HALL OF FAME
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Mr. Jim Scott
Jim Scott was born in Lubbock, Texas, on Dec. 2, 1934.
He attended New Mexico State University (NMSU) where he earned an electrical
engineering degree in 1958.
During his time at NMSU, Scott was a "co-op" student -
working at White Sands for six months then attending school for six months.
After graduation he accepted a job at White Sands as an electronics engineer.
Soon after his arrival at WSMR, he served a six-month
period on active duty as a second lieutenant at Fort Monmouth, N.J. On his
return he worked a six-year professional development period with three
In 1964, Scott went to work for the Instrumentation
Directorate where he managed the missile range Instrumentation Modernization
In 1975, he moved to the National Range Directorate
where he stayed until he retired from government service in 1990. Most of his
time was in Operations where he participated in siting the High Energy Laser
Systems Test Facility on White Sands and developing the Pershing 2 launch
facility near Mountain Home, Idaho. During his last year, Scott served as the
Senior Civilian in National Range, providing technical leadership for WSMR's
During his time with National Range, Scott influenced
how data was collected and processed, missile flight safety, resource
management and day-to-day operations on range.
After retirement, Scott joined Cortez III as a program
manager. There, and later with the NewTec team, he contributed his expertise
to supporting White Sands in a time of budget constraints and personnel
Scott retired from NewTec in 2003 for a combined 51
years of service to White Sands. He resides in Alamogordo.