He was associate editor of the journal Tire Science and Technology for 35 years and has authored more than 30 scientific papers on experimental tire mechanics. He also gave the 1998 invited plenary lecture on the role of experimental mechanics in tire development and was a frequent contributor to the industry publication Tire Technology International.
Walter was among the original instructors of the University of Akron Tire Mechanics Shop, now in its 51st year. And with Professor Alan Gent of the University of Akron, Walter co-edited the NHTSA-funded textbook “The Pneumatic Tire,” published in 2006.
He was a member of two National Academies of Science committees: one on the fuel efficiency of automobiles and light trucks (1991-92) and another on the National Tire Efficiency Study (2005-06). He has served on the boards of Edison Polymer Innovation Corp. (1990-94) and Bridgestone Europe (1994-99).
The Tire Society Distinguished Service Award comes with $1,000 compensation, an engraved trophy encrusted with an authentic fragment of a Space Shuttle landing gear tire, and Lifetime Distinguished Membership of the Tire Society.
Past Distinguished Service Award winners include Floyd S. Conant of the Standards Testing Lab in 1990, Fred Kovac of Goodyear in 1991, David Benko of Goodyear in 1996, Joe DeEskinazi of Continental in 2005, and Marion Pottinger of Smithers in 2012.