•Professional Achievement - Level I•
James C. Narey
Integrated Fighter Group - F-22 Electrical Power Systems Technical Lead
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Education: Ph.D. candidate, electrical engineering, University of Texas at Arlington; M.B.A. and B.S., electrical engineering, University of Texas at Arlington; M.S., technical management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
James C. Narey’s nearly 16-year career at Lockheed Martin has been remarkable by any measure imaginable. Joining the company right after receiving his B.S. degree, he’s had the enviable opportunity to contribute to the development of some of the most advanced strategic defense aircraft the world has ever seen, including the UAE Block 60, F-16, Cooperative Avionics Test Bed, C-130, F-22, T-50A, and the F-35 programs.
These aircraft form backbone of our country’s strategic air superiority doctrine, including air dominance, ground strike, and military transport capabilities. Mr. Narey’s broad technical background covers a variety of specializations, including electrical power, flight management systems, flight control systems, and vehicle system processing. His experience in these and other areas has contributed greatly to their continued evolution and success. He is regarded as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) at Lockheed Martin in the area of power systems, vehicle management controllers, and NVIS lighting.
In his current role, Mr. Narey Manages the $5.5M reliability and maintainability maturation program for the DC-AC inverter new development modernization project. He’s responsible for overseeing the design, development, integration, qualification, and retrofit implementation program. He’s also the technical lead for the F-22 electrical power generation subsystem sustainment program, supporting depot repairs, failure trend analyses, and root cause analyses.
Not content with his already impressive level of achievement, Mr. Narey is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from the UT Arlington, where he plans to explore the very technical field of renewable energy resources and hybrid energy storage module (HESM) integration with the power micro-grid. His research promises continued improvements in advanced electrical engineering design for the next generation of cutting-edge military aircraft.
Mr. Narey credits his involvement with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) as a major factor in his career achievements. After an uncle working at NASA inspired him to attend UT Arlington to study electrical engineering, Mr. Narey joined SHPE and discovered the importance of its core values to enhancing his leadership skills and developing a successful professional career.
Despite the staggering workload of a fulltime job and pursuing a Ph.D., Mr. Narey has continued his deep involvement with SHPE unabated. He has served as president of his SHPE professional chapter, and during his term in office he’s led the chapter to a National Chapter of the Year award and two regional Chapter of the Year recognitions. He was also named the winner of the Spirit of SHPE award, recognized for his fundraising activities and the establishment of SHPE Jr. chapters at local high schools.
All of his professional and community activities have earned Mr. Narey dozens of awards, including numerous Special Recognition Awards, Volunteer Service Awards, and "SPOT" awards for outstanding employee teamwork and performance. It is no wonder that he has been described by colleagues as “an inspiration and mentor to young engineers everywhere.”
-By Vinnie Longobardo