Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson was awarded the 2014 National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.
This announcement recognizes contributions to the fields of science, mathematics, behavioral and social sciences and engineering. The award -- the highest available in this area from the federal government -- also recognizes work that has benefited the country.
“Dr. Jackson is a deserving recipient of the nation’s pre-eminent award for research and leadership in science,” Rensselaer Board of Trustees Chairman Arthur Gajarsa said. “She has been the driving force behind establishing a new model for scientific and technological education at Rensselaer. Due to her leadership, we continue to be counted among the top universities in the world, while breaking new ground in terms of our research linked to global challenges, leading-edge pedagogical innovations, and an integrated transformative student experience.”
Jackson has served as RPI president since 1999 and has been a key part of the institute’s focus to research and address challenges that have an impact on the U.S. Among these include health, food, water, energy security, national security and issues associated with climate change.