Kenneth A. Jackson, professor emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his work in "advancing the science and technology of single crystal growth and materials made by casting."
Election to NAE is one of the highest professional distinctions for an engineer and honors those who have made important contributions to engineering theory, practice and education.
Jackson joined UA in 1989 and retired in 2004. He's now living in Prescott, Ariz. Jackson received his Ph.D. in applied physics in 1956 from Harvard University. Before coming to UA, he worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
In 2003, he received the Bruce Chalmers Award from the Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.
He has received many other honors and awards and has published more than 145 papers. He also has edited ten books and holds four patents.
Jackson's latest book, "Kinetic Processes," was published in September 2004 by Wiley-VCH. The book grew out of a course of that name that Jackson taught for several years at UA.
Jackson's research has focused on crystallization kinetics, thin film growth and characterization, ion beam processes and semiconductor processing.
He is one of 74 members and 10 foreign associates elected to NAE this year. This brings the total U.S. membership of NAE to 2,195 and the total foreign associates membership to 178.