Design Interactive, Inc. (DI) announced today that Lieutenant Colonel James “Coop” Cooper will be joining the firm as the new Extended Reality (XR) Division Head. As a well-respected leader in military modeling and simulation, James brings more than three decades of experience in military operations and training systems development. DI expects he will make an immediate impact on current and future XR projects and products.
Raised in Central Florida, James enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1987 and has recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Over the course of his military career, James implemented Air Force Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) policy and compatibility standards. With a passion for developing the next generation of Air Force leaders, James spent most of his career ensuring special mission aircraft teams were combat ready to meet our Nation’s needs, thus making him the perfect fit to lead DI’s XR Division. Additionally, James has also worked with coalition partners to modernize and develop their militaries. This included managing Foreign Military Sales at the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, assisting the Polish Air Force establish jet fighter maintenance practices, and coordinating international military operations in the Horn of Africa.
As the new XR Division Head, James intends to bring a unique perspective that will allow the team to continue expanding its development of cutting-edge XR training software solutions.
“We are very honored to have LTC (ret.) James Cooper joining the DI Team. His extensive experience in modeling and simulation and deep knowledge of military maintenance training objectives and needs will be invaluable to our efforts to increase Readiness levels by transitioning innovative immersive training solutions and job performance aids that truly empower U.S. Airmen, Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers.” – Dr. Kay Stanney, DI’s CEO and Founder.
James will bring his 33 years of military experience to his new role as the XR Division Head, where he is anticipated to aid in accelerating the development of virtual, augmented and mixed reality training solutions.
For more information on DI’s XR Division, click here.
About Design Interactive: Design Interactive, Inc., is a woman-owned small business specializing in human systems integration. With over 20 years of experience empowering people with innovative technology, DI is committed to developing state-of-the-art solutions that accelerate human performance. DI has an impressive record of success in progressing and transitioning SBIR efforts, including a 40% return based on Phase II awards from our Phase I SBIR programs. Additionally, DI has been named a DARPA SBIR Success Story, a Tibbetts Awardee, and a recent nominee for an Army SBIR technology achievement award.