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Anita K. Jones (CS'73)

Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia

Professor Jones is a University Professor in the University of Virginia.  She is also a Professor of Computer Science of that Department. 

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.  She returned to the University in 1997.

Professor Jones is 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 was vice-chair of the National Science Board.  She has served on other government advisory boards such 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 received the Augusta Ada Lovelace Award from the Association of Women in Computing in 2004, as well as 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 (51° 25’ N and 159° 10’ W) for her.  She has been a Monticello Memoirs Fellow.

She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Science Applications International Corporation, BBN Technologies 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 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 Arts from the University of Texas, Austin, in literature, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.  Her husband, Professor Wm. A. Wulf, is the President of the National Academy of Engineering and the AT&T Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.  They have two daughters, one living in the Seattle area and one in Bethesda, Maryland.