Jim received his PhD in Engineering from the Ohio State University, BS in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University, an MS in Engineering from the University of Kansas, and MBA in marketing from Avila University. He served in the Air Force as a flight test engineer before joining Lucent Technologies Bell Labs where he was the Engineering Manager for Military and Satellite Systems. After retirement from Bell Labs he spent thirteen years as the avionics certification specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration. He is a certified flight instructor in both airplanes and gliders, enjoys hot air balloons, and is a commercial drone pilot. He and his wife Sheila have two children and four grandchildren.
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