Melody Moore Jackson returned to Georgia Tech in January 2006, having received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1998. Her dissertation work in user interface reengineering combined the areas of Human-Computer Interface and Software Engineering, and her minor was Postsecondary Education. Prior to returning to GT, Dr. Jackson was an Associate Professor in the Computer Information Systems Department at Georgia State University, where she created and directed the GSU BrainLab. Before GSU, Dr. Jackson was a Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Tech for nine years, creating and directing the Open Systems lab, and teaching Software Engineering.
Before coming to academia, she worked for nine years in industry as a professional software engineer developing real-time embedded systems, secure operating systems, networking, and compilers. Companies included Texas Instruments, Sperry, and National Semiconductor. Jackson also holds a B.A. in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin (1980), and the M.S. of Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech (1988).