Jay F. Nunamaker, Jr.

BORDERS Director and Principle Investigator
University of Arizona

Dr. Jay Nunamaker is Regents and Soldwedel Professor of MIS, Computer Science and Communication.  He is Director of the Center for the Management of Information and the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS) at the University of Arizona. Dr. Nunamaker was inducted into the Design Science Hall of Fame, May 2008. Dr. Nunamaker received the LEO Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association of Information Systems (AIS) at ICIS in Barcelona, Spain, December 2002.  He was elected a fellow of the AIS in 2000 and featured in the July 1997 Forbes Magazine issue on technology as one of eight key innovators in information technology. 

Nunamaker is widely published with an H index of 53 (he is number 3 in Information Systems) in the fields of collaboration technology and deception detection.  He has co-founded four spin-off companies based on his research:  (1) Combinatories which was acquired by Mathematica, 1972, (2) PLEX Corporation by AT&T, 1981 (3) ULTA Systems, 1986, and (4) Ventana Corporaton, 1989 (later renamed GroupSystems Inc., 2000).  The commercial product, GroupSystems ThinkTank software, based upon Nunamaker’s research, is often referred to as the gold standard for structured collaboration systems. He was a research assistant funded by the ISDOS project in industrial engineering at the University of Michigan and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. 

Nunamaker founded the MIS department at the University of Arizona, in 1974 and served as department head for 18 years.  Dr. Nunamaker received his Ph.D. in operations research and systems engineering from Case Institute of Technology, an M.S. and B.S. in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.  He received his professional engineer’s license in 1965.