Jim Brazell is a technology forecaster, strategist, and public speaker focusing on innovation and transformation. Jim is a member of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development and the Society for Design and Process Science STEM team. Jim is known as a boundary spanner who connects topics related to STEM pedagogy and workforce, education, and economic development strategy.
Between 2007 and 2010, Jim delivered over 100 speeches to audiences ranging from the 2009 inaugural NSF High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (Educating America’s Technical Workforce) to the International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation on energy policy in Norway in 2008 and solutions to the financial crisis in Portugal in 2009. Since 2005, Jim has served as a volunteer to the Defense Learning Strategies Consortium, NSF Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative, Texas STEM Action Committee (TBEC), Information Technology and Security Academy, San Antonio-Austin Nano-Bio-Tech Summit, and the San Antonio Cyber Security Action Team.
Jim has authored several emerging technology forecasts and briefs for the Texas State Technical College Program for Emerging Technologies. These forecasts analyze the role of emerging technologies and deliver forward-looking recommendations for community colleges, career and technical education, and workforce education. Jim’s mentor and collaborator is Dr. (Col.) Francis X. “Duke” Kane who was recognized in March of 2010 for his role in Project Forecast and the engineering concept for the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Jim is a 1995 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. He is a 1995 George Gilder Fellow in High Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy. At Bradley University, Jim was the co-principal investigator of Interlabs, the sociology of cyberspace course and the social informatics minor. Jim resides in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Lisa Cervantes, and daughter, Ava Brazell.