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Directory of Ambassadors: James Paradise
James Paradise
James F. Paradise
Member Since 1999

Lakewood, Colorado


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Biographical Information:

Jim Paradise grew up on a farm in Nebraska where the nights were dark and the stars were bright. He read everything he could find on space, planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. Jim bought his first telescope when he was 15 and especially loved meteor showers. He always hoped one day he would get a chance to participate in space exploration.

In 1981, a year after moving to Colorado, Jim landed a job in aerospace and started working on the Space Shuttle's Pyro Initiator Controllers (PIC) program. Because of that project, he was sent to Florida and witnessed the first launch of Challenger. Jim's dreams of working in Space Exploration were starting to come true.

Jim enrolled in the University of Colorado, and started pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. As his education progressed, he moved into increasingly challenging positions to his current job as Engineering and Science Manager. He has worked on many space exploration missions, including Galileo to Jupiter, Magellan to Venus, Cassini to Saturn, and Mars Observer to Mars, as well as both Atlas and Titan rockets.

Jim has a BS in Electrical Engineering, an MS in Systems Engineering, and is finishing his PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering. He is an advocate for life-long learning and a strong proponent of STEM education careers and volunteerism. His specialty is giving talks on space exploration for events held at local venues. He is a regular guest lecturer at Colorado University and frequently visits local elementary, middle, and high schools, scout troops and civic clubs.

Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:

Space Exploration
Colorado Space Grant Consortium

Kindergarden Space Night at Franklin Elementary
Franklin Elementary

Space Exploration
Koelbel Public Library

Space Exploration
Chaparral High School

Science Fair
Roxborough Elementary School

Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:

Curiosity Landing Event
Denver Museum Nature & Science

Space Day
Museum of Nature and Science

Space Day
Denver Natural History & Science

Genesis Return to Earth
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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