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Press Release 07-032

Shirley Ann Jackson, Leader in Higher Education and Government, to Receive the Vannevar Bush Award

First African-American woman to receive prize is noted for leadership by example

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Vannevar Bush Award recipient Shirley Ann Jackson heads Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Shirley Ann Jackson receives the 2007 Vannevar Bush Award for her lifetime of scientific, educational and public policy achievements. The award honors her work in theoretical physics, her leadership in workforce and global energy security issues, and for revamping the nation's oldest civilian technology university (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

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Rensselaer's expanded research efforts include a new Ph.D. program in fuel-cell technology.

Under Jackson's leadership, Rensselaer's expanding research efforts now include an entrepreneurial Ph.D. program in fuel-cell technology. The program, funded under NSF's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship(s), trains students in manufacturing processes, materials development and modeling so the high-efficiency and environmentally friendly power generators can be put to efficient use.

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Jackson presided over renovation of the RPI student center and construction of a biotech building.

Jackson presided over new renovations to Academy Hall Student Life Center (left) and a construction of new Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (right), an interdisciplinary research facility that has attracted students and new faculty.

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