James Taylor, Ph.D.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) James Taylor, Ph.D., is the Director of Strategic Mission Systems for the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska.
In this role, Dr. Taylor serves as NSRI’s lead for customer engagements and task order development and execution for research tasks that support United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), the sponsor of the institute's University Affiliated Research Center designation from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Before joining the NSRI team, Dr. Taylor worked for 5 years as the research coordinator at the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute. Preceding his work at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Taylor served for 20 years as an officer in the United States Air Force in the developmental engineering career field, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While on active duty, Dr. Taylor worked in a variety of research disciplines, including air defense modeling and simulation to support nuclear deterrence operations, space nuclear power research, airborne laser flight-testing, low observable technology development, information warfare research programs, and aircraft survivability programs for air mobility platforms.
Dr. Taylor received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991, his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1996 and his doctorate in computer engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2020. Dr. Taylor has been a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and was certified at Level III in Systems Planning, Research, Development, & Engineering (SPRDE) in the Acquisition Professional Development Program.
Dr. Taylor's research interest areas include:
- Deterrence planning and operations
- Wireless communications
- Crisis decision-making
- Operational technology cybersecurity
- Modeling and simulation
- Collaboration and strategic planning
- Wargame development and execution
- Leadership development
Taylor, J.; Sharif, H.R. “Security challenges and methods for protecting critical infrastructure cyber-physical systems.” Selected Topics in Mobile and Wireless Networking (MoWNeT), 2017 International Conference on, 17 – 19 May 2017.
Taylor, J.; Nero, D.A. “Project HALON: Engaging secondary students in high-altitude ballooning experiments.” Electro Information Technology (EIT), 2017 IEEE International Conference on, pp. 587 – 592, 14 – 17 May 2017.
Taylor, J.M.; Kilzer, D.; Rowley, T.; Largent, C.; Taylor, K.R.; Petersen, M. “Dynamic Link Budget Simulation for High Altitude Balloon Data Link Experiment.” Proceedings of the 18th Communications & Networking Symposium, 2015 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference, vol. 47, Number 3, 12 – 15 Apr 2015.