Wednesday, January 23, 2013

President Jackson Interviewed for Professional Engineering (PE) Magazine

In an exclusive interview with Professional Engineering (PE), a UK-based business and technology magazine, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson calls for more low-carbon energy sources. She explains why we need a diverse energy mix to ensure security of supply. Read what she had to say at:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

President Jackson Essay Appears in The Washington Post

The Washington Post Innovations section published a special report on-line on Inauguration 2013: Ideas about innovation for the new Congress and President Obama, which includes an essay by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson titled, Invest in what is next. 

In the essay she warns that “looming, deep federal cuts in scientific research and development funding could do significant damage. These cuts stand to dramatically slow the pace of economic growth in the U.S., undermine our national security, hinder our competitiveness, and reverse any recent gains we have made in developing the human capital -- the young scientists and engineers – so essential for innovation.” And she urges the Congress to sustain investments in scientific discovery and technological innovation. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Chronicling 20 years of Rensselaer Magazine

The Rensselaer Libraries have announced that digitized .pdf copies of Rensselaer magazine are now available back a full 20 years (and growing), with fully searchable text. Interested in an article about the alumnus who testified in the Anita Hill hearings (March 1992) or research on robotics in surgery being done at Rensselaer 14 years ago (June 1998)? Did you know Rensselaer alumni invented baking powder and the Reach toothbrush (March 1994)? Would you like the story of the first alumnus to go into space (September 2001)? How about the history of women at Rensselaer (March 1992)? Go to the Rensselaer Alumni Magazine collection at

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dr. Jackson in Washington Post Live Forum

President Jackson recently participated in a Washington Post Live forum titled “Leading the Way: Women in 2012.” The forum panel included, along with Dr. Jackson, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Nancy Ann DeParle, and NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell. It was moderated by Washington Post Live editor Mary Jordan. View a video clip from the forum: