Join SEPAC for a science policy luncheon with Susan Hackwood, the Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), and learn about how CCST works with the California legislature to enact scientifically-sound policy in our state. CCST is also looking for you to get involved (if/once you have a Ph.D.) through their Policy Fellows program, which pairs Ph.D. scientists with legislative appointments in the State Senate and Assembly -- so come learn more about this awesome opportunity!
Susan Hackwood is currently Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Hackwood received a Ph.D. in Solid State Ionics from DeMontfort University, UK. Before joining academia, she was Department Head of Device Robotics Technology Research at AT&T Bell Labs. In 1984 she joined UC Santa Barbara as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and was founder and Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Robotic Systems in Microelectronics (CRSM). In 1990, Dr. Hackwood became the founding Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside and the first woman dean of a major research university in the US. At UCR, she founded the Center for Environmental Research Technology, established the first multimedia laboratory on campus, pioneered research in swarm intelligence technologies, oversaw the development of several buildings and all research and teaching aspects of five degree programs to the PhD level. Dr. Hackwood's current interests include science and technology policy, innovation mechanisms, distributed asynchronous and cellular robotic systems. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS and holds honorary degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (PhD) and DeMontfort University, UK (DSc). From 2003-5 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA. In 2005 she was a visiting scholar at Caltech.
Dr. Hackwood has worked extensively with industry, academia and government partnerships to identify policy issues of societal importance. She is also an active participant in regional and state economic development. With a strong interest in science and technology policy, Dr. Hackwood is involved with science and technology development in California, the U.S., Mexico, Taiwan, Vietnam and Costa Rica. She is the past Chair of the AAAS Committee on Science Engineering and Public Policy and was Chair of the Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. She has been the AAAS Engineering Delegate and is currently a Member of the AAAS Committee on Nominations. Since 2006 she has been a member of the IEEE Spectrum Editorial Board. She serves on the Board of Directors and consults on new product development for several technology companies. She co-founded and co-edited the Journal of Robotic Systems from 1984 to 2005.
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