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James holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, an MS in Education from Concordia University Wisconsin and has done further graduate work in applied mathematics at the University of Montana. He worked for seven years as an engineer at Mercury Marine and Kohler Engines, and then three years as adjunct faculty teaching math and computer science at the University of Montana, before Mike lured him away from teaching and his PhD work in applied math to join Acuity in the summer of 2012.

When he’s not in the office designing, fabricating or analyzing, he enjoys building and racing custom bicycles, triathlons and skiing. He also likes edgy political commentary, really good and/or really cheap beer and armed hiking. Somewhere amid all that he finds insufficient time to spend with his wife and two young sons who all seem to love him despite his nerdiness and disconcerting sense of humor.