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Dr. Jayfus Doswell

Entrepreneur Jayfus Tucker Doswell was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1979. His mother, Brenda Tucker Doswell, was an educator and entrepreneur; his father, Ronald Jayfus Doswell, a social worker and historian. As a child, Doswell attended Baltimore City Public schools and enjoyed playing classical piano and violin in the Baltimore Youth Orchestra and competing in Tae-Kwon-Do and Kung-Fu tournaments. In 1995, Doswell graduated from Oberlin College with his B.A. degrees in psychology and computer science. His B.A. thesis was presented at Williams College in Massachusetts. He went on to earn his M.S. degree in systems and computer management from Howard University in 1998, and his Ph.D. degree in information technology from George Mason University. Doswell contributed his dissertation to to the creation of the IEEE Virtual Instructor Pilot Research Group (VIPRG), where he is co-director.

As early as 1997, Doswell discussed the implications of virtual reality learning technology in Black Issues In Higher Education. While earning his Ph.D. degree at George Mason University, Doswell conceived of Juxtopia, LLC and the Juxtopia Group, Inc., which develop products to integrate into a human’s daily routine and provide services to improve human health and learning. Doswell’s findings have been published in various scientific journals. Doswell has also consulted with different companies and organizations, including Maryland Medical Systems, CompuServe, Lockheed Martin, BearingPoint, Scientific Applications International Corporation, Virtual Logic, TRW and the National Cancer Institute Center for Bioinformatics. He was appointed as the chair of Biotechnology at Sojourner Douglass College, while also developing the biotechnology curriculum for Baltimore City Public Schools. In 2010, Doswell was named distinguished professor at Elizabeth City State University.

Doswell has served as a board member for several organizations such as, the American Public Health Association Health Informatics and Information Technology special interest group and American Telemedicine Association. He is also active in many professional organizations, including the Association of Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and the National Society of Black Engineers. Doswell has several inventions that are patent pending at the U.S. Patent Office.

Jayfus T. Doswell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 17, 2013.

Accession Number

A2013.011

Sex

Male

Interview Date

1/17/2013

Last Name

Doswell

Maker Category
Occupation
Schools

Baltimore City College

Oberlin College

George Mason University

School No. 66, Mount Royal Elementary and Middle School

Fallstaff Elementary

Calvert Hall College High School

Howard University

First Name

Jayfus

Birth City, State, Country

Baltimore

HM ID

DOS02

Favorite Season

Christmas

State

Maryland

Favorite Vacation Destination

Kerkade, Netherlands

Favorite Quote

The Propensity For Perfection.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Maryland

Interview Description
Birth Date

2/24/1972

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Baltimore

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Salmon, Rice, Broccoli

Short Description

Entrepreneur Dr. Jayfus Doswell (1972 - ) is the founder of Juxtopia, LLC, and Juxtopia Group, Inc., where he has served as president and chief executive officer.

Employment

Juxtopia LLC

Sojourner Douglass College

Phezu Space, LLC

Elizabeth City State University

KPMG

Favorite Color

Blue

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DAStories

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113689">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Jayfus Doswell shares the stories behind his first and middle names</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113690">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Jayfus Doswell's interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113691">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jayfus Doswell lists his favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113692">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his maternal family history</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113693">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jayfus Doswell describes his mother's upbringing and education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113694">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jayfus Doswell describes his mother's experience in the Morgan State Choir under the direction of Dr. Nathan Carter</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113695">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his paternal family history</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113696">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jayfus Doswell describe enslavement in his paternal family history</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113697">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his father's upbringing in Baltimore, Maryland where he attended Dunbar High School</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113698">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jayfus Doswell talks about the history of higher education among his paternal relatives</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113699">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jayfus Doswell talks about how his father exposed him to black history as well as leaders in Baltimore, Maryland's black community, pt.1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113700">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - 02:19:31:16 Jayfus Doswell describes his father's service in the Vietnam War as a sergeant medic</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113701">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jayfus Doswell talks about how his father exposed him to black history as well as leaders in Baltimore, Maryland's black community, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113702">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jayfus Doswell describes how his parents met</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113703">Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his father's education and career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113704">Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jayfus Doswell describes his parents' personalities</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113705">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jayfus Doswell describes his earliest childhood memories</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113706">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jayfus Doswell describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Baltimore, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113707">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jayfus Doswell talks about street divisions among boys in his childhood neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113708">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his educational background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113709">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his parents' separation and his first major argument with his father</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113710">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jayfus Doswell remembers starring in a Parks Sausages commercial and purchasing his first computer</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113711">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jayfus Doswell talks about learning computer programming at the age of twelve</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113712">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jayfus Doswell describes the racism he experienced at Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113713">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jayfus Doswell describes his experience at Baltimore City College</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113714">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jayfus Doswell describes the lack of computer programming courses at Baltimore City College when he was a student</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113715">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jayfus Doswell describes his self-discipline as a youth</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113716">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jayfus Doswell describes his experience at Baltimore City College in Baltimore, Maryland and his emerging interest in neuroscience</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113717">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jayfus Doswell describes competing in 'Amateur Night at the Apollo'</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113718">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his musical activities as a high school student</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113719">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jayfus Doswell describes his extracurricular activities as a high school student at Baltimore City College in Baltimore, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113720">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his decision to attend Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113721">Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jayfus Doswell remembers Yolanda Cruz, a mentor at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio and his undergraduate research on virtual reality</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113722">Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jayfus Doswell describes the research he conducted as a Ford-Mellon Research Scholar at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113723">Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Jayfus Doswell remembers his first job offer in 1994</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113724">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his first job as a computer programmer at CompuServe and his mentor there, Michael Johnson</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113725">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jayfus Doswell describes applying the skills he learned at CompuServe for a consultancy project at Oberlin College</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113726">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jayfus Doswell talks about how he applies his organizational training at CompuServe to train his interns at his company, Juxtopia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113727">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jayfus Doswell talks about Greek life as a student at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113728">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jayfus Doswell describes training his interns at his company, Juxtopia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113729">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his graduate studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113730">Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jayfus Doswell describes his advisor and his doctoral research at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113731">Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jayfus Doswell talks about the founding of Juxtopia, LLC</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113732">Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jayfus Doswell describes Juxtopia's first conceptual product</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113733">Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Jayfus Doswell talks about two of Juxtopia's major products in augmented reality</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/113734">Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Jayfus Doswell talks about the R&D at Juxtopia and Google Glass</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115578">Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jayfus Doswell distinguishes between two forms of augmented reality</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115579">Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jayfus Doswell talks about the sources of funding for his company, Juxtopia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115580">Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jayfus Doswell talks about intellectual property and patents for augmented reality goggles</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115581">Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jayfus Doswell talks about the launch of his nonprofit organization, the JUICE Lab</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115582">Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jayfus Doswell describes a recent honor from the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115583">Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jayfus Doswell comments on the general public's lack of knowledge about software engineering</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115584">Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jayfus Doswell comments on the interns at his nonprofit, the JUICE Lab</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115585">Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jayfus Doswell talks about Juxtopia's connection to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115586">Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Jayfus Doswell describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115587">Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Jayfus Doswell talks about what he would do differently</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115588">Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Jayfus Doswell reflects upon his legacy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115589">Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Jayfus Doswell describes his hobbies and other business ventures</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115590">Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Jayfus Doswell talks about his parents and their pride in his success</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/115591">Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Jayfus Doswell comments on how he would like to be remembered</a>

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Jayfus Doswell talks about learning computer programming at the age of twelve
Jayfus Doswell talks about the launch of his nonprofit organization, the JUICE Lab
Transcript
Okay, so what, what kind of computer did you get?$$A Texas Instrument.$$Okay.$$It was called a TI-99, a gray computer, speak-synthesizer module, you have to buy it separately and hook to the side of it. So I was actually doing speech recognition programming back in 1985 on my own. And then one of my friends, over here, Paul Buchanan also had a computer and we used to try to program games together back in 1985, during just--that was part of the play time, okay let's program. We want to have our own business at twelve, but we didn't have any direction we just self-directed.$$Now how did you, how did you even like know what to do in terms of programming a computer? I mean, who, who--where did--(simultaneous)--$$Well first, well first started when--like play. The computers used to come with books, we could buy like books on how to program, I don't know where the real interest was, but I remember my mother [Brenda Tucker Doswell] took me to a class--a programming--an introductory programming class which was the most boring thing in the world, but because my friend also had a computer we thought well we can play games with the computer right, but what else could we do with the computer. Now there, there were game systems like the Atari, and the Texas Instruments where you can actually program and build your own systems. So I was--I had an Atari, but I also liked to build my own things, right, I'm a--you know, with software. So that was the interest and Paul Buchanan, we're the same age and he liked to do that as well. So, it, it first started off when we would go to different stores and type in some phrase, right, and then loop--make it loop on the computer so we'd type up a small program and we knew how to do it so we'd go in like shopping malls, type some crazy phrase and it would show on the screen, this looping, over and over and over and over again, we thought it was the funniest thing.$$'Cause the people didn't know how to get it off of there or what?$$We probably did but, when people walked by they would say this crazy--see this crazy phrase. It may have been our name, be something else, we don't, we don't know. And that sparked the interest because it was almost like, like for laughs for us and then it got more sophisticated after that in terms of, you know programs, trying to program things for real. Like game characters, scenarios, but everything was--$$Yeah, I know they used to publish those codes, game codes of how to cheat different games, different levels and all, did you all, was that, that part--(simultaneous)--$$We didn't do that, we liked to build the stuff from scratch, you know.$$Okay.$$So we studied programming languages, and at that time too we were saving things on cass-we were saving data on cassette tapes so there was a connector from a cassette tape to the computer and we used to save the data there then floppy disk came out so that's when we said, okay, this the greatest thing and then 3.5" disk came out after that, yep. So that was like, that was like every weekend we're gonna build upon a program, yeah so that was pretty cool back there.$$Okay, okay, so were, were you gettin' any support from school in terms of how to do these things?$$Not at all.$$So.$$The schools didn't even have computers like that. I mean, typing sure, programming, absolutely not.$$Okay.$$So all that was like, self-directed learning if you will. But to us it wasn't even learning, it was like a project, like building a, building a model airplane or model rocket, same type of concept growing up.$Now do you have a dream project you can talk about now that you're working on that you--?$$Oh, I, sure, so, under my not-for-profit organization that's where we do some really fancy stuff and they govern--the nice--the great technology I, now I train on how to become an entrepreneur, how to become an inventor. So under my not-for-profit organization, we have a program called JUICE, the Juxtopia Urban Innovation and Cooperative Entrepreneurship Network, an in that network we have a--a one--a young lady who's an undergraduate student that actually had a dream about interacting with information without a display. Now, the Star Trek fans with--you would call this holographic experience, right and then new technology you'll see like interactive holographic experiences. That's one project that one of my mentees, my apprentices is, is working on. How can you create an independent interactive holograph experience without, you know, outside cameras or display systems using potentially smart materials and also applications of biotechnology, so that's one (clears throat).$$Now, the governor [Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley] was present for the opening of JUICE [in 2012].$$Of the JUICE Lab, right. So right here in this building in my lab, the governor, Governor O'Malley had a ribbon cutting ceremony to re--to celebrate the opening of the JUICE Lab and also the Maryland, (cough) excuse me, the Maryland Innovation Initiative [MII], which is an initiative legislated in Maryland to really spark innovations and technology transfer from universities. Juxtopia's even during, you know, its initial inception it's always been tied to a university at some point. An academic institution with a preference towards (clears throat) underserved and disadvantaged institutions like HBCU's, Historically black colleges [and] universities and minority serving institutions. Giving internships to populations who are underserved in the sciences an math, right so I think the governor, Governor O'Malley and Maryland legislation recognized that and celebrated the JUICE lab and celebrated Juxtopia for what it's doing not only in product development and manufacturing here in America, in Baltimore [Maryland] but also (clears throat) improving the efficiency of underserved and disadvantaged youth.$$Okay, now you have a--how, how many people you have on staff here, yeah?$$Here in this building we have thirteen, yep and then we have management that are not in here, scattered, so five core management including legal counsel, vice president, Dr. Edward Hill, Diane, Doctor Diane Adams, who's president of Juxtopia Life, John Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, so, yeah. But all the technical staff--the technical staff specifically for the goggles are here in our secret Juice Lab (laughter).$$Okay. All right.$$Yeah.