Dr. Abram Walton is a professor of management, specializing in technology and innovation at Florida Tech. He has been actively researching in the fields of innovation and product lifecycle management. He currently serves as the founding director of Florida Tech's Center for Lifecycle and Innovation Management, and was previously the drector for the Center for Ethics and Leadership. He has authored over 100 publications and conference proceedings, and his textbooks on leadership and management have sold over 15,000 copies. His research efforts focus on improving technology-sensitive industries by creating sustainable, lean business models through the deployment of innovative continuous improvement methods. He takes a unique systems-thinking approach to innovation and technology, lean, healthcare and product lifecycle management.
Dr. Walton received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems at Northwest Nazarene University (2001), and his Master of Science (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) in Technology, Leadership, and Innovation at Purdue University. He was awarded Purdue's top Graduate Student Excellence award in 2009 for his combined efforts in research, teaching, engagement and grantsmanship. Dr. Walton joined Florida Tech in 2012 and was the leader in helping Florida Tech obtain access to the cutting edge PTC Creo and Windchill Technologies through his Center for Lifecycle and Innovation Management.