Celebrating Black STEM Innovators Who Have Defined Our Modern World

25 Feb Celebrating Black STEM Innovators Who Have Defined Our Modern World

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight some of the individuals, past and present, who should be routinely recognized for their achievements. (source)

Shirley Ann Jackson,
Physicist & President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Few people have a resume as impressive as Shirley Ann Jackson. She was the first woman to receive a doctorate from MIT in any field, studied subatomic particles during the 1970s, was appointed by Bill Clinton to serve as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (becoming the first woman and first African American to hold the position), and became the 18th president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological research university in the United States(again, becoming the first woman and first African American to hold the position). (source)

Since 1999, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson has led an extraordinary transformation of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York and Hartford, Connecticut into a world-class technological research university. Rankings for Rensselaer among national universities have risen substantially under Dr. Jackson’s tenure, and the number of students applying to join the freshman class has tripled. (source)