Born in Aberdeen, Maryland, Clayton Wilson earned his degree in engineering from the Institute of Business and Technology in Santa Clara, California. He began his work in engineering in the aerospace industry in the early 1980s. As an inspector for Ford Aerospace he worked on the space shuttle Challenger project. It was Mr. Wilson’s attention to detail which helped him notice that the material being used to seal connections in pipes and tubes on shuttle would not fair well in excessive temperatures.
Clayton Wilson then went on to work in the athletic apparel/footwear industry in the late 1980s as a footwear designer for Nike. He was involved in the conception of footware, which included, but was not limited to design, manufacturing, converting into CAD, and submitting 2D blueprints to be sent to 3D departments for manufacture.
Most notably, he worked on the first shoe cleats for modern day baseball. He was an integral part in the innovation, design, and manufacturing of Nike’s products.
He also designed a custom shoe for world renowned tennis player, Monica Seles. It was titled Nike’s “special project” for tennis athletes.
During the past decade, Mr. Wilson’s work has been focused upon consulting with companies in the automotive and aerospace industries. He also works as a precision machinist and inspector through his freelance work.
Recreationally, Clayton Wilson enjoys GT automotive road racing, as well as performing as a concert pianist. Above all else, though, he loves spending time with his family. Mr. Wilson is a loving husband, and the proud father of three beautiful girls.