James Blossom

My technical experience began in 1969 as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force where I was a Weapons Control Technician responsible for maintaining radar, missile, and bombing systems on F4E fighter-bombers. While in the USAF I served in Da Nang RVN, and at Udorn Thani RTAFB in northern Thailand. While in the US I served at the fighter weapons school at Nellis AFB performing OT&E (Operational Testing and Evaluation) and maintenance for the RED FLAG exercises testing captured soviet aircraft against US fighters. I am a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.

In 1973 I began a twenty-year career as a Senior Technologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where I wrote specifications and requirements for Automatic Particle Beam control systems, was Controls System Manager for Vacuum, Cooling, and Accelerator Timing systems on the GTA accelerator, and performed advanced development of precision timing systems in support of the National Nuclear Test Program. I designed and fielded a satellite-linked weather and radiation monitoring system deployed across four states. I designed, built, and developed the first complete 32-bit micro-processor-based computer outside of a semi-conductor lab, and designed the first 1024-node hypercube-architecture supercomputer processor node, as well as high-speed analog data acquisition systems. At Los Alamos, I also worked on developing controls for a 512-axis mirror alignment system as well as terawatt pulse discharge supplies used for laser fusion.

In 1994 I became C.E.O. Positronix Photocontrols, Inc., responsible for the design, development, production, and marketing of EMP-hardened photonic control modules used in testing Space Shuttle Main Engines, High Voltage Accelerator Controls, Patriot missile tests, and START Treaty verification operations.

I then spent a year as a Senior Engineer at G.E. Instrument Control Systems where I developed Load Shed and Breaker Control software for several large mixed fuel high voltage power generation systems.

After that I became the V.P. of Engineering for kWh Automation, responsible for the design, development, and integration of Power Generation Control Systems. There I developed, integrated, and installed software and hardware for the Breaker Control, Load Shed, and Energy-Management Systems of a 120 Mw mixed fuel power generation system. I moved on to being the Director of Western Regional Operations for kWh Automation with responsibility for development and design of Energy Management and Control Systems for the Western U.S.A. I am now a part-time Consultant kWh Automation, Inc.

In my spare time I play at pottery, oil painting, lapidary, and woodworking.

I have authored or co-authored the following papers:

Characteristics of a Negative PionBeam for the Irradiation of Superficial Nodules
Medical Physics
Jan./Feb 1975, Vol2. No. 1

32-Bit Microcomputer Development at the Data Systems Project Office
1984 Rio Grande ACM

Single Board 32-bit Computer for the FASTBUS
Presented at the 4th Conference on Real-Time Computing Applications in Nuclear and Particle Physics, May, 1985; IEEE Transactions on Nuclear and Particle Science. Aug 1985. Vol. NS-26 No. 1

A 32-bit Computer for Large Memory Applications on the FASTBUS
Presented at the 4th Conference on Real-Time Computer Applications in Nuclear Science and Particle Physics, May, 1985: IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. Aug. 1985 Vol. NS-32 No.1

A 32-bit Computer for the FASTBUS
Presented at the Nov. 85 IEEE Nuclear Sciences Symposia. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. Feb. 1986 Vol. NS-33 No.1

Automatic Injector Control for the High Current Test Stand

Presented at the Sept. 1986 Strategic Defense Initiative Office Ground Test Accelerator program review.