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January 2, 2005
Shirley Ann Jackson
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, President
Shirley Ann Jackson BIO:
· 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.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE:
· 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.

FIRSTS:
· 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.

EDUCATION:
· 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

PERSONAL:
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.

OTHER:
· 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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Info: Shirley Ann Jackson discussed her path to becoming the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, what it takes to run an educational institution and her concerns about the lack of minorities and women in engineering and science. Jackson was also the former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission under President Clinton.





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