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Jim Stopa

Whelen
Product Manager
Chester CT 06424
My name is Jim Stopa. I have a degree in Electrical Engineering and employed by Whelen Engineering Co. Inc. since 1974. I have worked in the Engineering Department for 47 years starting as an Electronic Technician, Associate Electrical Engineer, Electrical Engineer then Chief Electronic Design Engineer and Electrical Department Manager. I was responsible for most of the electronic designs, including Arc Discharge Strobe power supplies, Strobe Flashtubes, Power Amplifiers, Multiplex Control Systems, Microcontroller and Firmware design leading up to the year 1998 when I was instrumental in LED driver designs and high power emitter development with Hewlett Packard, then Agilent then Lumileds, CREE, Osram and Avago. Throughout my tenure, I’ve been accredited with 18 patents, some which are still active. In 2017, I transitioned into Product Management and have been tasked to join and participate in many technical committees of the Safety Standards groups, such as SAE, NFPA, AMD, FAMA and FDSOA. I have been instrumental in creating change and updating outdated language of NFPA-1901/1906, KKK-A-1822F, CASS and AMD.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, have 1 son and 2 step daughters and 2 grandchildren. I play piano and guitar and performed in many rock bands since 1968. Designed and built a 16 track digital recording studio, which I write and record music. I’m a competitive bowler who competes in state and national tournaments I follow college basketball and New York Yankee baseball.