Thanks to the GEM Fellowship I was able to complete my Masters in Science at U. C. Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering in 1985. While at Cal I learned about a crazy little operating system called UNIX. I had to use UNIX for my mechanical engineering courses. Once I graduated I knew that I would never use UNIX again. My interest was robotics.
My summer assignments were with NASA Ames near Berkeley. While working on a project, a group of scientists from General Motors came by for a tour. They were interested in work NASA was doing in virtual reality. A week or two later my advisor asked me if I wanted to return to my home in Detroit. GM had a position for someone that knew UNIX and they could not find anyone.
I returned to Detroit and worked for GM as a Virtual Reality Programmer on a UNIX computer called Silicon Graphics. 5 years later I took a job at Silicon Graphics as a UNIX & Graphics Consultant. And, about 5 years after that I took a position at SUN Microsystems as a UNIX and High-Performance Computing Consultant.
In 1998 I started a UNIX Training & Consulting company called JordanTeam Computing. I teach worldwide to Government and Fortune 1000 accounts UNIX and UNIX flavors such as Solaris, and Linux.
My latest activity is teaching kids ages 7-17 how to program robots, write computer games, build web sites, and repair computers on Linux based computers in a venture called JordanTeam Camps. In the last 12 months we have taught over 250 kids how to program in a fun environment.
DAPCEP provides over 5,000 young people educational opportunities and exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Through the work of Jason and his team, DAPCEP is creating the next generation of technical professionals for Metropolitan Detroit, the State of Michigan and the Nation.
Jason’s involvement in the community extends beyond his work at the DAPCEP Executive Director. Through his volunteer work with 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit and New Detroit, he works to open the doors of opportunity for deserving youth.
Family is the top priority in Jason’s life; outside of his work and community responsibilities, he enjoys spending time with his wife Nicole Howard Lee and their two children in and around their Southfield, MI home. A self proclaimed urban outdoorsman, Jason enjoys mountain biking, paint ball and an occasional game of golf or tennis.
Jason Lee is truly one to watch as he continues to work with the youth of Detroit and the community at-large.