Jim Cook is the Senior Partner leading Rulon & White’s Transportation Domain of practices: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicles, and their interrelated Infrastructures. He brings in-depth knowledge and experience in the management of technology, the technology of mobility, and the actualization of high technology.
Jim began his career in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics as a Guidance and Navigation Research Engineer where he designed and implemented the U.S. Navy’s DSRV/DSSV submarine’s software operating system. Jim later programmed a highly classified massively parallel computer for signal and weapons applications. Next, Jim headed Exxon’s AI venture in automatic speech recognition, later known as Verbex, which the IEEE heralded as the world’s best (Spectrum 9/1981). Subsequently, he became Corporate VP/Technology of the world’s largest CAD/CAM company. He was also VP/Engineering for the world’s first, commercial, autonomous mobile robot producer.
His policy consulting foundation is built upon years of management consulting to senior executives at: AT&T (Bell Labs), DuPont (became a HBS case), Motorola (on Venture Capital), Dun & Bradstreet (on strategy), and ICI (in England) while working for Ed Roberts, MIT’s legendary professor of the management of technology. Until just recently, Jim has been consulting to two AI ventures and was on the board of an Electric Vehicle OEM.
Jim has a BS of Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, studied graduate mathematics at MIT, and has taught MBA candidates Economics and Entrepreneurship courses at UCSD and Melbourne (Australia) Business School.