About Jesse

A portrait of Jesse, smiling at the camera and wearing a black blazer with a striped shirt.

Jesse Barlow has a long history with university towns. As a child, Jesse lived in Lawrence, Kansas, home to the University of Kansas. He has a B.A. from the University of Kansas in Mathematics and Computer Science and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University. Jesse moved to State College to accept a position in what is now the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Penn State, where he is a Professor.

Jesse has been on Borough Council since January 2016, and has lived in the South Borough neighborhood of State College since 2003.  He is a widower and the proud father of two grown children, both State High graduates and one a Penn State graduate. His favorite hobbies are hiking and reading.