James Taylor

James Taylor

Title: Consulting Engineer

Location: Ponte Vedra, Florida, United States

James Taylor, Consulting Engineer and Editor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.

From a young age, Mr. Taylor has known he wanted to pursue engineering. His father, Albert Lee Taylor, had been a scientist who encouraged his interest in science while his mother, Josephine Taylor, had been an office manager for the Johns Hopkins University applied physics laboratory, exposing him to the field of engineering. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Virginia Military Institute in 1963 and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1977. He has had an extensive and fulfilling career with the U.S. military, conducting groundbreaking research on ultra-wideband radar systems and teaching courses on the technology in the U.S., the U.K. and Russia. He has written numerous works on the subject, including “Introduction to Ultra-Wideband Radar Systems,” “Ultra-Wideband Radar Technology,” “Ultra-Wideband Radar: Applications and Design” and “Advanced Ultra-Wideband Radar: Signals, Targets and Applications.” Due to his contributions, Mr. Taylor has been awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Mr. Taylor’s positions with the U.S. military are plentiful, including Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired in 1991. He has been a staff engineer for the Electronic Systems Division of the U.S. Air Force at the Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts from 1981 to 1991, engineering officer of the Avionics Laboratory at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 1977 to 1981 and engineering officer for the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He has earned the rank of lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Air Force in 1978, was a commissioned captain for the U.S. Air Force in 1968 and a commissioned second lieutenant for the U.S. Army in 1963. He considers a highlight of his time in the U.S. military to be in 1990, when the Air Force ordered him and others to cease research on the ultra-wideband radar technology as it had been considered a controversial piece of stealth technology seen as a threat to the B12 bomber. Knowing this was untrue, Mr. Taylor and others wrote about the technology, assuaging worries others had about the ultra-wideband radar and allowing research of it to continue.

Mr. Taylor has held membership with multiple esteemed locations, including holding senior membership with The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has been a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers, the Association of Old Crows, and the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, winning the Outstanding Contributor Award from the organization in 1988. He believes what separates him from others is his fundamental understanding of electronics along with his years of experience in the field of engineering as well as his education, strongly focused on analysis and a broad understanding of other engineering disciplines. Further accomplishments include him patenting an electrical pulse generator and variable geometry airships as well as authoring technological papers, reports and the novel “Signal Chase.” Mr. Taylor is incredibly grateful for his career, believing that he could not have conceptualized it better than how it turned out and considers his life’s path to be a part of a larger divine plan. In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments, Mr. Taylor has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East.

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