Anita K. Jones

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Anita K. Jones "is a University Professor in the University of Virginia and a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, previously having served as chair of the Department of Computer Science.

"The Honorable Anita K. Jones was sworn in as the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense in June 1993. In that position she was responsible for the management of the science and technology program. This included responsibility for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, oversight of the DoD laboratories, as well as being the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for defense-related scientific and technical matters.

"Professor Jones is a member and past vice-chair of the National Science Board, which advises the President on science, engineering, and education as well as oversees the National Science Foundation. She is also a member of the Defense Science Board and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Corporation. She has co-chaired the Commonwealth of Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission and has served on other government advisory boards and scientific panels such as the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and on various boards and panels for NASA, the National Research Council, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. She has received the Computing Research Association's Service Award, the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Department of Defense Award for Distinguished Public Service. The U.S. Navy named a seamount in the North Pacific Ocean for her. She has been a Monticello Memoirs Fellow.

"She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Science Applications International Corporation, Avaki Corporation and In-Q-Tel. Other private sector experience includes serving as a founder and Vice President of Tartan Laboratories, trustee of the MITRE Corporation, and as a member of various academic and industrial advisory boards, including the MIT Lincoln Laboratories Advisory Board. Carnegie Mellon University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology in 1999. She has published more than 40 technical articles and two books in the area of computer software and systems and cyber-security.

"Dr. Jones holds an A.B. from Rice University in mathematics, a Master of the Arts from the University of Texas, Austin, in literature, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University." [1]

Also see University of Virginia biography for Dr. Jones.

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  1. Anita K. Jones, BBN Technologies, accessed July 31, 2007.