Chairman and CEO of Cybernet Systems in Ann Arbor. Jacobus has more than 20 years of experience with interactive computer systems. Before founding Cybernet Systems, she worked at the University of Michigan's Center for Ergonomics, which was funded under a Chrysler Technology Access Fund contract to study graphical displays used in computer-aided workplace design systems. She was also a member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments Inc., where she developed man-machine interfaces for naive users and developed interactive teaching systems. At the University of Illinois, Jacobus investigated the use of color displays for fault-diagnosis applications and received an award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Prior to that, she developed interactive PLATO teaching systems that introduced beginning FORTRAN programming and operated the Computer Aided Instruction facility at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Jacobus is a director of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. She is one of 20 charter members of the National Employers Leadership Council, which provides industrial perspective and support to the Secretaries of Labor and Education on work-force issues for future jobs. She also serves on the board of the Small Business Technology Coalition. Jacobus was elected to the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., and was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business
as one of the most influential women in Michigan. She was a recipient of the “2003 Top Michigan Women in Computing” award, which recognized her leadership, significant career accomplishments, and stature as a positive role model for women. Jacobus received her bachelor's in psychology from Trinity College (Conn.) and her master's in computer science, human-computer interaction, from the University of Illinois, Urbana.