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James Andrews

Founder and Retired President of Picosecond Pulse Labs, Inc.
2012 DESA Recipient
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  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1964 M.S.
  • Electrical Engineering, 1965 Ph.D.
  • Electrical Engineering, 1970

His groundbreaking research in the field of electrical engineering played a significant role in the advancement and future of the telecommunications industry.

Andrews began his career in Boulder, Colo., at the U.S. Department of Commerce National Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Standards & Technology.  Andrews founded Picosecond Pulse Labs in 1980, which grew quickly and was soon recognized as the world leader in time-domain technologies.  For more than 35 years he has volunteered with the Boulder County, Colo., Sheriff’s Department, assisting in emergency communications and tactical responses to natural and manmade events.

In 2010, he and his wife, Janet, established a scholarship to provide full tuition for Kansas City Turner High School graduates with academic merit and need.  Jim and his wife are retired and spend their summers in Boulder and their winters in Maui, Hawaii.  They have three children and three grandchildren.

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times