Principal / Director of Engineering
REX Engineering Group
At REX Engineering Group, James (Jim) oversees and leads the structural, MEP, connection, and construction engineering services. He is responsible for implementing strategies, procedures, and goals ensuring that the daily and long-term operations of the engineering firm are met. He has extensive experience in the A/E industry, leading and working on a wide variety of engineering projects.
Prior to joining the REX team, Jim has 24 years of experience working with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). His accomplished background and experience have given Jim a unique insight and expertise in many components of the profession. He is proficient in many areas of structural engineering and understands the importance of building relationships with project teams – this translates to a focus on collaboration with the design and construction teams, with an emphasis on servicing his clients.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture in Structures Option from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is associated with several local and national professional organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Structural Engineers Association (SEAOI). He is a licensed Structural Engineer (S.E.) and a LEED Accredited professional (LEED AP).
Jim currently is a professor at the University of Illinois, both in their Engineering and Architecture schools. His proudest achievement was designing the College of Engineering’s new building for University of Illinois.
Besides being a passionate engineer, Jim loves to spend time with family, traveling, golfing, mastering the art of cooking. He is an ardent Chicago Cubs fan and enjoys hockey and football too.