Joined EMI: August 2021
Professional Training & Experience
- BS, Architecture, University of Michigan, 1981
- MS, Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1988
- PhD, Civil Engineering (Construction), University of Illinois, 1996
Jim began his career as a civil engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force. He served 20 years on active duty in a wide variety of assignments and locations. His roles included architecture, environmental engineering, project management and teaching. He spent time overseas in many countries including 3 years in the Netherlands. Jim ended up at the Air Force Academy and continued his career there as a civilian professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department for another 20 years. He is a licensed architect.
Jim served colleagues and cadets in ministry roles within the Air Force and in his church. Once he learned about eMi he was eager to combine his faith and professional skills by volunteering. He was a short term volunteer on several project teams, and in 2016 he and his wife spent a year with eMi Uganda. After retiring from teaching at the Air Force Academy, Jim joined eMi as part-time staff in 2021.
Jim and his wife Anne have been married for over 40 years. They have three grown sons; Bryant, Spencer and Kyle, who all live nearby in Colorado. Jim and Anne still have many family connections in Michigan where they both grew up.