James Piechocki is Senior Manager, Advanced Learning Technologies, for Raytheon Blackbird Technologies in Herndon, Northern Virginia. He is a recent Virginian and moved from Silicon Valley in late 2016 to join the US Postal Service team at Raytheon.
James was scriptwriter and a key creative resource on Re-Mission, the world’s most prominent serious game, for HopeLab in Palo Alto. Re-Mission lets young gamers with cancer blast evil animated carcinomas with chemo weapons in 20 missions. Clinical tests showed faster, stickier chemo adherence among nearly 400 pediatric trial subjects.
More than a decade before Oculus’ first release, Piechocki developed, wrote and directed one of the first true virtual reality training programs as a procurement by the US Defense Logistics Agency from 3D-etc in Detroit. Tests by University of Washington demonstrated a 38 percent drop in plant injuries and a reduction of lost hours to one-third of those prior to immersion. Programs featured live action characters photographed on location at military bases around the US. The program also used purpose-built head-mounted displays with broadcast-quality 3D stereoscopic imagery, a revolution in its day.
Piechocki is an ATD-licensed instructional designer and worked 17 years for American Honda in Southern California, where he served on the team that launched multiple generations of Honda and Acura products as well as sales training, soft skills and corporate culture change initiatives. His graduate studies are in Communication at the Annenberg School, which is administered at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California. He completed undergraduate studies in film production at USC film school.