Jim Aksel, PMP, PMI-SP
Here's my story and I'm sticking to itI am a native of Syracuse, NY and have been working in the aerospace sector
since 1976. My first assignments were at General Electric Military
Electronics in Utica, NY. From there I moved on to Boeing in Seattle, WA
for several years where I worked in new product development and did a lot of
From there, we went down to Los Angeles, CA to work on the B-2 Bomber program. I held
several positions of increasing responsibility all related to the electronics of
the B-2 and keeping it well supported. This is where I learned most of my
Project Management skills including Earned Value and Microsoft Project. I
got to rub elbows with some of the big names in the EVMS world as well.
Always looking to improve myself, I was contacted by Toshiba America who wanted me
to set up their Program Management Office in one of their divisions. Toshiba taught me the value that should be expected
for a dollar of effort and what people are really willing to pay for in a
From there, I moved to Rockwell Collins (also in Southern, CA) where I lead the
engineering effort for several commercial ventures for in-flight entertainment
including Aeroflot, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways among others. International
business gives a whole new aspect to project management.
Since that time, I have been working
supporting our troops in Iraq with software for all their communication gear.
Our clients include Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Rolls Royce, Southern
California Edison, Home Depot, Arco, Lockheed Martine Skunk Works, and some others. We are
Other program experience includes C-17 supportability, and
some unmanned aerial programs. I also assisted in setting up and
organizatin the PMO for Southern California Edison's SMART meter program
(typicall of what most large utilities are doing in the US).
Additionally, I have authored portions of the Program Management Institutes
Practice Standard for Scheduling, the US Departement of Defense Earned Value
Implementation Guide, and revisions ot vairous scheule and financial
reporting requirements for DoD contracts.
Along the way I picked up a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Aerospace from
Clarkson University, a Master of Arts in Management from
University of Redlands,
another Master of Science in Computer Science from
Azusa Pacific University. It
is important to keep current with these skills so I completed a professional
certificate program in Program Management through
Villanova University, and sat for the
Project Management Professional exam. I am a current
PMP in good standing.
I live in Southern California with my wife; we have two grown sons who live
in the area. We have three grandchildren with more to come I pray.