Acting Director of NCIL and Director of IST
Ph.D., Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, 1993
A.B., Physics, Occidental College, 1985
James Harold is the Director of Information Systems and Technology for the Space Science Institute, and the Acting Director of SSI's National Center for Interactive Learning. Jaime has a research background in space physics (Ph.D. in physics, Univ. of Maryland, College Park), and a long interest in the role of computers, simulations, and games in education. He has been involved in a wide range of space science education programs, including the NASA Office of Space Science Education Support Network, which sought to enhance NASA education through more effective scientist involvement and more cohesive education programs. He served as the development lead for the software components of the Alien Earths and Giant Worlds traveling exhibits and accompanying web sites, as well as the Space Weather Center website. He was Co-I on the NASA/HST funded MyStar project (a stellar evolution game); the NSF funded Hydrobot project (a 3D Hydrobot simulator game); Co-I and software development lead for the NSF funded Great Balls of Fire exhibit, PI of the NSF and NASA funded Finding NEO project (developing, among other things, a physics based asteroid deflection game); and PI of Making Space Social, which produced Starchitect, a social game for Facebook dealing with stellar and planetary evolution. He is currently Co-I for the NASA @ My Library project (funded by NASA); the Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), and leads the NASA Artemis focused "From Our Town to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond" library exhibit program (NASA).