Goddard Space Flight Center
James C. Tilton received B.A. degrees in electronic engineering, environmental science and engineering, and anthropology and an M.E.E. (electrical engineering) from Rice University, Houston TX in 1976. He also received an M.S. in optical sciences for the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ in 1978 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN in 1981.
He is currently a Computer Engineer with the Computational & Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. He previously worked for Computer Sciences Corporation from 1982 to 1983 and Science Applications Research from 1983 to 1985 on contracts with Goddard. As a member of the CISTO, Dr. Tilton is responsible for designing and developing computer software tools for space and Earth science image analysis, and encouraging the use of these computer tools through interactions with space and Earth scientists. His development of a recursive hierarchical segmentation algorithm has resulted in a patent award and another patent application.