Jim Kaplan ’84

Jim Kaplan ’84

Jim is the Director of System Engineering within Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission System’s C4 Undersea Systems (C4USS). In this role, he is responsible for approximately 1,900 engineers at eight Lockheed Martin sites and several remote sites. Prior to moving into this role, he was the chief engineer for Undersea System’s C4 market segment consisting of a portfolio of programs including national command & control, air defense, communications, ruggedized workstations, and positive train control. In addition to his primary role, he is regularly tasked with special assignments ranging from program captures to remedying technically challenged programs.

With 33 years in the corporation, Jim has also worked at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in airborne reconnaissance, including the venerable U-2 reconnaissance aircraft. Earlier in his career, Jim worked on the F-117, space station, and satellite programs. He has a BA in Computer Science from the University of California San Diego and a MS in System Architecture and Engineering from the University of Southern California. He resides in San Diego and enjoys running, music (especially piano), and cooking.