2018 Engineering Leader Under 40: James Shaw, 38

Founder and Managing Director, Fastway Engineering LLC, Chicago, IL, United States

By McKenzie Burns, Production Coordinator September 13, 2018

James Shaw, 38
Founder & Managing Director
Fastway Engineering LLC, Chicago, IL, United States
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
MBA, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business | Babson College

Jim has always been interested in solving hard math problems under pressure. He runs Fastway Engineering, a two-pronged business providing world class CAD/CAE training and in-demand CAD/CAE consulting services. The training arm of Fastway helps engineering teams of all sizes stay competitive by teaching powerful and profitable FEA skills to all levels of employees. Jim has over 16 years of high-level engineering experience and is a leading expert in the application of computer-aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA), and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). As a trainer and consultant, Jim has enriched the careers and capacities of hundreds of students and raised the bottom line of dozens of companies. He began his career working for such companies as Northrop Grumman, Westinghouse, and Kodak on products ranging from industrial document scanners to nuclear submarines. Now at the helm of his own company, Jim provides training and consulting services for Fortune 500 companies, mid- and small-sized engineering firms, academic institutions, and CAD/CAE software companies.

Fun fact: Jim is an avid motorsports fan and active supporter of the Formula SAE Collegiate Design competition.