Jeff Jackson began his computing career as a software engineer in 1978. After a number of years in industry and a brief stint teaching undergraduate computer science, he entered the graduate computer science program at Carnegie Mellon, earning his Ph.D. in 1995. Subsequently, he joined the faculty at Duquesne University, where he is now a professor of computer science. From 1996 through 2000, in addition to his affiliation with Duquesne, Jeff worked for a dot-com in various positions, including Director of Research. He also has a number of journal publications to his credit and is currently a director of the Association for Computational Learning.