellow, Mr. Walker retired from Motorola, Inc. in 1998 as Senior Vice President and Director of Manufacturing.