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Dr. John Q. Walker - 1976 BS, Math Studies, 1976 BA, Music, 1978 MS, Computer Science

Co-Founder, Zenph Sound Innovations

Dr. John Q. Walker is an inventor and entrepreneur who uses computer technology and recordings of legends like Rachmaninoff, to create extraordinary re-performances that sound as if you were in the room where they were originally played. The holder of five patents, John is co-founder of Zenph Sound Innovations, and was co-founder of Ganymede Software. Zenph builds technology to describe precisely how musicians perform, along with data and software which has implications that span the entertainment industry. The company's breakthrough first recording with Sony Masterworks was in the Billboard's Classical Top Ten for months. Stereophile magazine wrote this of Zenph's recording of jazz great Art Tatum: "This is a crucially-important release in musical history."

John is the author of dozens of technical articles, one book, and co-author of another. He frequently provides expert talks on networking, software engineering, and musicological topics. Walker was influential in the creation of the IEEE 802 local-area network (LAN), and the 802.11 wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) standards. In his five years as vice president of product development at Ganymede, their products won numerous "Best Products" and "Product of the Year" awards. In 2009, John was named a Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer in the Research Triangle region. He is also a member of the 2010 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.

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