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 analysis professionals, architects, design professionals, and a team of administrative personnel.
Professor Walters completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Purdue and subsequently completed an MBA in project management at Keller Graduate School of management. Derrick completed his doctoral studies (EdD) at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, IL with some course work in instructional design. In addition to being a PMI certified PMP for 12 years, Derrick is also ITIL certified, and he teaches Business Analysis (BA) courses.
Dr. Walters currently live in the suburbs of Chicago, IL and owns a consulting company, Walters Consulting. He has been teaching PMP Prep for the past 12 years, while also teaching at colleges and universities (online and on-ground) for the past 16 years. The courses he has taught include Project Management (undergrad and grad), PMP Prep, ITIL, Agile PM, Business Analysis, International business, Entrepreneurship, Operations Management, the Principles of Management, Strategic Management (undergrad and grad), and basic computing to name a few. In addition, he advocates the use of computer simulations: Simproject, CAPSIM Foundation, and CAPSIM Capstone to illuminate and reinforce topics like project management, introduction to management and strategic management.