Title: Vice President
Company: Southwest Research Institute
Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States
James Burch, Vice President at Southwest Research Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of scientific research.
Interested in the sciences and enjoying the prospect of investigating geological features instead of spending his time in a lab, Dr. Burch has dedicated his career to psychics. He has spent much of his career with the Southwest Research Institute, first assuming employment with the organization in 1977 as a senior research physicist. He then worked as a section manager from 1978 to 1980 and then department director from 1980 to 1985 before assuming his current role of vice president of the organization in 1985. Prior to his work with the Southwest Research Institute, Dr. Burch worked as a space physicist for NASA for seven years. In preparation for his career, Dr. Burch earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from Saint Mary’s University in 1964 and a Doctor of Philosophy from Rice University in 1968, later earning a Master of Science in administration from George Washington University in 1973.
Dr. Burch attributes his success to the scientific preparation he underwent in graduate school. He is proud of his service as a US Army captain from 1968 to 1971 in Vietnam which helped him learn how to work hard and motivate others to work hard as well. A highlight of Dr. Burch’s career was the production of the Image Satellite, a project that was done at NASA from 1996 to 2010 that could not have been completed without Dr. Burch’s contributions to NASA. Another highlight of his career was the NASA MMS project that allowed items to be magnified up 100 times greater than ever before. As a testament to his success, he has been affiliated with organizations such as International Academy Astronautics as well as the American Institute Physics. Dr. Burch has been a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, winning the Van Allen Lectureship Award in 2001, and has been the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Saint Mary’s University in 1987. Dr. Burch plans on continuing his career in the sciences and has been awarded the coveted Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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