For Jon Monett it’s about giving back. Of McLean, Virginia, Jon is the founder of the Quality of Life Plus Program (QL+) a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to foster and generate innovations to aid and improve the quality of life of those injured in the line of duty. Jon served for 26 years in the CIA conducting, then managing technical operations and retired as a senior executive. Upon his retirement he became an entrepreneur and grew Telemus Solutions as a premier company in the cyber security sector. Upon selling the company he funded the creation of the QL+ Lab at the California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, California. At Cal Poly, senior level engineering students are given technical challenges from wounded military Veterans and first responders, creating a unique opportunity for students to work directly with our nation’s heroes to help them become more independent and to improve their quality of life.
QL+ harnesses the creativity and engineering skills of students and faculty at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) to develop innovative technologies to help our nation’s wounded warriors live, work and play. We accept challenges from wounded active-duty and Veteran military members, intelligence and law enforcement personnel, first responders and others injured in service to America. These challenges become projects at the QL+ Laboratory at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.