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An Evening With Shirley Ann Jackson at MIT

Join us on September 26th for a conversation with Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson about her trailblazing life and career!

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Event Overview

On September 26, 2017, the NSTMF will host An Evening With Shirley Ann Jackson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Jackson is the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate degree from MIT, and a 2014 National Medal of Science Laureate. To attend the event in person, please visit Eventbrite. To sign up for the webcast, please visit our Facebook group.

Dr. Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering and head of MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, will interview Dr. Jackson. The conversation will cover Dr. Jackson’s time as a student at MIT, her current role as President of RPI, her experiences as a woman of color in STEM, and everything in between. The audience will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Jackson questions following the interview. The program will conclude with a short reception for all.

Join us in person or via webcast for An Evening With Shirley Ann Jackson at the MIT Media Lab on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6PM.


This event will be accessible by live webcast on Facebook and this event page! Please visit this Facebook group for more information. Please visit Eventbrite for more information on how to register.

About Shirley Ann Jackson

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a trailblazer. Dr. Jackson was the first African-American woman to: receive a Phd from MIT in any field, chair the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, lead a top-ranked US research university, and win the National Medal of Science. Outside of RPI, she serves on several boards, including FedEx, IBM, and Medtronic, and was previously appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the President’s Intelligence Advisory Council. From theoretical physics to public policy work to transforming RPI, Dr. Jackson’s impact is immeasurable. To learn more about Dr. Jackson, read this, this, this, or this!

Shirley Ann Jackson receiving the National Medal of Science
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson receiving the National Medal of Science from President Obama, May 2016

About Paula Hammond

Dr. Paula Hammond originally thought she would become a writer, but her favorite high school teacher helped cultivate her interest in chemistry. Since then, she has gone to complete her BS, MS, and Phd in chemical engineering at MIT, Georgia Tech, and MIT, respectively, and start several labs - including MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology and the Hammond Lab in the Koch Institute of Integrative Cancer Research. Hammond’s research has a range of practical applications from cancer treatments to energy and fuel cell technology to wound remediation. For more information about Dr. Hammond, read this or watch this!

Dr. Paula Hammond with members of the Hammond Lab
Dr. Paula Hammond (center) poses with members of the Hammond Lab

About the AEW Program

An Evening with Shirley Ann Jackson is the second in a series of events connecting students with NMS and NMTI Laureates. Every Laureate has a unique story, and it is the mission of the NSTMF to share these stories far and wide. It is more important than ever to celebrate the heroes of American scientific excellence who are driving our world forward. By sharing the laureates’ stories and celebrating their diverse backgrounds, the AEW program gives anyone the opportunity to learn from and interact with Laureates and maybe, just, maybe, be inspired to begin their own career in STEM. For more information about the AEW, read this.