Shirley Ann Jackson

President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Shirley Ann Jackson is the 18th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A theoretical physicist, Dr. Jackson was presented with the 2014 National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for scientific achievement, and has had a distinguished career that includes senior leadership positions in academia, government, industry, and research. In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Jackson to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. Previously, Dr. Jackson served as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from 2009 to 2014. She serves on the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board and the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Dr. Jackson was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1995 to 1999. She is vice chair of the Smithsonian Institution, a member of the board of the World Economic Forum USA, an international fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering, and serves on the boards of several major corporations including IBM, FedEx, Medtronic, and PSEG. She is based in Troy, NY.