Paul S. Jacobs




Paul Jacobs is Adjunct Lecturer in the College of Information Studies (the "iSchool") at the University of Maryland, where he has taught in the Master of Information Management program for a decade.   He currently teaches INFM 603 - Information Technology in Organizational Context.  He is a computer scientist with broad research and industry experience, who now consults with corporations, law firms, and other organizations on strategic technology and intellectual property issues.  For more about his consulting practice and legal expertise, see the Jake Technologies’ web page.  Before founding JakeTech, Paul enjoyed eight years as a software executive during the rise of the internet, as president of IsoQuest and AnswerLogic, vice president of SRA International, and chief technology officer for Primus Knowledge Solutions.

Paul started his career with nine years in General Electric Corporate R&D (now GE Global Research), where he learned the art of technology transfer.    He authored over 50 published articles in artificial intelligence and natural language processing while working to create applications with GE businesses such as aircraft engines, aerospace, financial services (now GE Capital), and information services.   He is known as a leader in applied artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology, and has served on the executive committee of the Association for Computational Linguistics.    During his time with GE, he also served as a principal investigator under the government's Tipster program, which earned a "hammer" award for reinventing government.

Prior to joining GE, Paul earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in applied mathematics from Harvard and his Ph. D. in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

At Berkeley, Paul shared an office 35 years ago with Lisa Rau, now the CEO of Confluence Corporation, which provides Information Technology services primarily to nonprofits.   Paul and Lisa have been married since Berkeley.   They live in downtown Washington, DC and have two adult children.

An accomplished endurance athlete who twice won the Golden Gate Marathon and has completed the Hawaii IronMan™ triathlon, Paul still relishes adventure, both technical and non-technical.   He continues to run and ski and leads wilderness canoe trips during the summer.