James S.B. Chew
Director, Strategic Development
James S.B. Chew has twenty-nine years of experience in the aerospace, automotive, and education fields.
Prior to joining General Atomics, Mr. Chew served as a propulsion engineer for Boeing Aerospace Company, senior engineer for SPARTA, program manager for Air Force Rocket Propulsion Lab, Director of Rocket Propulsion Technology Plans and Programs for the Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Assistant Staff Specialist for Weapons Technology for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Deputy Director of Air and Surface Weapons Technology for the Office of Naval Research. Mr. Chew also served as Exide’s (Nasdaq:XIDE)Vice President for the Military and Specialty Global Business Unit, Product Marketing Consultant for the Dodge Division of Chrysler Corporation, QWIPTECH’s Chief Operating Officer, General Motor’s American Tuner Program Manager, T/J Technologies Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, Science and Technology, ATK (NYSE: ATK),SAIC’s (NYSE: SAI) Vice President, Space Systems Development Division,and L-3 Communications Director, Advanced Concepts
While at Boeing Aerospace, Mr. Chew developed the solid divert propulsion system that is now used on the Navy’s Theater Missile Defense system and wrote the nation’s first technical overview paper on carbon-carbon rocket nozzle technology. At SPARTA, Mr. Chew wrote the winning proposal and co-managed the first SETA contract for the Air Force Rocket Propulsion laboratory. With the Air Force, Mr. Chew led the research team that received the 1991 Air Force Science and Technology Achievement Award for the applications of low-cost polymers for solid rocket propulsion systems. He also led the development and execution of the national rocket propulsion technology program, known as the Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology program (IHPRPT), for which he and his team received the Federal Executive Board Major Accomplishment Award. With the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Chew led the development and execution of joint precision weapons technology programs that accelerated technology transition to the warfighter. He led the development and execution of a focused technology program to sustain the nation’s strategic systems. Mr. Chew led the development and execution of the Navy’s $100M Air and Surface Weapons Technology portfolio. For these efforts, Mr. Chew was awarded two commendations from the Chief of Naval Research for program management excellence. He has authored over thirty technical publications in the areas of aerospace/defense technologies and program management.
Mr. Chew’s auto industry accomplishments include developing the first global “enthusiast/youth tuner” battery, known as the Orbital in North America and Maxxima in Europe, developing and leading the execution of General Motor’s youth enthusiast program, known as “American Tuner”, and contributing to the development and execution of the Dodge Strategic Marketing and Product plans that created “The New Dodge”. Mr. Chew is an active automotive journalist, writing under the “J.C. Chaney, Jr”, “M.J. Yue”, and “James Chew”, and is a member of the Motor Press Guild. He currently contributes to the Antelope Valley Press (CA), AV News Today, Whispering Bomb, der Bayerschein, and “Roundel” the magazine for the BMW Car Club of America.
As the T/J Technologies COO, Mr. Chew refocused the company to its competency of developing new materials for advanced electrochemistry applications. This successful execution, resulting in an annual sales increase of $2.5M to $25M, was recognized by Crain’s Business Daily as one of Michigan’s “20 Largest Technology-based Companies” and with T/J being named as one of “50 Michigan Companies to Watch” by the Michigan Small Business Association. Mr. Chew completed the successfully merging of operations between T/J Technologies and A123 Systems (Nasdaq:AONE), creating the world’s largest developer of advanced lithium-ion battery materials and systems. At ATK, Mr. Chew developed and executed the corporate Science and Technology strategy, transforming ATK from a commodity weapons supplier to a leader in the Space and Defense systems market. At SAIC, Mr. Chew pioneered the concept of using commercial satelittes to host DoD payloads to affordably meet the DoD Space mission and Needs. At L-3, Mr. Chew successfully developed and executed the business development campaign for the first RF waveform technology for both commercial and military applications.
Mr. Chew earned a lifetime California State Community College teaching credential in engineering. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Mr, Chew is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Engineering Program and the Defense Systems Management College Advanced Program Management Program. He is a DoD Level 3 certified acquisition professional and a DoD Level 3 System, Planning, Development, Research and Engineering professional. He was recognized as the 2009 College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus by his undergraduate alma mater.
Chew served on the board of ABAKAN, Inc., and the National Academy of Science (NAS) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) study panel and is the Chairman of the NDIA Science, Engineering and Technology Division.
Mr. Chew is married to the former Michele Farren, of Philadelphia, PA. They have two daughters, Madeleine and Josephine.