Dr. Anita Jones is a University Professor Emerita at the University of Virginia and a Professor of Computer Science (retired) in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Previously, she served as the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) from 1993 to 1997. In that position she was responsible for the management of the DoD science and technology program.
The Honorable Anita Jones is past vice-chair of the National Science Board, which advises the President on science, engineering, and education as well as oversees the National Science Foundation. She served as a member of the MIT Corporation Executive Committee. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The National Academy of Engineering gave her the Arthur M. Bueche Award for contributions to science and technology policy advancement. The American Association for the Advancement of Science bestowed the Philip Hague Abelson Award for “her lifetime of exemplary public service to government, professional institutions, academia and industry”. The U.S. Navy named a seamount in the North Pacific Ocean for her.
She was a member of the Board of Directors of both Science Applications International Corporation and Leidos. She is currently a trustee of In-Q-Tel. She has published more than 50 technical articles and two books in computer software and systems, cyber-security, and science and technology policy.
Dr. Jones holds an A.B. from Rice University in mathematics; a Master of the Arts from the University of Texas, Austin, in literature; a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University; and honorary degrees from Duke University, the University of Southern California, and Carnegie Mellon University.