Jim Cooling started his career with the Royal Air Force as a system designer. After 12 years of service, he studied a BSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, then went to work with the British Aircraft Corporation and worked on naval electronic control systems. He spent his next 20 years in academic research at Loughborough University and also got his Ph.D. in real-time embedded systems. In 1998, Jim left the university to start his own company, Lindentree Associates. He has published 12 books on various subjects, such as Real-time Operating Systems and Modeling software with pictures.