· She became the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in July 1999.
· Dr. Jackson is a theoretical physicist.
· Dr. Jacksonís research specialty is in theoretical condensed matter physics, especially layered systems, and the physics of opto-electronic materials.
· Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), 1995-1999. Appointed by President Clinton.
· At NRC she formed the International Nuclear Regulators Association (INRA) in 1997, and was the groupís first chairman.
· While at the NRC, Dr. Jackson represented the United States as a delegate to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy
· Professor of physics at Rutgers University, from 1991 to 1995
· Conducted research in theoretical physics, solid state and quantum physics, and optical physics at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey 1976- 1991.
· First African-American woman to receive a doctorate from M.I.T.
· One of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in physics in the U.S.
· First African-American Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
· Both the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
· First African-American woman to lead a national research university.
· First African-American woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
· Ph.D. in theoretical elementary particle physics from M.I.T. (1973)
· S.B. in physics from M.I.T. (1968).
· She holds 32 honorary doctoral degrees
She is married to Dr. Morris A. Washington, also a physicist. They have one son, Alan, a graduate of Dartmouth College.
MEMBER of the BOARD of DIRECTORS:
· New York Stock Exchange, FedEx Corporation, AT&T Corporation, Public Service Enterprise Group, U.S. Steel, Marathon Oil Corporation, Medtronic, Inc.
· President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
· Trustee of the Brookings Institution
· Member of the Council on Foreign Relations
· Serves on the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness
· Life Member of the M.I.T. Corporation (the M.I.T. Board of Trustees).
· Trustee of: Georgetown University, Rockefeller University, and the Emma Willard School (Troy, N.Y.).
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