James F. van Oss

Engineering Manager, Spacecraft Fluid Controls, Moog Inc.

As Engineering Manager of Moog’s Spacecraft Fluid Controls, James F. van Oss is responsible for the business unit technical plan, major technical issues, and all technical aspects of business development. As part of the Business Unit leadership team and Group Engineering leadership team define, adjust and implement the respective strategic plans. Jim serves as a member of Moog’s Hay Committee (job evaluation and rating). He also serves on advisory boards at the University at Buffalo Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the boards of the Buffalo Zoo and Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was named 2010 Scoutmaster of the year by the GNFC.

Jim became an Engineering Manager in 2013. His previous positions at Moog include: Group Vice President (2007) and Chief Information Officer (2004), Director of Information Technology (2000) where he was responsible for an Information Technology group of ~300 employees across 100 Moog sites in 26 countries supporting and enabling the entire enterprise including applications, operations and business unit IT; Jim also served as a member of Moog’s Aircraft Group and Space & Defense Group management staffs; Manager of Engineering Applications at Moog Inc (1996) where he was responsible for enterprise wide CAx (Computer aided Design, Manufacturing, Engineering, Inspection)  (CAD/CAM/CAE/CAI), PDM  (Product Data Management system) and Web based Intranet implementation and support; other previous engagements at Moog include: Section head of Design Engineering (1991) and a Design Engineer (1984) at Moog Inc., Space Products Division. There he managed and performed design and analysis on many components and systems produced by this division and others at Moog Inc. He has worked on Moog products on a number of programs including: Space Shuttle, Space Station, Atlas, Pegasus, B2 Bomber, F-15, GE CF-6 engine, Rolls Royce Trent engine, and numerous satellites and launch vehicles. He was also involved in the introduction of a number of CAD and Analysis programs at Moog.

Jim has also held positions at Strippit Houdaille (1983) and the graduate school faculty of the University at Buffalo Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (1991).

Jim has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo and holds one US patent.

Jim was born in Paris, France, speaks French fluently, plays ice hockey, is an avid boater, and is married to Rosanne Frandina, a civil engineer and land surveyor with three children in Buffalo, NY.