Travis W. Walker


Dr. Travis Walker is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines). In 2008, he graduated from SD Mines with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Applied and Computational Mathematics. He then completed his MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He was an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University from 2013-2017.

Travis is a transport phenomena engineer who works to develop both theoretical and experimental methods that can be applied to the study of complex fluids, soft solids, miscible fluid interactions, and biological systems. He is interested in multiphase systems and the mechanics of materials. His ultimate goal is to provide new detailed insights into the macroscopic characteristics of materials and processes through an in-depth understanding of the fundamental physics active at the molecular level.

Willie E. "Skip" Rochefort

Technical Advisor

Dr. Skip Rochefort has been at Oregon State University since 1993, and he is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Faculty of Materials Science. He is Director of both OSU and College of Engineering Precollege Programs and an OSU Honors College faculty. He has been recognized for his teaching and advising activities by American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the College of Engineering, and OSU. He has held several industrial research and postdoctoral positions (Dow Chemical, Kodak, AT&T Bell Labs, ESPCI (Paris, France), UC Santa Barbara). His research interests for the last 30 years have been in all areas of polymer engineering and science, with a focus over the last few years on biomaterials and engineering education. He has also been an active member of ASEE, the Society of Rheology, and AIChE local and national organizations.

Katrina J. Donovan

Research Scientist

Dr. Katrina J. Donovan is a Lecturer in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines). In 2010, she graduated from SD Mines with a BS in Chemistry. She graduated in 2014 with her MS in Chemistry from San José State University. While completing her PhD in Materials Science from Oregon State University in 2019, Katrina worked at HP, Inc., as a Materials Scientist in the 3D Printing Department (2016-2018). Katrina has served as the US Program Chair for the 2019 Printing for Fabrication international conference.

Katrina specializes in experimental design and technique development for soft materials, complex fluids, and surface phenomena with a wide range of experience in rheological, thermal, structural, and molecular characterization that she leverage fundamentally for academic purposes as well as industrially for applications. Designing experiments and creating novel techniques to answer fundamental questions that drive applications and technology forward captivates her interest.

Dragon Materials, LLC

Travis founded Dragon Materials, LLC, in 2017 in Oregon with a former graduate student, Britany Swann. In 2018, Travis solely refounded Dragon Materials, LLC, in South Dakota.