Vannevar Bush Award
NSB Honors President Jackson
On May 14, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson received the National Science Board’s prestigious Vannevar Bush Award for a lifetime of achievements in scientific research, education, and senior statesman-like contributions to public policy.
During an awards ceremony at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., Jackson was recognized for her leadership in the national movement to understand and respond to what she calls a “quiet crisis” in the science and engineering work force, as well as her advocacy on global energy security, her role in leading an institutional transformation at Rensselaer, and innovations she implemented as chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1995 to 1999.
“Shirley Ann Jackson has been a leader on many fronts, and she has incorporated scientific approaches into all of her work, especially on policy issues of international importance and in reforming one of the nation’s important educational institutions,” Chairman of the National Science Board Steven C. Beering said in a press release. “She’s a national treasure deserving of the Vannevar Bush Award for her widely valued public service and contributions to the nation and the international community.”