James M. Krause, Eng ’81
Jim Krause is the director of technology for Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems in Eagan, Minn., and responsible for research and development investment decisions, leadership of the advanced technology organization, and strategic alignment of development for technology and business.
He wants to continue research and development in industrial settings, build partnerships with small businesses, and invest in technology start-up companies.
Before joining Lockheed Martin, Jim helped open offices for the Eaton Innovation Center, a corporate advanced product development center, in Eden Prairie, Minn., and Pune, India. He also directed offices for Eaton in Milwaukee and Southfield, Mich. Previously, he was responsible for technology for Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, directed the activities of its engineering groups in Minneapolis, Prague, Singapore and Shanghai, and shaped the strategy for the global evolution of the organization.
Jim hopes to retire early so he has time to teach advanced engineering courses and seminars on the practical application of mathematics. He credits Marquette with preparing him for master’s and doctoral studies.
“My undergraduate education at Marquette University prepared me well for graduate school, thanks to an excellent selection of elective courses, talented and dedicated professors, and peer students who were serious about education and raised the level of each other through thoughtful participation,” he says. “Marquette also provided me with an excellent foundation in values and ethics, which are of paramount importance in business conduct today.”
Jim is a past member of the board of directors of the Minnesota High Tech Association, industry adviser to the University of Minnesota graduate school program in industrial engineering and chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Propulsion Technical Committee. He also is the founder and a board member of the Foster Lake Association, a charitable organization dedicated to the environmental restoration of three lakes and connected waterways in Minnesota.