James Kirchoff is a founding member of the science team and Vice President of Engineering where he brings a diversified background as both a patent attorney and a systems engineer of almost 20 years.
Prior to serving as Vice President of Engineering, Kirchoff was a systems engineer with the company for four years where he designed and built test platforms for hydrogen production systems, drafted functional requirements and performed trade-off studies for parts and materials, and assisted patent counsel in preparing and managing patent applications.
Earlier Kirchoff was a Systems and Software Engineer with Lockheed Martin M&DS Reconnaissance Systems where he led the teams responsible for testing a highly complex, algorithmic-intensive, digital processing system. He co-founded the Advanced Software Concepts Group to promote and demonstrate the use of emerging Java programming technologies to solve customer problems including creating Java-based web interfaces to access supercomputer programs and graphical software for a reconnaissance mission and flight planning system. During his four-year tenure, Kirchoff earned the Lockheed Martin Prestige Award for outstanding service.
Kirchoff served as an attorney with the general law practice of King & Frisch, P.C. for nine years where he provided a wide range of legal services in the areas of business law including intellectual property strategies, company governance, employment matters, contracts and civil litigation support. He also led the firm’s estate planning and probate practice. Earlier, Kirchoff was a law clerk with Oro Valley Town Attorney’s Office where he provided legal research for the Town Attorney and Civil Attorney on a variety of federal, state and municipal law topics. He was also a Legal Intern with the Patent Practice Group at Intel Corporation where he performed investigations for evidence of infringing products and executed prior art searches for litigation support.
Kirchoff holds a JD and BS from the University of Arizona.