Ph.D., 2000, Engineering, North Dakota State University
M.S., 1977, Aeronautical Systems, University of West Florida
M.B.A., 2006, Florida Institute of Technology
B.S., 1970, Engineering Physics, South Dakota State University
James G. Casler came to the Space Studies faculty in 2007 from private industry
with over 25 years of practical experience in contributing to and leading large
technical support organizations as well as engineering development organizations.
Dr. Casler is an engineer by profession and training, registered to practice as
an industrial engineer in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Maryland. He is also an
experienced manager and practitioner with an interdisciplinary background, combining
engineering and business.
He is a graduate of the Navy's Test Pilot School and spent over 10 years directly
involved in flight testing new aircraft and systems for the Marine Corps. Most recently,
for 11 years he has held various engineering and management positions with what
has become the Aerospace Group, Wyle Laboratories. For the past five of those years,
he was the Senior Business Development Manager for Research and Development and
was actively engaged in strategic planning and business development efforts oriented
to new markets in aeronautical and aerospace research and development, primarily
in the NASA engineering and technical services arena.
A student of space colonization since the mid- 1980's, Dr. Casler did his doctoral
research in human performance in space-based manufacturing settings and he continues
to investigate future industrial, e.g., mining and manufacturing, operations on
the surfaces of the Moon and Mars.
Casler, J. G. & Cook, J. R. (2003). Work design and analysis for space-based manufacturing:
a case analysis of initial design issues. Ergonomics 46(1- 3), 141-152.
Casler, J. G. (1999). An exploratory study of human diagnostic performance measurement:
Implications for tasks performed in space-based manufacturing. Doctoral dissertation.
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.
Casler, J. G. & Cook, J. R. (1999). Cognitive performance in space and analogous
environments International journal of cognitive ergonomics 3(4) 351-372.
Casler, J. G. (1997). Management of research and development projects in small technical
services companies. Project management journal, 28 (1) 19-24.
Casler, J.; Cooney, T.; Hall, D.; Roe, A.; Whitacker, J. (1993). Application of
tiltrotor technology to U.S Coast Guard missions. Final Report. U. S. Coast Guard
Research and Development Center.
Casler, J. G. (1984). Summary of helicopter performance flight test techniques (TM
83-1 TP). Patuxent River, MD: Naval Air Test Center.