Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Walter Thompson

Walter Thompson


Phone: 970-491-8344 

Walter Thompson

Master Instructor

Mechanical Engineering

Walter is an Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineer with over 38 years of experience working on the tactical and strategic elements of space transportation. At CSU, he teaches two aerospace engineering graduate classes, Orbital Mechanics and Trajectory and Performance, both of which he developed.

Walter’s experience spans the gamut from integrating the Centaur onto the Space Shuttle to leading the teams that design the trajectories, guidance, and controls for over 140 Atlas III, Atlas V, Delta II, and Delta IV launches.  Along the way he worked on national aerospace plane designs, Lunar and Mars transportation architecture studies, as the trajectory engineer for the Cassini mission to Saturn and numerous other NASA missions, and the development programs of Atlas V, Vulcan Centaur, and currently Blue Origin’s New Glenn.


  • M.S. 1990, San Diego State University – Aerospace Engineering
  • B.S. 1983, Wichita State University – Aeronautical Engineering