President Named to British Royal Academy of Engineering
President Shirley Ann Jackson has been elected as an International Fellow of the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering.
Announcing the 2012 Class of Fellows, Sir John Parker, GBE FREng, president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said, “We welcome our new fellows—the collective expertise and vision of the best engineers is what drives our ambitious agenda and makes so many good things possible.”
According to the Royal Academy, President Jackson was chosen for her “research and leadership experience in industry, education, and government as well as her expertise in high-energy physics.” She is one of only four International Fellows in the 2012 Class.
“Selection as an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering is only for those at the pinnacle of engineering achievement,” says retired U.S. Court of Appeals Senior Circuit Judge Arthur Gajarsa ’62, chairman of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees. “President Jackson has left her mark in engineering and related fields throughout her career, whether at Bell Labs, in the nuclear energy arena, or more recently focusing locally, nationally, and globally to harness scientific discovery and technological innovation to spark the economy and to meet the grand challenges and opportunities of our time. The Rensselaer community benefits from and is extremely proud of President Jackson’s achievements.”
A theoretical physicist, President Jackson has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe. Her research and policy focus includes global energy security and the national capacity for innovation, including addressing what she has dubbed the “Quiet Crisis” of looming gaps in the science, technology, and engineering workforce and reduced support for basic research.
She was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1995 to 1999, and currently is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, co-chairs the President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee, and is a member of the U.S. Department of State International Security Advisory Board.
She also is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical
Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement
For more information about the Royal Academy of Engineering, go to www.raeng.org.uk/