Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., is President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York. She has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe. A theoretical physicist, she was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995-1999). President Obama has appointed her to serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Her research and policy focus includes energy security and the national capacity for innovation, including addressing the "Quiet Crisis" of looming gaps in the science, technology, and engineering workforce and reduced support for basic research.
To address the decline of American manufacturing, reinvigorate the economy, and recoup the job losses of the recent recession, the United States must refocus on discovery and innovation, the sources from which our prosperity has long sprung, says Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson. President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a clear voice on global energy security, sustainable innovation, and the science and technology workforce, she will discuss the collaborative role of business, government, and academia in creating a sustainable innovation ecosystem and in supporting and translating into practice the breakthrough ideas that fuel our economy. A key element of this is people - Dr. Jackson will discuss how to generate the human capital essential for discovery and innovation.