Welcome to the home page of Dr. James Sacra Albus. Dr. Albus was an American engineer, Senior NIST Fellow and founder and former chief of the Intelligent Systems Division of the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and former Senior Fellow at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies at George Mason University.
Concerned about poverty, injustice, and pollution, Dr. Albus believed that our society could benefit from the technological developments in advanced automation. He believed that advanced technology could become the means for liberating humankind from poverty and oppression. In his current book, A Path to a Better World, he explains his economic model for solving the current problems of slow economic growth and rising debt, and suggests a foundation for future prosperity based on widespread ownership of capital assets.
Dr. James S. Albus received a B.S. in Physics in 1957 from Wheaton College in Illinois and received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1958 from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1972. Jim's career started with NASA from 1957 to 1973, he was associated with the early Vanguard satellite program and responsible for the optical aspect sensors on seven Goddard satellites, and more than ten sounding rockets, and over 15 NASA spacecraft. Jim left NASA in 1973 to work at NIST (formerly National Bureau of Standards). He was Chief of Intelligent Systems Division, and Senior NIST Fellow. In May of 2008 Jim retired after 52 years of federal service and became a Senior Fellow with the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies with George Mason University and worked with two small companies, Robotic Research, LLC and Advanced Technologies and Research Corporation.