Company: BFG Aerostructures Group
Location: San Diego, California, United States
Norman J. James, Contractor at BFG Aerostructures Group, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.
Mr. James is a celebrated figure in the field of aerospace engineering who amassed more than 60 years of professional experience prior to his retirement in 2015. An independent contractor for the latter 15 years of his career, he previously served as an industrial designer at Rohr Industries from 1988 to 2000, working in the aircraft division as a design-to-cost group engineer and supervising a value engineering team for a cost reduction of the production of nacelle hardware. Prior to this role, he served Tesa Design as a technical director, Rohr Marine and RMI, Inc., as an engineering specialist, Rohr Industries as a transportation design chief, Sundberg-Ferar as an account executive to the Lockheed L-1011 Industrial Design Team, and General Motors as a senior designer of the Defense Research Laboratories.
Entering the field during the golden age of automobiles, Mr. James applied technical and drafting skills to aesthetically resolve and direct clay modeling of the 1956 and 1959 Motorama gas turbine Firebird II and III show cars while at General Motors. In addition, during the pinnacle of the space age, he designed a patent for a resilient wheel for the lunar roving vehicle while working for the Lockheed Industrial Design Team. He also holds several other patents in the field in relation to various aerospace, aircraft and vehicle designs.
The former president of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, Mr. James has been heavily involved in the aerospace industry, designing patents and inventing mounts for telescopes. Although retired, he is currently working on inventions that he would like to present to major observatories. Mr. James holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial design from Pratt Institute, who honored him with the Career Achievement Award in 2015. He has been highlighted in the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the West.
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