Dr. James “Jay” Northern, III is a member of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia and serves as a Lay Leader in the Small Groups and AWANA ministries. Dr. Northern is currently employed at The Aerospace Corporation as a Senior Project Engineer and volunteers as the co-chairperson for the East Coast Robert H. Herndon Science Competition, which primarily recruits middle and high school students in STEM related areas. His background includes over 10 years in academia, teaching Electrical and Computer Engineering, and 20 years in the Electrical Engineering profession. Dr. Northern received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University, Master of Science Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University. He is also a founding member and Vice President of the Northern Virginia Kappa Achievement Foundation. Dr. Northern has enjoyed 19 years of marriage with his wife, Teasa. They live in Chantilly, Virginia with their two children, Jonah and Jillian.