Executive Management

Northrop Rice Advanced Institute of Technology (NRAIT)


James Micheal Rice, President

Mr. Rice has 20 years of experience in technical education administration,e-Learning, and Human Resources.

Recent experience includes Chief Executive Officer of Northrop Rice Aviation Institute of Technology near LAX Airport. NRAIT offered multiple college level degrees with a history dating to 1947.

As Project Manger of a 1000 person aviation maintenance educational facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Mr Rice was responsible for setting up and training all staff of a 1000 student technical aviation campus.

Other positions included Campus Director of a 200 person private technical school in Baltimore, MD and Vice President of Operations for a group of six technical education campuses located through out the U.S. Duties included operations management, accounting administration system development and installation, personnel selection and facilities.

He also has experience in FAA school licensing and DOE financial aid approval. He has participated in regional accreditation self studies and site visits.

Mr. Rice has a BS Degree from the University of Texas - Austin in Architectural Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Houston - Clear Lake. He is currently a Ph.D candidate at Texas A&M with an anticipated completion date of 2017. He is a FAA rated pilot with commercial multi-engine and instrument ratings.

Dr. Anthony F. Laviano , Executive Vice President

Dr. Laviano’s work centers on advanced technology and products for commercial, defense and dual-use applications; cross-industry technology transition; and evolving domestic and international market opportunities. He served on the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council for Nanotechnology and as the Executive Director of the Nanotechnology Center, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) College of Business Administration.

Dr. Laviano was formerly a program manger for advanced technical programs, a R&D staff member and a member of the Patent Committee for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. His background encompasses engineering, finance, manufacturing, marketing, pricing, negotiation and strategic alliances. His technical experience includes aerospace and power electronics, software development, system architecture, and terrestrial and satellite communication systems.

Active in many industry organizations, Dr. Laviano is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), who has served the association in a variety of roles, including Coastal Los Angeles Section Nanotechnology Network Chairman, and member of the Standards Association and ECI Board of Directors. He received the IEEE Los Angeles Council’s Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to the technology and engineering communities, As a member of the Power Sources Manufacturers’ Association (PSMA) he co-chairs the PSMA Nanotechnology Committee and Nanotechnology Forum.

Dr. Laviano received a doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fla., a master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Calif., and a bachelor’s degree from St Charles College, Pa. He graduated from the Army Language School as a Chinese linguist.

Lecturers and Researchers

Northrop Rice Advanced Institute of Technology (NRAIT)


Dr. Bruno Vieri, Lecturer and Researcher

Dr. Bruno Vieri has extensive experience in research and engineering, the incubation of new technologies, the professional development of technical people and in intellectual property and contracts. He is a former adjunct advanced technology professor of the faculties at Loyola Marymount University and at Los Angeles Harbor College.

In his former position at Xerox Corporation he managed a portfolio of advanced technology projects ranging from materials science to electronics and software, in support of document product engineering and working with company technical centers in the US, Canada, the UK, France and Japan. He was also responsible for business group intellectual property actions notably including patenting decisions and a program for engineers that raised invention disclosure rates to almost a thousand per year.

Previously, as a scientist and engineering manager at Xerox and at companies in the UK, he developed a number of products, including some of the first successful office laser printers, scanners and computer-fax systems, and technologies for various displays, biomedical and forensic solutions. As a result of this work he was the inventor or co-inventor on 11 US and foreign patents.

He is an electrical engineer by profession, with a Ph.D. from the University of London (Imperial College) and a B.Sc. from the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK) and former chairman of the Southern California branch, a Senior Member of the IEEE (USA) and active in volunteer work for both organizations.

Claude Werner Laviano, Biomechanical Researcher

Claude Laviano has extensive biomechanical injury-causing accidents research and investigative experience, including testing experiments, evaluation of accident reports, witness statements, medical records, and accident reconstructions. He has investigated over seven hundred alleged biomechanical injury events and written over one hundred biomechanical reports.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, California State University at Dominguez Hills, Carson, California and an Associate of Liberal Arts Degree, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, California.

His professional education includes Anatomy for Attorneys, Medi/Legal Institute, Los Angeles, California; Minor Surgical Procedures, Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica, California; Enhanced Safety Vehicle, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Photographing Traffic Accident Scenes, University of California Riverside; Biomechanics of Injury, University of Northern California

His publications and presentations have been accepted by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, California Association of Criminalists, International Mechanical Engineering Congress.

Dr. Bernard L. Rue, Lecturer and Researcher

Dr. Rue has over 40 years of experience in the development, implementation and execution of advanced technology manufacturing products and processes. He has served in major corporations in a senior manager capacity of operations organizations in such diverse fields as electronics, mechanical, microelectronics, electromechanical and electro-optical, including the development, production, quality and test for product applications in defense and commercial for both domestic and foreign customers.

In addition to his career in advanced technology operations, Dr. Rue is the founder of Manufacturing Technology Management and is the President of Operations Consulting Company, LLC (OCC), a nation wide consultancy specializing in product and process development, supplier development, operations and engineering systems improvement and organizational turn-around.

Dr. Rue is an active advocate for the development of nanotechnology in the electronics manufacturing community. He has published in the field and has served as the Vice Chairman of the IEEE Coastal Los Angeles Nanotechnology Network and the Chairman and Program Director of the NANOWorld 2005 Conference. He also is a current or past member of the American Management Association, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the International Society of Hybrid Microelectronics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

As part of his support of the academic community, Dr. Rue has served on the Industrial Education Advisory Committee of Pierce College and as an adjunct instructor and faculty member for the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Rue has a Doctorial degree from the school of engineering, California Coast University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a BS degree from the University of Redlands.

 

Dr. David J. Scozzaro   - Lecture and Researcher

Scozzaro has extensive experience in integrating  technology into the College and High School classroom education process. He has spent  several years as an Instructional Technology Analyst at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, College of Business Administration working with professors and staff integrating technology into the undergraduate and graduate curriculums and research practices. His expertise allows him to enhance face to face instructional material with advanced technology techniques in a seamless manner.  He also provides consulting services to industry. One of his recent achievements is his contribution to an e-learning tutorial for the Power Sources Manufactures Association an industry association.

Prior to his work at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, he was associated with the New Jersey Public Schools.  He taught High School, worked to improve teaching skills, and introduced technology integration into the curriculum. His academic interests include the effect of Web 2.0 Technologies on student learning and closing the achievement gap using technology

Scozzaro graduated from James Madison University, Virginia,  with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Science and from William Paterson University of New Jersey with a M.Ed. in Education Instructional Technologies.

# Name Position Phone Mobile Phone Number Fax
1 Northrop Rice Advanced Institute of Technology Information 713 644-6616 512 828-6860
2 J. Micheal Rice President 512 736-1705 512 828-6860
3 Anthony F. Laviano Executive Vice President 310 459-8569