After serving in the United States Army, Jim attended and graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology and University of Delaware, where he earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Jim began his over 30-year engineering career as a bridge engineer in Philadelphia. He’s held positions at the Philadelphia Streets Department – Bridge Section, Site-Blauvelt Engineers, Parsons Corporation, TRC and Stantec, Inc. His favorite project was, while working as a senior structural engineer for Parsons Corporation, the design of the Willow Grove Avenue bridge over Rt. 309, with numerous retaining walls of different types and sound barrier walls along Rt. 309 in Glenside, PA. This project also included a tunnel under Rt. 309 connecting Springfield High School with Springfield Middle School.

He has most recently worked as a consulting structural forensic engineer for Forensic Consultants of North America and BE Structural where he applied his structural expertise to identifying the causes of multiple types of structural failures.

Jim has purchased and personally renovated 4 houses in his lifetime, the current of which is a work in progress. He’s found that this hands-on experience has brought value to his more abstract design and analysis capabilities as an engineer.

Jim is a parent of 2 wonderful daughters, both of whom he admires deeply. Both of his daughters are currently attending college.

In his free time Jim enjoys reading, listening to music, home improvements, exploring new places and learning new things. He also enjoys sledding in the winter and being down the shore in the summer.