James R. Shaw, Jr., PE, LEED-AP, ICC
Senior Mechanical Engineer
I’ve traveled across the country to get to where I am now, following projects and processes out of curiosity. I like the way we work here, independently, but as a team.
Bachelor of Science, aerospace engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Master of Science, aerospace engineering
University of Colorado
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and
Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) International Code Council (ICC) Residential Building Inspector B1-2012
US Green Building Council
It’s said that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and with Jim Shaw’s family background, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why his interests and experiences are all over the map.
His dad, an aeronautical engineer in central Ohio, worked in the early stages of spacecraft design at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the organization from which NASA was created. By the mid-sixties, he moved the family to northern Virginia, where he analyzed Soviet capabilities during the Cold War to provide objective national security intelligence. He also worked on “a couple of projects nobody had ever heard of,” the Gemini and Apollo missions, before either was named or known. Despite Dad’s “secret” occupation, the constant exposure to Aviation Week & Space Technology and National Geographic, plus regular plane-watching excursions, naturally fascinated young Jim and helped shape his trajectory.
His mother – with plenty of curiosity of her own and in possession of her great-grandfather’s Civil War diary as well as her grandfather’s findings on the family heritage – took up genealogy. Eventually, she passed the bug along to Jim, who still researches links and trails online, tracing his lineage and digitally recording it for posterity.
Even the previous generation was adventurous. Jim’s grandmother was among the young women who donated their hair for use in World War II’s military effort, where pristine locks were woven into strong, stable filaments that boosted the reliability of scientific instrumentation designed to measure precise temperature and humidity.
His grandfather, an Indiana high school chemistry teacher, was recruited by Mark C. Honeywell to work on defense contracts for his growing thermostatic heating control company. Many years and mergers later, when Honeywell moved its headquarters to Minneapolis, Jim’s grandparents chose to stay in Wabash, where he oversaw the completion of what’s now the Honeywell Center, the arts and community center Mark Honeywell built and donated to his hometown, then changed careers to manage its equipment operations. His grandfather’s unexpected decision taught Jim “wherever you are, you can do things.”
Wherever Jim is, he does plenty of things.
With a degree in aerospace engineering, a new wife, and a tight
post-lunar-landing job market, Jim branched out into consulting. A fellow Michigan grad gave him a shot in a small consulting engineering firm in Toledo, where the operating philosophy was “whatever the client wants, we we’ll find a way to do it.” That’s when he realized the aerospace curriculum had given him the breadth and depth of experience to tackle virtually anything. As design engineer on commercial, industrial and government projects, he gained broad experience in structural steel, reinforced concrete design and detailing, plant layout, piping systems, HVAC systems, specification writing, and structural, mechanical, architectural and civil drawings.
Working his way across specialty firms in Colorado, Jim shored up his expertise in project management, engineering design, department leadership and expert witness services. His areas of responsibility grew to include conceptual design, HVAC (hydronics, chiller /heating plants, water source heat pump, geothermal, air distribution) piping, plumbing, fire protection, industrial ventilation design, bulk materials transfer, and planning and technical guidance for building safety and health audits.
After a transfer to Atlanta, where he and his wife settled in and raised their son, Jim thought he had put down roots. But when a recruiter connected him with a fresh opportunity at Carlisle, he couldn’t resist giving it a spin.
Jim likes to keep things moving – and he always finds a way to make it work.