Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D

NMAH Board Member; President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Shirley Ann Jackson of New York, is President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe. Her research and policy focus includes energy security and the national capacity for innovation. A theoretical physicist, she was Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Dr. Jackson serves on the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents. She also serves on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and is Co-Chair of PCAST's President's Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee. She is a member of the International Security Advisory Board to the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Jackson is an International Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering; a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society; and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where she previously served as AAAS President and Chairman of its Board of Directors. She is a member of the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Brookings Institution. She is Vice Chair of the Council on Competitiveness and co-chaired its Energy Security, Innovation and Sustainability initiative. She also is a member of the boards of directors of several global companies.