Jim Merrell - Software Developer
Jim has a diverse background and a long list of work experience. Out of high-school he was a brick mason and built several homes, commercial and government buildings. Jim joined the Marine Corps Reserves at 21 and served for 7 years with one tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. While in the Marine Corps Reserves, Jim spent his time between deployments continuing work as a mason and going to college. Jim attended college at Full Sail University in Orlando Florida and earned a BS in Game Development and an MS in Game Design. During his undergrad, Jim specialized in graphics development and in graduate school specialized in game production.
Prior to becoming a member of the SCI Institute; Jim managed and taught at the Mathnasium in Bountiful, Utah, and later worked as a software developer for Caterpillar in Peoria Illinois. While at Caterpillar Jim developed semi-autonomous GPS navigation and communication software for mining machinery.
Current ResponsibilitiesJim is currently developing software in collaboration with Dr. Shireen Y. Elhabian and Dr. Ross T. Whitaker.
Research InterestsUtilizing the most state of the art graphics APIs for rendering and visualization.