Jackson, Jennifer Keller
Jennifer Keller Jackson, NCIIA’s Grants Manager, oversees the NCIIA’s grants, awards, and competitions. Keller Jackson’s background is in nonprofit management, in the areas of education and technology. Her experience includes program development, marketing, fund-raising, technical proposal writing, communications, and PR. She has also helped to start a nonprofit and worked to transform another nonprofit into a for-profit company. Keller Jackson and her family moved to Amherst, MA from the Washington, DC area in 2004. Jennifer grew up overseas in Asia, Africa, and South America and is deeply interested in alternatives to the traditional aid model of development. She is fluent in French and understands Spanish.
Lynn Jahn is assistant director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the managing director of the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory at The University of Iowa. She is a mentor to students and clients who are launching businesses, especially those with a technology focus. Prior to joining the UI, she served as vice president of product development for The Learning Company's Parsons Technology Division, where she managed the company's $30 million productivity division, including the Quicken Family Lawyer product line. Her extensive experience in software development also includes Silicon Valley companies Intuit and Broderbund as well as Rockwell Collins. Her expertise is in consumer product marketing, both direct and retail, software development, and entrepreneurship.
Mariappan Jawaharlal (Jawa) is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. Before joining Cal Poly Pomona, he was a faculty member at Rowan University and Kettering University (formerly known as GMI). As an entrepreneur, Dr. Jawa founded and developed an online supplemental education company, APlusStudent, the services of which are currently used by thousands of students, teachers and parents. Dr. Jawa enjoys teaching and is always in search of ways to make learning meaningful, relevant, and fun. His current interests include product design, engineering entrepreneurship, implementing experiential learning approach, developing interactive e-learning content, and assessment for authenticated learning.
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Melissa Jawaharlal is currently a junior at Troy High School, CA. In addition to being on the International Baccalaureate Full Diploma track and taking challenging AP and honors courses, Melissa is involved in many extracurricular activities, such as FBLA (Future Business Leader of America), where she is currently the Business Relations Officer, Theatre, and her Troy InvenTeam. She has also been a scholar athlete for the last two years. Melissa is very interested in the field of service learning and is currently working in collaboration with the MIT-Lemelson Foundation InvenTeams program to develop a coconut tree-climbing device to aid in coconut harvesting.
Philip Jia is currently an International Baccalaureate program junior at Troy High School, CA. He is currently enrolled in six AP/IB courses in addition to third year foreign language, and is involved in Key Club, Red Cross, and five other student clubs at school. Of his extracurricular activities outside of school, Philip is volunteering at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, preparing a portfolio in his art class (in which he has extensively studied two-dimensional media for the last seven years), and working with the Troy InvenTeam. He has also been playing piano for the last seven years and is a CM Level 10/Advanced Honors Student. Philip is interested in the design and architecture fields and will be interning in New York this summer, in addition to working this year on the design and development of a coconut tree-climbing device with the Troy InvenTeam.
Jones, George, P.
George P. Jones teaches Science, Policy and Ethics at Rice University for the Professional Masters program in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. He and Dr. June Ferrill conduct ethics seminars for professional societies, universities and corporations. Mr. Jones is a former partner in Accenture and held executive roles in several start-ups. He is currently the director of Business and Technology Consulting at the Houston office of Accretive Solutions. He is a co-author (with June Ferrill, Ph.D.) of The Seven Layers of Integrity®, 2006.
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William Jordan is professor and department chair of mechanical engineering at Baylor University. He has BS and MS degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He has an MA degree in theology from Denver Seminary. His PhD was in mechanics and materials engineering from Texas A&M University. He teaches materials-oriented courses and his main research area deals with the mechanical behavior of composite materials. He also writes and does research in the areas of engineering ethics and engineering education. He is a registered metallurgical engineer in the state of Louisiana.