James E. Cook

Jim Cook leads Rulon & White’s Connective Autonomous Vehicles Governance Services practice. He brings in-depth appreciation for the management of technology, the technology of mobility, and the
actualization of high technology ventures.

Jim began his professional career as a Research Engineer at MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he designed and implemented the Navy’s DSRV/DSSV submarine’s software operating system. Jim also implemented the Apollo program’s simulator’s Guidance and Navigation computer’s operating system (both of which were operating systems for autonomous vehicles). Later, he headed Exxon’s venture in speech recognition, later known as Verbex, which the IEEE heralded as the best in the world (in Spectrum’s 9/1981 issue). Subsequently, he became Corporate VP/Technology of a high technology Fortune 500 Company. He was also VP/Engineering for the first Commercial Autonomous Robot venture (it inspired RoboCop). Afterwards, Jim consulted on the management of technology to senior executives for MIT’s legendary professor, Ed Roberts, at: AT&T (Bell Labs), Dun & Bradstreet, DuPont, Motorola (on Venture Capital), including Fiat (in Turin). Until recently, he has been consulting to Electric Vehicles and Artificial Intelligence ventures.

Jim graduated with a B.S. of Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and began studying for a M.S. of Mathematics from MIT. He has taught MBA’s courses in Economics, and Entrepreneurship, and Finance at such renowned institutions as University of California, San Diego, and the Melbourne (Australia) Business School. jcook@rulonwhite.com