Anthony “TJ” Jackson is a Senior Engineer of the Professional staff at the Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics Laboratory. He has over 30 years of technical experience in the defense systems test and evaluation arena. In his primary task he provides the US Navy with analysis and assessment of reentry body systems deployed from Trident I/II Submarine Launched ballistic Missiles (SLBMs). Other tasks include responsibility for the telemetry data collection during Standard Missile–3 (SM-3) flight tests and annual reliability assessment of multiple reentry systems. “TJ” serves, as Treasurer for the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc (GEM), is a member of the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of the Electrical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T (NCA&T) State University, and serves as Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Training Source, a non-profit training program in Capitol Heights, MD. He also served as the Regional Coordinator for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) Engineering Vanguard Scholars Program.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, “TJ” attended Bunker Hill elementary, Bertie Backus Jr. high, and T. Roosevelt high schools where he excelled in mathematics and athletics. He continued his education at North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T) on a baseball scholarship and was also supported as an undergraduate by a NACME fellowship. He was selected as a GEM fellow his junior year at NCA&T. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) in 1981 and his Master of Sciences Degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) – Solid State in 1983. His published thesis was Methods of Depositing Insulating Films on III-V Semiconductors for Device Applications.
“TJ” is a community service advocate. He spends several hours as a speaker/mentor to pre-college students in the Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement) program. He is a science fair judge for the NAACP-ACTSO program and is a judge/supporter of the National Engineer’s Week “Future Cities Competition.” In 1990 he established the Anthony “TJ” Jackson Electrical Engineering Scholarship at NCA&T for undergraduate students from the Washington, DC area majoring in electrical engineering. He is a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), North Carolina A&T Alumni Association (he is the Parliamentarian of the DC Chapter), a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and an associate member of the Washington DC Urban League. He was the recipient of the 2003 GEM/NACME Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, Young Alumnus Award and College of Engineering Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater, and was a 1995 US Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award winner.
Other interests include financial/estate planning, softball, golf, travel, home improvement projects, and Washington Redskins football. “TJ” currently resides in Bowie, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC, is married to his wife Sharon, and has one daughter, Antoinette, who is also a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.