Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

2024: Honorary Board Member Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson is President Emerita of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, having served as President from 1999-2022. Dr. Jackson is a theoretical Physicist and worked at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from 1973-1974, and 1975-1976, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) from 1974-1975, the former AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1976 to 1991, consultant to the former AT&T Laboratories from 1991-1995, a professor of theoretical physics at Rutgers University from 1991 to 1995, and Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1995 until she assumed the position of President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999.

Dr. Jackson is currently a director of Kyndryl, Inc, and is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Board of Trustees. She has been co-chair of the President Intelligence Advisory Board, and is currently a member of the International Security Advisory Board to the United States Secretary of State, and a member of the United States Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

Dr. Jackson is a recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest award in science and engineering awarded by the U.S. Government. Dr. Jackson is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (U.K.), the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society. She holds 57 honorary doctoral degrees.

Dr. Jackson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a Regent Emerita and former Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, a past president and chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and an honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution. Additionally, during the past five years, she served as director of FedEx, Public Services Enterprise Group (PSEG), International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), and Medtronic plc.