J.M. (Jim) Oschmann
Vice President and General Manager
Civil Space and Technology
Jim Oschmann is vice president and general manager of the Civil Space and Technology strategic business unit. He is responsible for acquisition and execution of programs for civil customers that address science and technology development objectives.
Jim has held several key leadership positions at Ball Aerospace. Most recently, he served as the vice president and general manager of Tactical Solutions. He has also served as director of Program Execution for the Advanced Technologies & Products business area.
Prior to joining Ball Aerospace in July of 2004, Jim served in technical and managerial positions across industry and the science community, including leadership positions at the Gemini Observatory and the National Solar Observatory. Earlier in his career, he worked in commercial and aerospace industries at Phase Shift Technology, Sensis Corporation, Hughes Aircraft and TRW.
Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Optics from the University of Rochester and Master’s degrees in Optical Sciences and Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He is originally from upstate New York.
Jim, a Fellow and Lifetime member of SPIE, currently is serving on the Board of Directors. He is a chairman of the SPIE conference on Optical, Infrared and Millimeter Space Telescopes and has previously chaired other SPIE astronomy symposium and conferences. He serves on various National Science Foundation and Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy review and advisory boards for ground-based astronomy. Jim has also served on a variety of James Webb Space Telescope-related advisory panels and review committees for NASA and Northrop Grumman. Jim holds two patents on bar code technology and has over 20 publications.