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James Mason
James J. Mason, Ph.D., P.E.
1999 Harrison St., Suite 1812
Oakland, CA 94612
August 20, 2017


Born in Los Angeles and raised near San Francisco, James J. Mason is originally from California. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986, his M.S. degree in Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988 and his Ph.D. degree in Applied Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 1993. He later completed his Master’s degree in Biology at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2011.
Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Mason became a member of the faculty at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame Dr. Mason performed funded research on mechanics, materials and bioengineering. He received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research, Ladish Co., Inc., ALCOA, Boeing, Delphi, the Materials Science Corporation, Zimmer Inc. and the 21st Century Research and Technology Fund of the State of Indiana. Since completing his PhD, Jim Mason published 61 articles in refereed journals, made 83 presentations at conferences, authored 6 patents, and given 49 invited lectures. Over twelve years at Notre Dame, he received over $6.2 million in research grants. At OrthoX (formerly Granger Engineering), he received over $1.2 million in small business research and development grants.
At the California Institute of Technology, he was awarded an Earl C. Anthony Fellowship, a Charles Lee Powell Fellowship and an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Fellowship. For the 1995-96 academic school year at Notre Dame Prof. Mason was named Clark Equipment Assistant Professor. In 1996, he was selected as an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, and in 1997 he was selected to be included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in Engineering, 4th Edition. In 1998 he became a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Indiana and received the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award for teaching excellence. In 1999 he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. At this time, Dr. Mason research took a change in direction toward bioengineering and orthopedic biomaterials. In 2001 he was named the College of Engineering Teacher of the Year, and the next year, 2002, he received the Calgary Award in Orthopedics for work he presented at the IV World Congress on Biomechanics. Dr. Mason then received an NIH Senior Faculty Fellowship for the study of cell and bone mechanics at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2003. In 2004 he founded a small company, Granger Engineering, which received an NSF Phase I STTR Grant to investigate fatigue resistant biomaterials. In 2005 he was promoted to the rank of full professor.
At the end of the 2004-2005 school year, Dr. Mason took a position in Warsaw, IN managing the biomechanics research group at Zimmer Inc. In 2006 he was assigned to manage the Zimmer Research Library, and he was selected to be included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 10th Edition. Also in 2006, his company, Granger Engineering, was awarded a Phase II STTR grant. In 2007 he was promoted to Associate Director of Trauma Research at Zimmer Inc. In 2008 his company was awarded an Indiana State Commercialization Enhancement Program (ISCEP) grant from the State of Indiana. Matching funds from the National Science Foundation were awarded in 2009. Later that year, he was appointed to the Corporate Affairs Committee of the Orthopedic Research Society. In June of 2009, he accepted a position as a Research Investigator at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In April of 2010 his company, OrthoX LLC, was named a finalist for, and won, the annual MIRA Innovation of the Year Award (in the State of Indiana). In May 2010, he was appointed an adjunct Professor position in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Michigan State University. In December, 2011, Dr. Mason accepted a position as Principal Consultant at the Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. In October of 2016, Dr. Mason accepted a position as Senior Consultant at ARCCA, Inc. At Rimkus and ARRCA, he has consulted on over 500 cases involving fracture of materials, vehicle accident reconstruction and biomechanics.