Extension Professional Staff
State 4-H Office
801 N. Country Fair Drive
Champaign, IL 61821
Keith Jacobs, a California native, earned his B.S. in Psychology Pre-Med with a minor in Neuroscience from the all male, historically black, Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. During his time in Atlanta, he conducted research on Brain Computer Interfacing (BCI) for the CIA and NSA as an Intelligence Community Scholar. From there he attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to pursuit a medical doctorate (MD). After three years of medical school, he felt he could have a much larger impact in his community by pursuing a career in medical technology & public health, and transitioned into a Masters of Public Health (MPH) Program at University of Illinois, Springfield, which he completed in May, 2016. With a concentration in environmental health, Keith also obtained graduate certifications in Emergency Preparedness & Homeland Security, as well as Epidemiology.
As a Graduate student, Keith worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health developing foodborne outbreak investigation principles and procedures, as well as their companion training documents. In addition, Keith founded a UAV technology company which focuses on designing medical and public health drones for governmental/health organizations around the globe. He has a wealth of experience scratch building UAVs, robots and 3-D printers, and looks forward to contributing to the mission of 4-H as the STEM Extension Specialist.