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JAMES THOMPSON Product and Interaction Designer 650-575-4955

2413 Folsom St San Francisco, CA 94110

I’m a kid from West Virginia who became an astrophysicist, a rocket scientist, and an entrepreneur. My common thread is my curiousity about the Universe, about people, and about the future of technology. I have a forte for ideation, testing, and decision making thanks to a large toolset that keeps me moving forward. On any given day, you might find me hacking prototypes on post-its, excel, keynote, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Arduino, Processing, HTML5/CSS3/Javascript, MatLab, iOS, SolidWorks, a lathe/mill, or LaserCAMM,



UX Designer, Churn Labs, 2011/12

Patent # 20120010812 Method and System for Determining

Headed product design for Emanata, a indie comic book reader

Position of an Inertial Computing Device in a Distributed Network

for iPad that has wide support from indie comic book artists. Thompson, J. Effectiveness of Tumbling to Decelerate a Coach, Transformative Design Course at Stanford, 2012

Hypersonic Payload. UVA Fourth Year Thesis, 2008.

Coachee and facilitated brainstorms for students tasked envisioning the future of the interconnected neighborhood.

Thompson, J. and Croft, L. Update of a Proposed Hypersonic Scramjet Flight Test. AIAA Region I-MA Student Conference,

CEO, Fresh Cookies LLC (StartX, Fall 2010), 2010/11


Headed product design for eggaduppa, a global guessing game for iPhone based on Stanford research into incentive mechanics.

Thompson, J. and Goyne, C. Scramjet Systems Integration for a Dual Mode Scramjet Flight Test, VSGC Student Research

Project Manager, Stanford ARPA-E Project, 2010 Worked with a team designing interfaces to encourage energy efficiency in the home by encouraging small behavior changes.

Conference, 2007. *2st-place in the undergraduate division. Dunham, D, Thompson, J., et. al. Accuracy of Solar Radius Determinations from Solar Eclipse Observations, and

Design Engineer Contractor, Luidia Inc, 2008/09

Comparison with SOHO Data. SOURCE Science Meeting, 2005.

Created dozens of physical prototypes for Luidia’s interactive pen technologies. Work resulted in two patent applications.

Thompson, J. and Best, J. Preliminary Analysis of Structure Evolution within the SDSS Quasar Catalog. WV Academy of

Intern, Northrop Grumman Tech Services, 2007 Wrote simulations to test the feasibility of rocket missions

Science, 2005. *1st-place in the undergraduate division.

slated for launch from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.


Research Assistant, UVA Aero Research Lab, 2006-08

* NSF Fellow * StartX Alum, Fall Session, 2010 * Speaker, Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, 2011 * Global Innovation Tournament Awards, 2008/09 * Ammon S Andes Award, 2008 * Third Year Excellence Award, UVA, 2007 * NASA Space Grants, 2004/05 * President, UVA Solar Car Team, 2005-08 * President, Sigma Gamma Tau, 2007-08 * First in my family to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree,

Systems engineering and hypersonic deceleration studies for Hy-V, a planned hypersonic dual mode scramjet flight test. Intern, Johns Hopkins U. Applied Physics Lab, 2005 Studied the long-term relation between global climate and solar irradiance using historical solar eclipse data. EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES MS Design, Joint Program in Design, Stanford University, 2011, 3.9 GPA, *NSF Fellow BS Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, 2008 3.8 GPA, *Graduated with High Distinction AS Engineering. Shepherd University, 2005 3.9 GPA, *Honors Program

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