Meet the Team: James Cook, Senior Design Engineer

by Karen Gait 17. February 2014 11:27

About Me
My name is James Cook, I’m 31 and I’ve been working as a Senior Design Engineer in API’s SSIA-UK (Secure Systems & Information Assurance) group, which makes the SST product line, for just over seven years.

Likes:

  • Nights out with friends
  • WW2 vintage aircraft
  • James Bond movies
  • Indie/pop music
  • Squash (I'll be turning semi-pro next year)
  • Skiing/snowboarding
  • Scuba diving, trekking & hiking

Dislikes:

  • Chinese food
  • Daytime TV
  • Cricket


Having been inspired in my childhood by my grandfather who flew with the RAF for 27 years, I grew up fascinated by aircraft, especially the design and operation of them. I took a degree in Aerospace Engineering but realised that although my interest in aircraft was unchanged, a design role within an aerospace company would not necessarily lend itself to the design creativity that I enjoyed.  I found that creative outlet seven years ago when I joined SST, and since then I've been lead in a number of design projects.

One of the advantages SST has is the confidence that our key customers have in our design abilities. I have been able to get involved from the start of a project, working with the customer to identify and prioritise their requirements, and then interpreting these into a robust, attractive, and commercially viable design.

I am always mindful of cost to the customer but also cost to SST!  For one of my projects, I took a commercially available rugged laptop and modified it to accommodate specific connectors and interfaces. Knowing that I have designed equipment that helps to protect data and aid communication, sometimes in difficult environments, is very rewarding.

Contact us to learn more about API's SST line of products.

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