Prior to joining the MHL, Jim spent seven years at the University of Washington where he developed, maintained, and deployed autonomous underwater vehicles for the United States Navy. He also earned his BA in Social Science from UW in 2014. He also has a diverse career background as an automotive mechanic, a carpenter, fine arts/graphic design student, and a Jumpmaster in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Jim supports the MHL through shop management, computer-aided design and manufacturing, welding, CNC and manual machining, instrument fabrication, woodworking, and providing test and research support. Jim is passionate about learning and enjoys working on student-led research projects and with the numerous interns that work at the MHL. His aim is to use his real-world experiences to mentor and train NAME students, helping them to be more capable and adaptable engineers.