President Inducted as International Fellow of British Royal Academy of Engineering
President Shirley Ann Jackson was inducted as an international fellow of the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering at a ceremony in the historic Drapers Hall, London, England, on Nov. 5.
President Jackson was chosen for her
“research and leadership experience in
industry, education, and government as well as her expertise in high-energy physics.”
President Jackson was welcomed into the Royal Academy by President Sir John Parker and honorary guest, The Lord Browne of Madingley. In remarks to the new fellows, Lord Browne and Sir John Parker each spoke of the importance of engineering to overall economic development.
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, which also includes three honorary fellows, and 52 other fellows.
“Selection as an international fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering is only for those at the pinnacle of engineering achievement,” said retired U.S. Court of Appeals Senior Circuit Judge Arthur Gajarsa ’62, chairman of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees, when she was elected to the Academy in July. “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, she 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.
President Jackson 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 Association for the Advancement of Science, and other prestigious organizations. She is a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, and a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Brookings Institution. She also is a member of the board of directors of global companies including IBM and FedEx.
Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Academy fellows—comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers—provide the leadership and expertise for their activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, they provide independent and impartial advice to government, work to secure the next generation of engineers, and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
For more information about the Royal Academy of Engineering, go to www.raeng.org.uk/.