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
continues to run and ski and leads wilderness canoe trips during the