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Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., the 18th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., the oldest technological research university in the U.S., has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe.

Dr. Jackson is President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Physical Society, and has advisory roles and involvement in other prestigious national organizations. She serves as a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a Life Member of the M.I.T. Corporation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange, and is a director of several major corporations.

Dr. Jackson was appointed Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), 1995-1999, by U.S. President William J. Clinton. Prior to that, she was a theoretical physicist at the former AT&T Bell Laboratories and a professor of theoretical physics at Rutgers University.

Dr. Jackson holds an S.B. in physics and a Ph.D. in theoretical elementary particle physics from M.I.T., and 31 honorary doctoral degrees.

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