Jay A. Crossler received his BS in Information Decision Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and his MS in Information Security from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is pursuing a Ph.D. of Information Technology at George Mason University, and has taught advanced XML and Web Service Masters classes at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jay started his technical career while still a high-school student. During school, he was the network administrator for Taegu American School in South Korea. He worked after school as a computer aided drafter at the US Army base that his parents were stationed at in Korea. He started building web pages when they were only text, and at age 14 wrote the official multi phone-bank modem dial-up script of the US Forces in Korea.
Jay joined the US Air Force as a communications officer, and wrote 9 unclassified and classified portals and command and control web tools for the military. While stationed within the Defense Information Systems Agency at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, he served as the Chief Webmaster for the Joint Staff and Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense. As a Captain, Jay was awarded the 2002 Pentagon Officer of the Year.
After leaving the military, Jay is now a researcher for the MITRE Corporation, a non-profit group that advises the government on systems integration and how best to use technology. He is the Senior Technical Adviser for the Software Solutions and Technologies Department, which is heavily involved in prototyping software programs and overseeing large systems engineering projects.